To make date paste, place 3 cups of dates in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Allow to soften for five minutes, then drain. Process in a food processor until smooth. Tell me, does it get any easier?
I managed to sneak in my two favorite nutcrackers into the blog post. I had given the male nutcracker to my mom for Christmas in 2006. The following year, we pulled it out with the rest of her Christmas decorations, and set him up on the mantle. While I was out shopping a few days later, I found a female nutcracker, dated 2006. I decided to purchase her to go with mom’s other nutcracker. Besides, what are the chances that they would be selling a nutcracker from the previous year?
Mom was so excited when I gave her the female nutcracker. She asked how I knew that she was wishing for a “wife” for her male nutcracker. Mom told me that I was in her heart, and knew what she wanted without having to say it. That’s just the kind of bond we had. I sure do miss her! If your mom is still around, be sure to appreciate every moment you have together, and show her some extra love this Christmas!