Monday, December 17, 2012

Christmas Treats

My heart is still mourning for the victims and their families of the tragedy in CT last Friday. It has been hard to wrap my mind around the horrific events, especially seeing pictures of the faces of those precious little children lost. Please join me in continuing to keep the community and the families affected in your prayers.

                                     "I have told you these things, so that in me you may
                                     have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But
                                     take heart! I have overcome the world."  -John 16:33

Sometimes when I am feeling really down it helps me to do something therapeutic, such as gardening or baking. I love to bake but do I always have time for baking? Definitely not. I try to squeeze it into the weekends when I can. I always seem to have high ambitions that go unreached or only partially fulfilled, as in the case of my un-decorated and un-iced gingerbread men. Oh well, they are still yummy all by themselves :)

I like chewy ginger cookies, so I found a recipe located here that makes a chewy ginger cookie. They are certainly good, but not as good as the infamous gingerbread cookies at Burke's Bakery in Danville, Kentucky. Oh my goodness they have the best gingerbread cookies I have ever tasted and I plan to pick up a box while we are home for Christmas. They are a locally-owned family business that has been serving up sweets in Danville for decades.

Another nice Christmas treat available during the season is pomegranates. These beautiful rosy fruits have scrumptious seeds that can be enjoyed in anything from salads to fancy cocktails. We made buttermilk pancakes over the weekend using Christmas cookie cutters for molds, and drizzled the pomegranates and their juices on top. It was delicious- the perfect compliment to the pancakes.

after pouring and cooking the batter, turn over and push out of mold with knife to cook the pancakes fully

I also let my chickies try a few of the pomegranate seeds and they showed no restraint or hesitancy over little rosy rubies after they discovered how sweet and tangy they are.

nom nom nom...... 

The chickens devoured them in seconds from my hands and looked up at me for more with pink juice dripping from their beaks. Sorry babies, no more seeds for now.

I know they may be spoiled, but I like to give my flock extra treats during the Holidays- mainly leftovers from whatever we have been cooking :)

What have you been baking up this Christmas? Anything special for your family?



  1. Great idea to make the pancakes in cookie cutter molds. I never would have thought of that! I bet it was yummy with the pomegranate seeds on top. So cute that you shared them with the chickens. Truth be told, I would have done the same thing!

    I baked up a batch of granola cookies for a cookie exchange last weekend. No more baking for me because I brought home so many cookies!

    1. The things we do for our chickies, right? Mmm the granola cookie sounds yummy!

  2. That is so cute how your chickens eat right out of your hand - and I love how they liked their treat of pomegranate seeds!

    1. Melanie- oh yes! My chickens will practically tackle me to get at their favorite treats -- if they see bread or shredded cheese or grapes in my hands, it's over! I can't give the treats out to them fast enough before they start hunting and pecking all over to find them :)

  3. What a cool tradition! With these you have to use a knife to push them out because they want to stick to the edge of the cookie cutter. Also, make sure you use tongs to turn the cookie cutters so you don't burn yourself!

  4. Megan - your blog is so fun - love your chickens! And any chicken that likes a good pomegranate seed is a friend of mine! Wishing you a very merry Christmas!