Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sweet Inspiration

This last weekend, Jess and I spent an enchanting evening at the theater--we had tickets to the Nutcracker!

The graceful dancers, the creative costumes, and the festive music make this one of our very favorite holiday traditions.

It was a beautiful performance, but this year I have to say that I was really inspired by all the yummy treats for sale during intermission.

So I thought I'd do a little holiday baking of of my own...

Turtle Cookies are one of my Christmas-time favorites!

Cocoa cookies rolled in walnuts, a dollop of caramel, and dark chocolate drizzle--I can't think of a sweeter way to celebrate the season.

What merry treats are you baking these days?

~ Nel ~


lavenderandlinen said...

I can almost taste them! They look delish! It's always nice to see a play during the holidays...fun memories with your daughter!

lavenderandlinen said...

I'm sorry...I meant sister!

Evi @ sexta-feira said...

Wow! These look delicious!

I've made a cranberry-chocolate chip bread 3 times this week. I found the recipe on the bag and it is great!

Teresa said...

I think I'll try cookies... never did but Jess' post on it convinced me I should try.

Now I have been to pinterest and there are like thousands and thousands of great recipes and just by looking at pics I feel a sugar overload ahahahahah

I might try your turtle ones... if they turn out ok - it's time for miracles, right? ;) - I'll share my thanks and a picture.

Glad you had fun at ballet and decided to prolong the fun and enjoyement by cooking.

Thank you for sharing,

Riitta Sinikka said...

♥ mmmm.. delicious! ♥♥

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

What a lovely week you had Nel.
the recipies look divine.
I will definitley do the walnuts with chocolate drizzle.
Please thank Sheri.. and yourselves for the kind words on my last post..

Dewena Callis said...

What fun! I haven't been to the Nutcracker since our daughter was growing up when it was an annual tradition. Turtle cookies! Yum!

My main treat to bake are Viennese Sandwich cookies but this is the first year for me not to bake a fruitcake in decades. We're the only two who eat it and we don't need it!

Susie Swanson said...

Oh how I love the Nutcracker and your treats are so delicious looking. Thanks for the recipe as well. Love, Susie

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I love the nutcracker. My grandgirls have danced in the production in years past. I really love that recipe-but I am not baking ANYTHING because my ovens are out!!! Don't ask- I am so mad about it- xo Diana

Barbara Lilian said...

How lovely to have seen the Nutcracker. My first Christmas here in France, I took my daughter to see this ballet, as it didn't matter that I couldn't understand the language.

The Silver Bunny said...

I bow my head in shame, I have never seen the Nutcracker. It must have been great. As for the baking, I have, for the first time in my life, decided to go on a diet; your post made me salivate desperately !!x

Things and Thoughts said...

The Nutcracker!I saw this performance in Vienna five years ago.It was unforgettable! So, no baking this year because of a sad event but your recipe seems absolutely divine!

Zizi Santos said...

Eu amo Nutcracker e seus bailarinos
Faz tempo que assisti no Teatro Municipal do Rio de janeiro.
E eu estou muito gorda, não posso comer esses docinhos gostosos.
Obrigada pela receita!

Não encontrei os seguidores. como posso seguir?

bj Zizi

It's me said...

Yannie !!!...nothing only working.....working and working !!!...i wish it was christmas...i am so tired....!!!...x !

louise said...

They look delicious Sheri! I'm enjoying having time to to bake this year rather than buying everything, nothing fancy just simple stuff. You can't beat the taste of homemade can you?

Have a wonderful Christmas x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's been a long time since I went to the theater! What a treat to get to go see the Nutcracker. Love your holidays goodies, too! Sweet hugs!

Patty Rumaker said...

They look delicious! Happy Holidays!
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design


Those cookies look delicious. I have never heard of turtle cookies.

Leslie said...

These must be delicious! You can't go wrong with those ingredients:) I like all your decor! .. so festive and I can tell you are enjoying the celebration of the season!


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


I made French MENDIANTS the other night and that was a load of fun. Easy:

Melt down 8 oz. of good dark chocolate
pour melted chocolate onto parchment paper, then top the disks with dried fruit and nuts and pomagranate seeds...let cool and harden and you have a traditional Provençal 13 desserts treat! Anita

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Girls, These Christmas delights look so yummy good.
Congrats Sheri on your necklace win from talented Jan. You will love her jewelry.
Wishing you all a wonderful week up to Christmas.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Martina said...

This sound yummy! I must say, due to all the turmoil in my life recently, i haven't done any baking at all this year. But i enjoy yours and can literally smell thise treats!
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………….. ⋰ ⋮ ⋱
……… …….*•♥•*
…… ……. *♥♫♫♥*’.
… …….. *♥•♦♫••♥*
……… *♥☺♥☺♥☺♥*
………*♥•♥#♠*♥#♥•♥* ‘
……..*♥♫♥♥♫♥♥♫♥♫* ‘
……*♥♥♣♫♥♣♥♥♣♥♫ ♣♥♥*’
….’*♥♥♣♥♫♥♥♫♥♥♫ ♥♣♥♥*’
♥:♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥: ♥:

Merry christmas to you and a happy and safe start into 2014 - see you bacjk in jan.! xx

Deserae said...

They look soooo yummy!!!
Merry Christmas!

miss b said...

I love The Nutcracker and had been hoping it would be on near here this Christmas. Sadly it wasn't! I have not heard of turtle cookies but they look and sound delicious. I've been busy making mince pies ready for Christmas visitors.

Jess said...

Yum! Those treats look very delicious indeed! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog, it's lovely to meet you. :)
We have a family tradition of going to the Pantomime at christmas time. This year it's Cinderella, I love the magical theatre sets and costumes. :)
Have a lovely christmas!
Jess xx

Romantikk-takk. said...

Nøtteknekkeren pleier jeg å se på tv hver jul. :) Jammi,så deilige kaker,herlige bilder. :)
Klem Mette.

Miky said...

Happy Holidays seat Friends.

Imogen said...

Please can you come and cook for me? This looks so delicious! I can't get enough of your Christmas posts. Happy holidays.

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I don't do a lot of baking..I can't eat any gluten so it takes much of the fun out of it. Your treats look yummy though. We used to go to the nutcracker every year. much fun.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dear, dear Sheri and girls,

First of all Sheri, thank you so much for coming to visit my post again! I love that song, and I can never hear it TOO MUCH as well. It is so powerful to me to have that constant beat of the drum and the accapella singing, to just allow the SPIRIT resonate in our hearts.


Palomasea said...

Right next to our precious Anita...
The Nutcracker!!! Oh, what would the season be without it! Genius music...
And those cookies look amazing...thank you for sharing the recipe... :)