Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas

The whitest Christmas of my life was the winter of '68-69. That was the winter I learned to bake. I was nine years old. The house was warm and fragrant and Gram and I spent a lot of time in the kitchen. It was my job to roll the Snickerdoodle balls in cinnamon and sugar. I got to make the crisscross pattern on the peanut butter cookies with a sugar coated spoon. I rolled the dough and cut the cinnamon rolls into perfect rounds with a piece of white cotton thread. I very much enjoyed making those treats -- I would have enjoyed eating them, too -- except Gram kept packaging them up and giving them away. That particular winter lives in my memory for many reasons. And even though I was often wet and cold from playing outside, for some reason my memories of that time are as warm as hot chocolate and melty marshmellows. See for yourself: At, The Grownups Wanted Us Dead .... ... walk atop frozen snow. ... ride on a cardboard sled. At, Matthew 28:19 ... ... enjoy a little Good News


Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I LOVE snickerdoodles!!!!!

Merry Christmas....

12/23/2006 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fine storeis, QD, and great pic :o)))

12/23/2006 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quilly-Sister, I,too,am filled with memories of warmth and home whenever I make Snickerdoodles.

P.S. Really, really cute Christmas picture, little sister! xoxoxox

12/23/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Lori -- so do I!

Charlie -- thank you, and thank you.

Jackie -- Sncikerdoodles make me homesick ... And I'm glad you liked the pic. My friend Tina did the Christmas background.

12/23/2006 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And now, your sweet memories are ours, too. Thanks, and a very Merry Christmas, Quilly.

12/23/2006 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Al -- isn't that the whole point in blogging?

12/23/2006 02:04:00 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

Merry Christmas Quilly

Wishing you a Peaceful Joyous Christmas for you and your Family.

I got your email, I will reply soon.

Loved the story of you and your Gram making the cookies. This is Christmas for me, a traditional Christmas with the family and celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. The Birth of Jesus.

God Bless you my friend


12/23/2006 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...


You look very Festive as one of Santa's Elves

12/23/2006 02:16:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Bill -- the email was supposed to be your blog cvomment, but Blogger wouldn't let me post!

That pic was actually taken at my desk at work. My friend, Tina, did the fancy photsoshop Christmas stuff.

12/23/2006 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...


Have you noticed that Blogger is being hateful now. And any day without notice they will be getting you to convert to the new version as it is no longer in Beta.

Please try to post later, sometimes Blogger has a memory dump and will let old blogger accounts comment on the new version.



This is the third attempt of posting this comment

12/23/2006 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Bill -- I converted my Matthew blog and it scrubbed some of the names from my comments. That made me none too happy.

12/23/2006 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Quilly, its so nice to "meet" YOU! Go Tell It on the Mountain, I listened to it twice for all the lovely memories it conjured of my childhood Southern Baptist Church. Christmas Eve cantatas followed by raucous renditions of Christmas caroles in the fellowship hall over egg nogg and cookies. Santa was the last thing on our mind in this room filled with hugs, song and sweets. Thank you.

12/23/2006 03:19:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Kat -- glad you enjoyed that bit of, Good News." It's been on3 of my favorites since childhood.

12/23/2006 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aw, that's so cute. Looka you!

12/23/2006 08:14:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Cindra, you lifted the glare from my glasses, then Tina added Christmas stripes. Where would I be without my friends and family?

You know, I just had dinner with LB, so I'm thinking of rephrasing that ....

12/23/2006 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha! I hear you. I hope you fulfilled her every demand, I mean, uh, wish.

12/23/2006 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is a Cindra spam. Happy Holidays! And please do go wish mine hubby a happy happy jolly jolly at his blog. Thanks!

12/23/2006 09:59:00 PM  
Blogger Nikki Neurotic said...

Merry Christmas!

12/24/2006 04:44:00 AM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

I loved your stories. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

12/24/2006 04:55:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Cindra, every day I visit Tom's blog. I have not left a comment, I just pause and say a prayer for him and for you. Today I will send Christmas greetings.

12/24/2006 05:51:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Silver -- Merry Christmas!

Dr. John -- you read all three?! You must have a lot of free time today! Merry Christmas!

12/24/2006 05:53:00 AM  
Blogger The Visitor said...

Hello Q,

Wish you a Merry Christmas!

12/24/2006 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Neoma said...

Hi Quill, merry christmas to you......i suppose baking always reminds me of my Grandma also....I know the smell of baked bread sure does. She lived with us and did most of the baking because Mom worked. I would love to spend a day back in Grandma's kitchen...watching her bake was an experience.

12/24/2006 11:50:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Hey, Nea. Good to see you out and about. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

12/24/2006 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, you beautiful Quilldancer, you! lovelovelove this post *and* reading of such a warm and happy memory.

baking used to be a source of comfort for me, as well -- and apparently for my kids. both remember "back in the day" when our home was filled with the aroma of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and/or cinnamon coffee cake. these days i try to avoid such temptations -- but they do elicit warm -- albeit fattening memories.

this was lovely. oh... and SO are you, my friend! Hope your Christmas is wonderful, and filled with an abundance of Love and Joy that follow you right in to the upcoming New Year! xox

12/24/2006 02:58:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Neva, thank you. And I don't do so much baking these days, either. In fact, this year NONE, because my oven is broke. Just as well, or I'd have to double my trips to the gym! Merry Christmas to you!

12/24/2006 03:02:00 PM  
Blogger Malnurtured Snay said...

Well, it doesn't look like this Christmas here is going to be a very white one -- it'll be like 45 degrees tomorrow, and this is in Maryland! Merry Christmas.

12/24/2006 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Merry Christmas to the newly revealed and lovely Ms. Quilly, to your family and to your cats.

12/24/2006 06:27:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Snay -- if the story of how you got your name is true, you always have snow ... Merry Christmas!

Doug -- my cats are somewhat suspicious about a guy who calls himself Dawg wishing them a happy anything. Still, they wish you a Merry Christmas, as do I.

12/24/2006 06:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Quilly. Love, love, love, ME

12/25/2006 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

Merry Christmas, Quilly. I loved the stories. You look very cheery in your holiday gear.

12/25/2006 01:19:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Cindra - of course I love you.

Nessa -- glad you liked them. I enjoyed reliving the memories as I wrote them.

12/25/2006 04:17:00 PM  
Blogger Rachelle said...

Merry Christmas!

Go Tell it on the Mountain... I remember a deep, booming bass voice singing my version as a child. Backed up by a full gospel choir- I tried to find that version this year to share with my young women's group but I couldn't!
Love that one...

Come visit me for your Christmas Alpaca Story!
hugs and Christmas candy for you.
Hay! I gotta share it with someone, or I'll be as big as a house by New Years!

12/25/2006 04:24:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Merry Christmas Quilly!

12/25/2006 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Rachelle -- I'll be right over.

Jenn -- and to you --- plus many more.

12/26/2006 05:52:00 AM  
Blogger Minka said...

Ok, better late than never. Finally a picture to put to those scribblings. Thank You and I remember my first baking experiences as well, the scnets and smell and the way dough kept sticking to my hands. Lovely writing, as usual.

A belated Christmas and a premature happy new year. This way...I am rigth on time ;)

12/26/2006 06:17:00 PM  

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