Perhaps you heard about (or experienced) what happened in my area this past weekend.
It snowed. A few inches - unremarkable to many; disappointing to children (and adults) wanting to build snowmen but finding the covering way too powdery to even make a good snowball; generally annoying to yours truly.
I'm not really a fan of snow. Well, if it stays out of my way and does not affect the road quality, it doesn't really bother me.
But I will give snow this - freshly fallen, untrampled and unplowed, glittering in the light...it is pretty.
I didn't spend this entire weekend being annoyed at cold crystalized water, however. I began assembling cookies for various holiday gatherings (began being the operative word here).
The first batch of cookies was the shortbread cookies first seen on Mothers Day. This time I kept everything but the raspberry jam, making a basic shortbread cookie with a special holiday touch of whimsical icing.
Personally, my favorites were the happy faces, the swirls, and the squiggles.