by Rogenna Brewer
My grandmother had a long standing tradition of baking Christmas Cookies every year on the 10th of December. I don't know why she choose that day. But I believe there was some logic to it. This was a woman who hand-painted dishtowels with days of the week and corresponding chores for those days.
Feeling nostalgic my mom and I got together last year on the 10th and went all out in introducing my four-year-old niece to the world of holiday traditions. After all my aunt and cousin manage to get together every year the day after Thanksgiving to do their baking.
We made a big mess. Had a lot of fun. And way too many men in the kitchen with unsolicited advice.
This Friday I invited my son's fiancée over to bake cookies so we could get to know each other a little better. Before the wedding. Before the baby. Did I mention I'm going to be a grandma before next Christmas? A very young grandma.
We made cookies for the kids to take home. Some for her to ship off to her dad in Afghanistan. If I'd been on the ball like my grandmother, they wouldn't be late. Anyway, it's the thought that counts. And I got a nice text from her afterward saying she had fun.
I know I did. So why does it feel like it's going to be such a chore? Are you a regimented baker? Or a fly by baker like me?
Monday was the cookie exchange at work and I thought it would be kind of fun to have our own cyber cookie exchange here. I've finally mastered fudge making after years of wasting chocolate chips. Okay, I had to Google it. But this Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge recipe sounded so good I didn't want to wind up with another batch of grainy goo.
The secret (I've added to this Nestle's original recipe) is Cream of Tartar and IT WORKS! NO MORE GRAINY FUDGE!
Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge
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