Friday, December 30, 2011

Holidays Holidays!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  It flew of course and tomorrow is already New Years Eve.  This year was an awesome one for my family, ending in the beautiful culmination of our gorgeous daughter's marriage to our new son.

I baked some yummy delights, Italian Struffoli, or fried honey balls, red velvet cake balls, dipped pretzel rods, my fantasmic chocolate chip cookies!  These suckers are unreal.  You measure out the dough on a scale, I cut it back from an 8 oz cookie to 5 and then put them in the freezer to firm them up and keep them from spreading too much during baking.  I really like them to have height.  They are filled with not just chocolate chips, but chopped chocolate as well. I have never had the ones sold at Levain's bakery in Manhattan, but they look just as good to me.

Here are some pics -

Red Velvet Cake Balls covered in white chocolate, a couple in milk chocolate

Caramel/Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods -

Peppermint Bark -

Mega Chocolate Chip Cookies -

Struffolis can be tedious.  I made the dough the day before, then Sophia helped me roll them into balls and fry, you cook honey sugar and water then put the balls into that and coat.  Hubby helped me with the honey part. I use Lidia's recipe for this.

Here are pics of that -

Some family shots -

Our kids have been taking a Christmas pajama pic for years now, its become a tradition. 

My Christmas table and our tree -

That Santino is quite a clown!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and that your New Year is full of happiness and health!


  1. Oh my goodness. You were busy in the kitchen. Those all look amazing. I'm getting a sugar rush just looking at them. You'll have to make those honey balls next time you come to town so I can try them. Wouldn't mind trying those red velvet balls either. LOL

    What a handsome family that is. I love the idea of a pajama picture with all of the kids. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas.

  2. What a beautiful family, Paula! You have so much to be proud of and thankful for! Glad to see you had such a wonderful Christmas. The baked treats look amazing--red velvet cake balls! And Struffoli!! I want to taste it all! Yum!!

    Happy New Year to you and your family! xoxo

  3. Ohhhhh.....I think I just gained 10 pounds looking at your yummy treats!
    Great family pics. Glad you had another wonderful, memorable Christmsa!



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