Saturday, December 8

I don't know about you...

But I'm ready for something a little bit lighter. Not that the serious issues don't really, really matter, but sometimes you need to smile a little too. So here you go, a short selection of my favorite holiday music...


When I was a little kid, I couldn't WAIT for the Nutcracker to come on PBS, to me, it heralded in the season even more than the Peanuts Christmas Special or Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Not an exciting video, but the music... amazing  :)
It sometimes surprises my Pagan friends how much I love Christmas music.
Truth is, I love both Pagan and Christian yuletide music.
Of course, I do have a strange sense of humor...
and maybe I'm a touch cynical at times...
but not always  :)

What's YOUR favorite holiday song??
And speaking of holidays,
don't forget the Holiday Blog Hop
starting in just a few days!


This weeks recipe is also holiday inspired:
My grandmother's walnut ball cookies

These are one of my all time favorites to make--and eat! They remind me of the woman who made Christmas special for me every year until she passed away in 1994. I still miss her and wish she could have lived to meet my daughter. 

Ingredients 
  • 1 1/2 lb unsalted butter (unsalted really is important here) at room temp.
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (plain white sugar)
  • 1 tsp. real vanilla extract (ALWAYS)
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (sifted)
  • 2 cups walnuts; I usually smash up about half of them so I've practically got walnut powder, and leave the rest as small bits. The walnut powder gives it a special texture. 
  • Confectioner's sugar to roll them in after they come out of the oven
The method is easy. Cream together the butter and granular sugar, mix in the vanilla, then stir in the flour and walnuts. Yes, you'll need a strong arm, the dough is very stiff. (It's not a typo: no eggs, no milk, no water). You may want to divide the dough into quarters, and refrigerate what you're not working on at the moment. 

Roll the dough into bite sized (or so) balls; place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees (Fahrenheit)  for about 10 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden brown. 

These guys will be VERY delicate, handle them with care; as soon as possible gently remove cookies from sheet and place them either in a shallow bowl or plate and coat with powdered (confectioner's) sugar--very, very gently. Yes, it's messy. Stack up on serving platter... or pour yourself some milk (or maybe something harder) and enjoy them while they're hot!


And just to confirm I'm a geek...
this is the Christmas tree I really want!









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