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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Baking Bananza

This past Friday and Saturday I had a major baking ordeal going on in my kitchen. I had been itching to do it for a while...but just didn't because of lack of time and motivation. However....I think it is now safe to is totally out of my system.

I think.

The first thing I made were Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls. I made them last year and made a few mistakes. Then I made them this year...made some similar mistakes. Maybe next year I'll remember and NOT make those mistakes.

But let me tell you this..... It's pretty hard to mess up something that is made of dough....about 3-4 cups of butter....and a whole lotta sugar!!! They were still dee-licious!! I had 4 for my dessert after lunch on Friday. I couldn't contain myself. They were still warm and all.

(CAUTION: Do not try this at home. Eating 4 in a row for dessert after lunch and then 2 for breakfast the next day....your stomach will not be happy. This is not from personal experience or anything.)

The recipe makes about 7 pans if you do it right (mine only made about 6 and they didn't rise to be as fluffy as hers) I knew that we could not keep them all. So Friday was perfect because I had my pinning ceremony and I sent a pan home with each of our parents.

We interrupt this program...

A funny story.....about the cinnamon rolls...

So Saturday night we had Christmas at my dad's house. They had their pan of cinnamon rolls sitting out on the dessert table and I noticed that there were only 3 missing.

I asked, "You didn't like them?" They said that they did....and almost sister piped up and said, "Marla....some people can't sit there and eat the whole pan like we do." I had no rebuttal. She spoketh the truth.

And I laughed.

On the inside.

Oh...and Parker liked them, too. Well...she really only licked the icing off...

OK....on with the other goodies.

I made these super easy pretzel turtles. I got the idea from here.

Then I made Pioneer Woman's Best Chocolate Sheetcake. Ever. I really liked time I think I need to only bake for 15 minutes instead of 20. I'm still trying to figure my oven out. But was good. And I am still eating it.
And lastly....I made these cupcake cake balls. You can see how to do it here. I am almost embarrassed to be posting this picture because they are pretty sloppy....I was running out of steam....and they look easier to decorate than they really are!! Kelli does such a great job with hers!

And I also made a cheesecake......and to make more excuses for myself....I have not made a cheesecake in SO long.....and it did not turn out. I thought I took a picture of it, but I didn't. Only 1 and half slices of it were eaten at my dad's house. Then when we got home...Geoff said it was ok to throw it away....."but it was still really good" he said.

Uh-huh....sure it was.....we usually throw away decadent desserts that we really like. :)

The end.

P.S. Three cupcake cake ball bites were eaten during the writing of this post. I am out of control and I hope that my sweet tooth dissipates at the conclusion of this pregnancy. I really don't think my body can handle it.


Kelli @ Our Growing Family said...

Remember, you are the one who introduced me to the cakeballs. Remember I was so confused about the bottom not being a Reese's cup? I think Aaron and I ate about a dozen that night....or more! Maybe we each had a dozen!

I made those pretzel and Rolo thing too the other day. Mine didn't turn out as cute as yours and mine were a little too chewy.

Jodie said...

I laughed out loud several times at this post! I am sure all the food was yummy.

Viv said...

Making me very anxious to go in a sugar overload. I can bet you I would've eaten the cheesecake. All looks & sounds very yummy to me!

Kristin said...

It was all yummy!! And your cake balls were beautiful too!! Your too hard on yourself!!


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