... Use as a tool to learn how to do it yourself!
Editors' note: SilverStringer Eleanor Jenkins is a resident of Pennsylvania, but at least one of her daughters now lives in Melrose -- and so she is not only a frequent visitor to our town, but writes about her experiences and makes intriguing comparisons with her adopted homelands. We think the copy below came from daughter Elaine.
That's Alex and Peter crunching candy canes, in Grandmom's kitchen.
Grandmom Jenkins expected Karen and Steve to drive down to Pennsylvania from Melrose, Massachussetts for Christmas about the 23rd of December.
She invited Alex and Peter to her home to help her make the Christmas cookies. They gathered in Grandmom's kitchen busily making Mexican wedding cakes, (a drop cookie) and shaping candy cane cookies coated with crushed candy canes. They were exhausted when the cookies finally were cooled and ready to put away for Christmas day.
Christmas was great. The weather in the morning was clear and warm in Pennsylvania (45 degrees), but later in the day it rained. After all of the presents were opened and the feast consumed, Alex topped it off by serving Snow Cones that he made himself with his handy dandy electrical snow cone maker. Not exactly the same as those his grandmom remembers or he had gotten at the Candy Castle, but delicious, none the less.
Exhausted from all of that hard work, but the finished product looks good enough to eat.
January 6, 2006