Favorite Holiday Recipes
1. Anything pumpkin. For years I made a quadruple batch of pumpkin bread for anyone I had ever met at my kids’ schools. (In addition we always gave fat mall or bookstore gift certificates to the teachers. Be generous to the person who is teaching my child was always my philosophy.) The thing about the bread though is that it is nerve-wracking trying to bake a ton of the loaves, monitoring them to make sure they bake through with out burning. School presents are no longer an issue, but we like to give to neighbors too. This year I think I am going to make Sheila’s (Musings of a Mommy) Pumpkin Muffins. I have already made a double batch and they are delightful and so much easier to bake.
2. Spritz cookies – Paul grew up with these and I learned to make them to please him. It took some doing to figure out the cookie press, (Is it 3 1/2 turns or 2 3/4 turns? Every year there is a learning curve.) but once I got that down they are easy to make. We make pretty pale green trees. They are pleasing to the eye and the tongue. Delicately bite from the tip of the tree to the trunk. Each section will gently break off – a sensory delight.
3. Frosted sugar cookies – I would not do this if it wasn’t for my sister Torey but she loves this so through the years we have developed a system that is fun for all. We do not use homemade dough, rolling and cutting out the cookies ourselves. We are all about the colors. We buy pre-formed cookies at GFS (Gordon Food Service) which come in trees, stars and Santas. Torey mixes about 10 colors – grass green, sky blue, pale pink, deep rose, bright yellow, soft yellow, purple, soft green, and more. I think we use prepared frosting too. (I know, gasp gasp!) We have tons of things to sprinkle and accent. One year we did portraits of each other. The two of us and all the kids sit around the table, talking and laughing and we have fun! The quality is poor, but the experience is wonderful and the results are delicious. This is revolutionary for us as we were raised to use only the best ingredients, make everything from scratch and keep the children at bay.