Tuesday, December 05, 2017


Please welcome Cynthia Woolf, who’s sharing Christmas with us. Remember to leave a comment to be entered to win the Kindle Fire 7 on Christmas Eve!

Cynthia, what is your favorite childhood Christmas memory?

The year I got a Chatty Cathy for Christmas


What is your favorite adult Christmas memory? 

The Christmas of 1982 when we had a blizzard and ended up with 3 feet of snow at my mother’s house. All of us were there at the home we grew up in, some spent the night on the floor, having come up on Christmas Eve. The house was very small, only 600 square feet with two bedrooms. Seeing all the kids play in the snow making snow men and watching their fathers play in the snow with their 4 wheel drive vehicles is unforgettable.

Is there a Christmas song that’s your favorite?

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

Tell us about your family’s Christmas traditions. 

We all got together for dinner at Mom’s. Just being together was wonderful. Now that she’s gone we don’t see each other. She was the glue that held us all together.

What about Christmas do you most enjoy? 

Just being with my husband, having a special dinner and watching football and Christmas movies together.

Is there something about this holiday that drives you crazy? 

The crazy shoppers.

What do you hope for this Christmas? 

Nothing special

Do you have a treasured Christmas food? If so, would you care to share the recipe? 

Penuche Fudge
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 cups packed brown sugar
10 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup walnut or pecans if desired
Spray a 9-inch square pan with nonstick baking spray or lightly grease. Line the pan with plastic wrap; set aside.
In a heavy medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, and salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, until the mixture registers 236 F on a candy thermometer (about 25 to 30 minutes), or until the candy reaches the soft ball stage.
Pour into a heatproof bowl or the bowl of a heavy-duty electric mixer. Beat in the powdered sugar, a little at a time, then scrape the sides of the bowl and continue beating until the mixture is thickened and smooth. Slowly beat in vanilla and chopped nuts, if using.
Spread in the prepared pan. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until firm.
Turn out of the pan and peel off plastic. Cut into small squares.

Cynthia Woolf


Carnola said...

Sorry to hear that your family doesn't get together anymore. Maybe you can start a new tradition of everyone gathering at your house. When my great grandmother passed away I feel like my family fractured into pieces and even though some of us still get together at my mom's it was never the same.

Caroline Clemmons said...

Cindy, thank you for sharing with readers today. Our family doesn't get together anymore either. I miss the holidays with an extended family. Somehow, all our relatives together made the times more festive.

Not really said...

Lovely post. Thanks for the recipe. I had been planning to look up. Saved me the work. Really appreciate that. Been wanted to do for a couple of years. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc (dot) com Bessie Potter is my grandmother. The google account is hers. She told me to keep it if I wanted after she passed. I have chosen to do so as a reminder of her many kindnesses. So, in essence. I am Bessie. I was named after her.

Kathy Davis said...

This did bring back memories. Because my name is Kathy, I became Chatty Cathy to my sister. My mom even cut my hair in this style. And, I love my mom dearly, but that hairstyle was hideous on me. It looked like she cut it around a bowl on my head. Even now, yikes. Thanks for sharing.

catwoman1a said...

Thank you for that fudge recipe. Sounds delicious. I love hearing about your memories. Yeah, since my grandmother died, our family doesn't get together any more either.

Sandy Soldner Sorola said...

My extended family doesn't get together anymore. It is even difficult for my own family to be together, sad but true and living far apart is part of the issue. Happy holidays. I plan to make this fudge this year.