A Photo a Week Challenge: Christmas Memories

Growing up, Christmas was always filled with amazing smells. My mother and both of my grandmothers would bake and make candies and various treats to share with neighbors and at family parties. My favorite were the spider cookies. They are semi-sweet and butterscotch chips melted then mixed with crunchy Chinese noodles and peanuts. Then you drop them by the spoonful onto wax paper and let them harden (or chill them in the fridge if you don’t have the time). Salty and sweet and crunchy all at the same time. I recently made some for a church party, and when I bit into one (to test and make sure I got it right), I closed my eyes and was instantly in my mom’s kitchen, nine years-old, and hearing my mom and my grandmother talk about everything that still needed to be done before Christmas.


Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Come back here and post a link to your image in the comments for this challenge.
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26 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Christmas Memories”

  1. Thanks for the idea with your spider cookies. I googled for a recipe and after weeding out the obvious Halloween cookies, I think I found something which comes close to what your grandma made. I have to be creative about the butterscotch drops as these are not readily available here (I might as some of my American army/airforce friends if they can bring me some from the commisary) but I’ll give it a try. I know something similar with chocolate and cornflakes but they sound positively boring in comparison.

    1. The recipe is:

      Spider Cookies
      12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
      11 oz. butterscotch chips
      8 oz. salted peanuts
      12 oz. Chinese noodles

      Melt the chips in a glass bowl over a pan of boiling water. Mix in noodles and peanuts. When they are coated, drop them by teaspoon on wax paper.

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