Saturday, December 18, 2010


My mother was a big fan of crochet. I remember some of her creations were, shall we say, less than appealing. She would find something to make and then make what she felt were improvements on what the pattern called for. Her color combinations weren't always compatible. One thing that she did make that I treasure and bring out year after year are the Christmas mice.

They look hungry, these mice.

My partner in cookie cooking this year gave me this snowman to grace my tree.

As you can see we got a little crazy as the day of baking wore on. I had the whole grinch tooth thing going on.

Yvonne dropped the towel in the chocolate ...........

and on and on she rolled cookie after cookie.

After awhile of dipping pretzels one by one and thinking we would never finish (I was using a cup hook to dip mine), Yvonne got the brilliant idea of lining the two tables in the store with parchment (we have 1000 sheets, yes, 1000) and then we each went at the table with cups of melted almond bark and a spoon to create what you see. That was only the first color, we did red and green, too ........... and sprinkles.

Yvonne is so handy to be around, always full of ideas. Best way to dip pretzel rods? Insulated coffee mug. Just the right depth and keeps the coating warm. Notice that I am giving credit to Yvonne for all her good ideas. Really have no choice ............. she reads the blog.

These cookies got a chocolate ganache filling, and the peanut butter balls got a nice chocolate bath.

Macaroons .............. yummmmmmm.
This was only day one and I have already sent most of the goodies I made out to family. I will have to make more soon for the next two boxes that will be shipped out. I have lost my appetite for sweets. Could have been the green icing on my teeth ..... maybe.


Mamma has spoken said...

Looks great! I need to get started on my baking soon since I only have a few days before Christmas Eve. I think I'm doing it on Monday and Tuesday since I have a son who wants to help me this year. Totally unusual for any of them to want to help.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

they look great! and my address is... LOL!

Brian Miller said...

oh man...i just gained weight looking at the pics...smiles. those look great...nice

Whitney Lee said...

Lordy, that's a lot of baking! No wonder you have lost your taste for sweets. Maybe that's what I should do...

They all look yummy! How wonderful that you don't have to do all of that alone.

SkippyMom said...

Impressive girlie.

I am SO digging the green teeth. Fabulous! lol I want.

And I agree with Tee - you need my address, correct....giggle.

Love you and missed you!

Robblogger said...

Those Meeces are the cutest, just adorable!

The green teeth?

Your dentist must be smiling and rubbing his hands together!

houndstooth said...

Oh, that looks delicious and fun! If you make any buckeyes, feel free to send them here.

I LOVE the mice! I remember a phase from when I was little where the big thing was to make people whose bodies fit over soda cans.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure you two will ever have a "televised" cooking show!!! ha ha

Everything looks delicious and glad you had such fun times.

Wishing you Christmas joy!

labbie1 said...

Yes I am watching and reading and usually just lurking...
Did you REALLY HAVE to use that picture of me? SERIOUSLY? Ouch!

It was fun though--but after two days of this, I never want to see chocolate again! And for me--that is AMAZING!
You didn't show the WONDERFUL Chocolate covered cherries--what a GREAT recipe! A realy keeper and the cheese straws and Paula Deans gooey chocolate cookies--which He Who is devouring, so he must really LOVE them!
So much fun!