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Friday, December 24, 2021

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, friends!

I wish you all a blessed Christmas with family and friends.

I've been busy this week with cooking, baking, candy-making, cleaning, and wrapping gifts. One of the gifts that I give to my son and daughter-in-law each year is a stack of tins filled with treats and snacks. I spend the week prior to Christmas making these goodies. Here's what is in the tins this year, from top to bottom:

  • spiced nuts
  • homemade cocoa mix in cellophane cones
  • homemade candies -- dark chocolate dipped dried apricots and dark chocolate almond clusters
  • gingerbread men, peppermint-vanilla swirl cookies, and nutty caramel bars
  • cheese popcorn

I also wanted to show you the type of chocolate that I've been using for dipping dried fruits and nuts. Instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, I've been buying "dark chocolate" chips. The brand I've been using is Great Value (Walmart store brand). They're 60% cacao and higher in fat, lower in sugar than semi-sweet chocolate chips -- so they're creamier and less sweet. The Great Value brand is about 20 cents more per package and the package is slightly smaller (10 oz compared to 12 oz semi-sweet). 

We hope to see our son and daughter-in-law tomorrow, weather-permitting. Wishing you all a merry Christmas!



  1. Merry Christmas, Lili! Posting again, think my earlier comment disappeared.
    Aloha, Laura

    1. Hi Laura,
      Merry belated Christmas to you too!
      (argh, my replies will sometimes disappear, too!)

  2. Christmas blessings to you! Hope you had a great weather day for visiting with your family. It's so important to be able to connect!

    1. Hi Kris,
      I hope that you and your family had a lovely Christmas, too!

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    1. Thank you, Alice. Merry belated Christmas to you and your family, too!

  4. The tower looks so fun and luxurious! Hope you had a lovely time with your family! Ours was casual and pleasant.

    1. Hi Cat,
      Thank you!
      I glad to hear that your family's holiday was a good one.


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