Quilts and Other Stuff from Frances

Preparing the Arnold Sleigh


Many years ago our family began a tradition where we cook goodies and then go out on Christmas Eve and deliver them to our friends.  Over the years we have taken as many as 20 food parcels in any one year.  

Several years ago, Betsy (our daughter’s best friend) proclaimed that “Christmas doesn’t start until the Arnold Sleigh has arrived.”  Thus, the tradition now has a name…..the Arnold Sleigh.

SO, today (the day before Christmas Eve) has been a cooking day.  I started at 9:00 am and finished at 5:00 this afternoon.  In the interim I made 2 cookings of Peanut Brittle, 2 cookings of Fudge, Peppermint Bark, Poppycock, Rum Balls, Divinity, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, and Pecan Sandies.  As I was cleaning up from the marathon session, I realized that I had forgotten the chocolate covered pretzels….Betsy’s favorite…… so I guess that I will finish them up in the morning.

Here is the photo of the finished products…..


Now I have a question to pose…..how did I ever bake cookies without one of these baking mats?????


It keeps things from burning, is easy to clean between batches and has GREATLY improved the success of my cookies!!!!     It also works great for biscuits!!

So here I sit at the end of the day with my body tired from standing all day and my teeth on edge from being around so much sugar, but happy in the expectation of a fun sleigh trip on the morrow.

I hope that your Christmas Eve Eve has been wonderful too!!!

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