Friday, October 28, 2016

Tentative Christmas baking list for 2016

Vintage ad from my collection
Yes, here it is!  I took some time on Rudolph Day to make a tentative list for Christmas baking and candy-making.  Observant readers will note that this may be scaled down somewhat from previous years.  I've included links to as many of the recipes as I could.

Apricot Shortbread (have not tried this one yet)
Whipped Shortbread Cookies

Christmas cut-out cookies
Almond Shortbread Thumbprints
Eggnog Log Cookies

Chocolate Spritz
Chocolate Mint Crisps

Date-Nut Casserole Cookies

And you can find more of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes here:  Fun and Festive Cookies.

And then the candies I hope to make include:

Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices
Heavenly Delight
Coffee Shop Fudge
Photo from Taste of Home
 Arlene’s Easy Fudge

And, as of now, there will be one more kitchen gift that I know of: Cinnamon Pretzels.
Kitchen gifts from 2013
I often find that my actual baking list varies quite a bit from the tentative list I made ahead of time.  This year I've tried to be less ambitious.  We will see how it plays out!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rudolph Day for October

Just had to show you all this fun little Rudolph Day find!

I was looking through some family Christmas things today and found this.  What a perfect find for Rudolph Day! 

I just know that this little baby reindeer was my Christmas ornament as a child.  Apparently Rudolph was a real trend in the early 1950s, for I had many Rudolph items.  This little plastic ornament has a length of red satin ribbon for a hanger. 

Here is another view of the reindeer.

In other Rudy Day news, I have enjoyed a couple mugs of Candy Cane Lane tea and am working on a cup of Twining's Christmas Tea.  I'll be celebrating Rudolph Day on Friday with our library Christmas Club, so won't do a lot more today.  But I think I am going to browse through my Christmas notebook and make a tentative baking list, which I'll share in a day or so.

Happy Rudolph Day!

Thursday, October 06, 2016

A whimsical Christmas scene in the forest

Here is a card I recently came  upon.  It can't be said to be truly vintage, I think, but it is so cute!

There's a lot going on in this picture, from the exchanging of gifts to the sharing of music to the two friends toasting one another with mugs of hot cocoa.  The birds watch the scene from a tree branch.  The whole card is richly textured as well.

Just a sweet, sweet card!