Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Season (Cookies & Such)

It seems from my experience that at this time of the year everyone loves to start eating homemade holiday cookies and candy.  That doesn't mean that everyone likes to make them.  Sampling all those wonderful treats is just the joyous part of the holiday season.  It may not be good for your waste-line but New Year's Resolutions are coming right up.  Since I don't have to worry about the eating part of the holiday treats, I'd better focus on the making of those little goodies.

Some people go all out and make a dozen different varieties of cookies and candy.  There are those who excel at one or the other too.  I'm not a great candy maker but enjoy trying one each year.  Thursday's recipe is for "White Fudge with Fruit" and is not too difficult.  I do enjoy the cookie making and it is even more fun doing it with someone.  My children have always loved "Chocolate Krinkles" and that is Wednesday's recipe.

Getting back to that statement about people making a dozen different varieties.  I'm not trying to scare you.  In fact, I'm going to tell you how to save yourself from making that many different kinds.

I think you need to have some variety for guests or to take to an invited function.  But at this the of the year, don't try killing yourself over keeping up with the Jones'.  There is too much stress at the holiday time of the year.  Don't try increasing it instead try controlling it.

See what reasonable amount of time you have for making holiday treats.  Then plan accordingly.  My suggestion is to make 1 to 3 different kinds of cookies and 1 or 2 candies.  That is time permitting.  In doing these few kinds be sure to pick ones you enjoy making and/or eating.  Always make the ones you are good at so you get the compliments for them.

Next, I'm going to suggest you buy some complimentary types of cookies and candy to give a greater choice for guests.  You don't need to tell anyone you didn't make everything but admit it if asked.

Remember in doing all of this to live within your budget.  There are still gifts to buy and food for all the different holiday meals.  If you work at staying within your budget it helps keep that stress down.

Remember the holiday season is here to enjoy family, friends and your religious beliefs.  All the food and drink just increase that enjoyment.  Tis the season of giving, so give your best and "Happy Holidays" to everyone.

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