Today we had the fun task of taking the kids to see Santa. This was the first year we actually got the picture we went for. Our little one over the past 2 years would happily get dressed up to see Santa but at the last moment (after waiting for more than an hour and a half ) would have a screaming fit that involved sliding off Santa’s lap onto the floor while screeching as though a bear attack would soon be upon her. Sigh.
So even though she is three years old our recent pictures are still only of our oldest child with Santa….until today. Today, our wee one was so excited I knew we would finally have a picture of her all dressed up with Santa. It went exactly as we had hoped…FINALLY. A photo we will treasure!!! The only tears this time came from me. I was so proud of her! The line was almost 2 hours long….filled with children who were not yet ready to sit on Santa’s lap. There was screaming…lot’s of screaming. Poor Santa. I bet Santa goes home and has a cocktail or two….
My Mother-in-law’s sweetheart has taken very ill and she will be leaving before the holiday to go and be with him up in Canada. This will be the first Christmas without her in so many years! We are so sad to see her go but we understand her need to be with him during his time of need. Don’t worry, he will be fine but is hurting at the moment. He suffered a perforated bleeding ulcer. He was in terrible pain. My kids are pretty upset about Grandma leaving because they don’t really understand that they are in fact NOT the center of the entire universe just mine. It will be fine….I will command them to not make my Mother-in-law feel worse about this and hope it works. If it doesn’t work I will blame the rude behavior on their Father and hope she forgets about it while she is still at the airport distracted by over zealous security and trying to keep the germs off of her bare feet while her shoes are scanned for bombs. Sigh….
It’s such a fun time of year but I am already taking a long hard look at the goals I set for myself last year and seeing how close I came to meeting them. I did not meet all of my goals (big shock) but did pretty well over all. I am already looking at my new list….I am really excited! More about that in another post.
Let’s bake some more goodies!!!
Cardamom Palmier Cookies ~ Tamatha Mavraides
For the dough recipe please click here.
Once the dough is rested and ready to roll, cut it in half and make these wonderful palmiers!!!
In a small bowl combine 1 1/2 cups of white sugar with 1 up to 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cardamom. Combine well with a whisk. Set aside for a moment.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pre-heat your oven to 425 degrees.
Sprinkle about 1/2 cup of the cardamom sugar onto your work surface. Roll the dough (1/2 of the dough recipe) out using the sugar to keep the dough from sticking as you would flour. The rolling should embed the sugar into the dough. It’s important that the dough keep moving. You want to roll into as close to a rectangle as you can. Add more sugar to the top of the dough so the rolling embeds both sides with sugar.
Once the dough is rolled out to about an 1/8th inch thick, sprinkle more sugar over it evenly. Roll half the dough from the bottom toward the center. Roll the other half from the top toward the center. When the two rolls meet stack one on the other.
Cut the roll into 1/4″ slices and lay out on the cookie sheet. Sprinkle lightly with more of the sugar. Repeat until you have filled the tray leaving about and inch and a half between each cookie.
Bake until the cookies are well caramelized. You can flip them over once during baking when the cookies are about 2/3rds baked. This gives you even color. You want deep golden brown not light brown.
Cool the cookies until the sugar hardens and platter them up. If you are adding these to a cookie tray or gift box they are terrific. They are crispy and absolutely scrumptious!!!! The cardamom is wonderful. They are addictive, I warn you now! Thank goodness calories don’t count during the holidays….they do count? Well that explains a few things….