Yummy AND EASY Holiday Treats for The Busy Sandwich Generation

by Kaye Swain

Happy Pink Saturday on a bleak and chilly afternoon. And it's all about holiday treats which reminded me of two of my faves – one new and one old – on the dining room table. My senior mom and I LOVE them – way too much for our waistlines. So I usually only buy these for special occasions. 

The sugar cookies have been a favorite of this Sandwich Generation granny nanny for decades.

Easy and yummy Christmas cookies are a great help for the Sandwich Generation

The Red Velvet cookies are brand new to me – both from Walmart. And both SO DELICIOUS. 

These Red Velvet cookies are also yummy and still easy for the Sandwich Generation

They make great after-school snacks for the grandkids, delightful treats when visiting elderly parents (if they are ok for their diet, of course) and are terrific to have on hand for any drop-in holiday visitors. And they keep well too – at least, until you open the package, probably. :)

In other words, they are tasty, handy, and easy! All wonderful traits for all of us in the busy Sandwich Generation with no time to bake during this season of life. Enjoy! 

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Valerie

Hi Kaye!

My kiddos LOVE those Lofthouse cookies!!! And as a busy mom who sometimes allows herself to be stretched too thin…I’ve been known to purchase those…throw ‘em on a cute platter and deliver them to the Teacher’s Lounge as a PTO “treat”. GASP!

I’m not technically in the sandwich generation…but find myself in an odd predicament! God finally saw my husband and I fit to have children…in our late 30s and early 40s. (I delivered my last one at 41.) :) My parents are a year or so away from their 70s, but still in good health. But, I definitely can see myself having to care for them as well as still having LITTLE ones that my husband and I are still raising! At my 25 year high school reunion…I think I had the youngest kiddo…not yet 2…and one other classmate missed b/c she was due to deliver identical twin girls at 43! So many classmates are caring for their aging parents…but have high school or even college aged kiddos.

Me and hubby…we’ve only got an 8, 6, and 2 year old at 43 and 45! HA! Looooong road ahead for us, but either side of the generations are truly blessings!

Take care,

Valerie

2 jeanne, backyard neighbor

Good morning Kaye, I too love the Christmas cookies we see in the stores. I’m always tempted but usually make my own. I love baking Christmas cookies and making soup and stew meals in the winter. This year we will be gone for Christmas so no baking. We leave for a 50th anniversary cruise in Europe on Thursday. We will see the Christmas Markets along the Rhine. Yay.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas to you and yours.
Blessings, Jeanne
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3 austine

I absolutely love red velvet anything. Today we went to the store and I was going to buy some. However, I think instead I’m going to make red velvet brownies in my pampered chef pan I have never used, because that sounds more fun.
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4 Kaye Swain

Oh Jeanne – how FUNNNNNN!!!! What a delightful trip. And what a blessing and wonderful example to hear of your 50 anniversary! Awesome! Have a blessed and beautiful Christmas and wonderful New Year!

5 Kaye Swain

Hahahaha Valerie. I’m with you! In fact, I bought some for a bake sale for a grandkids a few weeks ago – and they were a grand hit! :)

And it does, indeed, sound like you will be in the Sandwich Generation at some point. One thing that really helped me before my parents needed extra help was that they included me in a lot of their pre-planning. We did a lot of talking as they planned. They set up a power of attorney, a trust fund with a will, and medical directives, and long-term care insurance which includes the option for home health care and we discussed all this quite a bit before during and after. That took a tremendous burden off my shoulders and made the tough times much easier.

Have a lovely Christmas with your delightful family! :)

6 Kaye Swain

Hi Austine, ME TOO! And wow! I am so impressed you can make them. I have no clue how :) :) :) But I’m an expert at eating them! :) :) :) LOVED your pink Christmas tree pix! Merry Christmas!

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