Last night. I had the honor to be a returning judge for The Morning Call's Holiday Cookie Contest, filmed at PBS39 studios. Laura McHugh, an Emmy-winning producer and journalist (and all-around adorable human) hosted and Jennifer Sheehan, reporter/writer-extraordinaire, will write the column, featuring the winners and their recipes for the December 13th FOOD section. I had to taste 12 cookies! I know what you're thinking... 'Poor you Mary.' You are SO brave. YES! YES! I AM! Thank you, Dear Readers! The annual contest allowed me to enjoy what other families in the Lehigh Valley are baking and sharing, so that made the contest doubly fun for me. You see, Dear Readers, our oven went kaput over a week ago and we cannot get a new one delivered for two more weeks! I have an oven in the basement but not the time to go up and down stairs, rotate baking sheets halfway through the baking time, make more cookies, go back down the stairs, get the cookies and then repeat the whole process until all the cookies are baked. Whew! I am exhausted just thinking about all the up and downing... Our younger daughter, Mia, has been asking me to bake and I can hardly wait myself! As soon as our new oven arrives, I plan to bake ALL our family favorites!
After the contest, Mia and I walked back to the car, in the rain, giggling and singing. (Actually, only I was singing. I am fairly certain you figured this out.) The PBS39 studios are located at the Steel Stacks where Bethlehem Steel used to operate. It's a very cool place! The entire area is decorated for the holidays with a huge Christmas tree and the stacks are lit up as well in Christmas colors! There is even music that plays as a light show on the stacks runs. Anyway, the street along the pathway is strung with beautiful Christmas lights and Mia and I were enchanted. We decided to drive, the down this road so we could drive through the lights. I suggested we do a little light singing and sing Christmas carols and we did! Dear Readers, it was a fabulous and special mother-daughter experience! Our 15-year-old daughter sang (and played) along with me. In fact, we made several trips through the lights, just so we could continue singing! Then we pulled over and snapped this selfie by the Christmas tree you see above. I was in pure, heavenly, bliss! Life is truly about the moments...
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