When the holidays arrive, I tend to forget about anything but baking cookies and making fun holiday edibles. This year is no different. I started first with my favorite, sugar cookies. Last year, while visiting an Amish store, I ran across some nice cookie cutters that I thought would be a great addition to my collection, which consisted of some very small cookie cutters and some giant cookie cutters. The giant cookie cutters I used when I was a library supervisor of college work-study students years ago. I used to make each student one giant cookie complete with all the fancy decorations. The new cookie cutters were a medium size, a mitten and a snowflake. I figured that even when Christmas was over and the winter lingered, I could still use them and they wouldn't be inappropriate. I made these cookies to eat at home. Maybe I'd let my husband have one or two.
But then, I realized I needed some to give away, so I made a boatload of the very tiny cookies and packaged them up. They were popular among recipients. But I thought they looked lonely.
So I had a friend over to show me how to use my new Spritz cookie maker that my mother-in-law had given me the previous Christmas. Making spritz cookies ended up being way more fun that I originally thought. And they were very tasty too. My husband ate most of those.
Then I decided I needed to make some marshmallows. You may not know this about me, but I crave marshmallows. If there is a bag of marshmallows in the house, I will eat them all in one sitting. Well, we didn't have any marshmallows in the house. I googled a recipe and it turns out that making marshmallows is really very easy. So I made several batches, cut out in star shapes, for my brother and sister, and me. Unfortunately, my cookie cutter shapes were too bug for a regular sized mug of cocoa. I don't think it was a deal breaker, but I amended that later by buying some smaller and cuter cookie cutters specifically for the marshmallows.
I hope to return to my previous life of writing soon, when I finally tire of making cookies, or more likely, after my clothes have become tight enough to convince me that I need to lay off the cookies. Happy Holidays, Everyone!
I am a writer of Children's and Young Adult books. I received my MFA in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN, and am an active member of SCBWI. I also have my MLS in Library Science with an emphasis on children and happily worked as a Children's Librarian for nearly 20 years. One of my favorite activities was reading books aloud to kids, especially to school-aged kids. Like the kids, I enjoy having stories read to me, so I listen to many of my books on audio and serve on audio judging committees.
Another favorite activity is creating fun snacks for library programs, friends, and family. I do that a lot and continually search for more ideas.
I have a tiny brown tabby cat named Gypsy, who originally belonged to my brother and sister-in-law, a very large Russian Blue mix named Bosley from the shelter who has quickly made himself at home, and a new puppy named Prince Albert. He's a Cavapoo, which means he's part Cavalier King Charles and part poodle, and adorable. I am married and live in Dayton, Ohio with my husband Rod.
You can find more detailed information about me by clicking the link below: