Minnesota Christmas cookies

Frosted sugar cookies
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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
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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.

ThanksChristmas

Thanksgiving Dinner
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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.