"Thank you so much, I was wondering where this bit of me had gone to...anyone for a bite? I'm nonfattening..."It's Christmas morning. You're gathered with your family opening presents. When it's your turn to open, you unwrap the brightly colored gift to reveal -ack! - a fruitcake! What will you do?
It's the darkness that makes me turn away. It's too dense - too aged - too moist for my liking. Maybe if there was a lighter fruitcake - with less dried fruit and more nuts in it - I think I could go for that.flatbread -so good.
Fruitcake - dark and homemade. yum
You exchange it.I think the worst Christmas gifts are the ones where the giver has spent quite a bit of money but not bothered to find out what is appropriate (ie clothing that is the wrong size). I try to smile and appear thankful but what good is a dress that is two sizes too large or a pair of pants that you'll never be able to zipper - or another set of wineglasses when you are down-sizing to an apartment. I hate waste.
My Mom used to sometimes make a lovely gumdrop cake. Mmm - now that was good eatingI loved my grandma's fruitcake, I didn't know it was fruitcake for the longest time as it was Christmas cake. A light one, she used to make one with and one without nuts for our family but later switched to just no nuts as that's what I preferred, my sister couldn't eat the other one and my parents had no preference. I don't think there was any dried fruit, it was all cherries and gumdrops.
Also with me, seeler. A neighbour we had always gave us a jigsaw puzzle every year for Christmas as we were growing up. I would spend Christmas afternoon/evening doing the puzzle (if we didn't have company or go out visiting) and throughout the Christmas holidays til it was done.(ie I grew up with a jigsaw puzzle under the tree every year. I find doing puzzles relaxing and early in our marriage I noticed that whenever I had one set up he would join me in completing it. So I started buying him a puzzle each year - pictures I thought he would like (deer, moose, kids playing pond hockey, trains, horses hauling lumber).