Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Snowballs

What do you do for vacations? Are they big and elaborate or just relaxing time off from the daily grind? Ours are a mix of the two. We love going places and being in Europe makes that easy and kind of a requirement! But, we are also homebodies and just like spending time together as a family. For instance, when Nathan comes home at the end of the month, those 18 days will be spent lounging around the house, playing with the kids, and the occasional date.

My favorite vacation was spent seeing England and Scotland. When Nathan got home from Iraq back in 2004 we spent 10 days exploring those two beautiful countries (well, we went to Wales, too, but only for one short stop.). I fell in love with Scotland and cried the day we left. I would go back in a heartbeat. Of course, we took this vacation before we upgraded to a digital camera, so I only have these pictures from Stonehenge on my computer.




What is your favorite vacation spot?


Now, for another wonderful cookie! I know EVERYONE has a recipe for these, but it wouldn't feel right to be posting about cookies I make during this time of year and not post these. They have about a million names (Mexican Wedding Cookies and Russian Tea Cakes seem to be the most popular), but I like to call them snowballs. It's whimsical, and, well, that's what they look like!



Snowballs

1 cup butter

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup pecans, chopped

additional powdered sugar for rolling

Cream butter in large bowl. Add sugar; cream until light. Stir in vanilla. Mix in flour and salt. Stir in nuts. Shape into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Roll in powdered sugar directly out of the oven and again when cooled.

4 comments:

HoneyB said...

Can you believe I've never made these? AND I've never been anywhere special on a vacation with Grumpy? He has promised me that next year we will go somewhere. We will see....

Engineer Baker said...

My family never went on big, elaborate vacations, but I'd LOVE to go to England and Ireland. I'm Irish, and I think it'd be fun to wander around castles :)

ConversationsWithACupcake said...

Oh...a trip to the home of my soul, Orange County, California is forever and always my favorite trip. Good food, great weather, family abounds. Disneyland. The place fits me (and hubby) like a glove.

Now, if only we could do SOMETHING about the cost of living there.

THANKS for the Mexican wedding cookie recipe. Those suckers just squeal "HOLIDAY" to me. Yummo.

Lori said...

I think the best place is the place I have yet to visit. That changes all the time. But seriously of all the places I have been, I would have to choose Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula.

How cool that you had the opportunity to see Stonehenge.

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