1. What is your favorite Christmas recipe?
I love to bake during the holidays. Pumpkin bread and banana bread and lots of cookies! My family’s favorite holiday cookie is Anise Cookies. My mother-in-law gave me the recipe and don’t let the black licorice flavor fool you – these are super yummy and the anise is very subtle. These cookies seriously disappear almost quick than I can make them. Here’s the recipe:
1 pound powdered sugar
3 ¾ cups cake flour
3 big drops anise oil
1 tsp baking powder
Beat the eggs until thick and lemon colored. Add sugar. Beat for 15 minutes with an electric mixer on medium speed. Next, add flour that you have sifted and re-sifted and the baking powder. Beat for another 3 minutes. Add the anise oil and mix well. Line cookie sheets with wax paper and drop spoonfuls of dough on sheet. Let the filled sheets stand in a cool place – like the kitchen counter – overnight. In the morning bake at 300 degrees for approximately 8 minutes or until cookies are creamy beige in color.
2. Do you do anything to countdown the day?
We’ve never done a countdown, but when my boys were little we made a big production of turning on Christmas music and decorating the house and the tree.
3. White Christmas or Miracle on 34th street?
White Christmas – I love the singing!
4. Christmas shopping – are you an early shopper or last minute kind of girl?
I used to be an early shopper and then something happened. LOL I’m not sure why, but in recent years I’ve become one of those last minute girls! Luckily I don’t stress too much about it. Everything always gets done. :)
5. Do you like to spend Christmas at home or a fun destination?
Both! When I was young, I was very lucky and my family often spent Christmas in Hawaii. I loved that and have such fond memories of those trips. But once I became an adult and had my own kids, home became the place to be. We did occasionally take our boys away. The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego was a special getaway one year, but there’s nothing like seeing your kids faces when they first lay eyes on what Santa brought sitting under the Christmas tree. And even though my boys are adults now, there’s still a little sparkle in their eyes on Christmas morning.
I hope your holidays are filled with love, laughter and a little magic!
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When not attached to her laptop, USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Finalist, Robin Bielman loves to read, take hikes with her hubby, and frequent coffee shops. A California girl, the beach is her favorite place for fun, relaxation, and inspiration.
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