Memories & Recipes

Just Cross Stitch - - Frosty The Snowman - Carolyn Man­ning

This Christ­mas was the first for me where both of my chil­dren, Nathaniel and Molly, were off in their own apart­ments in­stead of liv­ing in dorms on cam­pus at North Dakota State Univer­sity. I wanted to do some­thing spe­cial for them that would re­mind them of their child­hood and our traditions as a fam­ily. My gifts to them this year were home­made food stuffs,

things that were their fa­vorites. I baked bread from loaves of frozen dough and made French toast, which I froze for quick mi­crowave meals; a pot of chili, pre­pared in a slow cooker, was frozen up in in­di­vid­ual serv­ings. My mother makes straw­ber­ryrhubarb jam, which is my daugh­ter’s fa­vorite, so I tucked a jar of that into Molly’s pack­age. Nathaniel is a peanut but­ter man, so he got peanut but­ter. Fi­nally, they each re­ceived a tray of their Grandma Rosie’s sugar cook­ies.

I wasn’t sure how all of this would go over, but the glee they both ex­pressed when they found what I’d made to take back with them to their new homes left me sure that we had es­tab­lished a brand-new tra­di­tion.

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