Spring is my absolute favourite season. Warmer weather, green grass, fresh lilacs … and RHUBARB! For as long as I can remember, there have been rhubarb plants at my parents house. I remember eating it raw, dipped in a little bit of sugar. The BEST! Walking around various local farmers markets, rhubarb is definitely in abundance this time of year. I like to stick with classic rhubarb recipes – compote, strawberry rhubarb jam, rhubarb crumble and rhubarb muffins!
Well friends, the holidays are officially upon us! I am certain that I have all my Christmas shopping done (and if for some reason I done, I’m sorry for whoever I’ve missed because I am NOT going out again!). Today will be spent wrapping gifts, watching endless Christmas movies and finishing up some holiday baking!
I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 holiday treats! I wasn’t as adventurous as I have been in previous years, so I only made a few of these this year, and opted for the easier ones (but they are equally delicious!).
- Puppy Chow (aka Muddy Buddies): for some reason, I have always found myself trying to find the perfect recipe for Puppy Chow all over Pinterest. That is until I realized that the recipe is INSIDE the Chex Mix box. So this year I cut it out and shoved it into my recipe book!
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies: these are basically brownies in cookie form and are absolutely delicious! They are super quick and easy to make and just look so beautiful when they are done!
- Ginger Molasses Cookies: I stumbled upon this recipe earlier this week and OH MY GOSH they are literally the best ginger cookies I have EVER made! I was initially looking for a good gingerbread recipe (if anyone has one, send it my way please!), but these will most definitely do for this year!
- Mincemeat Pies: I don’t have a recipe for mincemeat because in all truth, I have never made mincemeat filling from scratch. Perhaps I will attempt it at some Christmas in the future. For now, I stick with the President’s Choice Mincemeat filling and my Grandma’s good ole dough recipe! These are the only dried fruit treats that I really enjoy during the holidays (no fruitcake for me thanks!) Plum pudding comes in second, but I usually only get that AFTER Christmas (you know, when everything Christmas goes on sale!)
- Church Windows: apparently THESE cookies are super old school, as in people remember their Grandma whipping these up during the holidays! I discovered these last year while shopping downtown. Card’s Bakery in Kingston had some, I tried it and it was magical! These cookies are no bake, and the only part I found to be difficult was rolling them up in the plastic wrap! I left out the walnuts because nuts just don’t belong in desserts!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas filled with delicious food, and surrounded by family!