Monday, December 10, 2018
Oh, yesterday was delightful! After church I came outside to a light snowfall. I stood with my hands raised and enjoyed this pre-Christmas present. I pray that everyone stays safe, but I will admit that I do relish the first flakes.
Today I am sharing with you some of our Christmas traditions. I like to think of traditions as links, merry links to times past and connections to loved ones. I hold a handmade ornament and remember the person who made it with love for me. I bake a batch of cookies and remember making these with my mom when Patrick was little. Joy!
Today I will share a baked treat and an old wooden donkey that has been with me all my Christmases. Traditions are strongly linked to values. Growing up I was allowed to only hang one ornament on the tree and then I had to go bed. I always chose the golden tear drop ornament. I still have that ornament and it holds in its tarnish memories of long-ago Christmases. I remember my dad taking me to the five and dime and picking out nativity figures. Gracious that was special. No other gift could have provided me with time alone with dad, to choose each piece and then 50 years later gift these same figures to my son. Do you see how what the family values, not what was spent on the gift, make the gift memorable.
There Is one perfect gift. We were given this gift by our loving Father. Sacred Scripture explains that before we even knew Him, God loved us. God’s love is the perfect gift to give away. Give it in smiles, give it in warm hugs, or slightly burnt goodies. It is the miracle of the season that the more we give away, the more we receive. JOY!
Grandmother’s Christmas Fruitcake
Mrs. Jessie Dodge of Michigan won a prize in the year 1929
Found in “Women’s Household Magazine” 1973
In a 2 qt. saucepan put 1 box of seeded raisins
2 cups of boiling water
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of brown sugar
½ cup of shortening
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
Boil for 3 minutes, then set aside to cool. When cool, add 1 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in a little lukewarm water. Now add about 4 cups of flour. Nuts and citron improve this cake or try ½ cup of whole red cranberries. They pop as they bake. Bake at 325 degrees 60 minutes or more. Test for doneness with a dry piece of spaghetti. If the pasta comes out dry, then the cake is done.
- I do not add citron. But I do add ½ teaspoon of baking powder to the flour.