When I was a student of a Catholic school in South Sumatra, December would usually mean lending a hand for my teacher decorating her Christmas tree. She did not have any children, did not have any family, and she was a nun. Her room was fairly small and her Christmas tree was just tiny, placed on the table in the corner. She did not have flashy lights or other ornaments to make her tree decorative, but she had cotton balls. I was puzzled when I saw them. I remember when I asked her what they were for, she looked at me and hummed 'I dream of White Christmas'... Then, I knew what she meant. We arranged the cotton balls on the tree to resemble snow. Then, she put a big star on top which she made from cut cardboard lined with tin foil.
And yes, I was a Muslim girl and I am still a Muslim woman. I just never think that diversity and religions will stop me helping others, and I never understand why people would be fighting under the religious flags. Aren't we all praying for the same direction: peace? Peace for your soul and peace for the earth and universe?
Today, I remember my teacher and I am sending these parcels for our friendship in peaceful diversity through Happy's Christmas Gifts event. Happy Christmas to all of you!
Source: About.com (Lemon Fudge) and adopted from The Well-Seasoned Cook by Susan. You can see the recipe by following the links.
And, here's another one:
Fleur de Sel Macarons. Look at the recipe at Desserts Magazine Issue 5, here's the direct recipe link, written by Gemmi Rizzi of Bake with Heart.
My first time to taste fleur de sel, pretty salty from the most caramel I've ever eaten.
Updated from our orchard:
Cherries. Not yet deep red, most of them are enjoyed by birds. To prevent birds get these dainty fruits, we hang plastic fan and old CDs. Sometimes works, other time we often find the fruits are pecked and left hanging with a little flesh still intact with the pip. Naughty birds!
The round up for this event can be seen here.