This week my daughter’s kindergarten class will be celebrating the holidays by sharing a food from their cultural tradition. So, it got me thinking of what food I recall having during the holidays from my Italian heritage that she could share with the class.
For many years my mother always made Biscotti Di Regina (The Queen’s Cookies). These are delicious little sesame seed Sicilian cookies named after Queen Margherita di Savoia, the second, because she loved her sweets. The Margherita Pizza was also named after her for it’s red tomatoes, green basil, and white cheese which represents the Italian flag. Seeing that my great grandfather was from Sicily, I figured, what better food to share at this celebration.
- 4 cups sifted flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup shortening, margarine or butter
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 lb sesame seeds (or 2/3 -3/4 cup sesame seeds)
- 1. Lightly grease 2 cookies sheets
- 2. Sift together in a bowl flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
- 3. Cut butter or shortening in with pastry blender or two knives until pieces are size of small peas and add and stir in the eggs and milk.
- 4. Make soft dough.
- 5. Mix thoroughly together.
- 6. Break dough into small pieces and roll each piece between palms of hands to form rolls about 1-1 1/2 inch in length.
- 7. Flatten rolls slightly and roll in sesame seeds.
- 8. Place on cookie sheets about 3 inches apart and bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned.
- Pack in airtight container. These store well.
Enjoy at home with tea or coffee! Or give them in a holiday tin or mason jar wrapped with ribbon for a nice holiday gift!
I love challenges like this because I think we get so used to things in our lives that we don’t even know what their meaning is. This marks a tradition that I will now carry on in my home and pass down to my children. I challenge you to do the same this holiday season.
Cheers and happy holidays!
While decorating the Christmas tree, and taking these burlap messages out of the box this year to put on the tree, I thought I would re-post this for you since you may have missed it last year! The message, is still the same! During all times of the year, but we’re especially reminded of it at this time of year, we need to spend more time being peaceful, loving, and faithful. Therefore, we need more messages to remind us to stop and do this in our lives. What better way to do that during this holiday season than by dressing up your Christmas tree with these special words. Last year, I saw a beautifully decorated Christmas tree in the Pottery Barn catalog. It had messages of Peach, Love, and Faith on it. I wanted to do my own version of their messages. I looked at their’s at the store, and was dissatisfied with the quality. It didn’t have that special handmade touch that I love so much! I wasn’t sure of how to go about this project and I sat on it for a couple of months, until I found burlap ribbon at Michael’s. I had looked around for wired ribbon that was wide, like the PB one, but I couldn’t really find what I was looking for. And then I found the burlap ribbon, and the idea of how to make it work, just came to me by accident. From a previous project that I had done with burlap in the past, I found that the best way to paint words on burlap is by laying your burlap over what you want to paint, and use that as a stencil underneath. Because burlap has so many holes in it, it’s easy to see right through it. I first printed these words in Adobe Illustrator and printed them to the size that worked for the ribbon. Click on them to print yours for free! peace love faith Here’s what the font looks like: What you’ll need: Burlap ribbon Floral wire Puffy paint in the color of your choice Words printed on cardstock (use my free templates above) Okay, let the fun begin! Lay your ribbon over the word and use some tape to hold it in place. Then get your puffy paint and start tracing over the word. Cut the ribbon to the length you want, and let that sit and dry. Once it’s dry, thread your floral wire in and out of the ribbon until you get to the end. Then cut! Do that for the other side as well. You are now done! Now go and dress your tree with those special reminders!!! May you have a peaceful, loving, and faithful holiday season!