Christmas Recipe Roundup

It has not been the most wonderful time of the year, not for our household. I look forward to Christmas all year long. I love the wrapping paper and the decorations, the carols and the movies, and (of course) the baking. But this year I wish the whole thing would just blow over.

The past week and a half have been a trying time for us, both physically and emotionally. From Dave and I contracting some mutant cold virus. To Harvey being diagnosed with struvite crystallizesΒ (a potentially life threatening condition in male cats). To the very painful decision that it was in the best interest of both cats that Dennis be re-homed. We’ve known for a while that our apartment isn’t big enough for Dennis’s energy level, and he was attacking Harvey out of boredom (causing Harvey severe stress, which is a contributing factor in his condition)… Needless to say, I am not feeling my usual merriment. My heart is heavy, my chest is heavy, and I have no interest in eating or even more (or should that be “less”?) so baking.

That being said, I didn’t want you to think I have forgotten about the blog or closed up shop. So I decided to tempt your taste buds with a round up of my favorite Christmas posts from 2011 and 2012.



Butter Tart Squares {vegan}

Butter Tart Squares


Chocolate Eggnog Fudge {vegan}

Chocolate Eggnog Fudge


Cinnamon Latte Squares

Cinnamon Latte Squares


Eggnog Cupcakes


Eggnog Spritz Cookies


Grand Marnier Balls

Grand Marnier Balls (Gluten-Free)


Snowballs (Gluten-Free)



18 thoughts on “Christmas Recipe Roundup

  1. Sarah

    Our kitty had it as a teen, thankfully he recovered after a couple of very bad bouts (life threatening), he lived till nearly 15, we lost him this summer. If the vet puts him on a special diet, go on it – it really helped ours πŸ™‚ I hope your kitty bounces back quickly!!

    1. Starr

      Thank you, Sarah. Regarding his bladder, Harvey seem completely back to normal. Unfortunately, he seemed to have picked up a kitty cold at the vet’s office πŸ™

  2. Ally

    Oh Starr, I’m so sorry to hear that Harvey is sick and that you are facing the heart wrenching decision of re-homing Dennis.
    I did notice your absence, and I’m sad that it wasn’t for joyful reasons.
    I really hope that the joy and happiness of Christmas can shine through for you in some way, even if it wasn’t quite what you were expecting.
    May your passion and enthusiasm for baking return soon too.
    Sending my strength and warm wishes.

  3. The Smart Cookie Cook

    I’m so sorry about your cats. I know very well that cats are like family. I hope things perk up for you. On the bright side, this is a delicious round up. Those Eggnog Cupcakes are too pretty.

    1. Starr

      Thank you Colleen… If nothing else, Harvey’s really perked back up. The constant threat of assault was really taking it’s toll on him. I’m glad to see him back to his happy self.

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