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The Most Wonderful Time of The Year 
Dec. 11, 2013 8:59 am 
Updated: Apr. 7, 2014 10:05 am
Don't you just love Christmas? There are so many things to look forward to: the jingles on the radio, the beautful decorations on the homes you pass on the street, the gifts that slowly grow underneath the tree, the anticipation of knowing what your loved ones got you, the Christmas cookies that are baked filling your kitchen with sweet, alluring scents. I could go on forever.

I got up one day and lay in bed watching old episodes of Doctor Who and a Christmas commercial came up. I remember a plate of gingerbread cookies on a table, looking awesomely cute and delicious. This got me thinking "I wanna bake Christmas cookies." I started to imagine hours of throwing ingredients into my mixer, wrapping them and waiting around impatiently for the dough to be ready, then rolling & cutting out dough and then finally smelling them as they baked in the oven.

And that is exactly what I did. Spent eight hours baking almond sugar cookies, vanilla shortbread, gingerbread (some with orange glaze) rugalach, cranberry oatmeal, and I even popped some Pillsbury chocolate chip cookie dough that I had in the oven. Boy was I pooped after that. But the joy of putting some in a cute tin can for a friend and delivering them to her was immense. It felt good not only to share my cookies but to see her and her boyfriend enjoying them so much.

I love Christmas. It gives me a reason to bake uncontrollably for no real reason and get away with it without anyone calling me crazy (to my face at least.) I think I will go and bake some more cookies, I've got a recipes for Kransake ( I hope I spelled that right!) that I am dying to try out.
Joseph N 
Dec. 11, 2013 9:25 am
Christmas IS the best! And those cookies were delicious. I think you would be doing the world an injustice if you don't make more!
Dec. 11, 2013 5:03 pm
Aww! That sounds like an awesome way to spend your day. You really weren't joking about taking on baking head on, were you? lol I'm glad you had so much fun making such yummy sounding morsels.
Jan. 6, 2014 10:00 am
Abby, help! Question: (1 answer) How do I make almond bark (chocolate flavored coating) like Plymouth Pantry or Log House makes? No nuts, raisins, or anything other than the chocolate. Thanks, RP
Abby N 
Apr. 7, 2014 10:05 am
I am so sorry that it took me this long to get back to you RP. I am not sure if you would still like the recipe but I am attaching a link to a recipe for chocolate coated almond bark. (this one has sea salt) Hope this helps. Again, really sorry.
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I love food! But I think that will become pretty obvious to many of you. I'll try almost ANY recipe and will most likely modify it according to my palate as I go. Eating is an adventure and I crave new experiences.
My favorite things to cook
Italian has become the "go to" food for me. I believe it is the easiest and very yummy. But... I am gonna have to go with Indian cuisine. The different levels of flavors within this type of cuisine is extraordinary. I hope to be able to cook Indian food at home and have it taste as good as the local spots.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanksgiving. I love ALL of the things that be brought to the table. I transitioned from a traditional turkey to a honey glazed Virginia ham and I have never gone back. I am trying to have a thanksgiving pot luck at my new apartment so that we can all enjoy different styles of food.
My cooking triumphs
I roasted a whole chicken! AND DIDN'T UNDER/OVER COOK IT. Every new creation in the kitchen is a triumph for me.
My cooking tragedies
I over cooked some pork chops because I got caught up on an episode of Pioneer Woman. It was disastrous. Good thing we keep the take out pile nearby and ready.
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