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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Joy of Baking

We are baking today.
Joe sliced the apples for this apple and cranberry crumble and prepared the topping.

This is the crumble not baked yet. The cranberries are so tart I put about a quarter cup of sugar over the fruit. I do not do that with other fruit. You can find crumble recipes online. This one pictured is a mini dish and I just threw it together sans recipe.

Next in line for the oven is a Sour Cream Pound Cake from a recipe I have used for about thirty years. There was panic at the disco this morning when I thought I misplaced the recipe.

I use the juice of  a lemon and it's zest in the pound cake instead of lemon flavoring. 
I did not stage this photo but saw the lemon and our JOY snoglobe and thought what a cute photo that would be.

Toffee Coffee Bars are cooling on the bar right now. 

Our menu for Christmas Brunch:

Sausage Cheese Grits Casserole

Hash Brown Casserole
Baked Ham and Biscuits

Fresh Fruit Salad
Sour Cream Pound Cake

Toffee Coffee Bars


Coffee and Cookies too. 
Gosh, I think I forgot something but there will be plenty for eight people or more if someone drops by.

Joe, CC, and I wish you JOY where ever you may find it today.

Happy Christmas


  1. Well now you are making me hungry! I do believe you Southern belles "do" brunch better than anyone! :)


  2. Your menu sounds tasty. I'm having Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls, but I don't think they count as brunch. If I don't talk to you again, have a wonderful holiday!

  3. Olive,
    I can't stand it, I'm starving and it all looks so yummy! No baking for me this year, will just have to drool over yours!
    Merry Christmas
    If you get a chance, drop by tomorrow, I'm getting a early xmas present tonight and I will post it tomorrow, so excited!

  4. Everything sounds wonderful...we are making Eggs Bendict veggie style for breakfast...then Eppplant Parmesean for lunch...lots of other goodies too!
    Merry Christmas!!

  5. How nice that Joe joins you in the kitchen. I wish my husband did. It all looks good and what a menu. I may drop by. Have a Merry Christmas!

  6. Could you send some of the apple dessert though the computer please....I love apple desserts!

  7. Mimosa's!!! I'll be there:@) Merry Christmas Olive-enjoy:@)

  8. So what time should I show up!?! Sounds delightful. I have spent the day baking and am now out of the kitchen for a bit - 80 degress + Christmas makes me grumpy. Have a wonderful holiday Olive. Ann

  9. It is a neat shot - staged or not.

  10. Oh and Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  11. That's quite a delicious menu you have there. Who wouldn't want to drop by. Have a very Merry Christmas!

  12. hash brown casserole is one of my favorites!
    Merry Christmas!

  13. Yum! You have been one busy lady! Merry Christmas!

  14. Everything sounds delicious!! Have a wonderful holiday!

  15. Oh, I'm so a sucker for sweets! Merry Christmas to you!

  16. Yummy! A very merry Christmas and the happiest of holiday seasons to you and yours!...hugs...Debbie

  17. Hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas celebration w/family!! hugs, Sue

  18. Oh Olive....You ladies out there sure can cook !! I was good at Thanksgiving...not so good for Christmas.:(:( I have eaten so many cookies.:):) Merry Christmas to you, Joe, and C.C. xoxox , Susie


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