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‘Tis the Season

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Charlie

Every year at this time I become nostalgic.  Don’t we all?  The longer I live in this world, the more memories I gather and store.  For the most part my holiday memories are sweet.  There were a few years that were pretty awful but they were a long time ago.

I love to hear my kids and grandkids  talking about their own special memories of Christmases past.  I know that I’ve been a part of the memories and I’ve helped to create some of the holiday traditions that they  can’t do without each year. 
 
In the spirit of remembering Christmas past, I dug out a picture that my kids will remember.  It’s a photo of our Christmas tree, taken in the house the kids grew up in. This pic was taken in 1986, after the girls had moved out, but it could be any year.  It always looked the same, with the same hand made ornaments, in front of the same window, year after year.
I also found a picture of Lee’s childhood tree, taken in 1968.  This picture will bring back memories for him too.
No Christmas nostalgia post would be complete without  food memories.  Our family gatherings always involve food, and I have a special cookie recipe that really means Christmas to me.  My Mother made these cookies since I was a very little girl.  Ive made them every year of my adult life.  The recipe I’ll give you here is Kay’s version of my original recipe and it’s better 🙂
Butterballs
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup ground pecans (best flavor if you grind them fresh)
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
More powdered sugar for coating the baked cookies.
Mix all the ingredients.  Shape into balls the size of walnuts.
Bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes.
Roll in powdered sugar while hot, and again when cool.
Makes about 4 dozen.
Merry Christmas from the Zills Farm
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