Christmas Is About Enjoying Food Fun


December 19, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

Baking-whatsonthelist-cookies-gingerbread-recipesDo YOU think Christmas Is About Enjoying Food Fun
I do!

Thank you for allowing me to digress to a wonderful Christmas memory which is very special for me to share!

Many, many years ago in a land far away (by now, you know know that is New York lol), I lived in a very, very small town; 11 block by 4 blocks.

It WAS “a place where everybody knew your name”, and no, the local bar (called pubs or hotels in Australia) was not named Cheers!

For my readers unfamiliar with Cheers, it was an American television series that ran from 1982 to 1992; 11 Seasons.

The series took place in the pub Cheers “where everybody knows your name” (also the theme song) and we (as viewers) got to fall in love with the colorful characters of Cliffy the Postman, the on and off love chemistry of Sam and Diane, Carla, the hilarious barmaid/waitress who “told things like it was” (and wished we all could do! lol), Doctor Frasier Crane and one of my favorite characters Normie who was known to enjoy a glass of beer or two! lol

cheers1                                Photo Courtesy Baby Boomer Central
The series was such that viewers “cried” when Coach Ernie the bartender died; he died in real life, so they had to add that to the series.

Everybody remembers WHERE they were when they viewed (and cried) when the last episode aired.

Getting back to my tiny little town where “everybody knew your name.”

One year, Princess Blue Bloods (real life friend) and I decided we would make cookies for “the community” and deliver “cookie baskets” especially to all the oldies!

I don’t know WHERE I came up with the number, but decided to bake 578 cookies of 8 varieties!

And so we did!

“Where did you come up with the number 578?”, I “hear” you say?

I have no clue!

578 cookies were baked and Princess Blue Bloods and I had HEAPS of fun!

It was only ONE of the VERY special things we did that year, making it one of THE BEST Christmas holiday memories!

So this year, would I bake cookies?

Would I bake a cake?

Would it be shortbread, what would I make?

How about chocolate?                               

Getting Thermalina (the name of my Thermomix) involved, we made Bec’s  Gingerbread Thermomix for our Gingerbread Cookies and mini Gingerbread cakes!
Gingerbread-cookies-whatsonthelist Gingerbread-shaped-cookies-whatsonthelist  Melting Chocolate
150 grams – 5 seconds; speed 8
melt 5 minutes at 50 degrees; speed 1


No constant stirring and Thermalina doesn’t interrupt us while we continue to talk too!

Clean up is a breeze!

TA-DA Christmas Tree!
Chocolate-tree-whatsonthelistLastly, I thought I would share what I created with Thermomix Every Day White Bread.

Do you now have visions of Father Christmas (won’t be long now) aka Santa Claus in your head?

This was “easy” (seriously) to do and once again, I enjoying “the creative process!”
Bread-Santa-whatsonthelist-baking Bread-baking-whatsonthelist
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Do YOU think Christmas Is About Enjoying Food Fun?

21 thoughts on “Christmas Is About Enjoying Food Fun

  1. Winnie says:

    Everything looks so tasty Joanne
    Baking day is just the perfect day for me. I wish I could have a day like this everyday

    I wish you a wonderful holiday!!

  2. Wonderful sharing! Merry Christmas to you!

  3. grabyourfork says:

    That shortbread mold looks gorgeous!

  4. What a fun day, Joanne. Nothing would please me more than baking all day AND having a chat. Those of us who work from home often have words backed up in their heads for weeks that need to be spent. 🙂

  5. Amira says:

    Lovely memories and delicious goodies …. I do not recall watching this series- I do not know if it was broadcasted in Egypt or not – but I have lots of memories with Knots Landing and Falcon Crest 🙂 … OMG how old am I? don’t you dare to ask hahahaha … My mom had the same cookie cutter too. I loved your stories and thanks for sharing them with us.

  6. Eating with friends, celebrating with friend is great. Cooking or baking with them even better. Wow that was a small town you lived in. And wow and antique, a cookie press 😉 Great treats all around!

  7. after looking at these treats and reading this post we feel so warm…the warmth of celebrating with friends…thanks so much for the inspiration 🙂

  8. That’s so nice that you made so many hundreds of cookies! And I love your cookie cutter – how handy. Yet another gadget in my ‘want’ list. And didn’t the world mourn when Cheers aired its final episode xx

  9. We loved to watch Cheers too, Joanne 🙂 Granny loves gingerbread and marzipan, but she always buys that in Germany. I, on the other hand, prefer tuna and cheese cookies. Pawkisses for a Wonderful Christmas 🙂

  10. Ooh choosing a favourite cookie is so hard! I don’t think I could! 😛 I hope I have a chance to make some shortbread before Christmas is over!

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