Today in My History

2000:  Mom's Christmas Crisis
2001:  Lost and Alone on Some Forgotten Highway
2002:  Fizzbin
2003:  Sensory Overload
2004:  Must Be Santa
2005 It Was a Pretty Good Year
2006:  The Shop Around the Corner
2007:  The Deadline Looms
2008:  Memories with a Hint of Cinnamon
2009:  Oh Dear
2010:  A Day (More or Less) with Jeri
Little Christmas and Ikea
2012: And How Was YOUR Day?
The Magic of Bing
2015  The Santa Rhumba
2016: Home Alone
2017: Christmas Around the World
2018: Saturday 9
2019: Sunday Stealing

2020: Marathon Day

Books Read in 2021
 Updated 10/29
"Wish You Well" by
David Baldacci

Theater Reviews
Updated 11/23

Our 2021 Christmas Letter

My family

Bev's 65 x 365

Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)

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Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piņata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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22 December 2021

My mother frequently made cookies when I was growing upl.

At Christmas she made special cookies.  I remember that she went to a gathering with some other women once and came home and made these delicious powdered sugar covered balls with pecans in them.  She said they were called "Goodness Sake" cookies.

I later found out they were Mexican wedding cookies and I've made them several times.

She also made thumbprint cookies, balls rolled in chopped nuts and then a thumbprint made in the middle to be filled with jam before baking.

She never thought to share recipes and I was devastated when I found out she threw away her cookbook because she wasn't going to cook any more.  Never thought to ask me if I wanted it!  All of her best recipes were in the book.

When I got a job at the Physics Department at UC Berkeley, when Christmas came around I decided I would make cookies for everyone.  I had a big cookie cookbook and started making cookies.  I had my own office so in the morning I would put out all the cookies I had made the night before and people who worked in the building would come and help themselves.

It was fun at first but by Friday, I was exhausted.  I only did the cookie party one year.

But I've always felt that Christmas needed to be a time of baking and have made a lot of special kinds of cookies.

I'm sad that I gave away my wonderful cookie cookbook!

After our ice water bottles for delivery people this summer, I decided I wanted to make cookies for at least the mailman, so I've been making different kinds of cookies. 

It seems like I made a lot of cookies, but actually, I only made four types -- chocolate chips, chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips in them, the Goodness Sake cookies, and shortbread. 

Ned made up little packets and we shared some with our neighbors and ht put out this packet for the mailman (who wrote "thank you" on one of the delivery parcels he delivered).

I think I'm too old to do mega cookie baking any more, but it was fun to bake four batches and to be able to give some away.




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