|Stockings all hung in a row!|
|Husband's Snow Village|
|Family Room Tree|
We have a number of traditional Christmas foods. But the fare with rituals or stories attached (some of which will be revealed in next post) are the Christmas Pudding, Trifle and Snowball Cookies. Snowball cookies were a family affair. Children donned aprons in the futile attempt to reduce the mess. A large bowl of icing sugar was placed in front of each child to toss and coat the delicate butterballs. These powdered sugar treats were brought out during tree decorating, the exchange of Christmas presents on Christmas Eve and were the treats left out for Santa. This recipe is my Mom's given to her by her best friend from our time in Chicago eons ago. That's as much as I am going to say about that except thank you Mom and Betty Issac for giving us and our children this wonderful fun tradition.
Cream 8 ounces of butter and 1 ounce of icing sugar
Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 Tablespoon of water
8 ounces of sifted flour and mix well
add 2 ounces of nuts (optional)
Form small balls and place in fridge until firm
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet in a slow oven. 300*F/150*C for 20 minutes or until golden brown
While hot roll in icing sugar. Makes 3 dozen.
When dinner is finished and my work is done, I love to sit curled up in front of the fire and sip a creamy topped Irish Coffee.
1 tsp of sugar
Powers Irish Whiskey
2/3 cup of coffee
Heavy cream, lightly whipped
Preheat the glass with hot water. Dump the water out and add the hot coffee with the teaspoon of sugar and stir. Add the Power's or any other Irish whiskey you might have, and top with the whipping cream. Pour the cream over the back of a spoon so it doesn't sink. Dark coffee's are best for this recipe.