Quote of the day...er...week...umm...hey, look, a quote!!

Tibi gratias agimus quod nihil fumas.

It says "...freedom of...", not "...freedom from...".

Nolite te bastardes carburundorum!

"It's amazing to me how many people think that voting to have the government give poor people money is compassion. Helping poor and suffering people is compassion. Voting for our government to use guns to give money to help poor and suffering people is immoral self-righteous bullying laziness. People need to be fed, medicated, educated, clothed, and sheltered, and if we're compassionate we'll help them, but you get no moral credit for forcing other people to do what you think is right. There is great joy in helping people, but no joy in doing it at gunpoint." - Penn Jillette

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


It's cookie time again.

Every year, I take part in a holiday cookie swap. A whole mess of us (that's more than a handful but fewer than a bunch) bake our favorite or best cookies, bring them to a central location, and divvy 'em up. It's a nifty way to get a slew of holiday type cookies without having to bake them all yourself.

In years past, I'd be baking by now, filling the house with the scent of Orange Blossom cookies, Snickerdoodles, Leftover Cookies, White Trash Cookies...I may not have told you this before, dear reader, but I may like to bake just a wee.

Actually, before Bird was born, I made hard candy for these events, suckers in a variety of shapes. No one minded too much - they liked all the colors, the flavors...and my house smelled insanely good. I have thirty-something cast iron molds waiting to be useful again, and make upwards of a dozen flavors, using a recipe handed down from my Mum's mum (family tradition - the recipe is never written down. Anyone wanting to learn it has to come into the kitchen and watch it being made, learn by doing). I don't make candy now because pouring off boiling sugar syrup just didn't seem like a good idea with a small child around. I hope to start again next year.

Meanwhile, there's a cookie swap this coming Sunday, and I have baking to do (with help from the Evil Genius, of course). I haven't decorated the house or anything either - I am thinking I'll do that between batches of cookies. This year it's Snickerdoodles (recipe later this week), and Leftover Cookies. I'll be making White Trash Cookies, too, but not for the swap - those'll go on plates and in boxes to give away.

Mum is making peppermint meringues, and cinnamon ones too. Addictive little buggers...

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie? Something traditional, maybe something you only make around this time of year? Tell...


Momlady said...

Yep, and the only way you'll get the recipe for the meringues is to watch me make them....heh, heh, heh.

HermitJim said...

You realize, of course, that I'm the world's biggest cookie fan, right?

All kind of cookies...big ones, little ones, sweet ones, not-so-sweet ones...all cookies!

I guess that I'll have to come to the cookie swap...but only as a taste tester! WHAT...?Not allowed...?

Shucks! Guess I'll just have to be content with the visions dancing in my head!

Susan said...

I LOVE Snickerdoodles!! And I love that in order to learn how to make the candy you have to get in the kitchen and participate - excellent idea. I always make popcorn balls around Halloween. And my grandfather's pralines at Christmas. Send me the address at Casa de Crazy and I'll send some for you and Bird.

Kyddryn said...

Heh, Mum - I already know how to do 'em...but YOU do 'em so beautifully, there's no need for me to muck about with 'em!

Mister Hermit, sir...really? You like cookies? Hmm...

Mizz Susan, you're awesome.