This is not your casual bake day—a fair amount time goes into picking out recipes to bake (old favorites and new things we’d like to try), creating the shopping list and dividing ingredients between bakers, and then working our fingers to the bone as we measure, sift, pour, stir, and bake our goodies. Of course, there’s always a healthy dose of smiles, laughs, Christmas music, dancing, and the occasional knife fight (I joke, but a knife always seems to find itself in one photo shot).
This year our bake day was especially fun because my aunt, cousin, and sister all flew into Dallas just for the bake day. We had 11 recipes on the menu and though at times the outcome looked a little sketchy, we pulled everything off beautifully.
My apologies for the picture overload, but we had such a great time I couldn't NOT include some of these pictures. Blogger isn't letting me preview posts, so hopefully the spacing is OK.
2010 Annual Bake Day
|Sister Kim and Cousin Rachel making Strawberries|
|Aunt Debi and Sister Brooke|
|Nick, Trish, Kim - The obligatory knife photo|
|Scott dipping oreo balls|
|Nick shaking cookies in powdered sugar|
|Trish, Mom, Brooke figuring out measurements|
|Kim, Trish, Aunt Debi, Mom, Rachel, Brooke|
|Aunt Debi, Rachel, Mom, Trish, Brooke|
|But we lost our insanity|
(some of them)
|Cherry Chocolate Sumsum (don't know technical name)|
|German Shortbread with Jame|
(family favorite passed down from paternal Grandmother)
2 large packages strawberry jello (separated)
1 lb or 7 cups coconut
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sugar
20 drops of red food coloring
Combine 1½ of jello packages in a large bowl with remainder of ingredients. Reserve the other ½ of jello package in a smaller bowl for rolling strawberries.
Mix ingredients well. Shape into spoonful-sized strawberries and roll strawberries into reserved jello mix. Allow to set on wax paper. Use buttercream icing for green stems/leaves.
A very sweet and tangy treat. Has anyone seen anything similar? Wondering if it's a Swiss thing?
What will you be baking for the holidays?
This post is part of the 2010 Virtual Advent Tour - a fifth year tradition in the book blogging community which allows book bloggers around the world to share their holiday traditions with one another. Two years ago I shared the competing Christmas villages-a tradition between my husband and me. Visit the 2010 Virtual Advent Tour site for other book blogger's holiday traditions.
Life update: Test is done--won't know score for another month but pointless to worry anymore. Need to put away those Halloween Decorations (not kidding) and then hopefully I'll be free and clear to do whatever the hell I want! I forgot what that feels like...