Fa La La La LAAAAAA La Laa Laa Laaaaaa

Winter came to town this week! Not the fake, fool you into thinking it is winter, but the honest to goodness staying until May kind of winter. You can tell because the snow is dry and fluffy, not heavy and wet. That snow gets you in the mood then laughs at you as it melts away. This kind of long term winter puts me in the mood for Christmas!

It has been a very long time since I have felt like celebrating Christmas. I put up a good face, go through the motions for my offspring, but my heart just wasn’t in it. This year something is different, maybe it is because I am so busy. I tend to do more the busier I get. Maybe it’s because I am reading about RAC – Random Acts of Christmas from Aunt Bethany. Maybe its because Chicken Hawk has her Tree up already. Maybe it’s because I went to Christmas on the Square and watch the lighting of the Tree. OR MAYBE its because I have a new tourist attitude!

It doesn’t really matter why, the point is I am itching to start baking! That is a word my family has not heard in a while from me. I must admit, I rock the kitchenaid mixer.

A few years ago Honey broke the #1 Christmas Gift Rule:

NO APPLIANCES FOR YOUR WIFE- NO EXCEPTIONS!

I wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer. I wanted it BAD! One of my hobbies was watching Food Network, everyone had one. I was mixing everything by hand. Very hard to be Martha Stewart without a Kitchen Aid. I had the best ingredients, the correct methods, even the island where I could pretend I was a cooking show just like my mom did.

Then I got the question, ” do you want your present early or on Christmas Day?” What kind of question is THAT!?!? Christmas Day thank you very much. I don’t get a pile of gifts as it is, so everyone counts! I guess Honey called my mom, told her what it was and she agreed, give it to me for Christmas, early means you must get me a replacement gift. Thanks for having my back mom!

This Black Kitchen Aid was glorious! I loved it more than the offspring. True story. I am going to brag a bit here, but I make fabulous cookies. Kitchen Aid made them better, if that was even possible. I baked up a storm and Genetic Offspring wept with joy, he loves my Chocolate Chip cookies more then me. True Story.  Sadly, Kitchen Aid is sitting in my pantry being lonely. It misses me. To be honest, I miss it too.

I have begun to compile a list of baking I want to do for the holiday season. Grey Cup is coming up and I traditionally kick off the cookie season by baking on that day.

I am blessed with family and friends old and new who are as talented in the kitchen as me. Since I have ZERO time left for a Hen Party Cookie Exchange, I would like to invite you to post your best recipe HERE. It is my new page dedicated to the Best Christmas Food EVER!  I’ll start the ball rolling:

Honey Popcorn

3 qt popped popcorn

1c nuts (almonds, pecans peanuts etc)

1/2 c of butter (no margarine!)

1/4c honey

1 tsp vanilla ( the good stuff – not imitation!!)

Place popcorn and nuts in a shallow roasting pan. Melt butter, sugar and honey. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil gently 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Pour over popcorn and nuts, stirring until coated. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven and stir while the Honey popcorn cools. Store in an airtight container.

Try not to let it cool completely in the roasting pan…you’ll be sorry!

I hope you like this idea and share too. This way we won’t end up with 52 dozen shortbread cookies. Bring on the Seasonal Treats!

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About The Edmonton Tourist

One day I woke up and was decidedly unhappy about the way my life was heading. I decided I needed a change. When I travel I often take new risks, be flexible and am generally adventurous. So, I decided that I need to start being a Tourist in my Own life and not just on vacation. I am many things but the new role for me is Tourist.

20 thoughts on “Fa La La La LAAAAAA La Laa Laa Laaaaaa

  1. It’s lucky that you got a whole family to share the coming Christmas. I love cooking too. A tough guy I am, still enjoy making dinner for the love ones.

  2. Ahhh, I want a Kitchen Aid mixer this year!!! I will definitely be back to share my favorite new cookie recipe (Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip with Glaze).

    Are you still on tour?? Those pictures of Christmas lights look beautiful.

    Thanks for the shout-out! I’m trying to gather my wits into a post mentioning my new acquaintances on WordPress this week….stay tuned!

  3. Gorgeous photo. I am still getting used to Christmas-in-winter, having grown up in the southern hemisphere … it’s different, and so lovely here. We’re expecting snow later this week – I am SO excited!
    Sunshine xx

  4. We would be instant friends had I stayed in Edmonton, I’m also a FN/Martha junkie (don’t forget Canadian Living Magazine!) with a KitchenAid mixer, which hubby bought one Christmas. My favorite cookie of the moment: Spiced crackle ginger cookies. I just made some yesterday! I will post the recipe for your exchange, nice idea by the way :) Happy Baking!

  5. Thanks for helping get me into the spirit. It’s crazy weather in Toronto, cold and rainy, then warm and sunny, and I never know what to wear each morning!

    If it doesn’t have to be cookies, I’ll post my mom’s recipe for Buckeyes. (chocolate and peanut butter that look like buckeyes from the trees) For folks from Ohio, these are a tradition and I’ve never exposed my Canadian friends to them yet.

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