Thursday, December 23, 2010

Once a year

Once a year, my neighbor down the street makes homemade Chex mix. Next to my moms, it is the best Chex mix I will ever eat! So two days ago when she told me that she may not get around to making it this year, I said, "Oh that's okay" when in actuality I was thinking, "Oh, I hope she makes it!" You can imagine my delight this morning when she brought by a generous serving of my favorite savory holiday treat. We ate some of it at 10:30 in the morning!

Once a year my dad makes incredible fudge, the only fudge of it's kind--I have never had it's equal or even a close second. It's my favorite Christmas sweet. We eat some now and freeze some for later--although it never makes it until "later" as we eat it right out of the freezer whenever we remember it's in there (which is every day)!

Once a year my mom makes cranberry bread--I don't even know of anyone else who makes cranberry bread. She also makes almond-sour cream bread--another one-of-a-kind creation that only my mom makes. This tasty bread with just the right mix of almond and sour cream is mine and Eric's favorite quick bread. It's a secret family recipe that I have now, but I refuse to make the bread while my mom is still able to do her culinary magic. With her new found energy and waking up at 4 a.m. not able to go back to sleep, my mom has been able to be the kitchen fairy again. She has made all of these treats and her famous caramel rolls which I have tried--and failed--to duplicate. While my sister was visiting, they also made what they called "the world's ugliest sugar cookies."

When my mom called and told me she was sending a box of all the goodies, I said that she didn't have to. And I meant it. Still, they sent it and it arrived today--just now. So, of course, my girls ate some of "the world's ugliest sugar cookies" right before lunch--and loved every bite. Eric and I delved into the fudge, too.

After all, it only happens once a year!


Michele said...

I'm so glad you are being blessed with so many wonderful treats that mean so much to you! Enjoy and a very Merry Christmas to the Hodge Lodge!

frisky said...

I'm pretty sure I've had some of your dad's fudge, but you're gonna have to prove it to me again some time that it really is the best. Well, it won't take much compared to the "fudge" that Laurisa gave me! Hahahaha!

Christine H. said...

I would share it with you, Gina, that is, if there were any left. But we raided the freezer long ago! : ) There's always next year...