Grandma’s Date Cookies

I did not know how much I loved dates until I helped my grandma make these cookies. Of course she let me eat several dates and Oooooh were they sweet and delicious. My mom & I talk a lot about how these cookies remind both of us of my Grandma King – because she would make date cookies at Christmas and we loved them!

Grandma’s Date Cookies

Author: Grandma King
    • FILLING:
    • 1 cup chopped dates
    • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • DOUGH:
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup white flour
  • fat-free milk
  1. Prepare dough ahead of time as it requires chilling for several hours.
  2. Cream brown sugar, margarine and egg white. Stir in both flours and baking powder. Cover and place in refrigerator for 3-5 hours.
  3. When ready to make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Roll out the dough to about 1/8″ thickness on a floured surface. Cut 3″ circles (about 36). In half of the circles, cut out a 1″ circle from the center.
  5. Prepare filling by cooking dates, water and apple juice over low heat until dates are broken down and juice is mostly absorbed. Allow to cool.
  6. Place a teaspoon of date filling on full circles, and cover w/cut outs for a top. Brush edges with milk and press together slightly. Bake 12 minutes

These are not as sweet or rich as a lot of other goodies at Christmas, so they are a nice alternative and go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee!

Christmas Planning Ebook & Printables

You know – the truth of the matter is this: December is just another month in our 12 month calendar. It’s true! So maybe you have to clean your home more often, and maybe you see your family more than you normally would. But really – it’s just another month. Right?

Okay – you can SAY that as many times as you want, but maybe you still feel panicky and breathless at the prospect of all the baking & cooking, menus & schedules, parties and programs that are on your December calendar.
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Christmas Traditions of my Adolescence

Yesterday I wrote about the childhood Christmas traditions I celebrated with my family. Today I’m writing about my Christmas remembrances as a teenager…

As we got older, of course my mom was able to incorporate us into some of the holiday preparations – and this is when Christmas REALLY got fun for me.

Through the years, my mom had collected BOXES and boxes (and boxes) of Christmas decorations and collectibles that always came out as we began decorating for Christmas. The disorder and chaos (and our intense enthusiasm) often drove my dad out of the house! We would begin opening boxes and talk about the candles that mom got from “so and so” that I didn’t remember seeing before because she received them just last year. Or finding the ornaments and decorations my brothers and I made as a child and how special they still were to my mom and how they would find a place of honor among the decorations.
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Christmas Traditions of my Childhood

Oh how I loved Christmas!

My earliest memory of Christmas was when my family lived in Long Beach, California. I can remember walking outside with my mom and looking up at the sky seeing red flashing lights and just KNOWING it was Rudolph leading the sleigh as Santa was coming!!!

We had real Christmas trees for a few years – with those great big bulbs that (if I remember correctly) clipped onto the branches of the trees. They were HUGE and had fuses (think “A Christmas Story”) and I loved all the multicolored lights on the tree – with the brightly colored tinsel – and the growing collection of hand made ornaments my brother Dan and I brought home from school.
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The Worst “Santa” EVER!

So Roy & I have only been at this “Santa” thing for 4 years. And for the most part, I think we’ve handled things pretty well. We haven’t gone overboard too badly and while we include Santa in our Christmas celebration, I’m always conscious of pointing to the fact that he’s only a decoration – NOT the reason for the season.

Still, like the Tooth Fairy (to come) it’s fun to surprise the girls and stir up their imaginations with gifts from Santa under the tree…
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Freaky Friday!

Was Santa good to you this year??? Last year Roy & I enjoyed being Santa, and this year it was even more fun because Georgie is older and can enjoy the festivities more. And both girls had a really good morning.

Well, except for the fact that Roy was so excited about Santa leaving presents he decided to wake Curly up (NEVER a good idea) and for awhile, we paid dearly. But after a fantastic breakfast with Queen Mamaw & King Papaw, opening gifts with Roy’s family, and just having a nice PEACEFUL Christmas, both girls got a GOOD nap and we had a great day together.

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Freebies for Christmas!

If you are looking for some cool freebie stuff just before the holidays – check out the link on the right hand side for “Christmas Gifts for Moms” !!! You’ll find a Christmas caroling songbook, a step-by-step guide for making your own Gingerbread House, a place online to decorate a gingerbread house, and even an idea for facepainting…

As a bonus, you can also download a free Menu Planning Guide!

Merry Christmas!!!

Interview with Queen Martha – Tips, Suggestions and More Recipes!

Due to a variety of schedule changes at home (including an unexpected but necessary 3 hour nap) yesterday, I was not able to get to the computer and post my interview with Queen Martha. So, today, I will share with you the ideas, tips, & suggestions she has for helping you keep your holiday preparations from taking over your life!

**Update 12/18: Postings through the end of the year may be sporadic. If we don’t touch base sooner – may you and your loved ones enjoy a SAFE, HEALTHY, and HOLY Merry Christmas!!!** Continue reading