December 1 means it’s time to ramp up baking! No more peanut butter, chocolate chip, or oatmeal cookies in the cookie jar. It’s time to pull out all the stops! I make double or triple batches of dough, bake half, and freeze the other half for another time. Family favourites are Empire Cakes, Sugar Cookies (Betty Crocker - 1950 recipe), Holiday Spice Cookies, Millionaire Shortbread, And Peanut Butter Balls.

My favourite holiday treat is fruitcake, but NOBODY in the family likes it, and it is something I’ve never made. DS#2 is working as a ‘mixer’ in an industrial bakery that makes many kinds of cake, including fruitcake. They had a one day sale of cakes that didn’t meet QA standards for appearance (nuts uneven across the top, irregular shape, etc.) so DS brought home 10lbs (there was a 50lb limit for each worker!)

Tomorrow no one is allowed in the kitchen after 1 pm, since I am doing a ‘rehearsal’ for our Christmas Eve dinner. I’m making my first ever duck! I am doing a recipe from a magazine called ‘Scandinavian Fruit-Filled Roast Duck.’ The recipe sounds kind of like fruit cake to me!

So, what are you up to in the kitchen? What are you eating? Fruitcake ‘yay’ or ‘nay’? Please share your stories and photos.

#1 Empire Cakes
#2 Sugar Cookies
#3 what 10lbs of fruitcake looks like
#4 coffee art from a local cafe (I love coffee art!)

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