Winter Begins December 21st.

Winter is a welcome since that grants me permission to turn on the oven and leave it until I’m tired of baking…   instead of just taking care of the necessities.  Winter also specifies chocolate covered cherries and fruit cake that everyone has but no one eats.  Moreover, winter brings peppermint candy which is sometimes covered in white chocolate.  

Let us not forget that it will sometimes snow… and that brings hot chocolate with little tiny marshmallows.  It means Christmas is coming around the corner and with it brings the yearly event of decorating cookies, mainly in red and green.  It is the time of year that everyone thinks about baking, and “homemade” brings special joy to the season.

The photo is courtesy of Smoky Mountain Christmas Tree Farm in Waynesville, NC