This winter began in early November. Fields and ditches covered in white made up most of the landscape. Roads covered with ice and snow punctuated the countryside. Cloudy skies, frigid temperatures and snowy days continued most of the month.
Now it is December and we have experienced warming temperatures. The white blanket of snow has turned into a combination of green and brown. Often the skies continued with clouds, dropping drizzly rain and sleet. Other times, thick fog hung over the land.
These weather conditions do not make good conditions for making my family’s traditional anise cookies for Christmas. At this late date I almost despaired of making any. With my children returning home for Christmas, it has been my wish to have some available for our holiday.
So, today, imagine my delight when I saw the sun shine. Granted a few wispy clouds passed by the farm, but the sun has been a constant. I whipped up a batch of Anise Cookies quickly and set them out to rest on my cookie sheets. Tomorrow morning they will be popped into the oven.
I think that this high pressure system rolling through our area is a Christmas present that came early. How kind of the Lord of heaven and earth to send it my way. He looks after big things and even the little things in our lives.
If you want to try anise cookies for yourself, look for the right weather conditions and follow this link to the recipe you want to try. Or check out this link for another recipe that could bring you delight.
photo credit: MIKI Yoshihito (´･ω･) via photopin cc
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