Each year my family gathers for a cookie making day. Now, for some reason we bake at the beginning of the month and somehow think that the cookies will make it to Christmas Eve, which they never do. The cookies we make are Brookies, Red Hots and Smuckers.
A Brookie is basically brownie batter, topped with cookie batter baked in a cupcake wrapper. The brownies are best prepared “fudge” style and the cookies are best prepared as chocolate chip cookies.
Red Hots are simply sugar cookies topped with red hot candies. My grandmother loved red hot candies so her cookies were basically 80% red hot candies and 20% cookie whereas mine are usually the opposite.
Smuckers are a wonderful cookie! They are like mini pies! And so delicious! This is something that my family has been making each year since long before I was even thought of. The cookie is more of a cream cheese based cookie, I guess it could be a sugar cookie but the cream cheese gives it a nice tart base to the sweet Smucker’s preservatives inside. There is one base cookie where you dollop a small amount of Smucker’s preserves (we prefer Strawberry) then an egg sealer and top it will another cookie. This creates a wonderful little pie.
These are our family cookies, what types of baking traditions does your family have?
Can you believe that there is an event to eat frozen yogurt for FREE?
I participated in a “holiday preview” event to help FroYo, a frozen yogurt company, taste new holiday flavors, and then I got a whole cup of frozen yogurt for FREE after I ranked those flavors.
Here is the rule for the game:
Step 1. The clerk gave me a tasting card, and also gave me four small cups for “mystery flavor” frozen yogurt. I tasted them individually, and ranked them from 1-4. I called them mystery flavor, because this clerk didn’t tell me what I ate.
Step 2. After I gave my ranked list to the clerk, the clerk told me the name of each mystery flavor. Then, I got a free cup to fill with the frozen yogurt I wanted from the holiday flavors. In addition, they also gave participants a “Buy one get one free” card to thank us for being tasters.
Step 3: On the next day, I received an email from FroYo telling me that the winning flavors are Mountain Mint Chocolate and Chocolate La Rouge. Apparently, chocolate is still the popular flavor for this holiday.
I like to be a taster because I like to taste new food, so this event was so much fun for me! If you don’t fear tasting new flavors and are interested in tasting, they have this event every fall or winter season. Just google “FroYo Exclusive Holiday Preview,” and you will have a chance to try the FREE frozen yogurt tasting also receive a free cup of frozen yogurt!
I have always found the Holidays very stressful! At first it was because my mom, dad, sister and I lived out of state so instead of a time of relaxing and celebration we were baking, packing, traveling, and living from a suitcase. It was never relaxing or fun. Now that we are back in-state, the holiday celebrations are at our house. So again, no relaxing just baking, decorating, cleaning etc.
One tradition I created with my grandma to help relax during this time was to go to Our Lady of the Snows on a weeknight, early, right as they open and just slowly go through each indoor and outdoor display. Not only was it relaxing because there wasn’t much of a crowd on a weeknight but also because we went early and could spend the whole night just slowly enjoying the decorations. My grandma was addicted to holiday lights, it seemed. Any time she saw lights up, even if it was a meager house display we had to pull over and admire them. I never took the time to ask her why she liked looking at lights; there is always a reason why we enjoy the things we do.
This year I plan on continuing that tradition, just a little differently. My grandma is no longer with me to take to see the lights, so instead I plan on beginning this with my godsons who have moved back from Georgia. They are 5 and 2. And the 5-year-old seems to have a similar addiction to holiday light displays!
For the Fontbonne community, yesterday was a fun day. The Department of Leadership Education and Student Activities hosted an event called the 12 hours of Christmas. This event consisted of 12 hours of fun filled activities. It began at 9 am with the Christmas Coffee House where Owen Pye sang Christmas Carols and there were free bagels, doughnuts, and coffee. Some of the other events included Reindeer Games, Ice Skating, Santa’s Workshop, and making Gingerbread Houses. One of the events that I enjoyed was Santa’s Workshop. I got to paint my own ornament and make holiday cards for Alzheimer patients and US Soldiers overseas. Another event that I participated in was the Reindeer Games. Even though I was helping out this event, I was still able to participate. I loved the competitive and joyful atmosphere. There was an inflatable obstacle course called the Polar Plunge where you could compete with a friend to win tickets entered into the raffle. Another activity was the hamster ball race. At first I was skeptical of running around in a giant inflatable hamster ball, but it turned out to be lots of fun. Overall the 12 hours of Christmas was a fun filled event. Each hour was packed full of holidays festivities for the whole Fontbonne campus. This was a great event to kick off the holiday season to Fontbonne and celebrate a wonderful semester.