Sunday, July 01, 2018

Welcome to my Christmas kitchen for Christmas in July!

I'm swinging open the door here in the Christmas kitchen this morning!  The coffee is brewing, and I certainly wish I had a gorgeous blue snowflake coffee service, like the one above,  to use.   (It's from an A&P ad of years gone by.)   There's a teakettle on the stove, too,  if you prefer tea.

That delicious aroma wafting out the screen door is my fabulous Cranberry Coffee Cake, cooling on the counter,

and there are Almond Joy muffins (I'll share that recipe tomorrow) in the oven.  Either of these would be a wonderful addition to your Christmas breakfast plans.   If we get a cool day this month, try one of these treats on a weekend and see what you think.  These are both great favorites with my family.

A quick baking tip that will work with either of these and many other of your favorite Christmas recipes: if someone in your household must eat gluten free, simply substitute the Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten Free Baking Flour for the regular flour in the recipes.  This baking blend works wonderfully in cookies and bars, cakes, coffeecakes, muffins, scones, and biscuits. 

It does NOT work with yeast doughs, which I found out the hard way (not having read the label thoroughly) trying to make pizza crust. 

I have never tried making pie crust with this gluten free blend either.  My best advice on gluten free pie crust is here: Gluten Free Pie Crust.

 Throughout the month, I hope to share other recipes, planning ideas, memories, poems, vintage cards and other vintage Christmas finds, plus some craft, gift, ornament, and wrapping ideas.   Often when I celebrate Christmas in July here in my Christmas kitchen, I write and schedule the posts far ahead, or at least have a very good idea what I am doing.  This year I'm not quite that organized, so I don't know for sure what I'll be sharing or even if I will manage to get here every day.  But I certainly hope to!  See you then.


  1. What a delicious recipe to kick off Christmas in July. Food and the smell of certain foods always says Christmas to me. As a child, it was Sara Lee Pecan Coffeecake - we always had that on Christmas morning. I have Christmas dishes but I only seem to use them when we have our family Christmas Eve buffet dinner. This year, all the regular dishes are coming out of the cupboards and going into boxes, and the Christmas dishes will be used all month. I don't know why I haven't thought to do this before.

  2. Anonymous2:14 PM

    Yay for Christmas in July!

    Will keep the cranberry coffecake in mind for my work Friday breakfast (we all take turns bringing in breakfast on a Friday and I'm always looking for new ideas, especially larger quantity recipes) - it looks good!

    Looking forward to seeing what the rest of July has in store!


  3. Looking forward to reading your daily post

  4. Looking forward to visiting your kitchen this month!

  5. So excited, thank you for all you do. Really looking forward to trying that cranberry cake, especially!

  6. Yummmm! Going to try it with some Trim Healthy Mama baking blend in it. Also aw fave gluten free baking mix at our house. Thank you! Merry Christmas in July 💚

  7. Oh my this would be great for the Christmas brunch! yumm. Thanks for posting for CIJ :)

  8. Oh, YUM!!!! I am going to start painting a Christmas Santa this month! Or at the very least, select what to paint. I used to teach an art class here at home in my dining room every Tuesday night for over 35 years. In July, we would paint something Christmasy and I would play Christmas music and serve hot chocolate with candy canes. Good memories!


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