Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Mele Kalikimaka! Joyeux Noel! Happy Hanukah!
I love Christmas. Even though there have been years where money was short or things didn’t always go as planned, we still spent the day together. We watched football and parades and cartoons. We ate turkey dinner and just had an all-around good day.
Most of the time, prepping for Christmas started a week before. Between banana nut bread and no bake cookies, our house smelled like a bakery. I remember one year we got carried away. We went on a baking extravaganza. We made rum cheese cake, fudge, no bake cookies, cranberry bread and banana nut bread. My mom went nuts that year and even made a cranberry banana nut bread that was to die for. (Even though I took the nuts out of mine.)
Now with my daughter, I try to do the same. I bake breads and cookies. I make fudge and pies. Football is always on. The cartoons, not so much. I still hide her presents and make sure she doesn’t know what she’s getting, so come Christmas morning she’s surprised and excited.
The only thing I wish I had this Christmas was all of my family around me. That would have made Christmas even better this year.
What’s your favorite memory?
No Bake Cookies
1 ¾ cups of sugar
½ cup of whole milk
½ cup of butter (Works best with stick butter not margarine)
4 Tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder (We always used Hershey’s cocoa powder)
½ of peanut butter (Creamy)
3 cups of Old-Fashioned Oats (Quick oats make the cookies gummy.)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
In a pot (I’d use a soup pot, but that’s me) add the milk, butter and sugar. When the mixture is melted together add the cocoa powder and bring it to a rolling bubble. Then remove it from heat and add the peanut butter. When everything is mixed together and consistency is smooth or as smooth as possible, add the teaspoon of vanilla and the oat. Mix together until all of the oats are coated.
With your wax paper already cut and laid out, start spooning out your mixture. I used two spoons. One to gather the cookie dough and the other to push it from the spoon to the paper.
Let them cool 10-20mins.
Depending on the size of cookie you make, you should have about 24 cookies from this batch.
As we go into the holiday season, I have been asking myself what I can do or how I can give to others. It has been a tough year for my family and a tough year for many families whether it is our soldiers fighting overseas, their families waiting at home, death in the families, divorces, economic hard times, cutthroat politicians trading on fear and hate and last, but most certainly not least tragedies such as those faced in Paris, Beirut, and many other places.
We are very familiar with the choke of the times. Here, I wanted to give something back this holiday season. Years ago, one of my local radio stations used to have write ins for people to nominate families for Christmas or holiday gift certificates. Nominated families or individuals included those who really were not going to have much to celebrate because they couldn't afford gifts or decorations or a big Christmas meal.
Beginning today and lasting until December 18, I am hosting a holiday give away post featuring an item and the author who is giving it away. To enter, all someone has to do is nominate the person they want to send the gift to and post a short reason why. If that person wins, then the gift will be sent to the recipient with a note wishing them a happy holiday season signed from the author giving it away, me and of course the person who entered them.
So far, I have several authors and items pledged to this effort. Be sure to visit daily throughout the holiday season and nominate those you love and care about and send them a gift – and yes, I will send them around the world!
For a chance to win:
- Nominate the person you want to send that day’s gift to and a short reason as to why. (All entries in comments are counted toward final giveaways whether you use rafflecopter or not)
- For an extra entry, spread the word about this giveaway: Blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - leave a link in the comments.
- Leave your email with your comment ONLY IF it is NOT part of your profile.
- This giveaway is open to everyone for nominations, however you cannot enter yourself.
- You may only win one gift to send.
- Giveaways begin November today and run through December 18.
As a special edition to the giveaway, several of the authors have donated towards gift cards that will go to three lucky commentators for giving the gift of caring to someone else in their lives. Every time you nominate someone for a prize is an opportunity to be listed in this giveaway. The final winners will be announced on December 19, so be sure to watch for it!
Thank you to the readers for hanging out with me each day, even when I have nothing to say (which is far more often than I'd like!).
Nominate someone for homemade hot chocolate in a jar and cookie in a jar! A delicious, sweet treat!
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