“The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.” Giada De Laurentiis
Holidays are about experiences and people, and tuning into what you feel like doing at that moment. Enjoy not having to look at a watch. Evelyn Glennie
When I read the theme for this week’s photo challenge … It’s Not This Time of Year Without …. I immediately thought of the special foods that remind us of the holiday season; egg nog, mince pies, Christmas pudding, fruit cake, custard, hot cross buns, and all manner of comfort foods that bring us together to celebrate the changing seasons. Sure, there are many other things that are classic examples of the season, like the lights, trees, songs and all the things that get us into that holiday spirit and mood… But, food is closest to our hearts and homes, and that is where all the good conversations and expressions of gratitude begin and end.
In the picture above, I have decided to share two foods that we enjoy during this season. The pies are mince pies and while they are not as popular in the USA, I grew up eating them as a special, traditional, holiday dessert treat. I still love eating them with Bird’s Eye custard and/or Devon cream. Come back for the recipe to my Everything Cookie. It is a treat you won’t want to miss. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
“Over the holidays is when I have the most occasions to cook and bake.” Nina Dobrev
It’s like your children talking about holidays, you find they have a quite different memory of it from you. Perhaps everything is not how it is, but how it’s remembered. Denis Norden
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1 stick of butter
I package Ghirardelli Chocolate cookie mix
Optional: 1 tablespoon of coconut flakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ready to Eat: In 12-15 minutes
Preheat oven temperature to 375 F. Soften butter either in microwave or by sitting bowl in hot water basin. In a large mixing bowl combine egg and butter using a spoon or electric mixer. Combine cookie mix and mixed chips to mixing bowl and blend well for about 1 1/2 – 2 minutes until moist dough is formed. Scoop dough into tablespoon servings and place them 2 inches apart on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet/tray. Bake cookies at 375 between 12 -15 minutes or until cookies are golden brown or darker… All depends on your preference. I love my cookies to have a crunch on the exterior and a chewiness as we work to the center… So adjust the time to suit your texture preferences. Once Cookies have baked for 12-15 and achieved desired color, remove from oven and let cookies cool for about 5 minutes before serving or packing them away, These are delicious and you can add extra ingredients to the mix; including nuts and spices. Enjoy! Bon Appétit!
As we get ready for the holiday season, we must give ourselves permission to enjoy the special treats that add to our memories and joy. Indulge your taste buds a little and get back on track after the holidays…. After all, the holiday season comes once a year and I doubt a bit of celebratory feasting would ruin any diet plans. Staying Healthy matters more. Happy Holidays!
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Weekly Photo Challenge Post: – It’s Not This Time of Year Without… – For this week’s challenge, show us the one thing without which your holiday season could never be complete. With the end of November near, we’re in the midst of holiday season for many people around the world. With them come traditions, both new and old. A customary event, object, or feeling that makes the celebration familiar and comforting. It may even be the thing that makes that time of year what it is. What about you? Is there a particular dish, a favorite game, or a specific place that signals this time of year to you? Share it with us in a photo!
Have a restful weekend!
Positive Motivation Tip: Traditions are created to hold special memories. Don’t abandon yours!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All other Photos from my personal collection.