My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom and sisters-in-law get together every year around Christmas (sometimes as early as Thanksgiving) to make Christmas candy. This is a family tradition that was started by my grandmother, mom, and aunts. The guys come too, but they hang out in the living room. Now that our family is growing, the guys are in charge of looking after the kids while the girls work on the candy. Sometimes, we might have a couple of friends stop by. We have a quick supper, like a crockpot soup, chili, or pizza, and then we get to work. We laugh and cut up and get silly; it's so much fun! We each make 2-4 different kinds of candy and usually we'll have a couple of batches of something that doesn't turn out and a great big mess! My favorite candies are my grandmother's Strawberry Jell-O candy, Oreo balls, and peanut butter fudge. We divide the candy up when we're all done and freeze some. The plan is for us to share with other family and friends, but sometimes it's just too good to share!