Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Christmas and enjoy your time with family and friends

Last weekend I was busy baking and tidying up the garden.  Hubby has erected the new gazebo that we bought.  Almost the same as the last one we had which lasted a good five years, so hopefully this one does the same.
I felt a bit guilty inside with the aircon on, while he was outside in the tropical heat.  We both achieved what we had hoped though, and this week I will be able to give out some of my home made Christmas treats.  Next weeekend I will bake some of the more delicate items to be served at Christmas. These bliss balls are what I have in mind for dessert ..... recipe
A new recipe I tried was the Gingerbread Mocha biscotti:  recipe here at kitchen simplicity.  They are lovely, and perfect with my little teabag idea that I already posted about. Rooibos chai cookies which I dont really have the recipe for as I swayed so much from the original recipe. Here is the original recipe.  I made the chai mix and added it to some rooibos tea, and that was when I decided to add the rooibos instead of the black tea.  The cookies are great, and it was a nice tea to sip while baking. Gingerbread men and trees.  I made a million of them, and had a hard time herding them into the boxes before they ran out of the door :)  Run, run, as fast as you can......

 
 Here are the gingerbread men all dressed and ready to be packed up.  I use royal icing as it sets hard.
 I also made some christmas trees this year with green icing and sprinkles.  The stars are more like blobs, I have no idea what happened to my proper nozzles...

I will be taking a blogging break for a couple of weeks and will see you again in January.

Happy Christmas
and
A Very Happy New Year!!

19 comments:

  1. You have been very busy indeed. Those biscuits look hard to resist. Have a really good Christmas.

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    1. Louise,
      They are so tempting, and I have so little resistance. You have a great Chritmas as well.

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  2. Fabulous treats! Enjoy your Christmas and have a good break.

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    1. Bernie,
      Thank you and I hope you also have a good break and a Happy christmas.

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  3. Your cookies look wonderful! I've always especially loved gingerbread men. They remind me of the wonderful old story about the Gingerbread Boy. Have a very Merry Christmas. xx

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    1. Joyful,
      that is one of my favourite stories, and last Christmas I had both grandchildren guarding the oven door as I opened it up to make sure none of the gingerbread men got away! Merry Christmas to you too!

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  4. It all looks fabulousGill! I don't like ginger, but love gingerbread cookies, I think I'll give your recipe a try and include some in the home made Christmas goodies (creams, lip balm,etc) that I have already made.
    Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and enjoy your blogging break.

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    1. Sami,
      Your packages look as though they will be very welcomed. I didnt include the gingerbread men recipe - let me know if you want that. The biscotti might suit your packages better anyway.

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  5. Yummy yummy yummy for my tummy....everything looks scrumptious...wish I were around to taste test for you.
    Thanks for posting the recipes...I will try the bliss balls.
    I want to say thanks again for the lovely crochet angel you sent me last year. It adorns my tree this year since I chose white and gold for my colours this year....she is a beauty.
    I want to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year....see you next year.

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    1. Virginia,
      Enjoy them, I love baking at this time of year! I am glad you are still enjoying the angel. Best wishes to you and your family too

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  6. Us Northerners have some trouble wrapping our heads around the combination of heat and Christmas, but I can see that the COOKIES are just as yummy!

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    1. Jenny,
      I enjoyed your icy photos - made me feel a tad bit cooler.

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  7. Have a wonderful Christmas Gillian.

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    1. You too Roz, the last in your old house. Make some good memories to take away with you.

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  8. Living in upstate NY, it sounds funny to hear you speak of having your air conditioner on. All of your cookies look just delicious. I love biscotti and the chocolate iced Christmas trees look yummy as well. All reminders that I better get going with my own holiday baking.
    Have a very Merry Christmas.

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  9. Susan,
    Yes it must be quite cold where you live, isnt that the joy of blogging that we can share our everyday lives with each other.

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  10. You have been so busy! Love the gingerbread men and trees. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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  11. Wishing you a happy and peaceful Christmas season. Aloha

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  12. Merry Christmas!! Your ginger bread cookies look amazing. Thanks for some lovely writing this year I have enjoyed visiting your garden. x

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