Now I am married, have a full time job and responsibilities that have made it impossible to stay sane and keep up the illusion. So in response I have cut the complicated but beautifully realistic peppermint candy canes that tasted mediocre at best to make only the delicious crowd favorites. In the past by New Years we were packing them in to keep from wasting them or throwing the extras away. So I have cut back from making the copious quantities to just enough for everyone to have a taste.
This year I was inspired to try gingerbread because it is a classic that I have never made. In the past I have had brick hard gingerbread that I did not enjoy. I learned that I actually like well made gingerbread and have decided that it will become a new staple in my repertoire. I am also going to throw out the sugar cookie snowflakes next year. They are buttery, delicious and gorgeous, but not worth it. Many puff up during baking and break when coming off the cookie sheet. The gingerbread recipe makes enough that I will have plenty to decorate as snowflakes in addition to the other shapes.
These are show stoppers but they aren't going to make the cut next year.