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21 Days to a Simple Christmas: Day 15 {Update}

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It’s Day 15 of the 21 Days to a Simple Christmas Challenge!

Today, I did some Christmas Freezer Cooking. I was planning to make three different recipes, but we spent all afternoon at the ice-skating rink, so we ended up only having enough time to make two recipes while we were making dinner tonight.





Here’s what we made:

Both recipes were a big success — which made me so happy! 🙂

Did you do any Christmas Freezer Cooking? If so, tell us what you made in the comments or share the link to your blog post (if you’re blogging about the challenge).

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  • Sherry Duke says:

    Both look delicious, who got the corner samples? 🙂 Do you have the recipes posted? Thank you!

    • Crystal says:

      We sampled them… because I knew you all would want to know what I thought of the recipes. 😉

      Both recipes are linked at the bottom of the post (green links with recipe names).

  • Glenna says:

    Today I made 2 soups for the freezer for quick lunches when family is together.
    1. Vegetable Soup 2. Chicken Chili

  • Anne says:

    I’ve made peanut butter cup cookies, peppermint brownie bites (I used Andes peppermint chips), and Christmas M&Ms cookies over the last two days. My husband is taking some of each to his office tomorrow and the rest is in the freezer for two Christmas family gatherings.

  • Shelly says:

    Good for you to spend the afternoon ice skating with your kids. I’m sure they had a great time. Your goodies look delicious.

    We spent most of the day today making our Christmas goodies. I’m going to try to get them all done by Friday because I just found out tonight that my husand’s parents will be coming from out of town to stay with us this weekend. So we will be celebrating Christmas twice this week. 🙂

    We made three fudge recipes and two bark recipes. While that may sound like a lot, all of the recipes are super easy to make. Tonight I made some soft centers so I can dip them in the morning and I made a Andes mint candy recipe tonight. It was a little crazy but we all have fun. It was great to have the kids helping me.

    The Reese’s fudge recipe looks like one I will need to try. I’m glad both recipes turned out good for you.

  • kristen says:

    On a complete tangent from your post – I LOVE your daughter’s hair. I have a 7 year old who always has her hair in her face! I am trying out that hairstyle as soon as she gets home from school.

    • Kim M says:

      I love the style also.. though I imagine its easier to accomplish with a 6 or 7 yr old than my own 2 yr old 🙂 it holds very well too!!
      I made the fudge and the brownies. The tastes really good, but is chewier than I thought it would be… but its PB and chocolate, so I guess we’ll survive lol
      Brownies were quite good (once I read the directions correctly and actually melted the butter rather than creaming it)

  • Diana says:

    So interesting to read this right after your previous post about choosing what will really matter 25 years from now even though it may disappoint some people. You mentioned if you choose to spend time with your kids, you might get fewer blog posts written. And that’s exactly what you did in this post–ice skated and then chose to reduce your cookie amount so that you didn’t get stressed out by trying to do it all 🙂

    Love the case in point, and I’m also tempted to move to your town and become your neighbor in hopes in getting some of that fudge! 😉 Just kidding–I’ll just have to whip up some of my own 🙂 Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

  • Lana says:

    I love your daughter’s pretty hair-do! I made something similar to the Reese’s fudge yesterday and it so yummy but incredibly rich. I cut it into tiny squares and stashed it in the fridge. I did not tell hubby it is in there so hopefully it lasts until Christmas. You made a good choice with the skating. More sweets will not be missed I am sure!

  • sona says:

    I have a ?? about freezing cookies because I have had Christmas cookies that taste “freezery”! What is the secret?

    • Crystal says:

      Make sure it’s some kind of moist bar/cookie and wrap really well and airtight. It’s air in the container/bag that usually is the freezer burn/taste culprit.

      However, some kinds of cookies/bars freeze better than others. If you are finding that a certain recipe doesn’t seem to freeze well baked, try just making and freezing the dough ahead of time. This takes a little bit more work when you want fresh cookies, but it will guarantee that they’ll taste very fresh!

  • Charity says:

    Love this post! The looks on your sweet daughter’s faces are just precious! The recipes look delicious too!

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