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Happy Holidays

 

Bennie at Cookie Fiesta

Bennie at Cookie Fiesta

Hope everyone has has a happy holiday season! We had a jam packed Christmas with four celebrations over two days. One of our traditions is the cookie Fiesta, which takes place at my mom’s house. This year it was a two day bonanza of all things butter and yum.  I believe we made fifteen different varieties of cookies, although with my current blood sugar levels I may have missed one or two.

Each year we try and reduce the number of cookies made, reducing the recipes down to the “it wouldn’t be the holidays without x.”  Mom is sneaky though, and sidesteps the rule by pre making additional varieties siting such excuses as, ” It was the paper’s best cookie of 2011″ , “the knitting ladies recommended this recipe” or “we needed more chocolate.” Hard to argue with. Over the years she clips more and more recipes becoming more like my Gram, her mom.

My gram had file cabinets, seriously FILE CABINETS of recipe clippings, booklets and cards. Hers ran the gamut from weird 1950’s vegetable aspics to artichoke appetizers with healthy helpings of “Microwave cookery” and “Pillsbury’s Blue Ribbon Winners” thrown in.  My mom seems to lean more toward the butter end of the spectrum with cookie and bar recipes. (brushes crumbs off key board) I support this trend.

So, in the spirit of cookie Fiesta, what is your favorite cookie or bar that you love around the holidays. I’m starting our research for 2016.

I raise a sugar cookie to traditions, family and friends. I hope you all have a fantastic finish to 2015!

Sugar cookies

Sugar cookies

Wahoo! Green things!!

Tilling and grading

Coming back from Maryland Sheep and Wool is always the unofficial start of Spring around here. I leave Minnesota when its almost Spring, drive to Maryland where it is most definitely Spring and then drive back in time for Minnesota to bust out the blooms. After long cold winters I always want to shout, “Wahoo! Green things!!”

Last year we were fortunate to lease a community garden space a block from our house. We have always grown veggies, but as our trees mature in our yard we have less and less full sun for the plants to soak up. The community garden space is in full sun most of the day, score! We leased a plot again this year and the kids were super getting all the manure tilled into the space.

Lily and her rake
Our plants this year will include many many tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, onions, shallots, summer squash, beans, collard greens, cucumbers and lots of herbs. I’ll post pictures of the garden throughout the growing season, it is fun to watch it grow!

Bennie the digger