Wednesday, December 3, 2008

It just isn't Christmas without...

a fun Holiday Meme!

Top 3 Holiday Movies (in no particular order):

Favorite Holiday Cookie: Snowballs!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup Butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
unwrapped hershey's kisses
Powdered sugar

Heat oven to 325°F. Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl occasionally, until well mixed (2 to 3 minutes). Shape dough around a hershey kiss to form a ball about 1 inch in diameter. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while still warm and again when cool. Makes 3 dozen cookies

Naughty or Nice?
Oh you know I'm naughty. ;)

Some tuneage on my iPod right now:
Wonderful Christmastime--Paul McCartney
Twelve Days of Christmas--John Denver & The Muppets
Happy XMas (The War is Over)--John Lennon
All I Want for Christmas is You--Mariah Carrey
Feliz Navidad--Jose Feliciano
All That I Want--The Weepies
Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer--Elmo & Patsy
The Chanukah Song--Adam Sandler
The Chipmunk Song--Alvin and the Chipmunks
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen--Barenaked Ladies
Auld Lang Syne--Mairi Campbell & David Francis
The Twelve Days of Christmas--Bob & Doug MacKenzie
Christmastime is Here--Vince Garibaldi Trio

Favorite holiday tradition:
It used to be our neighborhood's luminaries, but we haven't lived in that neighborhood for years. I just love the neighborhood streets all lit with lights. I really miss them. Maybe I should lobby my neighorhood association for the same tradition this year.

My favorite holiday project and recipe:
Well, you guys already know about my Sweet Potato Cake recipe,
so here's a pic of my favorite holiday project...winter jars.
I just love these and they are so, so easy to make. I also love my scrappy trees...
Favorite childhood holiday memory:
I remember when I was little, we used to leave cookies for Santa along with carrots and
popcorn for the reindeer. My poor dad had to eat it all that night!

Some decorations I will have around the house
(once we decorate after my mother's b-day that is)
Our tree:
Our Mantle

Some things here and there:
And my favorite decoration of little Santa

Merry Christmahanakwanzikah Everyone!


Trish said...

Colleen--I love your balls. I do. I really do.

Libby said...

In the second to last pic it looks like a fun "countdown to Christmas" type project that you've made....can clues on where to get the makings for one of these? I've always wanted to do this & never found one I liked...UNTIL NOW :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Ryzmomplus2 said...

awesome post! Great movies, cookies and decor! Love it!

Trish said...

Libby--I think Colleen used the Advent Tree from Starbucks last year. Not sure if they have them this year or not...

Jewel said...

Wow Colleen - what a wonderful Christmas post! Thanks for sharing all your holiday goodness with us. Those cookies look way to good not to try - yummy.

Katherine said...

White Christmas is also my favorite Christmas movie. Holiday Inn is my second favorite! Almost all the same actors, too. Love to pull them out and listen/watch while decorating!
Gonna make snowballs today after the kids get home from school! Thanks for the recipe!

Colleen said...

libby: yep, it is an advent calendar that i altered from starbucks. i've also seen them just like that at the cost plus world market and i bet if you did a search online you could find one. someone else makes a square one. i can't remember who.

trish: you are cracking me up, girl. OMG. totally made me think of that SNL skit and i love you for that. bwahahahahaha

katherine: i love love love white christmas. it is my all time favorite christmas movie. my favorite part is when bing crosby and danny kaye sing sisters. cracks me up!

jamie said...

colleen...we made your snowball cookies...not only were they delish...but my three girls all got to participate and they had a blast getting those's not easy getting them all in the kitchen at the same time and accomplishing set out goal...but it was very fun...thanks so much! a new tradition.