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It was the season of giving. The holidays. The month of December. Or rather, the last two weeks of December.

On December 24th, I missed a Kodak moment picture because I didn’t bring my camera. And if I had my camera, I wouldn’t have taken it out either. It was when I sat on the streetcar, that it hit me.

While walking on Queen St. near City Hall, I passed by a sleeping homeless person surrounded by goodies dropped by strangers. There were several Tim Horton paper bags. There were some bread. And among them were candy canes placed nicely. It made me go “aww” when I first passed it.

But when I sat on the streetcar, it wasn’t so sweet anymore. It would’ve been really nice if it wasn’t December 24th. Did they feel like giving because it was the season of giving? Why do we need a season of giving? We should be generous all the time, not just for two weeks out of the entire year. That’s roughly only 4% of the time. And candy canes for the homeless? It’s not really food, nor is it practical, nor is it healthy.

Okay, I should apologize, I’m angry recently. Giving during the holidays is better than nothing. But we should pay attention all the time. Not just because it was the holidays. Next time you walk in downtown and pass by a homeless, spare your change. Yes, they could be druggies who’s using your money to get more drugs, and as a result, stay on the streets longer. Yes, maybe they are lazy-asses who don’t want to put in effort to find jobs. But what if one in a hundred that you meet really needed your quarter?

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Result of a week of non-stop baking (‘cept the Santa chocolate). Literally. I have not touched my laptop from Monday to Thursday. So ta-da!

The star sugar cookies took the most effort. First night was mixing the dough. For some reason, measuring butter alone took half an hour. I always cut the almost-room-temperature butter into thick slices and squeeze them into the measuring cup. Then mixing the dough was a pain in the a**. I had to get Jasper to help me ’cause it was close to kneading. Ahh I need one of those big electric mixer. Then I spent another hour or so to roll the dough into disks. Putting the dough pieces in between two pieces of waxed paper really helped! Second night was baking the cookies, and third was for decorating.

As for the truffles, using the melon baller really made it less messy. I roughly shaped the balls using the melon baller first. Then I put it back in the fridge ’cause it was starting to melt. After it’s completely chilled, I shaped it by hand to get it rounder. No more melt-in-your-hand truffle making!

Surprise layer on the bottom

The candy cane cookies did not turn out as they were planned. I could not find candy canes. Visited 5 stores, and they were all sold out! So I had to improvise and use icing and coloured icing :(

I know what my New Year’s Resolution is… better time estimation! I totally fell behind my own schedule, and finished these cookies on Christmas day. Sewing the rabbit-looking cube took a long time as well. A week to make just two. Who would’ve thought sewing 10cm would take two hours. I even started to sew while on the subway to work.

So this post came a little late. But I wish you all had a great Christmas :)

While talking to Mike about making something for Christmas, he linked me a recipe for Stained Glass Cookies. Don’t they look so pretty! Since my mom has been “reminding” me that I only bake for others but never for family, I decided to try it over the weekend.

I baked them in two sheets, but at different times. The second batch got burnt :\ So the middle part doesn’t taste like life savers anymore. Tasted bitter, more like some cough syrup.

Something that I didn’t expect is that the middle sticks to the parchment paper. Only one cookie was parchment-paper free out of the ~12 :( Although it can look very pretty, I find it weird with cookie on the outside, and life saver in the middle. It’s hard biting into the life-saver part. Guess I’m crossing this one off the list :(

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