Giddyup. I heard that at the bagel shop this morning when dropping off some Christmas goodies for the poker boys. That was nice to hear. They received peppermint brownies, double chocolate brownies and low-fat pumpkin brownies.

double chocolate brownies

Low-fat pumpkin brownie recipe here.

pumpkin brownies

I threw in a few pumpkin peanut butter cookies for good measure too.

pumpkin peanut butter cookies

Tonight I’m celebrating Christmas with one set of grandparents. I’m pretty clueless when it comes to buying gifts for men. I don’t know what to craft for them, if anything. And the wallet, cologne, belt thing only lasts on repeat so long before you are a dreary predictable gift-giving mess. This year, I’m baking and mixing for the men in my life.

My grandfather's Christmas gift

Pumpkin spice cake for my grandpa. My grandma doesn’t bake for him anymore, so I know this will be a hit.

bottled trail mix

And trail mix for a few others. Pretzles, peanut M&Ms, raisins, apricots, chocolate chips and a new water bottle to boot.

dark Christmas

The Christmas kitchen is officially closed for business.