from top to bottom:
- pretzel wreaths
- Swedish cookies
- spicy pecans (recipe here)
- sour cream and nutmeg sugar cutout cookies
- mixture from a cookie exchange party, (including a wonderful peppermint pinwheel, some coconut macaroons, chocolate cherry cookies and... lots more)
Next to the pile is a box of Russian chocolates from the office white elephant party. ( I always go for something edible and not white elephant-ish because otherwise I end up with the dog Christmas stocking paired with the plastic dog that poops candies if you bam it on the head.) The chocolates are adequate, but I don't eat adequate chocolate if I can help it. Plus the translations of the contents in each are a bit rough so I can't predict what I'm going to bite into. The kids like them. On top of that box is a bowl of fresh pecans from a farmer in my CSA and some random school party candies. And wine.
*a "pile stack" is a phrase from baby Pook