SoCS: Tins of Memories

Tin of mom’s pecan fingers Clove-pierced ham Cinnamon and butter yams Brandy-soaked fruitcake Tastes of Christmas gone by Tinseled, ornamental tree Magical lights of color Ruby red poinsettia Presents not quite hidden Sights of Christmas gone by Tinkly angel candle chimes Noisy jingle bells Choirs praising His birth Ripping wrapping paper Sounds of Christmas gone by Tinged by melty marshmallows and chocolate Incense of midnight mass Piney needles of a fresh-cut tree Dough, sugar, butter baking in the oven SmellsRead more

Sweet Anticipation

Weekly Photo Challenge: Anticipation. What are you waiting for? I’m waiting for the last four Pecan Sandies to cool before dousing them with powdered sugar. Anticipating any minute now… I’m waiting to finish the last batch of Pecan Sandies before moving onto Gingerbread. Anticipating a favorite holiday cookie… I’m waiting for the last of the Gingerbread to bake so that I can apply the eggnog frosting. Yes, you heard right. Eggnog frosting. Anticipating a few Mmmmmmmm’s… I’m waiting for the CinnamonRead more

Eat Good Cookies

This is a great motto for December. Beginning Thursday, I will be engrossed in Cookie Baking Extravaganza 2016 for a minimum of three days. This is an annual rite of Christmas when I open Pandora’s Box and summon the evil super duper sugar gods into my kitchen. With their help and the totality of delicious ingredients (flour, eggs, peanut butter, spices, chocolate, nuts, lemon, dates, sugar, etc.), I work with the determination of Iron Chef Zeus to create several tins ofRead more

Eye Spy: The Start of an Annual Tradition

This day, if you were a fly on the wall or a CIA spy, you might know that I began an annual tradition around 9:00 am CST. At this moment, the blogging community can see it with their own two eyes. I don’t remember the exact year it started (at least eight years ago) – I take a few days off work and bake cookies to give as Christmas presents to family and friends. This year, there will be aRead more

Raindrops on Roses…

Today is not an especially good day, considering the head cold and subsequent stomach bug that began their visit on Tuesday. I’m feeling better, but not 100%. I’d rather be at work, getting the job done, enjoying a lunchtime walk on a sunny 78 degree day. Instead, while lounging in my pajamas, I have the ability to share what is a special day through a kaleidoscope of photos. I cannot choose one day in particular for this challenge, so I present a gallery ofRead more

Pleasant Moment

“Today I will live in the moment, unless it’s unpleasant, in which case I will eat a cookie.” ~Cookie Monster~   Then again, when life is pleasant, I will eat a cookie. Or perhaps soft-serve ice cream and Oreos (concert sustenance and beautiful-summer-night reward). Life is pleasant and good, people. Don’t wait for unpleasantness to indulge in what you love.Read more

Chocolate Chips: A Valentine Song

(Sung to Open Arms by Journey) (My apologies to Journey) Standing beside you Here with the dark Wanting your cocoa with wine Softly you whisper You’re so sublime How could our love be just mine? We left the store together Your pieces apart And there you are on my tongue   So now I covet you Oh Chocolate Chips Nothing to hide Believe what I say So there you are Oh Chocolate Chips Hoping you’ll be The loving sweet to me ChocolateRead more

The Melange Report: Two Birds

Birds are the most popular group in the animal kingdom. We feed them and tame them and think we know them. And yet they inhabit a world which is really rather mysterious. ~David Attenborough~ In an effort to save time and feed two birds with one worm, I present to you a non-mysterious update on mom and my sugar addiction. Update #1 Mom is awesome. After suffering a TIA last week Tuesday, she was bright, chatty and extremely alert whenRead more

Not So Sweet Resolve

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~John Steinbeck~ How true when wind chills hover around -35 Fahrenheit (-37.22 Celsius) in the wee hours of the morning and when daytime temps are near 0. We are having an especially frigid week, reminiscent of last year’s It’s-colder-than-a-witch’s-behind winter. The long johns and hot beverages are working overtime. Funny, I’m not especially grumpy over the cold. I told Herman over at Hands onRead more

Break Time!

As of December 23, 2014, at approximately 1 pm, I will be on vacation from work. I don’t have to go back until January 5th. Much like a five year old child on Christmas Eve, I can hardly wait. Instead of the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” this will be the Twelve Days of Vacation. WooHoo! To honor and respect this time off, I will be holding myself to as little blogging as possible. You won’t hear a peep from me the remainder ofRead more

It’s Cookie Baking Time!

Originally posted on Mary J Melange:
Today begins Cookie Baking Extravaganza week! WooHoo! I have started baking Christmas cookies for my friends and family (and a few for myself). Today’s blog post is merely a break in the action (my back needs a rest). It’s an annual event that I start in early December so that I have time to get the cookie varieties packaged in tins and a couple of boxes sent to my brother and his girlfriend. Today,…

And so it starts…

Red came over early in the week to decorate the tree. This year’s theme: Elegant black and gold. It is spectacularly beautiful, far more than photographs can relay. The remainder of the festive decorations are up, including a gathering of Santas and two flamingos on the patio – colored green and gold and numbered 12 and 52. Go Pack Go! Thursday, was Feed-Your-Face Day or Thanksgiving. I eat like it’s my last meal – turkey, stuffing, mashed taters, green bean casserole,Read more