Eggnog, people either love it or hate it. I love it! I wait for it to arrive in the grocery store like I do for Pumpkin Spice in the fall. So far this holiday season, I have baked two Eggnog Cakes, Eggnog Cupcakes, and two different batches of eggnog cookies. I fall in the “loves eggnog” category. Continue reading Eggnog Cake
Christmas is but a few days away and I am soaking up every single minute of the time left. I wanted to share with you some of the beautiful scenes of Christmas I have experienced this year. It will be over all too soon and oh how I will miss the beauty of the season.
Have I mentioned that I love this time of year?! The music, the Hallmark movies that ALL have the same ending, the food, the parties, getting to wear Christmas jewelry, and baking for friends. Sometimes I feel like this after a full day of Christmas baking…..
But most of the time I feel like this….
It’s the holiday season! It’s party season! It’s the season to eat! It’s CAKE season!! Oh my I love this season. I had a party this past weekend, have two parties this week, and I have a party and a luncheon next week. All of these events require a cake that easily transported. That means…..a 13″ x 9″ cake…lots of them. This cake will be partying quite a bit with me.
The always popular Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. Continue reading Red Velvet Poke Cake
As I have mentioned before, I am a born and bred Mississippi gal. We Mississippians like to call home the ‘Sip’. My sweet Mama and Daddy always have and always will live in the ‘Sip. My punks LOVE their Memaw and Papa Gene. When they were little, they were completely in love with them. Going to “Sippissippi” (as my small punks called it) was better than Disney World. My daddy was like Daniel Boone to my boys. He would take them hunting, fishing, teach them how to work with tools in the workshop, and search for arrow heads in the woods. To this day, when the punks come home, we make the two and a half hour drive to Mama and Daddy’s house. They wouldn’t think about going home without seeing them.
I don’t remember being this happy during the Christmas holidays in a very long time. Every single one of my punks made it home. Happy Mama! It was just so perfect having them all home, happy to see one another, eat together, catch up on each other’s lives, eat together, laugh and tell stories, eat together, hug their Mama and Dad, and of course…eat together. The kitchen table is where we migrate every time.
This was our first morning all together. They always admit that is good to come home and let Mama do the cooking. Let’s just say I kept sending Sir Streusel to the store for more eggs and bacon.
Last week my Sunday School Class, the FOLD, held our annual Christmas Party. As usual, their was much laughing, great fellowship, good food, and our annual “Dirty Santa” game. “Dirty Santa” is a game where participants steal gifts from one another trying to end up with the best, or at least not the worst gift. It is so much fun and we do play “dirty”…not down and dirty, just “dirty. I had opened a perfectly adorable snowman teapot that was perfect for me and someone, I won’t name names, stole it from me! It worked out because in the end I went home with a beautiful red Christmas Platter. I love to give “Lovies” at parties. A ‘Lovie” is a little gift that I give out that lets me love on my friends just a little bit more. I set a timer and every 10 minutes or so, the timer goes off, scares everyone out of their skin, a name is drawn and a “Lovie” is presented. For our Christmas party, I gave out little trays of Christmas cookies.