Minnesota Christmas cookies

Frosted sugar cookies

My alter ego chef should be called The Midnight Baker. Some nights I have an extra surge of energy around 9:30 or 10pm, which was when I started making these sugar cookies for my coworkers. I may have purposely broken a few, for tasting purposes in the name of quality control, of course. Even the “rejects” passed, if I do say so myself.

Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread

Amish Friendship Bread (which isn’t really Amish) is like chain mail for your oven. A starter mix of yeast ferments and grows on your counter over 10 days. At the end, you bake a loaf  and divide the extra uncooked mix into three bags to give away to friends. Or you break the chain and bake multiple loaves. Done.


Thanksgiving Dinner

On Thanksgiving, the Curry’s have a unique family tradition that involves celebrating Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cheer all in one day. The day began with a 3 mile Curry family Turkey Trot, this year in matching red logo T-shirts. My mom did a fantastic job with the table decorations in the new all-season patio, with a table each reflecting Thanksgiving, Christmas and Snowmen (January?) colors. A very filling dinner was followed by our White Elephant gift exchange and then Christmas desserts. And, I still had plenty of time to login online for the first Black Friday shift for work.