Last updated on April 24th, 2021 at 11:40 pm
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, everyone breathed easier because it marked the last day of A Case Cringle Christmas!
It’s been a solid week of posting here in Casa de Palmer, with giveaways galore sandwiched between reviews, reflections and a healthy dose of mischief, I’ve taken this pile of swag that Sarah eyes with disdain every time she steps into the house, looking for readers who could make far better use of it than me.
But a huge thanks to everyone who’s been part of the fun this week—great contests make way for even better prizes, and your support helps me grow this blog from a hobby into something with a little more presence.
And speaking of presents, almost as if that play on words wasn’t completely intentional, of course I’m ending the week with one last giveaway—but you’ll have to bear with me a bit before we get there 😂
With the month coming to a close, it just so happens that it was time for another Netflix Stream Team post, where they give us prompts to not only explore what Netflix Canada has to offer, but also help keep us connected with our fellow Stream Team members and our audiences through monthly themes to match the season!
But when Netflix told me that my December assignment was to get my bake on and take part in a Digital Cookie Exchange, I was like “😐 Netflix. Guys. Do you know who you’re talking to?”
For those new to the Casey Palmer Experience, I don’t really cook. Or bake. Or really do much of anything in the kitchen ever since working at my Dad’s restaurant as a youth, never looking to revisit that time as a highly inefficient line cook!
Besides—if they wanted me to make some of the traditional Christmas baking that I’d grown up with, I’d need a bit more notice.
Like six months’ notice.
My parents typically made their own fruit cake—which involves soaking the fruits into an alcohol mix for several months before using the fruit for baking. With no time machines in sight or Jamaicans willing to pass their baking off as my own, I had to find something else entirely to bake in time for the Christmas season!
Which makes it really good that I’m a big fan of shortbread.
So my version of “Nana’s secret recipe” is a little friend I call Google, or specifically, Googling “best shortbread recipes” and seeing what came up.
Who knew making shortbread was so simple? Man, if I watched calories, this recipe would be trouble. I mean, check it out below:
25 minutes (10 minutes prep time, 15 minutes bake time)
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ cup cornstarch
1½ cups all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
Whip butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and flour. Beat on low for one minute, then on high for 3 to 4 minutes. Drop cookies by spoonfuls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Watch that the edges don’t brown too much. Cool on wire racks.
Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.
So I brought out my trusty Kitchen-Aid Pro 500 stand mixer (a wedding gift which I literally never had cause to use before in my 4½ years of marriage) and were you in the kitchen with me, you could totally watch me whip. Or nae nae. Whichever struck your fancy.
Though initially annoyed that I was baking on Christmas Eve of all days, Sarah was thoroughly impressed with my light and fluffy cookies that were packed with flavour! (The secret? Sifting the icing sugar through a sieve to make it as fine as possible!) And of course, I watched a little Netflix while getting my bake on—only the best Christmas movie ever: The Nightmare Before Christmas! (Sure, I know many of you would say something like Home Alone, but I’m here to let you know you’re wrong. Jack Skellington for life.)
It was a good way to wrap up what’s easily been one of the most intense weeks of content I’ve seen in ages.
WE MADE IT—It’s time to kick up the feet, grab yourself a snack and Netflix. You’ve earned it!
Somehow we made it—while we’ve already unwrapped the gifts and finished the shopping season here in Casa de Palmer, it is a time for family, and we’ve plenty to see in the next few days. But at the very least, I’m glad the most I’ll need to worry about is getting the fam from place to place and none of the other stresses that often come as a package deal with December 25th.
Thanks again to everyone who’s participated in A Case Cringle Christmas—though it’s kept me immensely busy, I’ve been so pleased with the results! Be sure to let me know what you thought of the series—I’ll include an extra-credit question in today’s contest for some serious bonus points!
And to anyone who thinks this marks the end of the contest spree for 2015, man, you don’t even know. There’s still a week left and you never know what’s up my sleeve!
So Merry Christmas everyone and to all a good night—I hope this doesn’t mark the last time we’ll see each other!
Until the next,
Have you entered all the posts in A Case Cringle Christmas???
- Day 1—Alcatel onetouch Idol 3
- Day 2—cloud b Prize Pack
- Day 3—Pampers Prize Pack
- Day 4—Belkin WeMo Insight Switch + Linksys N300 Wi-Fi Range Extender
- Day 5—VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate RC Speedway
- Day 6—Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro Keyboard Case for the iPad Air 2
- Day 7—2 6-month Subscriptions to Netflix Canada
Disclaimer: As with the other members of the Stream Team, Netflix Canada was kind enough to give a couple of 6-month subscriptions to give others the chance to see the thousands of programs they offer for themselves!