Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking

Does anyone else get nervous about how fast the years are going by? It’s crazy to think it was almost a year ago that we took these pictures.

Christmas Baking

Sarah & Susan

‘Best Memories Ever’

Last Christmas we decided to go and spend Christmas with my sister-in-law, Sarah in Texas. It was definitely one that will go down in the books as one of our ‘best memories ever’! I think my kids are always going to remember that Christmas. Not just because of the extremely long road trip on the way down. And only partly because a massive tornado ripped through town not a half-hour from where we were staying! That kind of thing hadn’t happened there for years!

I suppose that it was all of the above combined with the sweet memories of laughing and talking and playing games and traveling and so many other things…which is what we were going for.

We wanted to take a trip that would create lasting memories, and keep the gift giving side of things very simple. At first I was not sure how my kids would respond, but when we asked them, they all seem to be ok with it.

We were surprised how by doing so, life slowed down — we spent time together instead of shopping and stressing over the perfect gifts, and we had a really good, really memorable time.

One of our favorite memories was baking Christmas goodies. My kids love to bake holiday treats, and it is fun because it is something we can do together. We tried some new simple recipes, that we all loved! gingerbread man

I Love to Scraplift

I wanted to scrap a page that expressed the same feelings that we felt in the moment; of just spending time together, and keeping it simple. This page came together pretty fast because I just scrap lifted the sketch from the Kiwi Lane Idea Book #2 on page 87.

sketch in Idea Book

I then used the finished layout as inspiration, and made a card with my scraps! Just in time to give it to a friend this holiday season!

Holiday Card

The treat that we made was simple. Basically we just took marshmallows, and some apple pieces and dipped them in caramel, and then topped them with crushed oreos, reese’s peanut butter cups, nuts, pretzels, sprinkles…whatever tickled our fancy, which is what made it fun! They went so fast! Perfect for when you are playing games, or just watching movies, during the holiday or anytime of the year.

Overall, we had a great experience that ran the full spectrum of human emotion — including a little bit of fear, which is not generally the case during the holidays, though it is very memorable! We are definitely planning a repeat during holidays to come!

Christmas Baking



Designer Templates Used:

Chestnut Drive (1A, 1B)

Scallops (1A,1B)

Christmas (1,3)

Rings (3,4)

Tiny Traditions (5T, 6T)

Tiny Holiday (1T, 7T)


Photo Mats

Paper Used:

October Afternoon

Family Treats

What is your favorite Holiday Recipe? Share it with us in the comments below.

-Susan Budge

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  1. OH NOOOOO……YOU WERE HERE DURING THAT GOLIATH TORNADO????? I live in the town that was hardest hit! We heard it as it thankfully jumped over our neighborhood. We were so blessed and had no damage but about a mile a way or less houses were devastated and flattened to tooth picks! I agree…. we will NEVER FORGET DEC 26, 20015!!!!

    Re Recipes: As a kid growing up and then with my kids (7 of them) we always had fun making sugar cookies and decorating them. I did it the lazy way and made drop sugar cookies instead of the roll out kind that used cookie cutters. Ours tasted great and it was easier for everybody. My recipe is the one in the BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS red and white plaid cookbook. 🙂

  2. This is a very special recipe that my mom (who passed in August 2012) used to make each holiday (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas) for breakfast. I miss her and this recipe is very special as it was such a huge part of holidays for me growing up.

    Sour Cream Coffee Cake

    1 c sugar
    1/2 c butter or oleo
    2 eggs
    1 c sour cream
    1 tsp vanilla or lemon
    1 c candied fruit (or to taste)
    2 c flour
    1 1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt

    1 c sugar
    3 Tsp cinnamon
    1/2 chopped walnuts

    Cream together sugar and butter.
    Add eggs and blend them. When blended, add sour cream and vanilla.
    Measure flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl and mix to combine. Fold in gradually to wet mixture and mix well. Add candied fruit and mix well. Spread 1/2 ingredients in 9×13 pan or angel food type pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 of topping. Top with remaining batter then sprinkle with remaining topping. To make decorative, place candied cherries on top in a circle if using angel food pan. Red cherries with green cherry pieces for leaves looks great for Christmas. Bake 35-40 mins at 350 degrees. Done when wooden toothpick inserted 1 inch from side comes out clean.