These are sleigh bells I used to shake outside our kids' window on Christmas Eve. The strategy was, if the kids heard the bells they'd be confident that Santa had arrived, and that they should go to sleep. Of course we ALL know that the REAL Santa won't show unless everyone's asleep, safe and sound. Why have I hung on to these? Your guess is as good as mine.
How did "My Favorite Things" from "The Sound of Music" become a Christmas song? Don't get me wrong. I love the tune, and it's from one of my favorite films, I'm fine with it, (the Castro Theater in San Francisco is presenting a "Sound of Music" singalong right now.)But "brown paper packages tied up with strings" is about as Christmassy as it gets. How does something like that happen? I guess the same way Jingle Bells became a Christmas song. Jingle Bells isn't a Christmas song. Click here for it's origin. Know what? Who cares? I love it all, and always will!
...and our Mom's recipe. What else are you going to do on a stormy night? Bake! And this was just my test batch. Give it a try, and let me know how it goes. Enjoy! Here's how it's done, and our Mom would be thrilled if you gave it a shot.
Jack . . . I believe this type font will work OK with recipe style. Here goes.
SNICKERDOODLES (revised 12/29/07)
In mixer put:
1 cup butter (2 soft sticks - 16 tablespoons)
1.5 cups of sugar
2.5 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
2 teasp cream of tartar
1 teasp baking soda
1/2 teasp salt
Sift together & add to butter/sugar/egg mixture in mixer
Chill for one hour
Roll into walnut size balls and roll into mixture of
Are you ready? We're so glad we have this around for emergencies. No. Not the cat salt & pepper set, though they've become part of the family. My Mom bought this electric lantern for us about 10 years ago. It uses a fluorescent bulb, the batteries last forever, and it's nice & bright. You can buy them at most hardware stores.
Kim and I saw Fleetwood Mac at Oracle in Oakland last night, and LOVED every second of the nearly three hour show. What made it even more special was Christine McVie's return to the band after being away for close to sixteen years! Stevie Nicks scolded her on-stage by saying "Never EVER leave this band again!". What a memorable night, and thanks for the great pic Kim!
...and Tiki and Ollie can't wait to get to it. It's a fake that we put we up in a room that faces the street, so it's more of an outside decoration than anything else. We get a small REAL tree for the family room because we love the scent so much. We picked up the artificial tree about 10 years ago on the day AFTER Christmas, and we saved a ton of $$$.....about 60%.