CHRISTMAS IS TOMORROW!
My mom’s parents both have German roots, and most of their ancestors are from Germany. In fact, my grandpa was born in Germany when his parents were back visiting. So, of course we need to have a German recipe included in our Christmas goodies. My Grandma Bunse bakes these cookies a lot, but she told my that the recipe originally came from my Great Great Grandma Bunse. Beware this recipe makes A LOT of cookies.
We thought that this might even be the perfect cookie for Santa tonight!
TWO DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Tonight, I am sitting in the living room while watching Christmas movies with Mom, Dad, and Snickers. Between commercial breaks, I asked mom and dad for a few quotes about the Oreos. Here is what they came up with:
“They taste good.”
“They are easier than they look.”
And I’ll I got from Snickers was a groan.
The Oreo tops fresh out of the oven. The Oreos are also pictured in the bottom center of the top picture.
3 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Mom and Dad both remember their mothers making this candy around Christmas time when they were younger. Mom likes this candy because it adds color to snack tray, and dad likes it because it has chocolate. The most challenging part of this recipe has been finding the cherry chips. They can be difficult to find as it gets closer to Christmas.
Mom has a few tips to help with this recipe:
- Stir constantly while the mixture is boiling
- Make sure chocolate is not too warm as it is spread over the cherry layer, or the cherry layer could melt.
4 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Last minute Christmas shopping and Christmas baking are in full swing at our house. If that is the case for you too, then you might be looking for a fast and easy last minute holiday recipe. My grandma got this Peanut Brittle recipe from one of her neighbor ladies almost 25 years ago and it stood the test of time.
* Picture from allrecipes.com.
5 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
Tonight mom is busy doing end of the year book work before the tax appointment. Guess when the tax appointment is… it’s tomorrow. (If you know my mom at all, you are probably not surprised by this one bit.) While mom is busy doing getting ready for the tax appointment, dad took over the kitchen with me tonight. First, we made Grandma Van Manen’s Savory Potato Cheese Soup, which is delicious and hits the spot – especially on a cold winter evening. After supper, dad really wanted to try out an old candy recipe that his grandma use to make. So, we (mainly dad) set to work making Butter Crunch candy. This candy resembles a Heath bar. We were pleased with how the recipe turned out, but did a few tweaks along the way.
Dad cooling off the candy and making sure it doesn’t stick to the pan.
Throughout the course of the evening mom could be found doing book work, which she will continue to do into the wee hours of the morning.
6 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
A week from today, we will be wrapping up our last family Christmas celebration of the year. Traditionally, we have had Christmas at Grandpa and Grandma Van Manen’s on Christmas Eve Day. Part of that tradition would always include a “coffee time” (a dutch tradition) full of lots of goodies and munchies. One of the savory munchies that is always present is Aunt Kelli’s Taco Dip. This dip is a delicious chip dip that includes both pork and beef. Beef and pork both have a large presence on our farm, so when we find a recipe that includes both, that’s just perfect!
7 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!
For years I did not know the name of this delicious cookie, so I just called it the melt in your mouth cookie. These cookies are dainty and delicious. Grandma Van Manen is the person that I remember baking these the most. They could be served on many different occasions, but if you add a little red or green frosting to them, they become very festive looking!