Hi all and happy Sunday night. I have had a busy week and it only promises to get busier as Christmas gets even closer. My oldest son is officially engaged to his girlfriend. He gave her a ring on her birthday this past week. They are close to graduating nursing school and will be taking their boards and getting jobs in the field they have prepared for. I am happy for them.
On the Christmas cookie front, I welcomed a yummy newcomer to my cookie bunch. These sugared date squares are different from the usual cookies I make this time of year. A coworker and good friend made me a batch of these for my birthday this year and everyone that had one asked for the recipe. They are that good! In a large saucepan, combine 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, and 8 oz. package chopped dates. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until almost smooth-about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 cups rice krispies and 1 cup chopped walnuts. Spread in a buttered 9 inch square pan. Cool and cut into squares. Dredge each cut square in powdered sugar. They make a wonderful addition to any cookie tray.
I hope you all have a great week ahead. I have several gatherings with friends to exchange gifts which means several dinners and lunches out this week. We are also doing our secret Santa swap at school this week. It will all be hectic but fun. Take care. Nancy