Monday, December 3, 2012

Many Apologies and Christmas Prep

First, I want to apologize for once again missing my blog post. I keep trying to write my posts after various festivals and functions, but I also keep forgetting. I'd love to show photos of my Thanksgiving this year, but if I wait, I'll forget. Instead I'm writing this early and I'm going to focus on the future. Here's what I'm looking forward to this Christmas in Michigan.

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the food. During the summer it's too hot to cook and bake this much, but December is the perfect time to heat up the kitchen. That's good for me, because my favorite holiday treats all require lots of oven time: I'm the master of Chex Mix and flavored popcorns.

This is what my kitchen looks like in the winter. I keep four roasting pans on hand at all time. They're the perfect size for making double batches of crunchy goodness. The favorite flavors around our house are taco, snickerdoodle, buffalo wing, and original. There's no such thing as too many flavors of Chex Mix.

I also like to play with popcorn. You'll notice above that I made an orange popcorn. That's not cheddar. It's my Candy Corn Corn. That's write - candy corn covered popcorn. I also recently made some Chocolate Peanut Butter Corn. I make up my own flavors because it's so easy! My goal is to find enough flavors that I can use to make a rainbow of popcorn!

In addition to the baked goods, I also make a lot of non-baked cookies: no-bakes, cathedral windows, chocolate covered peanut butter ritz crackers, and my hubby's favorite - haystacks! 

Of course this is just the sweet side of the story. There's also the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes - what's not to love! This is why we workout all year, so we can stuff ourselves for four weeks.

This year I'll be baking and cooking again, but I won't actually spend Christmas in snow. This will be my first desert Christmas as I spend the holiday with Vegas. It won't be quite as cold as it is here, but I'm sure I can convince the kiddos to turn on the oven for some caramel corn!

What's your favorite holiday treat?


  1. Hey Karin,
    Can you share how you do the flavored popcorn? Sounds so yummy!

    1. Hi Robin -
      Flavored popcorn is SO easy:
      Heat oven to 250 degrees.
      Melt 1 stick butter and 1-2 cups candy (depends on how covered you want the popcorn) over medium-low heat.
      At the same time, air pop 3/4 cup kernels into a roasting pan.
      Pour melted candy over popcorn, mixing well. Bake at 250 for one hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
      Spread popcorn on waxed paper to cool.
      That's it!
      I've used candy corns and red hots on my popcorn - super yummy!

  2. My mom used to make those butterscotch stacks things. :) Haystacks.

    I am not really a Christmas treats person-I just don't crave them. But I try to do some of them for our family's New Year's Eve Euchre party. My family likes Chex Mix. I do like this popcorn that Aunt Carol makes and I tried to make it, but I do not get the candy coating on as perfect as she does! And she doesn't use real popcorn but these snack popcorn puffs. It's really tasty!

    I love recipes--are any of these in our cookbook?

    1. I don't think so - I'll have to submit them next year!

    2. I don't think so. If not, I'll submit them!


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