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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas At Le Beau Paon. Part 2

Better late than never; here are the last of the photos I took of the Christmas decorations.
This holiday was extremely busy for some reason, for me. In addition to several birthday parties, we also had a wedding to attend yesterday (yes, the 23rd).

And with all my holiday baking, shopping, work, decorating......well, time really got away from me this year!
I had a new decorating project that I was going to do for the parlour this year, but I never got the time to actually put it up. I guess I'll have to save it until next year!

The fireplace mantel in the front entry hall has been decorated with fresh greenery again this year.

On top of the piano..........

There was also a lot of cookie baking going on this year at my house!

In addition to some of my "usual" cookies, I tried a couple of new recipes this year. One of them were Linzer Cookies. I bought a special cookie cutter for these, which also came with a recipe for the dough.

This is the cutter; it's made by Wilton. I found these to be sort of fun to make and no more time-consuming than say, sugar cookie cut-outs. I used raspberry jam in the center, which is my favorite kind of jam.
They turned out quite delicious!

Of course, I always like to make Spritz cookies too. We have been making these every Christmas since I was a child.

These cookies were a new recipe I tried last year, which I found in a Taste of Home magazine.
They quickly became Erik's favorite cookie, so I made them again this year. They are called Triple Chocolate Peppermint Treats. The dough has baking cocoa, semi-sweet chocolate chips and 60% cacao dark chocolate chips in it, thus the "triple chocolate". The frosting has white chocolate chips and cream cheese in it!

I always have to make sugar cookie cut-outs as well. They are my favorites!

These were also a new recipe I tried this year; Chocolate Peppermint Kisses. They are essentially made from egg white and sugar, flavored with miniature chocolate chips ad crushed peppermint candies. Very light and tasty!

My complete cookie baking list this year:
Pecan Fingers
Peanut Butter Blossoms
Sugar Cookie cut-outs
Chocolate Peppermint Kisses
Triple Chocolate Peppermint Treats
Linzer Cookies
Santa's Sugar Cookies

I also made two kinds of fudge:
Fantasy Fudge
Peanut Butterscotch Fudge
and a "party mix", called White Chocolate Party Mix.(pictured below)

Thanks for stopping by! And since it's Christmas Eve today, have a very Merry Christmas!



Bead and Needle said...

You've been a busy girl!!! It's ALL so beautiful, as always, Katie...LOVE that golden color on your walls (any idea of the name and brand?).

Merry Christmas - hope it's happy and safe! XOXO Tanya

Victoria said...

Wow...super-gorgeous..enchanting and elegant...your home and decor is gorgeous and sublime!
Love that chair!

Richard Cottrell said...

I love your fireplace and all the pea cocks are divine. I was I was there for some left over cookies. From one Victorian lover to the next. Richard and Sissy Dog from My Old Historic House.