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December 19, 2011

On the 6th Day of Christmas ~ Family Traditions

Christmas is almost upon us.  My kids are excited....mostly for presents, but I know in 20 years what they are really going to remember is not the toy that was under the tree, but the family traditions that will be embedded in their memories for a lifetime. Creating memories for my kids to carry on, into the generations to come is what is most important to me.

This past Saturday, one of our family traditions took place here on the ranch at my in-law's house.  A day of Christmas cookie baking with four generations in the house, flour was flying on this day. 




















My mother-in-law, Annette, whipped out her recipe book that was given to her by her Grandmother, filled with recipes she's been collecting since 1967...



And then we all got busy....rolling, flouring, cutting, sprinkling, baking and decorating.....okay, I didn't really do a whole lot of rolling, cutting and baking, I mainly snapped the photos.
















The seven cousins, who behave more like siblings with one another, worked together to create some masterpiece batches of cookies.

















In the midst of baking, a slight set-back occurred....discovering the amount of flour to be included from a 1999 county fair recipe card my sister-in-law, Lesha was using and had already began mixing was missing, but quickly taken care of by calling our neighbor, Sue, from the farm down the road.  Sue is a baking GENIUS, she not only HAD the very same recipe, she called back within 5 minutes with the increment of flour to be used.....she saved us!
















Six hours later, our baking was finished, samples were tested and platters created.

















This morning, I couldn't resist and had an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie for breakfast.

Do you have a Christmas family tradition?


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