For Christmas this year, I decided to dabble in baking a few treats…5, to be exact. Usually, I just bake “Food for the gods” – a Filipino dessert. This year, I made all 5 from scratch (except Red Velvet Cake Poppers. I used boxed cake mix for that). Clockwise from top left to right: Cake Poppers, Sugar Cookies, Pecan Tarts, Dark Chocolate Mint Cookies and Food for the gods.
I have to say, they ALL came out prettttyyyy awesome. I only made one batch of the Dark Choco Mint cookies so only a couple of people got those – pDaddy had a hard time sharing them…he loves his choco-mint.
This bake fest took about a week – baking one type of treat per day, but took OVER a week to ship out to my friends in NJ. We did get hit w/a bit of a “blizzard”, afterall (and by blizzard, I mean we got crazy wind and a couple inches of snow in the span of a few hours, but nothing crazy like other parts of the country). So, the goodies got to my friends AFTER Christmas, but still, it was enjoyed and I’m glad. Look how pretty I packaged them too – with homemade tags and my “Kitchen of” seal. Stuck these inside of boxes surrounded by those air bag type things and/bubble wrap (that pretty box below was reused…originally had my modcloth order – reduce, reuse, recycle y’all!).
I’m glad that I sent them out. Having them here was too easy to eat and gain the calories. I’m going to stick to probably just 2 next year and make a ton of both. The girls LOVED helping me bake though, so that might change.
Another thing I made this year which I wish I never did? Pumpkin Cheesecake. Before this year, I never liked anything pumpkin. Then, I saw pumpkin cheesecake at our grocery’s bakery aisle. Now, everybody loves cheesecake – at least in my house they do. So, I figured I’d give pumpkin cheesecake a try and I.LOVED.IT! It was over $12 though so I thought I could try to make it myself and it will be cheaper. Truth. Now, why I decided to follow Paula Deen’s recipe of diabetic goodness, I have no idea, but it is good. Just too sweet. I made it a second time and lessened the sugar by 1/2 a cup and I’m thinking I could have probably lessened it by 3/4 of a cup. I looked on myfitnesspal.com to see how many calories this baby had and I wish I looked it up sooner. 1/12 of the cake has 460 calories. Now, I’m not sure if that’s some ready made one (does she do that?) or if it is based on following her recipe, but 460 calories?!?!? Holy Cannoli, Batman! And to think, when I was in full-on holiday busy mode, I would sneak a bite here and there. No wonder I gained weight so easily. Needless to say, I won’t be making this again anytime soon. It is too good to pass up, but too many calories and I really have to lose weight according to my doc. Maybe by next Christmas Bake Fest, I will think about making this again. But GASP! Look:
(No, I didn’t have it for breakfast. I just wanted to show you the #s breakdown).