Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Wednesday, Fruit cakes!

     I made 10 small fruitcakes last night and of course we had to get into one of them.  This is not a cheap recipe and I had to double it to get this many cakes.  But it is delicious.  This is why I like to shop the after Christmas food sales and pick up the candied fruit and nuts on sale and freeze them in airtight bags.  Each recipe calls for a quart of nuts and 2 lbs of dates,cherries, and pineapple.  So I try and find those really marked down.

     My lil sis took this picture of mom at Christmas a few years ago and I put it in my widow so she can over see me cooking.  She loved to bake and loved to boss me while I baked.  I was always doing something wrong.  For a mostly blind woman she could really see every mistake I made.  I miss her.

     You will notice the Norwegian saying next to the picture.  It is a private joke.

     I was pleased to get everything done I wanted to yesterday.  The missionary work is done for a couple of months.  The costumes are all back where they belong.  My closet is clean and organized and I was able to get a lil something, something made up for my Sissy and her box O' crap is ready to mail.

     So today I want to:

1. Mail Sissies package
2. drop off donations at Goodwill
3. roll and frost peppekkakor
4. frost sugar cookies
5. make turkey salad
6. have a bridal fitting and finish up that dress
7. get a needed gift card

     I am a little blue today and missing mom.  She was hard, but she was still my mom.  I am sometimes overwhelmed with the Holidays.   I really dislike the commercialism of Christmas. The new gadgets and the new garbage that is pushed as the must have of the season. I love the traditional baking that comes with the Holiday.  I think it is important to keep the old recipes and traditions of my fore fathers alive.  I am grateful my mother had me learn these skills and I have and will pass them onto my children.

     The shop is really slowing down for the year which is okay with me.  We will be out of town for most of the the last 10 days of the month, running between our girls places.  So having an empty shop is a good thing.  Right now it is just keeping up with the daily things that come in for sewing.

     Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.




  1. Hey!....Who you calling a fruitcake lady!?!? I resemble that remark.....

    1. Takes one to know one. I just saw an article about the right boots to wear with low rise jeans.... I thought of you and I going to try the right jeans on with our boots, because that is so important....dumb internet

  2. What a great idea to have your mom helping you via photo!

  3. Oh, how I love a good fruitcake, especially when it is fed liberally with rum. I made mine in November. I made one batch/two cakes, and we have already finished one. Like you, I purchased the candied fruit when it went on sale in January, and froze it. Fruitcake is NOT a cheap thing to make, especially when you add rum. Yours look very pretty!

    1. We don't put any in ours but I do love it that way.

  4. Ooh, I love fruitcake! Your mother was a lovely lady; I'm sure she's pleased to see you following all the traditions. The first Christmas without our mothers is always the hardest. (((HUGS))) I love the saying next to your mom's picture!

  5. Good job on all the fruit cake! I need to get some baking done this weekend too... And how sweet that you included your mom in your baking!! I'm so sorry for your loss.

    1. It was fun to look at her picture every once in a while. My girlfriend who came over to help remembered her baking with us last year.

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