For Easter this year, our family got signed up to do the snacks after church. I was going to be in town for Easter, so I volunteered to make some cupcakes. We always bring some Sartori cheese, but to bring in some Easter cheer, I had the idea to make cupcakes topped with jelly beans. I made mini Funfetti Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting that I piped on with a grass pastry tip and topped with jellybeans.
Baking Christmas cookies is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I baked 12 different varieties that cover my favorite cookies and include all sorts of different ingredients. I baked about 280 cookies this year that I bagged up and gave out to family, friends, and coworkers. Cookies freeze extremely well, so my freezer has been extremely full of cookies the last few weeks. The Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies and Pecan Pie Cookies seem to be this years favorites!
With Thanksgiving coming up, I start thinking about the meal plan 6 weeks in advance. My family is doing something different this year and going to my sister's home in Nashville. Her kitchen is not equipped like mine or my parent's kitchens, so it's going to be a fun challenge. Here are my Thanksgiving favorites: