In the Kitchen on Christmas Eve

I’ve spent some time in the kitchen today, taking my time to bake a pie.  In the process I began to think of how many fabulous memories I have from the cooking and the wonderful meals shared with family and friends…precious times.  
I’m sharing a bit of the sights in my kitchen on this Christmas Eve.  

From a shelf in my kitchen window, this little snowman smiles and watches.
half of the fudge is gone
I find that the best memories, the most fun and enjoyment for me, comes from creating goodies and cooking favorite holiday dishes.  So do many others, and this half empty container of homemade fudge is perfect evidence of that.
old recipe cards
There are time honored recipes, some in vintage cookbooks on my shelf,
others handwritten on cards.  I just love it when I find one that has been used a lot and shows smears and crumbs from being handled before.
springerle rolling pins
My collection of springerle rolling pins sit in that kitchen window, too. Later today I hope to start a batch of those cookies and try a new flavor.
pumpkin pie
Already, the aroma of pumpkin pie is drifting through the house.  Can you remember the smells of a favorite food being cooked as you waited for the big feast? 
fresh fruit
Sometimes I just like to look at the colors of the fruit, to see the many shades and tones, the imperfections of the peeling, and imagine the juicy taste.  
Making food. Making memories. Making a time and place for good fellowship.
My wish for you is that this holiday will bring that same opportunity to you.
Merry Christmas!
 ~ Deb ~

8 Replies to “In the Kitchen on Christmas Eve”

  1. Thank you for sharing this, Deb. I've had a similar day with similar thoughts which has been a treasure. I,too, love my old recipes, many from Mom in her hand writing, and stained. I absolutely love them. Merry Christmas!

  2. Merry Christmas, Deb! What lovely images of the ordinary pleasure of the holidays – made so beautifully memorable because of your attention to the details.

  3. Deb, this was truly a delicious post! Your photos are beautiful and it looks like you have gorgeous light in that kitchen. I hope to see more of it in the future. I wish you a Merry Christmas with lovely new memories to add to the store of favorite old ones.

  4. I too thought the photos in this post were just beautiful, such rich colors and traditions in each one. Wishing you a very Happy new year filled with joy and peace and health and home!

  5. I had to smile at that recipe box. I have one that looks about the same with one of my aunt's name handwritten inside. She must have made it for my mom, who had the box filled with her recipes that she then passed on to me along with numerous notebooks where she either hand wrote or pasted recipes into with names like "Henry's Pumpkin Bars" and notes like "So Good!"

    Happy New Year!

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