Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Holiday Baking

This past few weeks I have made so much gingerbread cookies you would think that I would be sick of them by now. I found a recipe in one of my many cookbooks and decided to try it out to see if it was worth keeping. After making a batch of five dozen and then having them quickly disappear, I realized I found a keeper.
I love soft cookies, and this recipe was just that, nice and soft, and they are wonderful just out of the oven.
Well last week I made another batch of five dozen for office and neighbor gifts. After successfully wrapping up the office treats, the rest of the cookies started to disappear just as fast as the first ones. At least the second batch got decorated.
As I was planning the list of neighbor gifts, I realized we did not have enough and on Christmas Eve another batch was needed.
Now that everything is handed out and the Christmas rush is through, I find myself wishing for more of those soft gingerbread boys. I just need to stay away from the scales for a while, until I get a hold of my cravings and have the discipline to start the 'New Years Resolution Diet'.
Unfortunately these 15 dozen (yes that is correct, 180 cookies total) came and went so fast I didn't take pictures to post.

Confession - Now that I am writing this I am thinking, "maybe I can make another batch", YUMMY!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Ramblin Mother-really?

I don't consider myself as the typical mother, oh sure I cook, clean, try to get the teenager to do better in school, but I can't see myself as typical.

The 'dream' never started out this way; as I was growing up my future consisted of 8-9 children, yes that is right 8-9; if I remember correctly I wanted one more than my mother. But that didn't go out as planned, I must have caught the curve ball or something. After falling in love with my husband I realized that I will finally become a mother, but not just a mother, a step-mother; one who will love, care and cry for this child that I didn't give birth to or raise from an infant. I get the full grown, already has bad habits in tow, full of attitude teenager. But I am lucky, this teenager is swift to getting jobs done, makes sure that hugs are handed out when we are coming or going, and has not said or mentioned anything about having a 'wicked step-mother', which is a very big concern of mine.

I often wonder if it would have been easier had I raised him from the beginning, or would the same issues be around? How can I get him to talk to us about problems or important situations. Like any parent I don't want him to make terrible mistakes; and I definitely don't want him to get into trouble if we can help him make correct decisions upfront.

I know that many will say that I am worrying like a true parent, except, I didn't get a chance to mold him while he was young, or enjoy his cute kid moments, and exclaim to everyone how fast he has grown up.

Is this how I pictured my life to be like? No
Would I trade it with anyone else? Absolutely Not
Even though each day I worry that I am turning into the 'wicked step-mother', I still look forward to going home from work and try to refine the mold that makes him 'him'.

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's the Most Wonderful Time...

I really enjoy the Christmas season with all the wonderful lights on houses, decorations that make the home feel warm, sounds of bells ringing and christmas songs on the radio and in my head, smells of baking especially if it has ginger, cloves, or cinnamon in it, and the feeling of love and appreciation to my Heavenly Father for the real reason for this season...For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).
Christmas has always been a special time for me, but the last couple of years I have really noticed the commercialism in the season, and yes I too was caught up and swept away in it. This year with the help of the recession and barely enough to get by, I am forced into the season bound and determined to catch the true meaning and reason why we celebrate this wonderful time of the year. With the help of church literature, songs of Christ and the scriptures my heart and mind is starting to turn my focus back to the birth of our Saviour.

May your Christmas be filled with the loving spirit of our Saviour, Jesus Christ; and may it stay with you throughout the new year.
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