Friday, December 28, 2007

Why I am going to Weight Watchers tomorrow

We did our fair share of baking on Christmas Day as well. The kids worked on their gingerbread (graham cracker) houses and Koo and I made treats for dinner. We were invited over to our friends Ken and Kelly's house for dinner and were in charge of dessert. I am always in charge of dessert. I think it would help my non-existent waist line if I offered to bring salads from now on.

First up though, we had breakfast. Koo made this Breakfast Strudel from the Country Inns and Back Roads Cookbook. It was so very tasty - especially after eating stocking candy all morning!

After our quick foray into savory foods, we went right back to making treats. Koo made her double-chocolate cheesecake the day before and we brought it with us for Christmas dinner. Somehow I did not get a photo. Trust me; it was delish. By the way, we did not add the ganache layer and it did not need it!

Next up are a lovely confection Koo calls "White Trash Truffles". They are seriously easy to make! Koo used a cookie scoop to measure out the dough . . .

. . . then rolled them into neat balls and froze them. Then we melted chips and a dab of shortening and dipped them.

Then, if you are running for mother of the year, you let your children eat the rest of the melted chocolate by dipping bananas in it!

They look like they enjoyed that. In the meantime, I made some Glazed Orange Morning Rolls
from Bread for Breakfast. I could not find the exact recipe on-line so I linked another favorite from her book. The rolls are pretty straight forward. Just a yeast dough and after rising you spread it with a mizture of softened butter and orange and lime zests - then roll.
They were yummy though I would reduce the baking time by about 4 minutes. The first batch was a little too brown.

Here we are at dinner! Kelly bravely cooked for a crowd on Christmas Day and we all appreciate it! The food was wonderful (especially the roasted root vegetables) - the kids liked the deviled eggs and we had to keep Sophie out of the shrimp or she would have polished off the whole bowl! After dinner, we played some of our favorite board games. Merry Christmas!


  1. I vote you are the mother of the year. I am amazed at what you do and are able to document on your blog. I wanna be just like you when I grow up.

    p.s. I have a testimony of Weight Watchers. Now I need to go back... after I finish my stash of chocolate covered marzipan!

  2. Okay, Ross must have the recipe for that breakfast strudel. It looks absolutely amazing!

  3. I can gain 5 lbs. just reading your blog!! but it all looks so delicious!! I'm also impressed that Sophie loves shrimp so much - but then...who wouldn't???

  4. Thanks for the recipes -- I always enjoy them!