Sunday, December 14, 2008

Free At Last!

Do you know what this is? This is our holiday baking. Finished. You have no idea how beautiful this is to me.

We've spent the last two weeks making this stuff, and now we can cross it off our lists. Yay!

We made 40 buckets to pass out, and sorry Mom, but we don't ship. This is just for the locals.

This is Peanut Head's Martha Stewart bench in his Martha Stewart garage, laden with the goodies from our labor.

It gets reeeeeeeal cold here in Idaho, and in the winter our garage serves as an extra freezer for our holiday baking.

I made a little key to tape on the underside of the lids to the treat buckets. Just in case anyone wants to know what they're eating.

Some of these recipes are posted on my blog already, and the rest I'm going to try real hard to get posted over the next week.

I don't want to make y'all sick though, with tales of our treats day after day after day. I'm real sorry about the deluge of recipes, and from here on out, I won't let it happen again.

This is my first holiday season in the blogosphere, and I compulsively wanted to get this whole process documented.

I'll try to limit myself to one recipe a week after all these are posted. But for right now, this joyous holiday season, it's raining bad-for-you recipes. I'm so sorry.

We made a total of nine different treats for the buckets, and here they are in no specific order:

First up is the Pecan Molasses Toffee, the first holiday recipe I posted a little over a week ago.

These are the Star Cookies.

These are Buckeyes.

This is the Cranberry White Chocolate Bark, one of the easier recipes to make, and the one I can't seem to stop eating.

Can you tell I'm loving the macro setting on my camera? Those little sugar crystals look like freaky food colored ice bergs.

These sweet treats are Peanut Head's White Chocolate Coconut Clusters.

Ah, the Frying Pan Cookies. Yum.

White Chocolate Egg Nog Fudge--can't stop eating this either.

Chocolate Mint Truffles, the other super easy recipe.

And finally, the Gingerbread Snowflakes. The icing on the treat buckets.

This is what everything looked like jammed in the little buckets. I could just dive right in and not come out until New Year's.

I'm so glad these will be gone in a couple days.

And here they sit on Peanut Martha Stewart Head's bench, awaiting delivery.

I love this day, when the treats are done and we're ready to spread the baking love.


  1. Yummy as usual... Too bad I'll just have to salivate over the pictures!

  2. Oh how I wish I were your neighbor!
    I think my thighs are getting bigger just looking at the pictures!

  3. I have enjoyed all the recipes. I usually bake cookies for friends, although we aren't here this year...I am trying to make some for the family members when we head to WI. So THANKS!

  4. What a fabulous treat for all your friends and family!!!

  5. Those all look so good, Jill! No need to apologize for all the recipes this last week. They've been fun and I've saved them all -- to make next year...

  6. Oh. My. Goodness. Seriously. Oh my goodness. Idaho huh? Hmmmm, I *could* be considered a local, depends on how far we are stretching the definition. Me, it stretches alllll the way to SE Washington. Jill's, I'm thinking it stretches not that far. :)

    Seriously woman, whoa. I am massively impressed. It puts my little cookie making adventure to shame. But, I'm okay with that. This year.

    Cheers, thanks for sharing. Oh, and the solution to the recipe sharing - another blog! That's how my recipe box got started.


  7. I love the recipes, even if I complain about them making me fat. It's because I can't resist making them!

  8. WOW!!!! I am so impressed. I love the little "table of contents" picture you made to go with it. Brilliant! :-)

  9. OMGosh, you are crazy!!! They are all sooo beautiful!!! Great job.

  10. SEE!!! I told you you should be my neighbor then I MIGHT be getting one of those little lovlies. I was all ready to give you may mailing address until you told your own MOTHER you don't ship....sigh, poor MOM!! ;)


  11. Don't apologize!! I just love all the recipes!! You are so good!! You totally put me to shame in the baking category. I am slacking on that. But, unlike you, I don't live in a place that has freezer like qualities in their garage just yet. It will happen...after Christmas. Bugger.

    You go girl! I can't wait to see the rest of the recipes!

  12. Cookie Day is so much fun! You guys had a great one:-)

  13. Oh, wow! You have been busy and all your baked items look delicious and also beautiful! I'm sure everything will be a hit!

  14. OMG girl you are amazing! I can't believe you made all of those cookies already...I am so impressed. And thank you so much for sharing the recipes. I am so going to try the eggnog fudge this sounds so yummy!

  15. Wow, you've been busy! It all looks delicious!

    I love the "freezer" in the garage. That wouldn't work here in Houston!

  16. There is no reason for this comment. I just had to come back for another hit of cookie. Don't mind me, I am just raiding the freezer.

    Cheers, Kiy

  17. Wow,, Yo are one busy Momma!!!!!! YUMMMM....

  18. oh my goodness! you've been BUSY! great tackle :)

  19. these look so nice and once again a nice idea for presents

  20. You are very ambitious. I would love to be the receiver of one of your treat buckets. Everything looks so good. Especially the gingerbread snowflake cookies. I am loving those.

  21. I'm so super impressed...I'm not sure what to say! Other than, these all look so yummy and I wish it was me who had all of this baking done! Great tackle!


  23. I totally forgot to tell you, Idaho and Kentucky are now right next to each other on the map! That's right! So all that stuff about not shipping and local, you can throw that out the window and send some treats over here :) Mmmmmmm, yummmy. Once again, food porn. I love holiday treats and baking. We are in fact doing ours tonight. End of school teacher treats and school holiday parties!

  24. oh my gosh, that is incredible! i made a batch of oatmeal craisin chocolate chip cookies last night to get warmed up for holiday baking. these are some great ideas!