Holiday Treats

2011 Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap

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COOKIES!

It is time to bake cookies! And make candy! And bake sweet breads and sweet treats!

My favorite time of year - Winter Holidays - is here! Sunday the 27th was the first Sunday of Advent and in Holland the celebration of the Feast of St. Nicholas is already begun! It is high time to warm up the oven and bake up some yummy goodness!

Celebrate Twelfth Night - Eat Cake!

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Apparently, there are several cultures in the world that regard Twelfth Night - also know as Three Kings Day or Epiphany - as a great time to eat a very special cake!

I decided to make baking a special cake on Twelfth Night a new tradition at my house - beginning this year! With this very cake - Gâteau Basque.

Toys and Cookies and Merry Christmas

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Pony for Sofia! Just delivered to "Mom" to hide under the tree! Very pleased with the pony! Completely designed and made from scratch by me!!!

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Celebrate St. Lucy Day and Scandinavian Crafts.

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image and Lucy Doll by Alkelda

Lucy Day - the celebration of St. Lucia - is almost here and preparations are in full force in Norway, Sweden and Denmark because Lucy Day is the beginning of the Christmas holidays which will last for many in Scandinavian countries until January 20th - St. Knut's Day!

Sandkaker - Norwegian Sand Cookies

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Sandkaker - Norwegian Sand Cookies

My friend Gill lives in Norway and although she does not have a blog, she wanted to participate in the cookie recipe exchange. Below you will find the recipe from her MIL she has shared with me.

Apparently her MIL bakes so many cookies at Christmas that they last until Easter! Then she bakes no more cookies until the next Christmas!

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