Do you have a Christmas tree in your house? If not, do you plan on getting one? When are you going to do that?
How is your tree decorated? Share pictures!
I'm getting my tree Saturday.
I'm getting together with a bunch of friends who live all over the place this weekend and I need to bring an app or snack with me. I usually bring hot, cheesy things, but I'm traveling about an hour and won't have an oven to use when I get there. I only have a very small cooler and nothing besides towels to wrap hot things. We're all appreciative of good food, so I don't want to be "that guy" who brings a bag of chips.
What would be some good apps to bring that wouldn't be worse for the wear after an hour in the car?
Regardless of all my conditions, what are your favorite appetizers to make or to eat?
So in lieu of having the sort of budget to buy fancy things for friends and family for the holidays, I'm going the fun route of doing up some fudge variety baskets for everyone! The idea is to do up a huge variety of different flavors of fudge, and then include pieces of all the different kinds in everyone's baskets (taking allergies into account, obvs).
I'm using a two-ingredient "base" (1 can of sweetened condensed milk per ~12oz of either the milk, white, dark or peanut butter chips I'll be using) and then going off of that to flavor it. I'm using things like mint, strawberry and orange extracts, mainly, and adding things like nuts, crushed candy cane, etc. for a little extra seasonal pizzazz.
My question is, about how much extract should I add into the fudge? I haven't found anything online for flavoring fudges made with the two-ingredient method (I guess because then it'd be a three-ingredient fudge, but whatever), and I don't want the flavorings to be too overpowering. I have a tendency to try to "guesstimate" these things and nine times out of ten it's ALWAYS way too much, oops.
What do the baking masters of TQC recommend? How much is "just right" for you?
I told my SO I'd be happy with a no-presents Christmas, especially because we are saving money to go on a trip next year. However, he has hinted that he's keen to get me a present anyway, and I don't want to spoil his fun. I would like to suggest a dollar limit so he can give me an amusing or small gift, but not carve a hole in his savings. What is a reasonable dollar limit?