It’s almost Christmas!
Are you ready? Excited? Anxious! We’re having my family over tomorrow which will probably be 13-15 people. Thankfully everyone was okay with just doing appetizers and bringing a dish so I have less cooking to do the day of. It’s much for fun to relax, play games and enjoy company than to be in the kitchen cooking half the time. When ever I’m hosting a get together, I start planning weeks in advance. Prepping to-do lists, menu ideas, grocery lists, etc. Then just a few days before, I get out all my serving dishes I’m going to use, and start preparing what ever food I can do ahead. Usually the day before is cleaning and setting up the tables, bar, setting out plates, silverware and glasses. I’ve learned that starting early means less for me to do the day of and way less stress 🙂
Before I forget, the winner of the delicious, healthy chocolate bars from Lily’s Sweets was Amy at Ahealthyhappyheart. Congrats sweetie! Send me your info and I’ll get your chocolates in the mail for you 🙂
Yesterday I spent most the day baking away. I love to bake during the holidays and no matter how organized I try to be, I end up being a crazy multitasker and doing way to much at one time. I also squeezed in some time to finish up a craft project the Love Nugget and I have been working on.
Simple salt dough ornaments
1 cup flour
1 cup salt
1/2 cup water
Mix flour and salt together then slowly add in water. If the mixture is too sticky, add a little more flour. If it’s too dry, add a little more water. Once you have a dough formed, remove from the bowl and lightly knead on a floured surface. Roll into a ball then roll out into a flat 1/4 inch thick disk. Cut out desired shapes and poke a small hole to hang them with. Then, place onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in an oven heated to 250 degrees for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. or until hardened. Allow to cool for several hours or over night.
Once they are completely cooled, you can paint them however you’d like. We used tempura paint and poster paint which are pretty much the same thing. If you’d like to seal the paint you can spray a little clear sealant or even hair spray!
The Love Nugget had a great time helping to cut them out,
and painting them.
Along with finishing up crafting and baking a few recipes I found online, I came up with a really yummy recipe I wanted to share with you.
Crispy Chocolate Peanut Butter Vegan Fudge
1 cup All Natural Smooth Peanut Butter
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/2 cup Coconut Butter
1/4 tsp. Sea Salt
2 cups Rice Crispy Cereal
1 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips
1/4 cup All Natural Peanut Butter
1 tbsp. Coconut Oil
Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper. In a medium saucepan, melt coconut butter and peanut butter over medium high heat. Add in powdered sugar and sea salt and bring mixture to a boil. Continue to boil for 3 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 2 cups of rice crispy cereal. Stick into the fridge to set for 30 minutes. In the meantime, melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and coconut oil in a microwave safe dish on low or a defrost setting. Remove the peanut butter rice crispy dish from the fridge and pour the chocolate peanut butter over the top. Place back into the fridge and chill for 2 – 3 hours. Cut into squares and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy!
These are good…
Like can’t stop eating them good!
When the hubby got home, I handed him a large piece to try. He said, “I don’t want that big of a piece.” I said, “I think you do, just try it.” He ate the big piece and said, “wow, those are good!”
Now that I look at the photos I wish I would have sprinkled some coarse ground sea salt on top. Mmmmm…. peanut butter, chocolate, sea salt. Devine!
Besides this delicious recipe I also made a few other sweet treats,
Bourbon truffles rolled in chopped walnuts and toffee. These were supposed to actually be fudge but it didn’t set up all the way so I improvised 🙂
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls made with Fitmixer protein.
Lemon Coconut bars
Once I get started baking I feel like I can’t stop! I always see ONE more thing I want to make. A little later I also made candy cane brownies and today I’m making fudge for the hubby. Then it’s time to clean, finish putting together The Love Nugget’s toys and prepping some appetizers for tomorrow! Can’t wait!
- If you bake for the holidays, do you stick to recipes you know will work or try new ones?
- Do you celebrate more than one Christmas like we do?