Christmas on Bainbridge Island
Every family has their own holiday traditions. Mine is no different, except for our unique locale. Many Decembers are free of snow, but that doesn’t dampen our spirits. The atmosphere is festive all over Bainbridge Island, WA, and especially in my home.
A Family Christmas
When our family gathers together, we love to celebrate the holidays. Our festive traditions include decorating our Christmas tree. I always include ornaments from past Christmases as well as new ones from local artisans. Of course, the ones made by the children are the real treasures! You may not have the same ornaments as I do, but I bet you have Santa, snowmen, snowflakes, stars, reindeer, and many other traditional decorations! Once the tree is trimmed, we settle down to share a lovely meal.
Although Thanksgiving was a mere month ago, a turkey dinner just seems right for Christmas dinner. Of course, we have to have stuffing, mashed potatoes, and all of the delicious side dishes! I like to set the table with my favorite poinsettia tablecloth, red napkins, festive plates, and handmade place cards. Friends and family are always astounded that I find time to make the lacey, hand-lettered place cards, but I’m all about Christmas. If I don’t have time, I’ll make time!
We love snickerdoodles! The fragrance of cinnamon fills the house as they bake. Grab one while you’re baking, because they won’t last long!
1 cup of softened butter
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar (this is what makes them chewy and flavorful)
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
Cinnamon and sugar to coat
Mix flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl and set aside.
Using a mixer on medium speed, cream sugar and butter.
Add eggs and vanilla to butter mixture and mix well.
Add in the dry ingredients and mix very well.
Shape dough into one-inch balls. (They may be a little sticky — it’s ok!)
Combine cinnamon and sugar (1 part cinnamon to 3 parts sugar) on a plate
Roll balls in the cinnamon sugar
Place about two inches apart on a baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes at 350°
When you’re done, you’ll have three or four dozen cookies… maybe less if you and your family start eating them when they come out of the oven!
I wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, no matter where in the world you are! I’d love to meet you. If you’re planning to visit Bainbridge Island, give me a call at 206-948-7135!