December 23, 2012

From Our Hearts to Yours


There is just something remarkable about homemade Christmas cookies. They are no ordinary cookies; they can be only found the days before Christmas and on Christmas Day. Baked together by the whole family, they make your granny's recipe come to life. No matter how perfect we make chocolate chips or maple cookies during the year, they never quite possess the magic of these special holidays treats. They are even more significant if they are snowball cookies made especially to conquer a yearning for a white Christmas. Oh! No sign of snow in our hemisphere ...
But our house is transformed into the Land of Sweets where powdered sugar is falling instead of snowflakes and the Sugar Plum Fairy invites us to dance to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" just like the ones we used to know... We are a little sad because of the missing snow (my son: "Green Christmas sucks"), yet HAPPY. Our hearts are open to receive the abundance of love and grace at this time of year.
From our content  hearts to yours, we are wishing you beautiful moments and happy memories of love, joy, laughter and lots of cookies this Christmas.
And You, my friend, wherever you are, if you feel alone for some reason this holiday season wanting not to be, please, know that my little family is thinking of you!

Help yourself with some snowball cookies! 

                                                  Snowball Christmas Cookies
                                                                                      ( about dozen and a half )

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup pecans (nuts), chopped fine

1 teaspoon vanilla 

Powdered sugar for rolling

Preheat oven to 300F. Beat softened butter, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla together. Stir in flour and pecans. Roll dough into one-inch balls. Place dough balls on a non-greasy cookie sheet and bake for 9 to 10 minutes until set but not brown. While snowballs are still warm, roll in confectioners sugar. Cool completely and roll in powdered sugar again until coated white. 

Could anything be better than baking these cute little snowball cookies with your kids and then reading Christmas stories aloud by the Christmas tree while waiting for the Christmas miracle to happen!? Over the years we have collected wonderful editions of some of the most inspirational Christmas reads. The illustrations of these books are amazing and they also make great Christmas gifts. I would like to share a list of my 11 favourite Yuletide books. Every holiday season these stories warm our hearts and remind us of the true Christmas spirit.

It has truly been a joy connecting with each and every one of you this blogging year. Thank you for your heartwarming words and support.

I am sharing the recipe with 
Savvy Southern Style


  1. You always have the most beautiful photos.....I look at them over and over. :)

    It's been a pleasure visiting you this year. Many blessings and lots of happiness to you and your family .....


  2. Yes, I agree with Sarah! Your photos are gorgeous. Also, I love love love snowball cookies :)

  3. Beautiful photos, yummy cookies, lovely thoughts. :)

  4. Good morning my precious Sylvia.....

    THESE ARE MY FAVORITES OF ALL TIME. My auntie always made these, and I would run toward these cookies and bypass the sugar and molasses kind. THESE were always the first to go, and everyone knew who was the culprit in eating them white mustache gave ME away!!!!!

    Your recipe here is wonderful. No nonsense, just the important ingredients to let every flavor shine.

    May the bliss of this special holiday be yours every moment of your celebration my dear friend. Thank you for a super year of support, inspiration and fun. Anita

  5. MERRY CHRISTMAS SYLVIA! NOw go open up those presents! Anita

  6. Dear Sylvia, your snowball cookies look delicious! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas! Have fun! Madelief x

  7. yum. love snowball cookies! your photography is amazing! I'd love for you to share them at my link party if you have a chance. Hope you are having a wonderful holiday!

  8. These are one of my all time favorites. I'd love to pin them to my "Sweet Treats" board on Pinterest. Here's to a Happy New Year!!!

  9. These are some of my favorite cookies all time! Your pictures are wonderful!

  10. YUM! Those cookies are still here for the snatching!!!!!!! Do you see a white mustache on me?

    My precious Sylvia, it has been a delicious and wonderful pleasure to get to know you and your peaceful world. You have been so kind and supportive, and I pray that our year will be one of growth and beautiful expression. I wish you a safe and lovely New Years celebration with those whom you love. Come back on Jan.1 to see what I have been up to! Much love, Anita


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