Since I grew up in the early 60's, strange things crept into some of her baked goods. Example... an unbaked fruit cake made with crushed graham crackers, candied fruit and nuts, all stuck together with melted marshmallows, yeah, not my favorite. Or the cookies made with those dry canned chow mein noodles, and melted chocolate chips. Actually my mother was a great cook and baker, so to be fair, there was only a few of these strange concoctions that she just "had to try".
Then there were the good ones... Spritz, Swedish Tea Cakes, Orange Gumdrop Cookies, Gingerbread Spice Cookies, and best of all FUDGE!!!
Even though mom has not been with us for years, every holiday season I remember us all getting together and spending a whole day baking (back when I lived in California) cookies and making candy. Mom always had a big pot of soup ready for dinner after the baking was all finished.
That was many years ago, now that we just finished our 7th Holiday Market and baked thousands of cookies... 8,095 to be exact, we are ready for a bit of a break.