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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Holidays are almost over

I know I totally slacked for my 12 days of Christmas.  I was doing so well until the Wednesday before Christmas.  Guess what happened, The Daughter got sick than I did.  Fun huh?  I’m technically still sick and I have been living off of salabat (ginger tea), Vicks Vapor rubs and a roll of toilet paper (we ran out of tissues in my house).  I tried to kept thinking I was going to get better….wrong.  So I dragged myself to finish the baskets and The Husband delivered them.  You know what is worse than being sick over the holidays?  Being pregnant, being sick, and not able to take any meds during the holidays.  Fun times, fun times.  By the way, Vicks on your feet during the night kinda helps relieve some of the congestions, who knew.  I am currently trying every possible home remedy I could think of.  Chicken soup, OJ, Vicks, ginger tea, and sleeping under a humidifier.  Any suggestions please send it my way. 

Sorry I didn’t mean to go one with my complaining.  So I did completely my 12 days of gifts.  I did have to remove some the things I intended to give just because I didn’t have room in the container (ok I really ran out of time…shhhh don’t tell).  I did remember one of the items I did prep a while ago for Christmas.  I stumbled on it as I was looking for my candy temp. (I tried to make caramel, totally failed).  So here is the line up of my gift for Christmas.  One is a two part gift actually.

For my 10th day of Christmas I made…..Lemon Extract

Ok I made it last summer but I meant for it to mature.  The actually recipe I posted here from last Spring. 



For my 11th day of Christmas giving, I was requested by one of my friends to make pimento cheese bread.  She kinda described it and it didn’t click until The Best Friend (Girl) reminded me of the ingredients.   I came to realized, ohhhh I had this before.  My grandmother used to make it.  This recipe is a little different in terms of I didn’t really measure.  I went by my taste and what I liked.  You might want to have more cheese than pimento peppers or instead of margarine use mayo.  Totally up to you but this is how I did this. 

Pimento Cheese

12 Oz of Sharp Cheddar (if you want a milder taste, I would go with the bola cheese or the mild cheddar)

4 Oz of Pimento Peppers diced

1 Stick of Margarine


Ok really, just put everything in a large bowl and mix until it is fully incorporated.  This should be chunky. 

You could easily jar it up and give it as gifts or use it in my next gift…….Pan de Sal stuffed with Pimento cheese. 


I know it is not the prettiest of images but I was trying to move fast so I could go back to my sedentary life on the couch. 

And Finally my 12th day of Christmas I present to you Pan de Sal stuffed with Pimento cheese

I used this filling with my Pan de Sal recipe.  I am still working on the looks of it.  For some reason, every time I stuff anything in my Pan de Sal my filling leaks when it is baked.  Why suggestions again, please pass it my way.  It is driving us (both myself and The Husband) crazy.  I did make a plain Pan de Sal instead of whole wheat so just sub the whole wheat flour for bread flour. 


This is how much dough I made.  The Daughter was just staring at it. 



And here is the final Product with everything I made.



I hope everybody has a Merry Christmas.  Happy Holidays!


  1. Those look very cute, and that's hilarious that you totally forgot about all those jars of lemon extract :D

  2. Oh yeah, and that cheese bread was yummy, thank you!

  3. You are such a trooper for finishing the baskets, being sick and pregnant at the same time! I probably would have delivered "New Years " baskets;) Wish that I had gotten one.

  4. So much dough! So much work! But such lovely results. You are wonder woman. Thank you so much for sharing with me. I hope you are having a great day!

  5. We also make pimiento spread! Happy New Year Joy!

  6. Oh that is just gorgeous all put together! I love it!

  7. Your baskets are beautiful Joy! And all that pan de sal dough - wow! It sounds delicious with the pimento cheese. Hope you feel better real soon!

  8. sorry to hear you are not feeing well. Hope you have fully recovered. Love your cheese bread. That's ambitious baking for me...such a big pump of dough there :) I'm sure your bread tastes awesome with all the cheese filling. Thanks very much for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  9. I admire you for finishing the 12 days while feeling sick.

    I love the cheese pimiento bread. Sarap! Wow, that's a large dough.

  10. so sorry to heat you're not feeling well and so is your daughter. with you to get well soon.

    the dough is huge, but the filled bread look so delicious. the gift basket is perfect.

    New Year begins, let us pray,
    that it will be a year with new Peace,
    New Happiness, and abundance of new friends,
    God bless you through out the new Year.

  11. What a beautiful basket! I'm sure everyone loved them. Hope you're feeling much better now. Have a wonderful New Year.

  12. Ang sarap nang cheesebread! I love ur daugther's pic with the monster bread dough...all I can say is ur one superwoman! Happy New Year!

  13. I do hope you're feeling better by now! It's a horrible way to spend the holidays. The cheese bread looks fantastic and making your own lemon extract is genius.

    Happy new year!

  14. I'm a such a fan of cheese pimiento. Probably have been fed by the spoonfuls from birth. It's my fave filling for pan de sal. How nice that it is already inside. Probably tastes better as it's melted into the dough. Yum!