It’s that time of year, isn’t it? That rush-about-hustle-bustle-get-everything-done-on-time time of year, and it’s more that than it ever has been here. A week ago, I was in bed recovering from knee surgery, and today, a week later, feeling pretty good about my physical therapy session today. Christmas is in how many days?
Now that I think of it, we have few worries. One of the perks of being an empty nester with three adult sons who aren’t married is having very little Christmas shopping to do. We can actually think about strolling around this next weekend — maybe with one crutch in tow — enjoying ourselves, mulling over one choice for a present or another, taking advantage of the deals not available even a few weeks ago, and afterward treating ourselves to dinner somewhere with a crackling fire. Yule Log on a flat screen would be more the reality around here, and I’d settle for that considering it’s supposed to rain this weekend.
On the other hand, I’ve been too leisurely about posting my second recipe for the Cookies We Love Challenge featuring sweets from Saveur’s “Smart Cookies: Favorite Holiday Treats from Around the World.”
The first treat I made, Caramel Crumb Bars from New Zealand, disappeared fairly quickly, so they’ll be tough to top. Because of my semi-ambulatory state, I settled for an easy to whip up recipe from Mexico next: Galletas con Conchitos or Cookies with Sprinkles which could be made any time of the year, actually — especially if you are a busy person in desperate need of a tasty butter cookie, or someone with children who like to be involved in baking.
Mine were baked one evening, wrapped the next morning, and mailed to my son in San Francisco along with quite a few other holiday teeth rotting treats to share with his dorm buddies. Or is it resident hall acquaintances? No matter. They won’t care if any of it is in one piece when it arrives, but I always ask.