This holiday season I had a mission, to bake! I love to bake when I am inspired so it is usually a spur of the moment thing. But to actually sit down and plan to bake especially during Christmas, I usually fail. I have very fond memories of my Grams creating a huge plate of cookies, candies and fudge every year when I was much younger. The platter would be left out for family and friends to graze on for days. I looked forward to it every year.
Since having my girls, I have wanted to pick up where my Grams left off, and give my girls that wonderful memory and a tasty treat to look forward to every year. Finally this was my year! To make it even better upon hearing my huge ideas of baking, my hubby let me have a big Christmas present early.....
That's right, a mixer and in my favorite color!!! I was floored, I have been drooling over this mixer for years and hoping to find it under the tree every Christmas, finally my time has come! Now, I was totally inspired to bake, nothing could stop me!
This year I made my family's traditional cookie growing up (and my personal favorite)...Russian Teacakes. Butterscotch Haystacks are also a tradition, yumm! Along with those I made Chocolate Chunk Snowballs, Peanut Butter Fudge, Candy Cane Marshmallows, and Rolo Pretzels. I have been wanting to make homemade marshmallows for the past year, so I was kinda wicked impressed with myself and it never would have happened without my mixer!
For C's school party today, I found the cutest cupcakes on Pinterest and fell in love. This idea via With Sprinkles On Top, she has fabulous recipes you must check her out!
C knows I was making them via the pictures online, but she hasn't seen them in person yet so I know she will flip out when I arrive at her classroom today.