I know what you're thinking... I don't cook. So I certainly have no business baking, where you have to be precise about measurements and... and... know stuff about cooking. Yeah. Anyway, don't worry. If you've seen my pictures on Instagram, you know I'm a fan of the Christmas Fake Baking. What's that you say? It's where you make stuff without ever actually making anything:
Chocolate dipped Oreos. Just like it sounds - Oreo, dip it in melted chocolate, add sprinkles. Easy enough.
Milk and white chocolate dipped pretzel rods. Seriously, just melt some chocolate and start dipping stuff in it. Easiest thing ever. I've done regular pretzels in the past, but I thought these looked better. Plus it's easier since you have something to hold on to where as with regular pretzels, you're digging it out of the chocolate and making a big mess. That could just be me, though.
Carrie's Peppermint Bark. This was actually the 2nd round of this. The 1st time the bark would never harden. Turns out you shouldn't add milk to chocolate to make it melt faster. (What? It was clumping. Milk sounded logical to me.) I can screw up even the easiest sounding tasks in the kitchen. Whatever, the 2nd round worked!
Between bloggers and Pinterest I've seen a million gorgeous, homemade snowflake cookies. I don't know how to do that. I rolled out already made dough (pretty thin so the cookies wouldn't get too puffy), used the snowflake cookie cutter, let them cool, spread white icing on them then decorated with the little pearls. I'm sure plenty of people would tell me I could make cookie dough and icing from scratch but 1) you must not have been paying attention to how easily I screw things up in the kitchen 2) why would I do that when Pillsbury and Betty Crocker make it for me and do such a nice job?
I have to say, I'm pretty pleased with the results. Taking shortcuts with things like this equals less stress but you still get somewhat homemade goodies sitting around in your kitchen. If cooking isn't your strong suit, it's a pretty perfect compromise! It makes entertaining pretty easy, too. When we had both families over on Sunday we had a lot of these sitting out!