Sunday, December 09, 2012
ACCM: December 9, 2012
Authorís choice. Please post from a topic that helps you remember Christmases past!
This one is difficult because I don't know what the rest of the questions will be and I don't want to repeat. My best bet is to tell you a story of a Christmas before I was six.
Our parents came to wake us up. Dave heard them, but I didnt. He came to me to be sure i was awake. When he realized I wasn't, he tried to wake me. I must have been half asleep though,, because i tried to walk up the wall!! I was teased about that for a lot of years afterwards!
Something else I remember well was from my teens thru the end of my 20''s. My dad was the head of our township road department. In the winter months if snow was predicted, he would set his alarm to get up to see how the roads were and call the weather station to see what was predicted for the next few hours. If there was snow on the ground, he would drive around to see if he needed to call out a crew. It would seem every Christmas when a lot of his family was at our house, it would inevitably start to snow hard and he would leave to check the roads. We might see him again around 2AM when he would bring his crew to the house for a break. Mom would get all the leftovers out so they could have sandwiches and would make coffee for them to fill thermoses when they returned to their trucks. A lot of men would be gone for the holidays, so daddy usually worked in the trucks himself. He would set the phones for the police dispatchers to pick up and radio him if someone reported a problem. He would go in his township car to check it, then call a crew to fix it. If they were really busy, then we wouldn't see daddy until the next morning when he stopped in for breakfast. He would usually be home by 1PM to get some rest in case he had to go out again that night. He was very invested in the community and the safety of all the residents not only on the holidays but also throughout the winter. But rarely did he get to spend a Christmas Eve with all of us. The man who took his place when daddy retired would leave it to the police officers to call dispatch and for them to call out the crews. His wife wouldn't let us talk to him if it was "after hours". My daddy was probably rolling over in his grave. He was too concerned to worry if it was after hours or not.
I tried to work on Christmas Day each year. Sometimes I would double back on a different watch. I was single and a lot of the others had families and young children and I wanted them to be able to spend the time with their children or attend church - whatever. I didn't mind at all. I asked to be off Christmas Eve afternoon watch to be with my family. IT always worked out perfectly for everyone.
Do you have a Christmas Eve memory with your family? How was the weather for you around Christmas time. Don't you in the Southern Hemisphere have summer time?
Everyone have a wonderful week and enjoy yourselves.
Peace Love Hope for a cure
Bob as a youngster in MN
Saturday, December 08, 2012
ACCM: December 8, 2012
Did your family or ancestors make Christmas Cookies? How did you help? Did you have a favorite cookie?
1. My mom and my Aunt Millie are the two that made cookies. I'm not sure about the older ancestors. My mom made the best cookies with cream cheese in the dough. They were so moist and flaky like pie dough. She filled them with jam for dessert cookies and with chicken, ham, or tuna salad for savory. Aunt Millie did the Kolache with ground nut or prune fillings. I sometimes added apricot filling with mine rather than the prune.
2. When I was younger, but old enough, I would sometimes help my mother roll the dough. She also made no back cookies with dates. I would also get all of her ingredients out and line them in a row. The only time I helped Aunt Millie was the time she taught me how to make my own. I wish I would have had her teach me how to make other cookies. My mom taught me a little, but mostly I got my own from recipe books.
3. I would have to say my favorite cookies were the cream cheese dough ones my mom made. They just melted in your mouth and it was difficult to eat just one. I also like two different ones I make - rum balls and lemon tea cookies. The other favorite I have is a sugar cookie that is iced that a young lady I worked with used to make and bring to the book store. They were the best sugar cookies to ever cross my lips. She would never give me the recipe!! I really wish I had it now as I have never found another like it! Again, these were hard to eat just one.
Another cookie I liked used the dough shooter. I would put down a layer using the ribbon attachment. Then I would put half a Hershey miniature on it, far enough apart to make a cookie. Then I'd cover with dough using the ribbon, and finish by cutting them so that every cookie had a chocolate inside. I think they were called surprise cookies or something like that. I would start baking at the very end of November and had dozens of cookies. We gave a lot of them as gifts. My sorority chapters always had cookie exchanges, too. Those were great fun.
Baba's Cheese Puff Cookies
2 c. flour
1 c. rolled oats
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. butter
1 (8 oz.) block cream cheese
Mix as for pie crust. Roll into balls the size of walnuts. Roll thin and drop in about a tsp. of jelly or jam of your choice. Fold over. Pinch together around edge (they will resemble crescents.) Bake about 10 to 15 minutes in a 425 degree F. oven. Cookie sheet should be lined with foil in case some of the filling should come out. Cookies can be filled with chicken, ham, or other sandwich fillings for savory times. The amount made depends on the size of the balls you make for each one.
I named these Grandmother's cookies because my mother told me my dad's mother taught her how to make them. They are a Slovak favorite. I don't think they are very diet friendly, and I haven't tried them using low fat products.
Aunt Millie's Kolache
1 c. milk
3/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. sugar
2/3 c. salad oil
1 large cake household yeast made with 3/4 c. lukewarm water
2 eggs beaten
6 c. flour, sifted
Let rise at least two hours in warm place.
Makes 8 rolls
2 pounds ground nuts (I usually grind them myself to save money - if I have the time!)
4 tsp. cocoa mixed with scalded milk or Hershey's syrup - 1/2 c. (I use the syrup for convenience)
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. cracker crumbs (I use Premium with salt)
1/2 c. honey
Milk to spread
Fill dough with filling and wrap as you go with filling.
Spread rolls with beaten whole egg yolk before baking.
Bake in 375 degree F. oven for 20 to 30 minutes.
I named these Aunt Millie's as I have never seen a recipe like this anywhere! We had fun making these! I still have the recipe that my aunt wrote out for me.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Blessings to you and yours.
Peace Love Joy to all.
Aunt Millie and my brother in 2006
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