One of my favorite family Christmas traditions is our Annual Bake Day. Of course we always baked holiday goodies when I was growing up, but for the past four years we’ve had an official bake day where we all bring together recipes, our pots and pans, and more butter than anyone would ever want to imagine.
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.
|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|
|Cherry Chocolate Sumsum (don’t know technical name)|
|German Shortbread with Jame|
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…