Do you also get the sense that every month of 2020 somehow feels like an entire year? With all the waves of drama and developments in both our macro and micro worlds, it may very well take us the next decade to digest it all.
Since I last wrote you, we managed to downsize our life and work into a 10’x10′ storage unit, eight pieces of luggage and two cat carriers; we shipped our little family to Europe (here in Dublin ’til mid-January and then on to Rome); and we also managed to record and deliver four audiobooks, countless eLearning modules, and numerous commercial spots thanks to our fabulous new mobile VO booth!
For 2021, my New Years wish is the converse of the famous Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”… My sincere and deepest hope is that our next year of life on this planet is delightfully dull, magnificently mundane, and utterly uneventful!
As we were packing up all of our worldly possessions last month we came across a treasure trove: hand-written recipes left to Ashlinn by her mother Cindy. This recipe for Cherry Winks cookies became an instant holiday favorite for us.
As a token of gratitude to all of our clients, colleagues, and friends who helped us not merely survive but thrive this year, here’s a little love from our family and kitchen to yours!
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup of softened butter
1 cup of sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup chopped almonds
15 whole candied cherries (we use and highly recommend these ones)
optional: 1/3 cup of chopped candied cherries
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup of syrup from candied cherries
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
optional: 2-4 teaspoons heavy cream
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix flour, baking powder, and salt together in medium bowl.
Cream butter and sugar until nice & fluffy.
Beat in both eggs. Add vanilla, almond extract, and milk.
Mix in bowl of dry ingredients. (optional: mix in chopped up cherries)
Scoop the batter into small balls, about 1 tbsp each.
Press into the center of each ball so they flatten slightly; leave a dimple in the top.
Press chopped almonds into the sides of the balls & put a whole candied cherry on top.
Bake for about 13 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
Make the glaze by whisking all glaze ingredients together until smooth. Once cookies are cooled, drizzle over them.
Note: If you don’t want to use the glaze, consider adding another 1/4 cup of sugar to the cookie recipe, or the cookies may not taste sweet enough! You can also make this recipe crunchier by adding a cup or two of cornflakes to the cookie dough.
I’ve heard it said that, “The quality of our lives is determined in part by the quality of our questions.” It seems quite appropriate to close out this final 2020 edition of Wow Thanks Yay with a little video Google produced this week highlighting the questions we’ve been collectively asking ourselves about the wild ride we’ve been on together this year.
Here’s to a blissfully boring-ass 2021, y’all!
Speak to you soon,