I have made several attempts to post in the past week but simply haven’t had a chance. I worked all week – 3 days were scheduled off but I got called in all 3 days, mostly to help with things other than what I normally do. Yesterday was meant to be sample duty again but instead I found myself helping out in another department entirely. Which I hope to not have to do again. It wasn’t completely awful but I definitely didn’t like it, and wanted to be either handing out samples or back in the bakery.
Today I finally have a day off that seems to be remaining a day off. As much as I want to sit and do nothing but relax I have had things waiting to be done (that I planned to get done over those three days off that didn’t happen) so I’ve been tackling household chores.
It’s a nice day, weather-wise so early this morning before too many neighbors were up and about I took the opportunity to go outside with a rag and a bucket and cleaned my car. It still needs a proper cleaning via a carwash but till I feel up to going to the one I would like to use, a quick “wash” with some vinegar water and a small bit of dish soap works well enough. I use this mixture to clean my windows and it works fabulously and my aunt mentioned it works to clear away that bizarre film that shows up on the inside of the car windows so I tried it for that and she was right. All that in mind I figured it would probably be a good solution for a quick wash of the entire car.
I was also able to finally tackle the Christmas baking I had been wanting to do. I made a recipe that has been passed down in my family that we always (or, almost always) make for Thanksgiving or Christmas, often both holidays. It’s one of those special recipes that you never want to actually share with anyone. Even when you know with the internet the exact same recipe is probably out there somewhere for whoever wants it. I don’t know why folks can be possessive of certain recipes like that. It’s silly, truly. Yet I myself am that way with a handful of recipes and these nut rolls are one of such recipes.
If I remember correctly my grandma got the recipe from a cousin, or maybe it was someone at church. Not sure. All I know is she got the recipe when she was young and it’s been passed down through the family ever since. Her original recipe card where she wrote it out was a glorious thing that nobody outside the family would be able to follow as she didn’t bother with specifics like oven temperature or anything like that. It was made often enough she just knew – and as it was passed down the specifics were simply verbally passed on with the ingredient list and basic instructions written just as is on her recipe card. It’s been modified slightly in more recent years; the original recipe called for a cake of yeast. That is no longer a commonly found ingredient, so now we make it with active dry yeast instead. (Which, is it just me or is this now becoming a bit more scarce as well?) Also, this year for the first time ever I used my electric mixer to make the dough. It’s always been hand mixed before. But my wrists have gotten so bad even though it is a very light, soft, easy to mix dough… I just couldn’t do it by hand this year. I’ve written the recipe down in my own recipe box with the full instructions for whoever I pass my own recipes down to, likely one of my nieces though I am not sure either of them will ever put a single one of them to use. Younger folks just don’t cook or bake anymore.
I don’t know what ever happened to my grandma’s recipe box. I think my sister has it though she will swear up and down she doesn’t. I know it is not in my possession and hasn’t been for many years, and my mom no longer has it. The last I can clearly remember any of us using it was at my sister’s. I am sure it is still there, but it’s been lost among all my sister’s family’s things. Hopefully it can be found some day soon. We would all like to have it around. Mostly me, I think. Those recipes were really all I had of my Grandma – she passed away before I existed so I only know her through stories and those recipe cards. I still have and use some of her old bakeware but the last few times I have used them I’ve realized I really ought to invest in new pans. My grandma’s have certainly provided MANY years of use and it sure shows. Part of me loves the idea of shopping for all new things. But part of me dreads it. I’m a very sentimental creature. I don’t want to throw out my grandma’s things.
Well Princess is pitching a fit about something so I best investigate, and I do have cleaning up to do after my baking session.
Merry Christmas Eve, y’all . xoxo