Thursday, December 19, 2013


A few minutes ago I went into my freezer to put some bread that I just purchased in there. While I was putting the bread away I noticed a bag of Christmas candy that is a mix of chocolate that we had purchased last year. To keep from eating it I froze it. I do that a lot...or I send a yummy container of something I just baked with Pat to work. (today they enjoyed pumpkin bars) I can only imagine what I'd look like, or how I'd feel, if I didn't do that! Oh my!

Yesterday I asked Amy if she'd like to have Glogg (a Swedish beverage) while they are here. She was all for it! Fortunately we have most of the supplies on hand! That is convenient!

There are several foods that our family enjoys during Christmas, for which I am grateful for. Why? Because it reminds me of the family bonds that we have, not only presently but with those who have passed away. I will forever remember making cinnamon rolls with my dad Christmas Eve - to be eaten on Christmas morning. That is a tradition that will endure...only they just might be orange rolls instead! ;)

On the other hand, we've been making Glogg since we lived in Ripon. A friend of ours, who is also Swedish, would invite us over for their Christmas celebration. We'd always enjoy Glogg and it soon became a family favorite. Ours is the non-alcoholic version, naturally!

Here is the recipe, in case anyone is interested!

Fruit Juice Glogg

1 medium orange
1 qt. apple cider
2 cups white grape juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
8 whole cloves
2/3 cup raisins
2/3 cup slivered almonds

Using a vegetable peeler cut colored portion from orange in a single spiral. In a large pot combine orange peel and remaining ingredients. Let stand 4 hours.

We usually serve this in our crock pot, it just makes it easier to keep it warm when we are using the kitchen for so many other purposes. Enjoy!


  1. I can't remember if you included this in your cookbook email you sent me... if not, this is getting saved VERY soon!

    1. It is not in there! But you're right, it should be!