Yesterday was a big day in the Nichols home – the annual Christmas baking extravaganza. Shawn, Amanda, and Michelle meshed schedules and blocked out a full day to spread powdered sugar and chocolate drips from one end of the kitchen and dining room to the other. It is a site to behold and I think there is some degree of Keebler elfishness in the DNA mix for those ladies.
I am allowed in the factory once in a while to taste test and certainly to assist with cleanup. I am an experienced professional at both tasks. And I am adept at swiping a sample when no one is looking. There is an art to choosing the right cookie so it is not missed in the lineup.
While the ladies formed the peanut butter balls I did a stealth fly by and grabbed one so quickly no one even noticed. A few minutes later Michelle called me in and offered me one, “Dad, you can have one!” Sharing is a good habit and it is a delight to see my children learned that lesson so well. I graciously accepted her gift. Mmm! Mmm! Good! And then I had another while Michelle’s back was turned.
Uh oh! Apparently the girls were keeping count of the peanut butter balls. They wanted to know how many could be created from the recipe so I had to fess up and suggest the number would be off a bit due to fall-outs on the assembly line. But I offered my expert opinion that the product was A-1 and met the exacting standards of Shawn’s kitchen.
Chocolate. Rich creamy chocolate melting in your mouth bringing ecstasy to every taste bud. Chocolate aromas wafting out of the kitchen to permeate the remotest corner of the house. Chocolate! I heard Amanda comment yesterday if she were one of the wise men visiting Jesus her gift would have been a box of chocolate covered peanut butter balls. I think anything edible that could be dipped in chocolate yesterday was baptized, total immersion, of course. How can a simple pair of Ritz® crackers sandwiched around a glob of peanut butter and sealed in a layer of white chocolate be so addicting? There must be some magical Christmas chemistry involved.
Cookies and candy made with this much laughter and love have to be good for you. So eat! And enjoy! We can always make a New Year’s Resolution to cut down on sweets … after the last cookie is gone.