I admit it.
And this holiday season will more than likely be no exception.
I think we all do at one time or another. Buy a dozen cookies from the local baker, take them out of the plastic container they came in and place them on your own plate and wrap with cellophane. Take it to the office, the school bake fair, or even a family gathering and pass it off as your own home baked goody. And we tell ourselves we’re not fibbing because we say those little ‘all inclusive’ lines like “oh it’s just something I threw together at the last minute”, which is the truest part of the whole act. I’m not entirely proud to admit it, but I am one of these people.
I’m a food lovin’, baking junkie. I’m addicted to baking. Love it. I make everything from your simple rice crispy cereal bars, to 7 layer tortes, to my self proclaimed signature piece; Pumpkin Log. At Thanksgiving you can usually count on me to bring my Pumpkin Log and sweet potatoes, and at Christmas you can usually find me in my kitchen pumping out cookies at a rate that could almost put the Keebler elves to shame. However, since my baby twin girls have been born my baking output has gone down a few notches. Somehow, life with twins, now 8mos, and a 3y/o keeps me a little busy. And on top of all that, this year we’re moving (USMC family) right in the middle of the holiday season. HA! See my need for cheating?? lol
Bottom line, just like you, I’m only human. As much as I like to try and do things to the highest of my abilities, especially for the holidays, it’s just not always practical. So here is my top 5 ways to cut corners and cheat, without being a complete cheater:
- Baker’s Dipping Chocolate!!! ~this stuff is the BEST for making quick and easy treats. Just follow the directions on the tub, and dip WHATEVER you like. I like to take Pirouette’s and dip them, then roll them in Ande’s crème de menthe baking bits.
- Canned frosting. The no whip kind. Scoop half out, add some drops of food coloring, and mix it with a hand mixer, gradually increasing speed until fluffy and color intergraded. Then stuff it into a ziplock baggie, cut one of the tips off, and frost zigzag lines of red and green across premade sugar cookies.
- Pound cake. Super yummy and versatile! I always buy the frozen kind to keep on hand for emergencies. Once thawed out, I cut it lengthwise into 3 sections, and layer with an easy to make cream cheese filling. (don’t frost the whole thing, just layer, ending with filling on top) Sprinkle with something colorful and WA-LA!
- Marshmallow crème and spreadable cream cheese. Mix the two together in equal parts, or to taste, and pair up as a fruit dip with pre-cut fruit.
- Cheese. Who doesn’t like cheese?? When in doubt make a cheese tray by cutting up 3 or 4 8oz blocks of your faves. For an easy dip to pair up with this take equal parts, or to taste, of a rich Dijon mustard and olive oil based mayonnaise.
Remember, whether it’s for the holidays or just fun entertaining, the point is to enjoy yourself and time with others.
cream cheese filling recipe mentioned above:
1pkg (8oz) cream cheese, soft
1 cup powdered sugar
6 TBS butter, soft
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract
Beat together until smooth (roughly 2 full minutes is best)
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Semper Fi Momma
I am a proud supporter of the United States Marine Corps. Yes, I support all of the military branches, but, like football, the United States Marine Corps is my favorite team.
Mommy to an ever-so-sharp, never-misses-anything little boy, and now 2 gorgeous, eyelash-batting, heart-melting little girls. Did I mention life is busy?
Remembering that I am still an individual, aside from blogging I enjoy painting, diving, shopping, and a good book. Love to bake, love a good margarita, love sushi, and LOVE my life!!
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