Sweet Soldiers


My friend Cupcake Julie had her Christmas party this past weekend.

You may remember her gorgeous sugar-themed decorations.


Stuff like this.

(Here’s the post from last year if you want to see visions of sugar plums dancing in your head for the next few days. Make sure you check out the kids play bakery, too. It’s incredible.)

It’s hard to imagine, but this year was even more beautiful than last.


Colonel Cupcake was there again this year.


And so was this guy.


And this one.


And this little one. These guys were all over the place.

You may also remember seeing them from the Toronto Book Signing Post.

Teatro Verde is the only store I’ve actually seen them sold in. It made me happy to see them on display.

Anyway, I love ’em. So festive and sweet.

As a surprise for Julie, I made a few cake pops inspired by them to bring to the party.

Wanna see?


Cupcake Nutcracker guys.

She squealed. I smiled.

They’re double decker cake pops, too. Tricky and a little over the top, but I couldn’t resist.

I also made some Christmas Tree cake pops.


Much easier. But instead of doing them in green, I kept them in her holiday color scheme.

I really like them like this.

Speaking of trees, Julie’s party decorations this year also included two new ones.


This cheerful pink one covered in snowmen.


And this whimsical upside down tree.

Amazing, huh.


But that’s Julie.


Here’s her dessert table. Filled with tons of treats.


Cookies and candy.


Cake Pops, of course.


Mini cupcakes from Crumb in New York.


Macarons and much, much more.


Completely lovely. I wish you could have been there with me.

But since you weren’t … how about a couple of cute guys to keep you company?


I just so happen to know of two that are about ten inches tall.

I thought I’d part with these to share them with one of you.

Enter for a chance to win these two sweet soldiers.

  • Simply leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite thing to eat on Christmas. Real food this time. Something non-sweet. I was on sugar overload this weekend and I need some ideas. I know you guys will have some great ones.
  • Deadline to enter is Tuesday, December 21 at 7:00 pm ET. TIME’S UP. Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Tuesday evening.

P.S. – If you know another store that sells them too, I’d love to hear.

Good Luck!

And the winner is………

Nutcracker-winnerYAY Amanda V! Hope you will enjoy them.

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3,780 comments on “Sweet Soldiers”

  1. I love all of the “sides,” so I will say the twice baked potatoes…mmmmm! Thanks, Bakerella!

  2. My favorite is a pile of mashed potatoes and then you make a hole in the middle, fill it with corn and then put gravy over the whole thing!! Delightful!!!

  3. Lefse…it is the one time each year that I go through the “trouble” of making it to serve alongside our turkey dinner.

  4. I love to eat salted cod made Portuguese style! (a Brazilian tradition)

  5. For the last several years (ever since the children saw “The Christmas Story”) we go out for Chinese on Christmas day.

  6. Christmas breakfast my Dad would make every year – no one can make eggs like my Dad …o.k. my mother-in law’s are really good too, and I just don’t ever make myself breakfast otherwise! Not like that anyway :)

    Merry Christmas Bakerella! Thank you for all that you share!!

  7. So cute! What a great party-scape! My favorite thing to eat at Christmas is the appetizer I’ve made every year since I got married – hot, cheesy crab dip!!

  8. Homemade sausage at moms house.

  9. I LOVE these nutcrackers! They would be very welcome in my home. As for food, I look forward to all the creamy, cheesey, gooey side dishes – green bean casserole, broccoli casserole, sweet pototoes. Why do we only eat that stuff once a year?? It’s so good!

  10. My absolute favorite real food this time of year (and the only time of year I indulge in it) is stuffing!

  11. My favourite is our Christmas Eve seafood dinner. Which includes seafood risotto, codfish, shrimp, crab and clams….just to name a few!!

  12. Turkey stuffing!

  13. I love having herb roasted turkey for Christmas dinner.

  14. We always have goose on Christmas. A lot like duck but richer. Yum!

  15. Turkey, it is a tradition in my husband’s family. You can only eat Turkey!

  16. My vanilla bean whipped sweet potatoes!!!!

  17. Mac and Cheese – baked. We can’t have a holiday meal without it.

  18. My favorite non-sweet thing to eat on Christmas is cheese. I love cheese. Every year for Thanksgiving & Christmas I make a large assorted cheese tray. I buy a huge selection of different cheeses and cut them into different shapes and designs. It’s something that I look forward to every year.

  19. I love the soldiers and your double tier pops.
    My favorite Christmas recipe is Laurie Colwin’s
    Creamed Spinach. I think it’s on

  20. being summer here in australia at christmas time…….i have to say i love cherries !!!!!!!! i usually buy a 5kilo box and we can finish them off in a few days !!!!!!!!! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    merry christmas everyone……..

  21. It may seem a bit odd but I make corned beef and cabbage every Christmas and I can’t wait for it again this year! :)

  22. My Mom makes the most delicious pasta salad one can dream of. I’m always looking forward to eat it at christmas.

  23. Everyone is in such a rush on Christmas day, they forget the all important breakfast, or think they don’t have time to complete it. You can make a really quick, simple and tasty breakfast ring using ready made croissant dough. Lay the triangles out in a ring with the widest parts in the middle, spread the ring with a breakfast filling of your choice, it needs to be about two inches deep. I like to use lightly cooked scrambled egg with chopped lean ham and grated cheese. Then fold the croissant ends in to the middle and seal. Brush lightly with milk and pop in the oven (temperatures on the croissant dough carton) Pretty soon you will have a mighty good looking and tasty breakfast that takes literally 5 minutes to make and feeds up to 8 people!
    You can also use this recipe with a turkey cranberry and stuffing filling after Christmas to use up leftovers!
    Hope everyone has a brilliant festive season
    Nicola x

  24. I just LOVE mashed red potatoes whipped with heavy cream!! I only make them at Christmas…skim milk the rest of the year. I figure if you can’t splurge at Christmas, when can you???

  25. Christmas ham dinner.

  26. Finger foods… Cheese & fruit, warm & creamy artichoke dip, crab dip… spinach trianges, mini coconut chicken bundles.. All things that can be made up ahead of time & popped in the oven on Christmas day! Makes much less fuss and easier clean up!

  27. We traditionally have lasagna and it’s one of my favorites!

  28. my grandfather’s shrimp cocktail!
    Everything is to personal taste…
    bay shrimp (small)
    cocktail sauce
    dash of hot sauce
    celery (diced)
    green onion diced
    fresh lemon juice

    mix all the wet ingredients to taste add shrimp & veggies serve chilled! YUMMMM!!!

  29. Sweet potato casserole. I found a new recipe this year and it rocks!

  30. Leftover ham/turkey sandwiches!

  31. My fave non-sweet thing to eat on Christmas is a toss up between fried oysters (a family tradition) and country ham. Delish, to be non-sweet!

  32. My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is our traditional “opening of the gifts” food….. we make a sausage egg casserole that is prepared on Christmas Eve and just pop it into the oven Christmas morning…. and to drink, we make from scratch a Russian Tea my Aunt Louise starting making many years ago. It requires prep a day before and makes the whole house smell soooooo good. Takes me back to a more tender age.

  33. Homemade pierogies – especially the sauerkraut ones.

  34. I love ham for the leftovers; scalloped potatoes and ham sandwiches for days…

  35. I love all of the sweets that add up to Christmas day. Cheese balls with crackers are a hit!

  36. Non-sweet, huh? Is there such a thing at the holidays? Would have to be standing rib roast on Christmas day.

  37. My mom makes sausage gravy and biscuits for breakfast. We all take our families and head over on Christmas morning. Mmmmm! Merry Christmas to you!

  38. My favorite thing to eat during the holidays would have to be tamales. It’s fun trying different ones from many different ppl around me. I also love making them with my family at home :-)

  39. Cool-I love ham and pie

  40. My favorite thing to eat is anything that my mom cooks! She changes the menu each year and every time it is delicious! This year she is making flambe stuffed chicken breasts. Mmmm.

    These soldiers are too cute! We are moving to a wonderful new house in January and these would be perfect! Merry Christmas!

  41. My fav is my husband’s cajun fried turkey, my mom’s twice baked potatoes and my corn pudding (ok, that one’s a little sweet but I couldn’t help it).

    Love the white tree cake pops…kind of reminds me of some of the ornaments I painted this year.

  42. sweet potato casserole

  43. My favorite nonsweet thing to eat at Christmas is my grandpa’s homemade biscuits and his cream corn. Yum!

  44. Prime Rib!!

  45. I love sausage balls & spinach artichoke dip at Christmas open houses. This year our Christmas dinner will be lasagna & baked zita.

  46. I Love Southern MD Stuffed Ham. Its a corn ham stuffed with cut up cabbage, kale, onion, and red pepper. Love Love It. Merry Christmas

  47. I like to eat the stuffing from the turkey! It’s always been my favorite :)

  48. Wow those pictures are spectacular and the party looks so magical! That sounds like so much fun! I’m just so excited to have my husband come back from his deployment for 12 days, he’s the only thing I wanted this year! Those nutcrackers are lovely:).

  49. I love sweet potatoes during the holidays.

  50. I love a good hearty breakfast — eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, yum!

  51. Oh my heavens! I remember your post about Cupcake Julie last year!

    I love our Christmas Eve tradition – a big lasagna dinner after Children’s Mass. My dad makes the lasagna every year and it is fabulous!

  52. My mother-in-law’s creamed spinach!!

  53. I think my favorite food @ Christmas is the pot roast that I put the slow cooker early in the morning and that way I can enjoy my entire day and not worry about cooking.

  54. There is nothing quite like a plain roasted chicken. After all the sweets, a really simple but satisfying dish.

  55. My husband makes yummy rime rib every x-mas eve, which is definitely something to look forward to. I am an appetizer girl, though-I love all that terrible for you munchie stuff and am usually too full for dinner!

  56. We have breakfast casserole and cheesy potatoes for breakfast and then steak for dinner.

  57. My mother in laws stuffed shrimp! Ooohhh, I can hardly wait! =)

  58. When I was 7 or 8 years old, my mom asked what I wanted for Christmas dinner and my response was “pulled pork sandwiches!”, every year since then that’s what she has made. Yumm.

  59. My favourite thing to eat at Christmas would have to be my Nana’s homemade cranberry sauce. Give me a spoon and step away from the jar :)

  60. Wow, Cupcake Julie outdid her self again this year! Love all the decor and that upside down tree is amazing! You also outdid yourself with the nutcracker cake pops, they look identical to the real thing, you are amazing!

  61. What a party, looked fabulous! My favorite is pork tenderloin with a butternut squash riosotto, creamy and comforting!

  62. I love some good ol honey baked ham on chrsitmas!

  63. Non-sweeet! That is a hard one. I would have to say Mac n’ cheese with Gruyère and really sharp cheddar. Thanks for the giveaway.

  64. My faves are actually sweet, but since you want something non-sweet…spiral country ham on biscuits! I can almost taste it now :)

  65. Ham! A good ol’ honey spiral ham makes me happy. And so do those white Christmas tree cake pops.

  66. We have a tradition in my family. We have a great brunch Christmas morning with scrambled egg bake, bagels, coffee, juice and cookies. Then about supper time the men run out and get Chinese food. It is the only place open on Christmas where we live.

  67. I love to eat clementines on Christmas! Such a simple fruit, but so easy to peel and delicious!

  68. Root vegetable mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. Yum!

  69. We’ve started a recent tradition of having my husband’s homemade pizza on Christmas and it’s the best! We’re a military family, and rarely get to see out extended families for the holidays, so it’s fun to relax with fresh pizza and have a non-stressful day.

  70. brocolii cassarole and no I’m not crazy :)

  71. my mom’s stuffing… it is gloriously flavored with more sage than you can imagine… it is heaven…

  72. i am obsessed with the nutcracker cake pops! my favorite non-sweet food is chili, maybe not a “holiday” food, but the most comforting cold-weather dish!

  73. I am a pure sugar girl……..lady but I do enjoy sausage cheese balls and the Knorr spinich dip. Please enter me for the beautiful…….handsome soldiers. I am thinking about making the nutcracker soldier cake pops because my grandaughter l-o-v-e-s nut cracker soldiers and goes to see the Nutcracker play each Christmas.

  74. My grandmother’s rolls!

  75. Chinese food (like all jews on Christmas).

  76. My favorite would have to be Christmas breakfast, some kind of casserole WITH a mimosa!

  77. We always have a brunch and I first go to the sausage and egg casserole!

  78. I love the picture of the macaroons! They look like Necco wafers on that cake plate!

    I like to eat snacky stuff…I make a marinated cheese platter that is de-lish, very festive and always garners “mmmm-so good!” from party go-ers!

  79. Its so a tie between lasagna, honeybaked ham, and corn casserole. Seriously, I think I like Christmas just for the food, its like a mini-thanksgiving!

  80. I love the classic ham and rolls. Can’t beat it!

  81. I just love simple easy freshly dug new potatoes boiled and topped with a dollop of butter….my Nan and I always fight over who gets to sit closest to the bowl!!

  82. I’m Greek & so my favourite thing to eat on Christmas is a mince-meat based turkey stuffing that we traditionally have in Greece. It includes chestnuts, raisins/sultanas, lots of pinenuts, dried apricots & lots of brandy.

  83. My favourite food to eat during the holidays is “pigs in blankets” with home made bread sauce.Yummy!!

  84. It would be a toss up between Green bean casserole and Mashed red skin potatoes. Yummm

  85. All of the casserole…broccoli, green bean, MAC and cheese…

  86. Home made Chex Mix! Doesn’t feel like Christmas until I have some!

  87. moms homemade sausage rolls, lasagna and roast potatoes..

  88. Sausage biscuits & gravy @ my parents house Christmas morning. mmmmmmmmmm

  89. Last cristmas we had broiled chicken, Arroz con gandules (rice and beans), but my favorite is Pasteles. its a combination of grated green banana, green plantain, and is seasoned with liquid from the meat mixture, milk, and annatto oil, contains pork shoulder, ham, bacon, raisins, potatos, chickpeas, olives, and capers seasoned with bay leaves, recaito, tomato sauce, adobo seco, and annatto oil.
    Sooooooo goooooood!!!!!!

  90. Home made Chex Mix, doesn’t feel like Christmas until you smell it baking in the oven!

  91. Yorkshire Puddings are a must on Christmas day

  92. My favorite thing to eat is chicken and dumplings. It’s so yummy. It’s a lot of preparation, but in the end, it’s worth the work.

  93. The Pioneer Woman’s brisket!

  94. Cheesecake!!! cheesecake and more Cheesecake

  95. Ham and cheese casserole – the traditional breakfast for my family.

  96. Love mince pies this season!

  97. My mothers made from scratch dressing is my favorite dish For Christmas and year round (if I ask her really nicely to cook it for me)! I have got to learn to make this dressing for my family!
    I love the new cake pops! Cute!

  98. My favorite thing to eat is ham…Oh how I love ham. I love having left overs and nibbling on it all day too.

  99. My aunt makes this AMAZING roast pork that is to die for.. and every year I eat wayyyy too much.. it’s DELISH!

  100. My favorite thing to eat is ham…Oh how I love ham. I love having left overs and nibbling on it all day too.

  101. Apricot and pine nut stuffing balls. They are delicious.

  102. Beef stew with mash potatoes or brown rice… The thought of it warms my stomach on this cold day!

  103. For Christmas I like to eat this korean rice cake soup. Delicious soup with small sliced rice cake, some eggs, and more other delicious stuff. Sometimes I put dumplings in it too. mmm…

  104. My mother-in-law makes the most amazing goats cheese and caramelised onion filo parcels for starters on Christmas day. I could eat every single one!

    Happy Christmas!

  105. Baked pineapple rolled in cinnamon sugar. The tart and sweet together is great with a prime rib.

  106. one Year i made my family lamp chops with green curry from a jamie oliver recipe ( i luuuuv jamie oliver recipes!!) everyone loved it but i didn’t have one bite because it had loads of cilantro and i that christmas is found out that i cannot stand it!

  107. We all fight over my mum’s stuffing, so now she actually makes a loaf of stuffing as extra. Its even better the next day on sandwiches.

    Christmas Day in Australia is insanely HOT, so in the afternoon we enjoy prawn & mango skewers and fruity cocktails in the pool :)

  108. For me I love to have a “Mermaids” dinner on Christmas Eve with Taco Dip, Terrayaki Potato Skins and other yummy apps!

  109. My favorite thing is not the food but the friends and family. My sister-in-law is in a nursing home and we will be eating there with her. The food won’t matter but her smile will. Love the decorations in this post. I think I gained weight just looking at them.
    (BTW I make my pasties with puff pastry..kinda makes them like meat turnovers)

  110. We love to have a turkey and potato pie later in the week, with lots of creamy mash and cheese on top! Even better if you have some leftover veg to put in it or even on the side :)

  111. Traditionally, we have more of a Christmas breakfast that we look forward too. Eggs, hash browns, bacon, biscuits, gravy, cinnamon rolls, grits, french toast or pancakes ..something for everyronel…but this year, I think we’ll have some Turkey breast which I LOVE ( with trimmings )

  112. My husband makes a breakfast casserole for Christmas morning. It is a Southern Living recipe and involves cheese, eggs, and sausage rolled up in flour tortillas….YUM!

  113. I love baked sweet potato! I guess u could consider it sweet though…
    In New Zealand we call them Kumara!
    My mom doesn’t mash them but keeps them in thick slices, bakes them and makes an amazing maple syrup glaze to go with it! It goes GREAT with the delicious brown sugar ham she makes too!

  114. this post is a wonderland of fantasy & fun & such creativity!
    i adore your new christmas tree pops & your double solider pops are amazing!
    thank you for sharing cupcake julie’s home & decorations with us…fabulous & what a treat…i remember being awed last year but, this year’s setting is “sweeter” in e very way!
    i will be eating fish using restraint until dessert!!

  115. I love love love green bean casserole. I love the way my mom makes it and I love the new way I make it. Oh and no french’s onion bits but the ones from Trader Joe’s are much better.

  116. prime rib and yorkshire pudding, I look forward to it all year!

  117. For years my family had the traditional turkey dinner, but we always filled up on appetizers and the dinner was met with groans instead of glee. So, now we just have appetizers and desserts. An old favorite is Man Dip – cream cheese spread in a pie plate, topped with canned chili and heated up topped with cheese – it’s called Man Dip b/c only the guys eat it. We girls love curry dip and veggies – more room for dessert that way!

  118. My non-sweet fav has to be roast potatoes & Yorkshire pud mmmmmm!

  119. What an amazing Christmas party! My ultimate Christmas food is a a turkey breast stuffed with apricots, and served with all the trimmings.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2011 xx

  120. We just had a Christmas party and had pulled pork sandwiches. They were so good and hopefully we will have them again next year. :)

  121. my dad’s gumbo! a little non-traditional, but its my favorite!

  122. we live in tropical north queensland (austrlia) with very hot xmas days so we spend the day in the pool having cold cuts (ham, beef, chicken, turkey) and salads for lunch and then have a seafood smorgesboard for dinner….prawns, balmain bugs, squid, lobster, fish, crabs..either hot or cold….the best way to have xmas

    i so love your blog maybe oneday soon i might actually make something

  123. We started getting away from the traditional ham dinner a few years ago. We now enjoy prime rib with au jus. I think it was a divine swap!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  124. A Norwegian thing called “pinnekjøtt” :)

  125. We enjoy Christmas ham made in the crock pot. I just throw it in, add some pineapple juice, and by dinnertime, the meat is done and so tender.

    Love the little soldiers!


  126. My favorite is cornbread stuffing…this recipe has been passed down for generations and I always think of my mom & grandmother who both taught me how to make it

  127. As we are in summer at Christmas time, I love prawns and a variety if salads

  128. Sausage balls… oh my! My mom started making them years ago and now they are a family favorite. It’s somewhat like a mini buscuit, but loaded with cheese and cooked sausage before being baked. Our recipe is from an ancient community cookbook, but I hear Paula Dean has one out too. I love the white trees! I made Santa pops (made out of Oreos because of my son’s food allergy) this weekend with my boys and it was a great deal of fun. Merry Christmas!

  129. My favorite thing is my Mom’s yams….I just lot how she keeps them simple and sweet. Whole yams, boiled and then peeled and chopped into large chunks….then tossed in cream, white sugar and brown sugar…baked…YUM!

  130. Turkey!

    Merry Christmas!

  131. My sister makes the best green bean casserole & also cheesy potato bake. I always hope she brings atleast 1 of these to our meal.

  132. Your double cake poops are great. They make me want to attempt a snowman! Is that too overzealous? My favorite thing to eat is ham.

  133. My favorite is Holiday mash potatoes and Lamb , love it. Plus wedding soup and pasta. Now that is my favorite food for Christmas. Now I am hungry. LOL Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hugs Paulette

  134. My favorite holiday treats are all sweet! Though this one is sweet, it still involves “normal” food, so I think you can count it. I really like sweet potato and apple casserole. The recipe I use is from the Winning Rcipes from Taste of Home cookbook and involves sweet potatoes, tart apples, oj, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon and butter.

  135. My grandma’s cheese fondue!

  136. I, too, love stuffing. And more, I think I’m a lover of savory scones (that’s ‘biscuits’ in the US) and mushroom gravy. Mmm.

  137. My favorite thing to eat on Christmas and just about any other day is my aunts Macaroni and Cheese.Its ooey gooey cheesy goodnes!

  138. Wow… I didn’t think it’d be this hard to think of a favorite food that’s not sweet! I think I’d have to say green bean casserole.

  139. I think your friend Julie and my mom should meet! I didn’t think there was someone else out there that enjoyed Christmas decor as much as my mom, but I was wrong! Lol

    For Christmas day, we always start out with homemade hot cocoa and oven cheese toast. Then for lunch it’s prime rib, twice baked potatoes and creamed spinach;-)

  140. WOW. I have never seen something like this. Totally amazing….

  141. My favorite Christmas food has got to be mash potatoes and gravy with biscuits HANDS DOWN! I LOVE mashed potatoes with gravy. Couldn’t get enough of it. But since I’m asian, and sometimes mom likes to make an asian dish. I’d go with our traditional Cambodian HOTPOT! you should definitely give it a try bakerella!

  142. What an incredible party! I love cornbread stuffing (which I eat all year round with no shame!). I also picked up a packet of dried and crushed cranberries and pistachios from the Charleston farmers market on year, mixed them with cream cheese and a little bit of vanilla, and made an amazing appetizer dip that goes great with cinnamon sugar or plain pita chips! Another favourite is pumpkin raita, which is a fun American winter twist on an Indian classic. Raita is a traditional Indian yogurt dip served with flatbreads and rice to balance out the spicy curries. Mixing it a little fresh pumpkin makes it perfect for the holidays!

  143. I like to go for the appetizers…mmmm…stuffed mushroms, mini cheese balls…puff pastry parmasean cheese sticks…mini turkey salad tarts…I have to stop right there… torturing myself…!Love the nutcracker pops…and the white christmas trees. Have a Merry Christmas ..Bakerella.

  144. I’m a mashed potato and gravy kinda girl! ^.^

  145. Favorite Non-Sweet Dish is my SIL mom’s baked mac and cheese. Its soooo amazing!

  146. We always serve a pasta dish before the main course. We switch it up each year to keep things interesting. Lasagna or ravioli with vodka sauce are my favorites!

  147. Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. I’m from Louisiana, but live in Saudi Arabia so it’s necessary to have a taste from home to celebrate this festive season.

  148. My family must have Prime Rib for dinner. Another favorite is Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes (a fabulous Paula recipe). Merry Christmas!

  149. My neighbor always makes Swedish biscuits. They are the best. My whole family waits for her to come over with them fresh out of the oven.

  150. Awsome goodies… favorite non sweet food? Honey glazed Ham creamy Max n cheese n mashed potatoes w lots of butter……mmmmmnw I’m hungry LOL

  151. My favourite food at Christmas is Cadbury’s Chocolate Fingers, yes they’re sweet but we always eat them for breakfast before opening our presents! Merry Christmas!

  152. I love to have Breakfast Casserole in the fridge for Christmas morning. That way we get up and pop it in the oven right away. It’s something “healthy” ok, not healthy, but not full of sugar either to counteract the sugar that is being consumed ;)

  153. This is pure luju!
    Mglòria from Gourmenderies

  154. Mashed potatoes. Any kind of potato, really, as long as they are loaded with butter and pepper!

  155. Those are INSANE cake pops! They’re soo amazing!! I wish i could make them right now!

  156. Ham… hot out the oven and cold the next day on sandwiches. It can’t be beat.

  157. Honey Ham! My absolute favorite next to desserts of course! LOL

  158. I love to have cranberry pickle on cheese with biscuits :) *sigh* xxx I would to pull off a display like that its beautiful x

  159. Aww, those nutcrackers are so sweet! Your friend Julie sounds amazing!
    My favorite thing to eat on Christmas would be the sausage gravy and biscuits. Made with Italian sausage and heavy cream, mmm! My family tends to have a big breakfast Christmas morning instead of a big dinner.

  160. honey ham & pigs in a blanket!! yummyy.

  161. I am torn between crabs and macaroni that we have for Christmas Eve Seven Fish dinner and tradition turkey and stuffing (that we have after soup and pasta on Christmas Day). Turkey and stuffing may be a staple in some homes but for us it is a holiday treat. We eat “Italian” on holidays, I guess being Italian does that to you.

  162. Cranberry and orange relish. I make it every Christmas eve – perfect accompaniment to turkey.

  163. My favorite thing to eat is tamales. Something to open and something delcious to enjoy!
    and i’m definitely going to try those cute lil white trees…how beautiful they are!!!

  164. My favorite thing to eat on Christmas is french toast made from Italian Panetone bread. After we open presents we sit around and have a nice long breakfast with this slightly sweeter than usual treat. I can’t wait! :)

  165. They are so cute and festive :)

  166. I love the stuffing.

  167. It’s our Christmas tradition to cook tomato based dishes on Christmas be it pasto, beef or chicken. Ohh.. I want my Christmas dinner already! :)

  168. My mom’s seasoned pretzels are wonderful. She brings them every year for an appetizer. She buys the Christmas shaped pretzels and seasons them with various herbs and popcorn oil. You seriously cannot eat just one!

  169. Deviled eggs with a little tarragon vinegar. So amazing!

  170. One of our fav snacks in the afternoon christmas day to hold us over until dinner is a cheese, meat, pickle, cracker tray.

    Happy Holidays and have a safe new year!

  171. Turducken! I’m trying to convince my brothers to deep fry one this year… something about no body cavity won’t let it fry… blah, blah…

    I canNOT believe its been a year since Cupcake Julie’s last Christmas Party… I so want the 12 foot nutcrackers to stand outside my door!

  172. Definitely honey baked ham with brown suger! And we turn the leftovers into ham fried rice, ham sandwiches and ham and eggs for breakfast. Deliciousness!!

  173. I love to make a wonderful two meat lasagna! Oh, it is so good. I use Italian sausage and beef! Yum! Make a lovely red sauce with the meats. Use a mix of ricotta, mozzerella and dried parmesan and fresh herbs to layer between fresh pasta. Oh, I can hardly wait!! Nothing like it!!

  174. WoW. There is alreaday a lot of comment. Well I left mine.
    First. Everything is really gorgeous, pretty and cute. I don’t have words, Just I love them, and of course I love sweet soldiers too. I hope have luck.

    I like to eat for christmas lamb. I love lamb, with some baked potatos and some salad, and then some cocktail he he he, maybe with tropical fruit, mango could be, and of course some icecream.

    I will go to my mother in law like all christmas here. There we eat a lot of everything.

  175. I always look forward to boxing day lunch, left over cold meat, cheese, coleslaw, potatoes and pickled onions!

  176. wow, I want to be you, you are so talented, you outdid yourself:) My all time favourite would be stuffing!

  177. Rice dressing and candied yams are my favorite.

  178. My Grandfather’s Turkey Noodles!

  179. Every year I look forward to our faily’s Feast of the 7 fishes on Christmas Eve. My favorite is lobster ravioli in vodka sauce. However, I will be working the entire weekend so I will be missing it this year. :-(

  180. I look forward to eating spoon bread on Christmas along with HoneyBaked ham. Happy holiday to you and yours.

  181. Lasagna has been our tradition but I also love homemade tamales.

  182. LOVED your site!!! Can’t wait until I can make the Oreo truffles.

  183. I loved those little guys. They would look really good in my home!! My favorite christmas meal is turkey! I craved for it already and can’t wait to cook mine!

    Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

  184. Non sweet?
    i might say tamales!
    mexican tamales! Love them!

  185. My dear fellow Bakerella-
    For Christmas, my familia has Pozole!
    It’s like a brothy stew that has lots of hominy in it.
    It can be made with chicken, or pork or beef.
    My family makes it w/ a combination of pork and ox tail.
    You then have a bunch of condiments: shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, oregano, lemon wedges and finely chopped onion. Simply delicious, warm and has lots of texture to go with the amazing flavors. You serve with tostadas instead of tortillas.
    Give it a try- Rick Bayless has a few great recipes posted. I just make mine from memory the way my mother taught me.
    Feliz Navidad!

  186. All I have is sweets on my mind now lol……but my favorite non sweet item would have to be the challah bread my mom makes. She braids it and tops it with garlic and parmesan cheese. It’s very popular at the dinner table and makes wonderful sandwiches with our leftovers.

  187. I love to eat turkey and my southern potato casserole.

  188. nanimo bars..made the authentic way(canadian) with birds custard powder and not vanilla pudding mix(yuck!)

  189. I love sweet potatoes but this year I’ve joined a produce co-op and we’re getting lots of winter squash and I love, love, love them. By the way, I want an invitation to Julie’s party. Her house is absolutely amazing and I can’t wait til the morning to show my family.

  190. My Mama’s Italian stuffed artichokes – so much work, but worth every petal! Thank you for bringing so much sweetness and light into our holidays!

  191. Beautiful pics! My favorite Christmas food would have to be…Rice and beans w/Roast pork, but most of all my aunt’s famous warm potato salad! Mmmm Delish!! :0

  192. My favorite thing to eat on Xmas is Rice with Green Peas and Roasted Pork Puertorican style. Followed by a delicous vanilla Flan and rum to put it all down mmmm.

  193. This year, I’ll miss having my familys tradition of Honey Baked Ham. Next year, it will be fixed though!

  194. My favorite food for Christmas is a wonderful glazed ham with the pineapple glaze and cloves stuck in. It reminds me of when the whole family would gather and we would scramble to have enough chairs for everyone. It also is so close to Thanksgiving it was a welcome change from turkey. This year I am trying something I’ve never made before. I found a nice New Zealand Rack of Lamb. Wish me luck!

  195. Oh gosh. Cornbread is what I’m looking forward to most right now… is that weird?

  196. These are amazing!

    I’m a Texas girl, and my favorite Christmas food will always be tamales.

  197. The first person I thought of when I saw these Nutcrackers was my best friend’s mom. She collects them, and I would definitely give these to her. Also, my best friend makes a really tasty hash brown bake. Potatoes, cheese, sour cream.. comfort food at its best :)

  198. Ham, mashed potatoes and gravy and deviled eggs…oh yah olives!

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