It's time for Christmas baking...one of my favorite things about Christmas is giving and receiving baked goods. And every year it's tough for me to decide exactly WHAT I am going to give out.
I remember the first Christmas I moved to AZ near my parents. I was so excited to include my own parents on my list of receivers. In my 10 years of married life, I had lived away and now I was finally home to share in holiday traditions with my family. I delivered my goodies to my mom's and there found her in the kitchen wrapping her fresh bread for the lucky ones on her list. I looked at all the tags, searching for my name. But guess what? There wasn't one. I wasn't on their list. I think that disappointed me more than what I got from my husband that year.
This taught me a little life's lesson. Family should be your most important friends. Though you didn't hand pick them as friends, you CHOSE them as friends. I always want to make my family members feel like they are my friends as well as my relatives. (And I won't even mention that one of my sisters, the only one that was here in AZ for Thanksgiving, chose to spend the holiday with her friends instead of family. No, not "as well as family." but "instead".) Tis sad, but true.
Anyways, this year I have turned to