I like to Christmas shop early in the season. I wait for the Christmas decorations to go up but like to be finished with my shopping list before the post Thanksgiving frenzy begins. It’s not that I don’t shop in December. But I find shopping in December to be a lot more fun if I… Continue reading Weekend in Columbus: Let the Holidays Begin!
Who doesn't get a little bit excited when they open the mailbox to find a handful of stiff, hand addressed envelopes in white, red, or holiday green? With mail from January to November being almost exclusively made up of machine generated bills and junk advertisements, finding a hand addressed envelope is rare. When December mail… Continue reading Bringing Back Tradition: the Christmas Card
Christmas commercialism getting you down? Once again, stores are filled with all manner of things that I don't need or have any interest in buying. There comes a point in life where acquiring "more stuff" just isn't important anymore.
Recipe #12 is not a cookie at all. It's a simple and easy retro candy recipe that my mother first made back in the 70's. At the time, the recipe could be found in every "woman's" magazine. It soon became an annual favorite in our family. The special flavor created with a few simple ingredients is hard to… Continue reading Recipe #12: Fudgie Scotch Ring
This flavorful, tart square needs to be handled carefully but once you get it cut and arranged on a tray it's fancy enough for your most elegant party. Crust: 1/2 cup butter 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup confectioners' sugarFilling: 2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour… Continue reading Lemon Squares
Packed full of holiday spices, there's no mistaking the flavor of this spicy gingerbread treat. These cookies can be rolled and cut into gingerbread men or made into traditional soft and chewy rounds. 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1 T. ground ginger 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4… Continue reading Cookie Jar Gingersnaps
At the age of 19, I lived in an apartment building next door to an 80 year-old German woman. During my first holiday season there, she taught me how to bake her favorite Christmas cookie. The recipe for Pecan Delights looks simple. The cookie itself is a small and simple looking pale colored disc with a pecan centered on… Continue reading Mrs. Germack’s Pecan Delights
By the first week of December, Christmas has exploded at our house. Many years of accumulation has resulted in box upon box of mismatched Christmas decor. They are things that I love and can't bear to part with even if I don't have the room to display them all. That isn't really true though, because… Continue reading Make Do Decorating: “Snowy Woodland” Christmas Tree