I've been collecting seashells for as long as I can remember. From east to west, coast to coast, and shore to shore, I always find a treasure to keep, and adore.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

It Doesn't Feel Like Christmas Until....


I have been making goodies for Christmas since mine and David's first Christmas together. I really have no recollection of making treats as a kid with my mother. She wasn't much of a baker or candy maker. Dad was the candy maker....and I still make his Peanut Butter Candy, which his mother made, too!
I think it's really cool that I make the same candy that my namesake made...yes, I had a Grandma Della. I didn't get to meet her, she died over a year before I was born. But her candy recipe lives on to this day!
Peanut Butter Candy, an old family favorite.
Peanut Butter Candy (or fudge) is what we look forward to the most! Some other family faves include
Peppermint Patties

Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Peanut Butter Bon Bons
and I'm missing my picture of my almond joy like candy and reeses cups like candy! They ARE just LIKE the real thing! These pics are from 2009....I didn't make turtles last year, and didn't take pics of goodies last year.

On Monday I had an urge to make cookies, and I gave in. I have been wanting to try Sand Dollar Cookies! Everyone has a version them....I wanted Pacific Sand Dollars!

I think they turned out okay, but were kinda a pain in the butt. Not sure if I want to make more of these, but might after Christmas when my grandkids are here. I'm sure they would love to put the sliced almonds on the cookies!

YES! my daughter is visiting a few days after Christmas! I can't begin to tell you just how excited I am!!!
I do plan on getting in some cookie making time with my grands, and have some cool cookie cutters to use!
I think Brady will like the alligator cookie cutter! and of course Gwynie will think the seashorse and mermaid are awesomesauce!

I have started gathering my supplies....
our mermaids MUST have pearl necklaces!
and pink and purple sprinkles are a MUST too!

This year I pulled out my shell chocolate molds, and will be making some raspberry fondant filled chocolates!
I love these molds!

Just for FUNZIES....
I want to make some flip flop suckers! I think the kids will love these!!! How Florida is that??? VERY!
I wear flip flops year round!

Needless to say...I will be eating some of these chocolate delights, and my fair share of Grandma Della's Peanut Butter Candy! I didn't eat chocolates last year, and only ate 2 pieces of PB candy :(

It's a good day for baking here in Florida...it's COLD! It is 9:18 am right now, and 36 degrees!!! (it was 30 when I woke up) I'm freezin'! Might be a good day to make divinity for hubby, too. It's usually too warm and humid. I think I'll head to the kitchen, and get my goodies goin'!

Do you make goodies?

Happy Baking!



Sher said...

This is such a cute and delicious post! Love the cookie cutters. You are going to have so much fun in the kitchen.

I have about five of my Grandmas Christmas cookie recipes still on the recipe cards and they are my favorites.

Shelly said...

Om nom nom.. all that stuff looked so yummy! You have some awesome cookie cutters and whatnot!

Kaybe said...

Oh My look at those awesome cookie cutters! Your goodies look like little works of art. So nice to keep family traditions alive - well the candy ones at least.

A. Alexandra said...

those look delicious! I tried making some peanut butter cups last month and I used crunchy peanut butter. They came out delicious.

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