Happy Holidays from the Morrisons

Savor the sweetness of family togetherness.  Celebrate well.

Our hearts are full of thankfulness as we approach and embrace this new season and year.




Yummy Vegan Cookies

These melt-in-your mouth cookies are called many names:  Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Pecan Balls, Snowdrops, and Snowballs.  This recipe is from my The Joy of Vegan Baking cookbook by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.

Brayden and I made these little fun cookies and they turned out great.  Try them, they are not hard to make and they are super flavorful.


1 cup non-hydrogenated nondairy butter (I use Earth Balance)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups unbleached all-purpose four, sifted

2 cups raw pecans, finely chopped

2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted


Preheat the oven to 300 F.  Line 3 cookie sheets with parchment paper or use 3 non-stick cookie/baking sheets.

With an electric hand mixer or by hand, cream the butter, granulated sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.  Add the flour, and mix until thoroughly combined.  Add the chopped nuts and mix until well blended, about 30 seconds.

Measure out generously rounded teaspoonfuls of dough and roll them into balls.  Place the balls about 1 inch apart on the cookie sheet.  Bake until they just begin to turn golden, about 30 minutes.  To test of doneness, remove one cookie from the sheet and cut it in half.  There should be no doughy strip in the center.

Roll the cookies in the confectioners’ sugar while they are still warm, then cool on the cookie sheets.  Serve when cooled.

Yield: 3 cookies

Just a tip:  The easiest way to coat the warm cookies in the confectioner’s sugar is to add the sugar to a large bowl and gently toss the cookies around in the sugar.  You can also place everything in a plastic baggie and give them a shake.  Just be careful not to knock them around too much.

A Day to Remember

My Mom, Madelyn, and an old friend, Betsy and I all went to the Nutcracker today in Winston-Salem.  We had such a good time together.  We were also able to eat at a cute restaurant called Breakfast of Course.  I had an amazing plate of tofu scramble, hash browns and honey wheat toast.  Yum, what a cute place!

Betsy took these fun photos of Maddie, Mom and me today.  We made some sweet memories.

December is Here

With the approach and onset of December, here are some pictures of just a few of the things we have been up to.

Letters to Santa have been written.  This is the front of Madelyn’s.

We enjoyed some time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Here I am with my grandma.  See any resemblance?

December 1st we surprised Jan and met her for dinner to celebrate her birthday.  Jerry and Shanda did a great job pulling that off.  Jan is such a fun person to honor and celebrate.

Our first snow of the season came to Durham.  Here’s Maddie with her adorable snowman.

Ah yes and there were snowball fights to be had.  Isn’t the snow beautiful?

We went to a really fun place in Raleigh called Frankies.  We were invited there to celebrate our friend, Sam’s, birthday.  Here’s Kalen driving a go cart.  Can you tell he was having fun?