Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Treats

126. Christmas time is filled with so many delicious treats. Homemade cookies, candy, breads and traditional family sweets.
Our family enjoyed so many yummy delights this year from friends.
These fabulous cookies were from Mexico. They were buttery and so light.
Another delicious cookie is Cucidati, an Italian Fig Cookie filled with figs, dates and walnuts.
My sweet friend makes these for her family each Christmas
and I am so glad our family makes the list! These are delicious with a hot cup of tea.
My precious friend Jiulia makes this Italian favorite, Struffoli, Tiny Honey Balls.
Jiulia says they are very difficult and tedious to make...but oh the wonderful results!
Each year I look forward to THE FABULOUS CHEESCAKE. Our friends ring the doorbell and sing "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", and in their hands is a homemade cheesecake smothered in red raspberries glistening with raspberry glaze.
A pot of coffee is made and we all sit down to savor this delightful gift.

There is a new treat added to our Christmas Treat's list...Ube Cake Roll.
I had never heard of Ube Cake Roll, but learned it is a Philippine delight. Jordan told us it was his favorite dessert growing up.
This cake roll is made with "Ube", a purple colored yam which gives it a violet color.
The texture of the cake was very similar to sponge cake and the cream was so light and fluffy. Although this cake is not very sweet, it calls you back for a second, third and forth bite.
Our friends were so generous this Christmas and spoiled our family with these wonderful treats. We are blessed with family, friends and a Savior who gave for all.

"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"(We) not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected. "
~Samuel Johnson


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Oh my! Between your last post on the beef rolls and now this - I think I just gained 10 lbs just looking at all those goodies! :)
Happy New Year!

cindy holman said...

Looks so yummy Lily!! Hope you had an awesome Christmas and New Year!!

Cindy Bultema said...

My goodness your treats look DELICIOUS!! Thanks for sharing!!

I'm glad to have come across your blog. What fun! I'll definitely be back!!

Happy New Year! :)

Debbie said...

Just looking at your pictures made my mouth water! I definitely will be back to try some of your recipes :-)


Linda said...

Oh my goodness - you're making me hungry for treats. We didn't have too many treats at our house as I don't like to bake and typically, I prefer savory over sweet. But these items that you pictured look delicious.

Hope you have a wonderfully-blessed 2010.


Kathleen said...

Happy New Year, Lilly!
Your treats look wonderful..
Many blessings in 2010..good health!
(we are having another snowstorm out here :( )


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