Holiday time is in full swing. A few days ago I received my lovely Secret Santa gift. There was a name on the Amazon receipt, but no name in the gift message and no blog URL so I'm assuming Miss Santa would like to be anonymous. If this isn't the case, let me know and I'll give you a shout out.
Miss Santa gave me a wonderful owl book mark and a beautiful bamboo-patterned journal. My spirits were greatly lifted after finding these lovely gifts.
Sunday I made a huge pot of of spiced tea in the slow cooker:
Then I settled down to work on a secret project; secret project will be revealed in January.
Yesterday, I continued my holiday joviality by baking some gifts:
Toll House Squares:
One of my favorite aspects of Christmas is making people happy and letting them know that underneath all of my bite and snark I really am a lovable dork.
Here is my gift to you! I'm participating in The Farm Chicks' virtual cookie exchange; here is the recipe for the Toll House Squares:
1 C. plus 2 T. sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 C. soft butter
6 T. sugar
6 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 C. water
1/2 C. chopped pecans
1 C. chocolate chips
~ Preheat oven to 350.
~ Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
~ Blend together in a mixing bowl: butter, sugars, vanilla, and water.
~ Beat in egg.
~ Add flour mixture to wet mixture; mix well.
~ Stir in nuts and spread in greased 13x9 inch pan.
~ Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of dough. Place in oven for 1 minute and then swirl chocolate chips.
~ Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.
~ Cool and slice.