Jeffrey and I are finally on our way home to Texas for the holidays! I say finally because it has been such a busy few weeks and I am so happy to have 2 weeks off. I started out last week with one of my favorite days of the year, 3Bs baking day! My beautiful girlfriends and I get together to make goodie boxes for our friends and family for Christmas. Usually I write a couple of blogs out of the treats made on this day, but alas, my CF card from my camera was destroyed when I bought a new converter and they are all gone! Lucky between Emily and I we took a few photos on our iPhone's to show some of our hard work.
Last year Meg was pregnant with Liam, this year he joined in on the fun. We toasted our hard work with a Christmas cocktail!
1 part Cupcake or Vanilla Flavored Vodka
1/2 part pineapple juice
1/2 part sparkling cranberry juice
We made some of our traditional favorites, my Toffee Cracker Cookies and Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn. Also a delicious Simple Fudge I blogged about a long time ago. Our new recipes this year were our Cinnamon Sugar Mixed Nuts and Chocolate dipped Fortune Cookies.
All boxed up and ready to deliver!
Cinnamon Sugar Mixed Nuts
2 egg whites
2 Tbsp water
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
4 cups nuts: we used pecans, almonds and walnuts
Preheat oven to 225. Whisk egg whites and water until foamy. Add nuts and stir to coat. In a separate bowl mix sugar, salt and cinnamon, then toss in with the nuts, coating completely. Spread onto 1-2 baking pans (I used 2). Cook for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. They will become crispy on the outside and delicious!
1 pound of chocolate (your favorite kind)
fortune cookies (I found them at Walmart)
We used dark chocolate for 1/2 of them and White chocolate for the other half. Heat about 1 cup chocolate in a bowl for 30 second intervals, stirring between, until smooth. Working with a small amount of chocolate at a time works best, then refill and repeat when you run out. Work quickly, dipping the bottom end of the fortune cookie into chocolate and then sprinkle with Christmas themed sprinkles (do not dip or else it will be too concentrated amount of sprinkles in one space). Place on wax or parchment paper to cool.
Here are our annual pics by the Christmas Tree! Of course Em's hair is always the star of the picture and Meg and I are usually being goofy!