Then Marisa wrote a post about all the cookie baking she did and asked "What is your favorite holiday cookie to bake?" I told her it was our rolled sugar cookies that we frost and decorate. After I answered I realized I enjoy making those cookies not for how they taste - although they are delicious - but rather for the memories associated with them.
For all of Little Helen's life, right up until she moved far away, I would make those cookies and have them cooled and ready to frost and decorate when she got home from school. Then she and I would sit down and put on The Carpenter's Christmas Album and decorate and sing at the top of our lungs. We actually did that so many years that the "album" changed to a "cd."
Anyway, all of these things came together like a big ball of Karma and now I'm thinking that on Christmas Eve I will make Mr. Helen those cookies. Little Helen will be home by then... maybe she'll want to help.
|The 2010 Snowmen|
Oh my goodness, this blend of whole grain oats, wheat, rye, barley, triticale and flaxseed is just delicious. With 120 calories and 5 grams of fiber per serving, it's nutritious as well. I also think it would be spectacular as a substitute for oatmeal in an oatmeal cookie recipe, or for granola. I ate it with a scrambled egg and it kept me full for hours.
Speaking of gifts, I hope everyone who celebrates is having a wonderful holiday season and realizes that the best gifts probably don't come wrapped in festive paper. I'll be taking a blogging break for a few days to enjoy time with my family - and to bake those cookies. Peace and blessings to you and yours.