Holly Days: Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker

Holly Days has moved!!!

You should be automatically redirected in three seconds. If not, please visit us at
and update your bookmarks! Also, don't forget to become a follower again!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Baker, Baker, Cookie Maker

Funds are tight this year. I know we aren't the only ones struggling to provide a good Christmas for their family. Instead of buying gifts for our families, this year, we decided to bake goodies for everyone. It's a great way to show you care & are thinking about them & it's also light on the wallet. Is baking for a family of 34 (yes, you read correctly, my husband's family is 34 strong...35 including myself) easy? H-E-double hockey-sticks, no!! But I did put more time & effort into these cookies than I would have any other gift from off of the store shelf.

Collin's fever is up again. Ethan is now experiencing the same symptoms. He was feeling so sick, he didn't even remember his elf gift until late this afternoon. I'm pretty sure this illness isn't from Collin's vaccines, now that I factor in these two things. I have an appointment for Collin at crack of my ass in the morning to see his pediatrician. I am not a morning person. I must seriously love this kid.

Plus, we are supposed to leave for LA tomorrow evening. Bag packing, present checking, blogging, medicine grabbing, laundry washing, dog feeding, cat feeding, window checking, door locking car loading.....& pediatrician appointment.

Way. Too. Much. To. Do.

Good thing Collin can cook.

{Chocolate covered pretzels.}


{Peanut butter cookies.}

{Rice Krispy treats.}

{Elf gift unwrapping.}

{Elf gift nomming.}

{Collin's elf gift, a wooden toy car.}

{Ethan's elf gift, a set of stamps.}

{Mama's chef.}

{"Zees is how ve stir ze sauce."}


  1. mmmmm I love chocolate covered pretzels....

  2. Holly, not only can you bake,
    but you take some great shots!
    So glad I discovered your site.
    I'm so sorry to hear you lost
    a son. Love and prayers ~
    Meet your newest follower.
    Hope you'll swing by and vist
    me too. I love company:)
    Merry Christmas!

  3. That is a lot of baking going on! Found your blog because you friended me through Blog Frog! I am now following you through GFC! Happy to have found your blog!

    Anna, The Pilot's Wife

  4. @Mama Mandolin - They are my favvveeee! It wa sso hard to not munch them when I was making them.

    @Debra - Thank you so much!!! I'm glad you found me! I'll definitely check out your blog!

    @The Pilot's Wife - It was. I'm exhausted! But I'll stop by your blog before turning in for the night!

  5. that looks like A LOT of work! but i totally wish i was in your family so i could eat all of those!!! they all look SUPER delish!

  6. These are all beautiful. What are elf gifts? This is new terminology. :)

  7. @Jill - It WAS a lot of work. Perhaps next year, I will send some your way! LOL!

    @kyooty - Santa's Elves come visit our house each night seven nights before Christmas. They leave a small gift as a reminder to be good. It's also a fun countdown to Christmas.

  8. I love this idea. I did a smaller version last year. So. Much. Work! I don't think my recipients appreciated all the work that goes into it.

    Good job!

  9. Oh my gosh, your culinary creations look delicious!

  10. @Debbie - I'mthinking they will appreciate it! Hard work all on it's own, but even harder with two sick kids wanting cuddles all day.

    @L - Thank you!!!!