It seems like a year goes by so fast. I cannot believe we are going into 2016 already. Where did 2015 go? I wanted to reflect through the memories of 2015 before I give in and move on.
The memories I have from 2015 are a mixture of ones that involve my career, my family and friends.
Each year, for the past 29 years that we have been married, my husband takes up residency in his hunting cabin about 45 minutes away. He use to stay for 6 weeks but now it is only a total of 4 weeks. This escape from civilization begins the week prior to buck gun season. He is a dedicated hunter. He does come home for Thanksgiving dinner and then once a week to re-stock on food and wash his clothes.
The hunting season becomes my time to create the holiday home for our family. I make lots and lots of lists to begin with. I am a micro manager of myself with lists.
I decorate the house, upstairs and down, as well as outside. This year I had some assistance from 2 grandsons with stringing lights in the bushes and creating their North Pole in the woods.
Last week I had a free morning so I went to a display of gingerbread houses at a hotel in our town. This is just another one of those things I was never able to do while I was working.
It is the same beautiful, historic hotel that I wrote about in The Festival of Christmas Trees post. This was the 3rd annual gingerbread house contest.
There is nothing more delicious to me than a warm, homemade cookie.
I bake a lot of cookies and I do mean a lot of cookies. My husband and I have 13 grandchildren so there are never too many cookies. I don’t bake a downsized recipe for my cookies but I have been asked to create a recipe for this.
I created a recipe for Snickerdoodles as the base cookie because any variety of ingredients can be added to them.
Some of my favorite additions are dried blueberries with almonds or cranberries and pecans. I have used fresh and dried cranberries and they both work wonderfully. I love to mix up a glaze to drizzle over them also to really add variety. This recipe only makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies so if you don’t want a large amount, this is perfect.
Make this basic recipe and add your choice of fruit and nuts.
The cookie in the first picture has cranberries, pecans, and is dipped in melted white chocolate.
The second one has dried blueberries and almonds added to the snickerdoodle dough.