5th Annual Blog Cookie Exchange
Susie is hostessing the 5th Annual Blog Cookie Exchange over at her place.
I've brought my two of my favorite holiday recipes:
Powdered Sugar Crescent Cookies - my Aunt's recipe
I've also made these into "snowballs" - it's easier than shaping the crescents.
1 cup butter (I've found that Imperial Margarine works best)
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1-1/2 tablespoon water
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped walnuts
Cream butter and sugar
Add the rest and wix well.
Shape crescents 1/2" diameter, 1" long
Bake 375 degrees, 15 minutes
Sprinkle or roll in more powdered sugar when cool
Enjoy with milk - plenty of milk!
Sugar Cinnamon Nuts - my Mom's recipe
1 pound nuts (walnuts recommended)
2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
Bring sugar, water and cinnamon to a boil.
Add nuts, stir all until mixture starts to crystallize.
Spread on cookie sheet and put in fridge to cool.
Break into bits and eat.
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Every Christmas morning, As Hubby assembles and/or adds batteries to any of the toys or games the clowns receive from Santa, I'll cook up our biggest breakfast of the year. We have pancakes, bacon and sausage - not just *any* pancakes, though. They have to be Nonnie's pancakes. To this day, the pancakes she used to make are the best pancakes I've ever tasted. A few weeks ago, Buddy asked (in a voice full of angsty anticipation) "When is it going to be Christmas so we can have pancakes?!" We'll all eat until we're completely full, then roll out of our chairs and contemplate the rest of our day. Usually, we head over to Hubby's Aunt's/Uncle's get-together in the afternoon to exchange gifts.
Christmas Eve is usually spent with my in-laws. The day after Christmas will be the gift exchange with my Mom, Dit and nephew. Our last Christmas exchange of the year is usually with Bio-Mom and Grandpa Choo-Choo. This exchange is usually the more laidback of them all. This year, we've been told we can wear our jammies over to their house if we'd like.
Some of our other traditions include sending out the Christmas newsletter, spoiling the kids a bit, and attempting to not get too stressed out with all that "needs to be done." Last night, we braved the elements and the last minute shoppers at the mall to take the clowns to see Santa.
Tonight I'll do my best to finish wrapping the rest of the gifts and tomorrow I'll make a couple of side dishes to bring over to my in-laws. After that, all I have to do is roll along with the holiday, and do my best to focus more on enjoying the day and the company.
Here's a cup of cheer to toast to the holidays, good friends, laughter and joy.
Best wishes to you for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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