It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


on this Wednesday morning in the heart of Illinois.  It is more seasonable this morning at 31 degrees and bright sunshine.  High to be in the low 40s.  Rain and or snow is predicted for the next few days.  No ice I hope.

I have so many things I need to get done before Christmas.  Such boring things as cleaning.  If I ever feel better I am going to tackle that.  This afternoon I am tackling the doctor.

My son is coming home for early Christmas on the 22nd.  I haven’t seen him since September so that will be nice.  The first thing he asked was what we were going to have to eat.  I said the usual, turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, salads,pie and hot rolls.  He missed out on a Thanksgiving dinner.  My daughter said she will help me fix some of the stuff.

My cookie exchange is Dec 13.  I have to take 4 dozen cookies packaged 6 to a package.  I found a recipe in the Taste of Home magazine this month that I am going to try.
Candy Cane Blossom Cookies
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3 cups all purpose flour
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 4 candy canes finely crushed
  9. 48 candy cane kisses (or milk chocolate kisses or chocolate mint patties)
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  In another bowl mix the flour baking powder and salt; gradually beat into the creamed mixture .
Shape into 1 inch balls; roll in the crushed candy canes.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.  Immediately press a kiss into the center of each cookie.  (have kisses unwrapped to save time)  Remove from pans, cool on wire rack.
I also had the idea to use the same recipe put tiny chips of maraschino cherries in the dough and use the Hershey’s Kisses that have a cherry filling. 

I hope you are all having a good day.  Stay safe and be happy!!



  1. Hope your doctor appt. goes well this afternoon and that the rain/snow will hold off until you get back home.
    Both of these cookie ideas sound marvelous to me.

  2. Oh those kisses with the cherry filling? OH MY HEAVENS! SO good.

  3. cleaning. yuck. need to do a bit of that myself.

  4. Wow that is some cookies. Oh that would tast good Candy cane taste. Yummy.

    Do you sample them to see if they are okay. I have

    with my shortbread cookies and sugar cookes.

    Now I am sick tasting, Ha.ha

    Thanks for dropping in to my page honey bee.

  5. I am going to try these cookies! They sound good. I hope you're feeling better and the doctor can help out! Thanks for leaving a comment today as I lost my blog list awhile ago and couldn't find you! :)

  6. I had a real laugh at the visual I had of you tackling the doctor, Beth!:)

    Those cookies sound wonderful! I believe I'll add the recipe to my collection!

    Sounds like a great dinner menu you have planned. I know you will be glad to see your son.

    Oh - cleaning can always wait. If you do it too early, you will have to clean again before Christmas. Why do it twice?:)

    xo Nellie

  7. Good luck at the doctor. I hope you feel better and soon ☺
    It's great that your son is coming early!!! I love having things to look forward to.
    Your cookies sound yummy too ☺

  8. Hi Beth,

    Hope you feel well enough to do your usual cooking etc over Christmas, but if you don't what a blessing to have your daughter on hand to help.

    Take Care - Hugs - Nita

  9. This was a bad post for me to read right now -- it's lunchtime, my stomach is growling, and I'm working through lunch!!

  10. That recipe sounds so easy and yummy! I think I'll try those cookies also.

  11. I am glad your son is coming home early. How funny that he asked what you were going to have to eat! The way to a man's heart is through his stomach-or so they say!
    Hope you are feeling better day-by-day- xo Diana

  12. Oh I am happy your son is coming my girls are coming for four days. Love the recipe.
    Sorry if I have no been around much I am sooooo busy. but I am thinking of you. Hug B

  13. Hope all went well at the doctors.
    Cookies exchanges are so much fun!!
    My son is coming this Saturday! : )

  14. You have a lot of things to do to get ready - but it will be worth it! The cookies sound really good. sadnie

  15. I'll have to try those cookies! They sounds great! In fact, I'm taking the recipe off your blog and saving it. Hope you have a fun visit with your son.

  16. Those cookies sound great if only I could get someone to make them for

  17. These sound wonderful...especially the cherry...think I'll try those. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a blessed day and I hope you feel better soon so you can enjoy the time with your son.

  18. That sounds like a lot of Fun with your Son and the Food sounds great.
    Hope your Doctor Appt turn out ok for you Beth.
    Hugs Sheila

  19. I hope you enjoy the visit with your son. The cookies you're going to make sound really good. I like your idea of adding the cherries and cherry Kisses.

  20. Sons never change, do they? Always the first thing out of their mouths is "what's for supper?" lol. I'd say, "Picadilly, and you're treating!"

    Good luck with your cookies!


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