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A change of pace…


Normally, I simply put up my favorite recipes with a snippet of why it’s my favorite.. Today, I am gonna do something differently!

I am deep in the trenches of Christmas time with my baking. If you were to see my kitchen right now, there isn’t a counter/table with any space open for more cookies, breads or candy. And to top it off, I am only half way finished!

Today, I stepped back and gazed at my creations, the same ones my grandma taught me that her grandma taught her and it made me happy that I was continuing with our family tradition. We don’t have much money, but every year since I was born, and years before that, my family would make up small trays of goodies to give to our neighbors, firefighters and teachers as a way of saying thanks. Some years, the trays weren’t as full as others, but there was always a little of everything.

My grandma doesn’t bake much anymore because of the arthritis in her hands, but man could she whip up some delicious treats when I was younger. Now-a-days, I have the honor of baking for her and my papa as well as others and it makes me feel good to see the smile on her face when I come home for Christmas with a basket of her favorite cookies.

What are some family traditions in your family during the holidays? If you haven’t started a family yet (or JUST did), do you plan on doing the things you did with your parents growing up??




Russian Tea Cakes


This recipe comes from Emma Radovich. I have been making these for a long time. They literally melt in your mouth! This is by far one of the simplest recipes you will come across. And the results are amazing! The company I externed with made a version of these that were equally good, but they made them HUGE! 5-6 bite cookies. Anywho, here is the recipe, I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do! =)


  •  1 cup butter
  •  1/2 cup powdered sugar
  •  2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  •  3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1/3 cup powdered sugar


Combine all  ingredients, mix well. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and bake for 15 minutes in a  preheated 350 degree F (175 degrees C) oven. Once baked, roll while still hot in powdered sugar until coated. Let cool. Enjoy!