Wednesday, December 10, 2008

*Frosty Date Balls,* a Christmas recipe ...

Each week in December of 2008, The Homeschool Lounge will have a giveaway. This week, we get to share a favorite family Christmas recipe!

*Christmas on The Lounge*

At The Homeschool Lounge, I shared the recipe below here:
It is tasty, and simple to make, ladies!

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Have a most blessed day, today, walkin' with The Lord, our Good Shepherd, you all!

We all like these cookies, that one recipe book (Better Homes and Gardens' *Cookies and Candies,* 1966) calls

*Frosty Date Balls* (the ingredients are mentioned within the recipe)

Cream 1/2 cup soft butter and
1/3 cup sifted confectioners' sugar.

Stir in 1 TBsp. water and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Add 1-1/4 cups sifted flour (we use about half freshly-milled, whole wheat flour plus half unbleached wheat flour) and
a dash of salt (we use Celtic Sea Salt).

Mix well. Stir in 2/3 cup chopped, pitted dates, and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.

Roll in 1-inch balls.
Place 2-1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a slow oven (300 degrees F.) about 20 minutes, or until cookies are set, but not brown.

While warm, roll in confectioners' sugar.

Makes about 2-1/2 dozen cookies.

At our house, we cannot seem to keep these for long. Some dip the warm cookies in their hot, British-style tea! yum!

The Lord bless you all, ladies, as you seek to bless your families with special foods for this season of celebration of our dear Saviour's birth!

(personally, I believe He was born in October, when the shepherds would have been able to be out "in the fields" by night, watching their sheep. From some strong convictions that I'm unable to turn away from, I am personally abandoning some American Christmas "traditions," after learning more about where they came from, what they mean. But will not leave out our nativity scene my husband made, and ... we will celebrate The Light of the world, Who came to bring us Hope, Joy, Peace, Reconciliation with our Father in Heaven, and the Atonement He made for us, the Forgiveness He brought to us, through His Life, suffering, death and resurrection, and we celebrate our new Life, in Yeshua, our Messiah, the promised One of YHWH! He *is* with us -- Emmanuel!)