After running errands yesterday, I pulled into our driveway parking the car right in front of the garage. As my eyes went to the “red” recycle bin directly in front of me, I saw a big huge cardboard box sitting on top. It said, “Christmas.”
My husband had been semi-cleaning the garage that morning and he was right. This box should not go back up into the attic with Christmas stuff, as it was so old and falling apart, and the bottom was ripped out. It was time to be recycled.
But the writing on the box was too familiar. Written on all 4 sides, I quickly recognized my mother's writing!
She had stored her Christmas stuff in this very old cardboard box. I wonder for how many years?!
And when she died, I inherited some of her Christmas belongings. Some presently in our house, and now this box was tossed aside.
I also inherited a lot of Christmas memories and traditions, and one that comes to mind is baking.
This is the week that homemade goodies and gifts have started rolling into our home.
Or should I say, we’ve been rolling to the door to greet our guests (too many goodies in our bellies!), to collect these treats?
A favorite tradition is receiving cinnamon rolls. Both my friend Pam, and my cousin Terri, give us our yearly cinnamon roll fix every Christmas. So Friday night two platters of Terri’s - amazing, mouth-watering, moist, very distinct in flavor - rolls showed up and were quickly devoured, even though we’ve been trying to practice some self control this season!
Every year I ask my cousin to teach me – because there is really nothing quite like her recipe.
I believe in the older teaching the younger, right? So next year it is. I will be posting how I learned how to make “Terri’s” cinnamon rolls! (Hold me accountable, ok?)
A few years ago I started the tradition of making Danish Puff the week of Christmas.
My mother used to make this recipe (along with my Aunt Lois) and I love it because all you need is butter, flour and eggs! Oh, and a little bit of powdered sugar (and a few more miscellaneous ingredients). I’ve also made this dessert for luncheons or special brunches, so it is not necessarily just a Christmas recipe.
I used to take a cardboard box, cut several rectangular pieces, and then wrap those pieces with foil. Wah Lah – I’d have a silver-lined plate! But this year I found silver platters at the Dollar Store which worked perfectly, so I stocked up!
I pulled out a favorite cookbook (my mom's church cookbook), looking for the Danish Puff recipe, and I found a personal note to me from my mother when I had my 30th birthday.
I could recognize my mother's handwriting anywhere! And I smiled as her note made me happy last night, as if she were in the kitchen baking alongside me!
½ c. butter, softened
1 c. all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp. water
½ c. butter
1 c. water
1 tsp. almond extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 ½ c. confectioner’s sugar
2 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 to 2 Tbsp. warm water
Cut ½ c. butter into 1 c. flour, sprinkle 2 Tbsp. water, mix with a pastry blender
Form to ball, divide in ½ and press each half in rectangular form on baking sheet
Boil 1 c. water and ½ c. butter, and then add almond extract and 1 c. flour – forming a ball
Remove from heat – add eggs
Beat until thick, smooth & sticky
Divide and spread onto the rectangular dough strips
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes – Cool
Whip the glaze of powdered sugar, butter and vanilla
Spread glaze onto the cooled (or semi-cooled) Danish Puff
Sprinkle with chopped toasted pecans
Line silver $1 platters with doilies
During the year I try to find unique gifts that I can store and use for Christmas. Earlier this year I found monogrammed napkins that I stocked up on. So along with a “Danish Puff,” to each platter I was able to add a package of napkins!
And My Golden Seal of Approval!
My daughter and I delivered hot plates last night. And tonight we plan to do some more …
The countdown is on. Christmas is in 3 days. Are you ready?