I also did some baking for the Christmas meal that I hosted. The kids & I love to bake together. One thing that we always make is spritz cookies. I think the kids like it so much because they get to use a machine that makes the cookies.
I still use my mom's old Kitchen Aid mixer that I can remember at the age of 8 my dad and I buying her for Christmas. That old mixer has whipped, kneaded and mixed more treats for 4 generations then I could even begin to count. I'm getting to the point that I'm ready for it to wear out so I can get one of the cool colored ones. That's how I got it, my mom got a new red one and I inherited the old one.
I'm happy the craziness of the Holiday's are over. But now I have only 12 days to prepare for the family trip to Disney World- our next big family adventure! Sure will take any advice on prep from those who have been.