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Good afternoon Jan,
I am thinking of the Christmas Tree bread I used to make. It is a saffron flavored sweet bread. I got the recipe from one of the Christmas Sunset Magazine. It was very good.
My son used to make a wonderful fruitcake. I don't know exactly where that recipe came from. We as a family tease about someone having eaten the Fruitcake, meaning one of those that floats about every year, that nobody likes and not my son's recipe.
I lean toward Christmas Cookies. That is where my cookie cutter collection originated. I now have several cutters for other seasons, but the Christmas cutters are by far the largest part of the total collection.
We are preparing Christmas dinner for this evening. That way we can relax and eat leftovers all day tomorrow. That suits all of us very nicely.
Thanks for sharing your traditions and ideas with me. We also used to drive around to view the lights, but anymore that doesn't seem so appealing. I guess not having little people about makes the lights less attractive.
See you all later. Please continue to share your memories and traditions.
I think it rained this morning but most of the day has been a cool, sunny day with little wind. DH, DS#2 and I walked on the river walk. We saw a bald eagle on a piling apparently enjoying something he found in the river.
I have extra cooking and meal plans when DS#2 is here. Our oldest son pretty much cooks for himself unless we're making something he can also eat. He will be able to have the pulled pork tonight but no bun or roll. Tomorrow he will help with the turkey and he always promptly makes broth from the carcas.
Ann, I'm sorry your tummy is causing troubles. I hope that passes soon. The peanutbutter cookies do sound good. I saw a recipe for them somewhere - was it here on Spark? It said the dough is sticky but not to add anything. I'm sure your daughter will enjoy them.
Judy, I used to enjoy Sunset but haven't seen it for years. Sometimes TOPS friends will bring paperbacks or magazines to share with whoever wants them and I got a nice Christmas one- think it was Christmas Cottage.
We like to drive around town to look at the Christmas lights. For several years now we've been taking turns reading a Christmas story of our choice. It's interesting to hear what the person whose turn it is to read comes up with. I'd like to go to the Candlelight Christmas service tonight if I don't "run out of gas". This is the time of year we enjoy having a lot of the Scandinavian goodies. I didn't bake at all this year. I'm still planning to make Healthy Exchanges Homemade Fruitcake for New Years- I think only Bruce and I like it. We have cardamon braid, knackebrod, smoked salmon, cheese, fatigman (poor man's cookie).
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Good morning everyone,
Ann, I am so sorry your tummy is acting up. What a terrible thing when there are so many wonderful things to eat at this time of the year. I am especially interested in your peanut butter cookies with no flour. Could you send the recipe?
Would each of you share any special traditions that you and your family observe during this wonderful season?
I like to learn about new traditions. I miss the Christmas editions of Sunset magazine and BH&G used to put out. They were so full of new crafts and traditions, and usually we chose to incorporate the ideas we found there into our celebration.
I hope you all have a very happy Christmas. And please join with me in praying that by next year all of our service people will be back home with their families.
I just bet everyone is busy today. I have also been busy this morning. AND it is raining. Not heavy though. I peeled, and cut up two pretty good sized butternut squash and got them cooked for tomorrow nights dinner. I was able to freeze four containers for future meals. I'm sure we won't eat all I have in a big dish. Then I made DD some peanut butter cookies. No flour. DH said they taste good and he would not know they were gluten free. I didn't dare taste them as I have been having problems with food the last few days. Just when I think it is o k to eat something normal, whoops not o k. I feel fine but the food just won't stay with me. It;s been rice and chicken broth, apple sauce and crackers.
I do have to make a store run. Better get to it.
Ann in San Diego