Mom says this “getting ready” time before Christmas is her favorite time of year. Today, she is baking about 6 different types of cookies. I, of course, am helping by getting underfoot. Mom says I can’t have the cookie dough because Demon Chocolate is involved in some of it. I can sense the excitement in the air, and I’ve been running back and forth. I don’t think I’ve ever heard, “Leave it!” and “Hey, Nose!” so much in my entire life.
One of the cookies Mom is baking is “ice cream kolacky” (pronounced, kol-ach-kee). It was Mom’s Mom’s recipe. Mom has a folded up piece of paper with her mother’s handwriting on it. (Recipe to follow). Mom says it has been many, many Decembers since her Mom passed away from an illness that the doctors assured her was 100% curable. Mom says baking the cookies brings back memories of her Mom, especially since she can see her Mom’s neat, cursive hand. Jamie sampled a kolacky and quickly said that there probably wouldn’t be any left for when Vanessa came over.
Like me, Mom was adopted. But I was adopted when I was 1.5 years old; Mom was adopted when she was a baby. Like me, she was unwanted, so Mom knows a thing or two about being kicked to the curb. Also like me, Mom found a forever home. The holidays are about family, and family is important to both of us.
When the kolacky were finished baking, I looked at Mom standing in the kitchen.
She is wearing a T-shirt with a Pitbull on it. It’s all ripped up. She’s coated in flour and powdered sugar from head to foot. She has the beautiful strains of a classical “Silent Night” playing. And right there, in front of the oven, I jumped up on my hind legs, wrapped my front paws around her waist, and gave my Mom a hug. She didn’t tell me, “Off” or “Down”…she just hugged me back. If you can…go give your Mom a hug. If you can’t, send her a thought or a prayer.
Woof! Love, Maggie
Grandma Val’s Ice Cream Kolacky
1 lb. butter (not margarine), softened
1 pint vanilla ice cream (the cheaper the ice cream, the better…fancy ice cream has too high a cream content) softened to easy scooping but not melted
4 cups all purpose flour
Canned fruit toppings (SOLO and Bohemian Maid are good brands)
Cream together the softened butter and ice cream. When well blended (it will look a little chunky from the ice cream being cold still), add the flour one cup at a time, until you have a smooth dough.
Pinch the dough and roll into small balls. Press your thumb into each ball to make a thumbprint. Fill the indentation with fruit filling. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes. Cool, and sift powdered sugar over the cookies. (Ovens vary, Mom bakes hers for 22 minutes).