Soon it will feel a little like Christmas in our home but first I need to put away the Thanksgiving dishes. We hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my family, and I love waking up to the leftover kitchen smells the morning after. Joe is such a good helper, and we have almost everything put away. I was listening to Christmas music and looking at photos from Christmas past to see how I decorated the tree in the sun room. This is a repost from two years ago and I did a Mackenzie-Childs/Christopher Radko theme. I added some owls, a red kitchenaid mixer, birds nests with eggs that I painted Mackenzie style, dragonflies, lighthouses, cupcakes and a photo ornament that I made for a dinner party.
A picture of our Christmas table from two years ago. Joe found eight red glass Avon plates at a yard sale. The tartan plates are from Target, and the wooden chargers are from Pier One. The red Breeze stemware is from Noritake.
Mom has been making almond paste cookies for our Christmas gathering ever since I can remember. This recipe is over 40 years old, and we look forward to these cookies appearing on the Christmas tray each year. The dough is sticky, and your hands and/or spoon will be very sticky too. I washed my hands three times while making these. Enjoy!
1/2 lb. almond paste
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. flour
3 egg whites
1/3 cup powdered sugar
l lb. pine nuts (you can also use walnuts)
Mix almond paste, adding sugar slowly. Use fork or finger tips. Add egg whites, when well blended, add flour and powdered sugar which has been sifted. Roll a teaspoon of dough into a dish of nuts. Place on well-greased cookie sheet. I used parchment paper and then sprayed it with Pam. Remove while still warm with a spatula. If the batter is allowed to chill, it will be easier to handle.