Every year, my Grandma Supola baked literally dozens of different goodies in the month of November and then shipped them off for us to enjoy the entire month of December.
Since she lived in Montana and we lived in Idaho, Oklahoma or Texas, this package was the primary way we connected for the holidays. Each treat came in its own colorful tin, carefully wrapped in contact paper to preserve eat yummy bite. Opening a tin and discovering its contents was an exciting event. Was it fudge, toffee, peanut blossoms or shortbread? Either way, the goodies were always homemade and somehow, chalk full of love. Even as a child, I think I understood the magnitude of the gesture and couldn't help but feel special, loved and important.
Grandma passed away a day after Christmas in 2003 and I think about her often. So in honor of her love, time and gifted calories, we decided it was time for the first annual Bukey Christmas Baking Day.
Favorite moments from the day...
Nicole and Nixsen decorate sugar cookies
Crew has a run-in with a very chocolaty spoon
Janice selects her favorite cookie cutters (out of one of Grandma's old tins)
Nixsen charms us with her version of every Disney princess song
Begging for another marshmallow
Manning the candy station (Keep stirring, keep stirring!)