Tastes of the Holidays

The holidays may be over, but I still have plenty of peppermint kisses laying around. If you haven’t tried Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses, you should. I bought a bag for myself and was even more excited when Greg’s mom Santa put some in my stocking on Christmas.

They are plenty good on their own, but here is another way to eat them: Peppermint bark.

This is new (simpler) spin on an old classic holiday treat. I made a batch before leaving for vacation and used most of it to accompany gift cards that Greg got some of his coworkers. Gift cards sometimes get a bad reputation for being “the easy way out” with gift-giving. But I think pairing it with homemade candy makes up for it 🙂
I am still yet to get back into the kitchen and cook or bake something for myself since vacation. I don’t count slicing apples and throwing together sandwiches cooking. So in the meantime I’ll show you what my mom made while I was home.
While my mom prepared breakfast, Greg and I drank out of our new mugs that Mom got us for Christmas. Coffee for Greg, tea for me. Aren’t they SO cute!? The funny thing is I have seen them twice on other blogs that I read. Must be a popular gift this year. But I still feel special.
For breakfast we had the most gourmet french toast I’ve ever had. My mom went all out. She’s a pro at french toast. She made two different kinds: (1) Your standard french toast topped with powdered sugar and (2) vanilla granola battered toast. We also had mixed berries and whipped cream to top them with. 
As much as I love french toast, I am a little surprised I don’t make it for myself more. I think my love for pancakes is too strong. 
After an amazing dinner that Thom made on New Year’s Eve (no pictures…we were starving, ok?), my mom made a Boston cream pie/cake/thing-a-ma-bob. 
She’s a beauty. I can’t take credit for much, except I did plop the whipped cream on top and garnished with graham cracker crumbs. Impressive, huh?
Oh yeah, I also helped to eat half of the thing too. I won’t deny credit for that.
I don’t think I have ever had a real Boston Cream Pie before, and this was just a variation, but it sure was good. Thanks Mom 🙂
We also had a great pizza dinner one night from Jet’s. My dad was so excited for me to experience Jet’s for the first time and it was just as good as he said. I tried the Hawaiian with a side salad and just one single boneless buffalo chicken wing. 
Maybe tonight will be the night I cook something again….the only question is, what should it be?