Yep, it’s another fantabulous Holiday themed meme, this one from Sluiter Nation. I’ve tried several times to join in to her Top Ten, but I’m not good with things that have short deadlines. However, today as I was walking through Target dreaming of the thousands of goodies I could make if only I had more time and money, I decided to give it another chance. I mean, if I don’t have time to make all this stuff, why not toss the ideas out there and maybe someone else does?
Also, it is very hard for me to pick just ten foods for any label, so I’m going to list my holiday foods in no particular order and the first ten that come to mind. Be forewarned, I have a huge sweet tooth, and it’s possible that the majority of the list will be sweet treats. Just sayin’.
1. Ever since I made them last year, people have asked for more Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (decorated with green sugar for festivity, of course!), so I WILL be making these this weekend during the Christmas Baking Extravaganza. I will also be attempting their cousin, White Chocolate Raspberry Whoopie Pies.
2. Home made sweet potato casserole. Only my brother and I are big sweet potato fans, but if you make them “just right” the whole family chows down.
3. Baked brie. The family version is brie doused with honey and cherries and wrapped up in Pillsbury Crescent rolls. Served with water crackers or eaten with a fork, it’s a warm and gooey delight.
4. Cookies. I make tons of cookies at the holidays. They are rarely made the rest of the year, because you just can’t find the cool chips any time except the holidays, and I don’t like “everyday” cookies. So far this year, I’ve made Toffee Apple, Dark Chocolate Peppermint, and Dark Chocolate Andes. I’m hoping to get some Oatmeal Scotchies made too, but we’ll just have to see how things go.
5. Turkey. For some reason, we only eat turkey at the holidays, so it’s definitely a favorite. I prefer mine smoked or fried and ALWAYS with gravy. I have a bit of an obsession with gravy, just ask my real life friends or family if you ever see them perusing my blog. I’m sure they’re all nodding their heads.
6. Pumpkin and Banana bread. I made Peanut Butter Banana Bread a couple weeks ago (Wow, that recipe is getting a lot of hits!) and pumpkin bread back at the beginning of November. I love all the specialty breads, and wouldn’t mind finding the time to make an Orange Cranberry Loaf. Just one more item to add to my To Bake list! 😉
Oooh, this is getting tough. It’s making me a little hungry to make this list. I also want to go bake something, but I really need to tuck the babe in for her nap. Let’s see if I can get to 10…
**Please hold, the babe requires rocking and snuggling for nap time**
Well, I didn’t make it to 10 before nap time, but let’s see if I can come up with a few more now that the babe is tucked in.
7. Sausage balls. The old school ones with just sausage, cheese and Bisquick. Easiest appetizer ever.
8. Gingerbread. Snaps, houses, cookies, all tasty and also fun to decorate!
9. O.M.G. How have I waited this long to mention EGGNOG??? Oh, eggnog, how I love thee, let me count the ways… *sigh* *drool* While it’s a pain to make yourself, I prefer the homemade kind, because most store bought have too much nutmeg in them. Land O’Lakes used to make eggnog without nutmeg. It was the greatest. I haven’t been able to find that in a few years, so now my fave is Southern Comfort Vanilla Eggnog. It does not actually contain SoCo, and has only a little bit of spice, so it’s my go to ‘Nog!
Well, I don’t have ten, but I think I have everything important for the holidays. Eggnog, baked goods, appetizers, entree and sides… Yep. I’m good with that list. For now. 😉
P.S. I’m sure everyone is now aware why I needed McFatty Monday. 😛