I don't know what it is about this holiday season but I am SO behind the ball!! Normally my house is decorated and my tree up the weekend of Thanksgiving but not this year. I just got the tree up earlier this week. Luckily, I did some crazy shopping on Black Friday so I'm not really running around freaking out about needing to buy gifts.
One of my Christmas traditions is to take a weekend and bake like a madwoman. I usually bake about 11 or 12 different things, double batches, and disperse them out. This year I only managed 9 things. I was just too pooped!
Layer 1 (below): Sugared Date Squares, Pecan Tassies, Birds Nests (jam thumbprint cookies), Caramel Balls, and Almond Florentine Bars.
Layer 2 (below): Cranberry Orange Tassies, 5-Minute Fudge, Butterscotch Shortbread Bars, Sugar Cookies.
Now multiply what you see in that last pic by oh, say 15 - 20 gift boxes, and you have an idea of what I had to make. But it's all baked with love, people!