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Sunday, December 10, 2017


Cookiefying  Snoopy, my all-time favourite cartoon character

Born in the 60's, I grew up with the Peanuts gang, in an era when the pleasures of life were small and simple. My Sunday dose of good cheer  was pulling the Sunday Funnies out of the newspaper after  returning from  Mass and chuckling over Peanuts. The following day, I would cut out the comic strip and glue  it to my scrap book. I named it my Happy Book. Over the years, whenever I was in a funk, I could count on my Happy Book to turn my frown upside down. It was an instant pick-me-up.
When I was in Form Three (lower secondary school), a very dear friend gave me this cute Peppermint Patty trophy and it kept me company when I went to college and throughout a large part of my adult life. I can still find it on my nightstand in my childhood bedroom whenever I visit my parents.

When Charles Schulz died in 2000, I felt like I had lost a lifetime companion. But thankfully, the Peanuts gang lives on and they always will have a special place in my heart. PEANUTS are forever!

My favourite Peanuts moment
I love you Snoopy and thanks for the many happy childhood memories.
The loser who never gave up

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

National Cookie Day

Dec 4th is National Cookie Day in the US. It’s not like we need a day to tell us to eat cookies, but hey, I gladly applaud it.  Wish we had a National Cookie Day too.  Then, I would invite my friends over for a cookie swap.
Interestingly, did you know that the English word "cookie" is derived from the Dutch word "koekje," which means "little cake"?  Dutch bakers used to test oven temperatures on small amounts of batter so that the entire cake mix would not be wasted if the temperature wasn't right. It wasn't long before they discovered that these miniature test cakes were actually quite tasty!

According to Muppet Wiki, National Cookie Day is a minor holiday, celebrating cookies in all their sugary glory. It occurs on December 4th of every year, but is not widely observed.

Cookie Monster proclaimed his own National Cookie Day in the 1980 book The Sesame Street Dictionary.
National Cookie Day was established in 1987 by one of the founders of San Francisco-based Blue Chip Cookie Company, an American gourmet cookie bakery chain. Now Cookie Day is celebrated around the world, sometimes as Bake Cookie Day and Oatmeal Cookie Day.

Each country has its own word for cookie. What we know as cookies in America are called “biscuits” in England and Australia, “galletas” in Spain, “keks” or “Pl├Ątzchen” (Christmas cookies) in Germany and “amaretti” or “biscotti” (among others) in Italy.

Nestle's Infographic - The Most Popular Cookies by State

And just because it's National Cookie Day
Gingerbread Cookies


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