Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ode to my Mom and Christmas Baking

This has been a pretty decent week so far. Cody has been pretty good, although Jamie is sick. Not sure what is wrong with him, but he has been very out of sorts, and I even had to nurse him at 2am a few nights ago. That is extremely unusual for him, but he was so hysterical, it was the only thing that calmed him down. However, he seems to be doing better today.

My Mom and my younger sister came out today and we did some baking. My family has a traditional dessert every Christmas that is not all that well-known around here. It's called Venetarta (although if you Google that it is probably spelled Vinatarta), and it is an Icelandic cake with several cookie-like layers spread with a prune filling, and iced with almond-flavored icing. Okay, so it does not sound all that delicious. Well, I don't think it sounds good from the description either, but trust me, it is good. There are many different ways to make it, and I have had some that were not all that good, but my Mom's recipe (which is actually her Mom's recipe) is delicious, and she is now passing the tradition on to me and my sisters so that we can make our own at Christmas. It is a lot of work, but it is worth it in the end. My older sister's husband didn't think it was all that when he first tried it. Neither did my husband. Now they are both just as hooked as the rest of my family. My younger sister just got married in August, and wouldn't you know it, her husband is not thrilled with it either. The rest of us know it is only a matter of time before he is singing its praises too! Anyway, we had a good time baking Venetarta and butter tarts. Mmmm! Good! And of course, I got so much more done with my Mom around because she is so ultra-efficient! I hope some day I will be as efficient as she is. The nice thing is, she is not only efficient, she is also very pleasant to have around. I guess I'm just saying that I really appreciate my Mom and I hope that I am somewhat like her. That's all for now.

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