Homemade Christmas Gifts

Andrea Meyers - Bourbon Praline Pecans

With so many parties and gatherings during the holidays, it’s nice to bring a homemade hostess gift or a little something to share with everyone or something unique to take to the neighborhood cookie swap. These are some of my favorite homemade gifts for the holidays, and I hope you’ll share your favorite homemade Christmas… 

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Our Top Five Favorite Christmas Cookies

Andrea Meyers - Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

The week after Thanksgiving, Monkey Boy asked me, “Mommy, is Thanksgiving over?” “Yes,” I answered. He jumped up and down and shouted, “That means it’s Cookie Season!” A boy after my own heart. In the spirit of Cookie, ahem, Christmas Season, we’re sharing our top five favorite Christmas cookies (with input from the whole family),… 

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Ticonderoga Farms: Christmas on the Farm

Andrea Meyers - Ticonderoga Farms Christmas Trees thumbnail

Ticonderoga Farms began their Christmas tree destination 50 years ago, so this is a very special time of year for the farm. They start their celebration the weekend after Thanksgiving with breakfast with Santa and of course cut your own Christmas tree. They grow White Pines, Weymouth Pines (aka Virginia Pine), Scotch Pine, Red Cedar,… 

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Roast Turkey in a Roaster Oven

Four-Day Plan for Thanksgiving Dinner, aka How to Keep the Crazy to a Minimum - Andrea Meyers

When it comes to big holiday feasts, one oven just isn’t enough, and I always find myself trying to sort out the intricate timing of turkey, stuffing, rolls, and any roasted or baked vegetables. I sit down with recipes and a schedule and plan it all out. If the turkey is done too early, it… 

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Butternut Squash Pie

Butternut Squash Pie - Andrea Meyers

Turkey may be the main course for Thanksgiving dinner, but in our house the pies play the starring role. I have as much fun planning the pies as the rest of the meal and always have trouble narrowing down the list if we’re having a small gathering. More Thanksgiving Day visitors equals more pies! One… 

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Prune Cake

Prune Cake Recipe - Andrea Meyers

It’s a shame that fruitcake has earned such a horrible reputation. When I was growing up I didn’t like them, I think because the flavor seemed strong to my kid-size palette, but now I love a good moist fruitcake with plenty of real dried fruits and a dash of rum or other baking alcohol. Michael’s… 

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Speculaas (Molded Ginger Cookies)

Speculaas (Molded Ginger Cookies) Recipe - Andrea Meyers

This is my final cookie in the Saveur Cookies We Love event, a spiced molded cookie from the Netherlands. Molded cookies are common in Europe and the tradition is often passed down through families along with the old wooden cookie molds. If you are fortunate you may even have an heirloom mold that’s been in… 

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