Welcome to Families First Monthly
From The Heart
Our family had our annual cookie day and it included 4 generations. My mom makes her specialty hot dogs for our lunch. The “special,” aside from mom making them, is there are slits cut in the center and cheddar cheese and cooked bacon is placed inside. We all enjoy them with a side of chips and some veggies. The cookies are always traditional sugar cookies. My mother has them all set to go when we walk in and as we are choosing our favorites, my sister helps with the frostings and there are always many colors. There are decorating condiments galore. This year I learned a trick with the butterscotch chips: I loved their color for my camel so I smashed some under my spoon into crumples, then I mixed them in with the white frosting. My camel had a rich texture and the frosting tasted a level above the rest. My loon cookie turned out nicely, and I saw a horse cookie that had no tail or ears so I turned it into an Okapi. I used a cell phone photo for reference. On their cookies, the littlest grandchildren put as many sprinkles, mini M&Ms, and chocolate chips as could fit with out falling off. They also ate as many cookies as they were allowed.
This issue has some Christmas stories and holiday stories in general. I really like “The Christmas Courier,” a fictional story by Jackie Bojarski. Stories on train travel and moving tips are also included in this issue.
There are ads throughout this issue to color in and send to us for a chance to win some wonderful prizes offered by our advertisers. See the list of prizes below. Have fun finding an ad to color.
Thank you for reading—
Have a happy Christmas and a merry New Year.
Laura Lee Kalchik
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