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“Babe will you take a pic with me before I start baking?”
Kenny teases me for a good 5 minutes about my apron and then this is the pic I get. Not really what I had in mind!
I try to not laugh at his jokes (it only encourages him!) and then demand a re-take.
Much better. I guess he’s forgiven for making fun of my Mrs. Claus apron.
This time. ;)
I’ve been in such a baking/treat mood this month and today I’m sharing some of our favorite holiday treats! We’ve always ordered a lot of our grocery staples from Walmart. Groceries are so expensive in San Diego and for years we have saved money by getting certain items our kids love like cereal, pretzels, peanut butter, crackers, etc. through Walmart on-line. Walmart just launched a new benefit, Walmart +free shipping, no order minimum (excludes oversized/freight & Marketplace items) so you can get anything you need that isn’t at your local store with next-day or two day shipping. We’ve been loving it! It’s so nice not having to run to my grocery store every other day for items we always need! Especially now while we are all trying to spend more time at home. Groceries come quickly at the same everyday low prices. I’ve been ordering items for my holiday treats with Walmart + and I love that everything I order shows up on my doorstep and I can start baking! I get excited about anything that saves me time and this has been huge for me that way. You can read more about it here and see if this is something that might help you and your family save time/money too.
Here are a few favorites we’ve been making! Some of these holiday treats I’ve shared before and some maybe not. They are all really simple treats that my kids look forward to every year. :)
First up last week we made our Applesauce Cookies. My mom always made these when we were growing up (the recipe was from my grandma) and I especially love making them in December. We usually give them to friends/neighbors, but this year I’m giving friends something different so we just made a few batches to enjoy at home. :) I know many of you have made them and I love hearing that you love them too! Here is the recipe if you are newish to my blog..
Directions from a previous post:
Five reasons you should make these: 1 – They’re delicious. 2 – They’re easy – if I can make them correctly (most of the time), anyone can. 3 – The cinnamon and spices will make your house smell so Christmassy! It’s the best! 4 – They have applesauce in them so you can pretend they are good for you. They’re not. But it’s always fun to pretend. 5 – You’ll want to see the applesauce sizzle part. It’s just cool.
You all know that we make our Pretzel Hugs in bulk every year! Here are some pics from previous years. This is one of my kids’ favorite traditions and as soon as December rolls around they start asking “when can we make Pretzel Hugs!?” Their friends also start asking “when are you making your Pretzel Hugs!?” I love that they all look forward to it so much!
These never last long in our home! So delicious!
And SO easy to make. We made this sheet on Saturday and by Sunday they were gone!
Here are a few other simple treats we love making in December. Grinch Santas! Just fruit on a toothpick with a marshmallow on top.
You all know I love popcorn! In December I toss holiday m&ms and pretzels in with the popcorn for movie nights. So simple and it makes it feel like a special Christmas treat.
I also love making these cute Santa hats. Just Ritz crackers, cream cheese, strawberries and marshmallows! Eat these quickly after you make them or the crackers get soggy! My family always eats these fast so it’s not an issue, but I once tried to make them for movie night earlier in the day and they didn’t taste quite as good.
These Ritz reindeer treats are Kenny and Kole’s favorites. :) Peanut butter on a Ritz cracker and then add chocolate chips, pretzels for the antlers and a red m&m for the nose. My antlers always look a little different because
I get lazy making them and just work with whatever the pretzel looks like when I snap it in two no two reindeer are a like.
These treats couldn’t be more simple and that’s what I love about them! Obviously I’m not a food blogger. :) But these simple holiday treats have become traditions that my kids love so much. I thought they would be fun to share in case you need some festive treats to add a little something to your next family movie night this month!
On a side note.. while I was going through pictures tonight I landed on this pic of Ad making pretzel hugs. Addison is the only one in our house who LOVES cooking. She has always been my best helper in the kitchen. She is super short like her mom and always stands on her toes when she cooks! #shortpeopleimprovise
Making Applesauce cookies with dad a few years ago. In a pig onesie of course.
This was taken on Thanksgiving a couple of weeks ago. (Didn’t Kenny’s turkey turn out nice? I’m still in shock we pulled that meal off..ha.)
And I snapped this with my phone quick last night (she was making another batch of Applesauce cookies with me!). On her toes once again. It always makes me smile.
I really don’t know where she gets it from.