Christmas Eve Eve

December 23, 2010 at 11:25 am 7 comments

You know it’s the day before Christmas Eve when my kitchen table looks like this:

You probably recognize these since I just made them a few weeks ago.  ‘Tis the season to overdose on lard and sugar, is it not?  I made four dozen cookies (not counting the “snowballs”) and plan to bring 2 dozen to my parents’ tomorrow and 2 dozen to Husband’s parents’ on Christmas.  They are loved by young and old alike!  Really, the true test of a good cookie is my very picky 9-year old niece.  She has a very refined palate (i.e. is picky), and this is one of the few things I bake that passes her barometer of tastiness.

Speaking of tastiness (nice segue, eh?), last night I tried something new!  Angie brought over Halva:

I’ve seen this before in the cheese section of my grocery store, but never thought to buy it.  When Angie described it as a flaky, less sweet fudge, I knew I’d like it, especially since tahini is the main ingredient.

It was delicious!  The tahini gave it a real “heft”, which is probably not an adjective one wants used when describing their ideal dessert, but I am a huge fan of heft (my thighs can attest to this.  Badump cha!).  It was sweet, but not overly so like fudge.  It was flaky and delicate.  In conclusion, I am now a fan of halva (bonus is that it’s fun to say.  HALVA HALVA HALVA).


Well, the wee man and I are getting ready for Christmas today!  Now that the cookies are decorated, our next step is to pack our overnight bag.  We will spend Christmas Eve day and night with my side of the family (it’s also my dad’s birthday!), we’ll spend the night there (Henry’s first night away from home!), and then drive to Husband’s side for Christmas day.  A lot of running around, but I wouldn’t have it any other way (…says the person who doesn’t do the driving!).

Since I won’t be blogging until after Christmas, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!  Remember:  the frugality and fitness can wait until December 26th (or January 1st if we’re really being honest with ourselves here).

Henry says: “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!  Now change my diaper, Woman”.


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  • 1. Sarah  |  December 23, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    your welcome for the sugar cookie recipe 😛

    wow, i need to move to toronto asap as i’m missing out on all kinds of hangouts! 🙂

    • 2. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  December 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      It’s true! You better get on that moving thing 🙂

      • 3. Sarah  |  December 23, 2010 at 2:22 pm

        Just waiting for Jim Lee to buy us a house… LOL

  • 4. Therese  |  December 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I keep eyeing Halva but have never had the guts to try it so thank you for doing it for me and I’ll definitely give it a whirl! Woo hoo for new food!

    Merry Christmas, Robyn! Hope it’s the bestest!

    • 5. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  December 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      I am happy to be your guinea pig! I’d like to try the kind with pistachios in it. It is like a whole new dessert world opening up!

      Merry Christmas to you too, Therese! 🙂

  • 6. Erika  |  December 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    nice cookies! hope you have a great christmas. and that henry has fun too! look forward to hearing all about it and seeing pics! xoxo

    • 7. Frugal 'n' Fit!  |  December 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

      i will try to take lots of pictures which is a lot easier said than done nowadays! merry christmas, erika!! xxoo


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