Believing that it is better to love and lose rather than never love at all, I also feel that it is better to eat a few brownies than to never lose a pound. From now on I want to start talking about my huge love of food—cooking, baking, and especially eating! I have always enjoyed food and recently I have started learning how to cook and bake. So, my next entries will be all about delicious treats and fun times I have had in the kitchen.
One of my favorite days of the year is Christmas Eve because my cousin Misty and I bake all day, from the minute we wake up until we are ready to share all of our goodies with the family. Our usual goods are: cinnamon rolls, cheese ball, soda cracker pie, peanut brittle, fudge, peanut clusters, and different variations of chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies. She always wakes up before me and puts the cinnamon rolls in the oven. I then get to wake up to the oozy, goozy, sweet smell of delicious cinnamon rolls. After I’ve had my sugary breakfast it is time to make the cheese ball. I gather the cream cheese, ham, and green onions. Then I chop them all up and put them in the Kitchen Aid mixer. After it is all mixed, I mold it into a ball and place it on a larger plate surrounded by Ritz crackers for us to snack on for the rest of the day.
Now the real baking begins! As Misty works hard on the fudge, peanut brittle, and peanut clusters, I am in charge of the cookies. I usually make regular old chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin; however, we also get a little creative and make chocolate chunk oatmeal pecan or chocolate chip oatmeal walnut raisin. It is not Christmas Eve until you have had one of those cookies! As the baking goes on, we share laughs and listen to Home Alone and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation playing in the living room. Then, we get to make our favorite soda cracker pie. Many people do not know what this is and are apprehensive to try it, so I will save those secrets until next time.
In all, Christmas Eve is one of the best days of the year. I get to spend the day with one of my favorite people making some of my favorite foods!