On The Eighth Yummy Day…

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!  Its such a wonderful time of year, and so great to celebrate with the Bandits and Bandita Buddies.   I love tho time of the year for so many reasons, not the least of which is the food.  Oh, the yummy food.  For all the other blessings and joys at this time of year, I often come back to the food. Often for seconds!  Because there are so many goodies that we only have at Christmastime.  That makes those delicious goodies even more special, doesn’t it?sees you

Here are a few of my favorites…

      1. Cranberry bread.  I love bread of all kinds, but only make cranberry bread at the holidays.  My favorite recipe has a hint of orange.
      2. Fudge.  I know there is fudge year ’round, and to be honest, I’ve tried it at other times. But it never tastes as good as it does at Christmastime.  Ever.  We already have chocolate walnut, chai and cranberry pistachio made here.

3. Almond Toffee.  Oh man, I love almond toffee.  Its my dad’s favorite. Its my father-in-laws favorite.  Its my husband’s favorite.  We go through a lot of almond toffee this time of year!

4. Pecan Caramels.  My mother makes the most amazing, delicious, mouth watering caramels.  I have her recipe and have tried to make them but mine are never as good as hers. I think its that extra sprinkle of magic mother’s always stir in.  Maybe some day my kids will say they like how I make something best *g*

5. Tamales!  We gather together and, assembly line style, make a huge batch of tamales on Christmas Eve.  My husband is the expert with his grandma’s recipe, and leads the cooking. But we all race to the eating!

6. Roast. I’ve been a vegetarian longer than I’ve been married, but every Christmas I make my husband a roast dinner, complete with little potatoes and carrots and yeast rolls.  I figure it’s my gift to him 😀

If you’re in the baking mood, here’s my recipe for Cranberry Bread.

My Mom’s Favorite Cranberry Bread


2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Grease 1 large loaf pan or 3 mini loaf pans.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.ASealsProposal

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for 15 minutes before taking out of pan to cool completely.

I plan on curling up to enjoy a slice or two of this treat while reading over the holiday break.   If you’re in the mood for a fun, fast read, my holiday SEAL, A SEAL’s Proposal, is on sale for only .99 this week!

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9780373798636.inddHow about you? Are there any special treats that you only get to enjoy this time of year?  What’s your favorite?  

If you share in the comments, I’ll draw one name to win an autographed copy of A SEAL’s Temptation, and a Sexy SEAL swag bag!!!




  • flchen1 says:

    Oh, Tawny! I love all the baked goods this time of year! The one we make annually is the chocolate graham toffee bark, otherwise known as crack 😉 (http://homecooking.about.com/od/dessertrecipes/r/blcandy24.htm)

    I also love the butter cutouts one of our friends makes… Mmm… *crumbs flying*

  • Mary Preston says:

    My favourite treats at this time of year have to be the fruit. It’s summer here, so we feast on all of the tropical fruits and stone fruits.

    When you walk into the supermarket you can smell the mangoes and peaches and pineapple sand … It smells like Christmas.

    My home smells like Christmas with the tables decorated with bowls of luscious fruits.

    I’m off to eat some black cherries – my absolute favourites.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh wow, Mary! Now I’m craving fruit 😀

      We have citrus this time of year, but your sounds so delicious. I’ll bet it makes for gorgeous decorating and treats, too.

      Enjoy the cherries!!

  • Sandyg265 says:

    I like fruitcake and I only get one a year for the holidays.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thats definitely a holiday treat, Sandy 😀

      We don’t have anyone who makes them in our family, so we tend to do without. But it’s always fun to try when I come across it.

  • Helen says:

    Hi Tawny

    Oh I do love the sound of your favourites here in Oz one of my favourites is Christmas Cake a rich fruit cake and of course Christmas pudding both of these are heavy on the fruit and they have alcohol in them we have lots of fresh fruit cherries and watermelon yum

    Merry Christmas

    Have Fun

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Helen, your Christmas cake sounds so good- my mouth always waters when I hear about it. Your family must love this time of year with your delicious cakes.

      The pudding sounds divine, too!

      Happy happy & merry merry 😀

  • Laurie G says:

    We make my M-I-L’s recipe for buttery , melt in your mouth Spritz cookies.

    Laura’s Spritz Cookies
    (You will need a strong cookie press)

    3 sticks of soft BUTTER (no substitutes)
    1 c sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 3 1/2 c flour, 1/2 c ground almonds or 1/8 tsp almond extract
    blend together sugar and vanilla, knead in flour and ground almonds so dough isn’t too soft or sticky
    place in press then place cookies on ungreased cookie sheet
    Bake 325* 12-15”
    watch closely take out when golden brown Lower temp to 300* if oven runs hot

    I’m still on the lookout for a German made cookie press. It looks like a crank meat grinder.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL Laurie! I’m imagining a meat grinder with delicate cookies coming out! So fun!!

      I haven’t had spritz cookies in way too long. Probably since I broke my moms cookie press (oops). What a great recipe, though. Now I might have to find a press!!!

      Thanks 😀

  • Tawny –

    I agree. It’s all about the food 🙂 .. Fudge is just too sweet for me, but everything else sounds fabulous. As for a seasonal treat, this is about the only time of year we make cookies. I love homemade cookies. Plus, I make a killer pecan pie. On the healthier side, we only make corn casserole with a brown sugar topping this time of year. Yum! Now I’m hungry 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oooh, Donna!! Do you share your corn casserole recipe? It sounds yummy.

      I’ll admit it, we make cookies a lot around here all year round. But when I asked everyone what cookie they wanted for the holidays, the response was a universal “chocolate chip”! Um, we had those last month. And the month before LOL.

      So I’m holidaying them up with green and red M&Ms

  • Minna says:

    Chocolate (like I wouldn’t eat that around the year) and Christmas pasties filled with apple & cinnamon jam.

    I can’t belive it’s RAINING! And the little bit of snow we got few days ago is pretty much gone. It seems there won’t be a white Christmas this year.

  • Amy Conley says:

    I have to say maybe white chocolate covered pretzels, althoygh I can finall get these pretty much year round anymore.

  • Colleen C. says:

    My grandmother’s recipe for pumpkin pie… yummy! Never tried cranberry bread… copying down the recipe… thanks for sharing Tawny! 🙂

  • Pearl says:

    I indulge in shortbread. So delectable.

  • Elaina says:

    My grandmother’s delightful apple cake. Mouthwatering and yummy.

  • Annie says:

    Chocolate fudge which melts in your mouth,

  • Jane says:

    Hello Tawny,
    Always enjoy sampling the shortbread, lemon and sugar cookies, but a few years ago I found a recipe online for pecan snickerdoodles that were perfect for the holiday season.

  • Anne says:

    I eat anything I really want year round if I’m willing to buy or make it, but those simple spritz butter cookies that other people make I look forward to.

  • Shannon says:

    Butterhorns, an American pastry with lots and lots of flakey layers. Mom made them year-round, but I only find a day to make them during the holidays. The dough raises four times.

    BTW, I looks like I need to catch up with the SEALs again.

  • May says:

    Christmas cookies… they just taste better when it’s in snowman or Christmas trees shapes…

  • Tawny,what yummy treats! The toffee and the cranberry bread are particularly appealing.

    We make fruitcake this time of year. Not compressed logs of candied fruit but spice cake with candied fruit in it. We like to have that with egg nog.

  • Oh these all sound SCRUMPTIOUS !! Of course everyone in the Lair knows about my Mom’s legendary potato chip cookies (getting the recipe from her when I go home for Christmas for anyone who wants it) And I cannot WAIT for her chicken and dumplings at Christmas dinner. She is also making me my own, nobody gets a piece I am taking it home, Roll Tide Chocolate Pound Cake. YUM

  • Pissenlit says:

    This past Saturday at the big family Christmas party, I discovered Laceys Milk Chocolate Macadamia cookies. They are SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOD!!! *DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL* Rumour has it, if you live in Canada, you can only find them at Costco around the holidays. 🙁

  • catslady says:

    We have one family cookie which is a thumb print cookie with grape jelly and almond flavoring. It’s pretty time consuming but well worth it and since we only make it at Christmas time that makes it more special.

  • Cassondra Murray says:

    Tawny I LOVE the sound of that cranberry bread.

    I’m stealing that.

    Thank you for sharing it!