Our chewy cake tradition actually began after my motherinlove passed away and she was the reason my daughter's wanted to start this tradition for any of the girls in the family that would like to be a part of our "Chewy Cake Party".
You have to know the story behind the reasoning for "Chewy cake" so let me share.
Every year during the Christmas holidays my motherinlove would bake chewy cake. She loved to bake it but I think what she loved even more was giving her chewy cake to others to enjoy.
Each year for Christmas at the Conner Christmas Eve party you could expect to receive a gift of chewy cake from Nanny.
It started out many, many years ago where each person in the immediate family would get a gift from Nanny but over the years as the children began to be born, then the grandchildren and then the great-grand children...well needless to say with such a large group as the Conner Family things needed to be changed.
For several years I remember the gifts might be the huge popcorn tins with different kinds of popcorn, chocolate covered cherry's, socks. lotion or etc.
Nanny took pride in her "chewy cake". She would bake for days it seemed. I remember one year she had her youngest daughter Becky come to help her wrap the chewy cake gifts. AND THERE WAS LOTS OF CHEWY CAKE TO WRAP! Each one had to have a tag with a name on it so no one would be left out or accidentally missed. That particular year Nanny made Becky go over the list, recount and make sure everyone had a batch of chewy cake about three times! I still chuckle about that. No one would leave her house without chewy cake!
Each year as our Conner Christmas Eve party would approach we knew she would be busy baking chewy cake. We would joke and say, "I wonder what Nanny is getting me for Christmas this year?.
Little did we realize that one day that her Chewy cake would begin a little tradition.
After Nanny went home to be with the Lord my daughter's wanted to have a simple, laid back, chewy cake party.
They wanted to include the little ones of course so they decided that cookie decorating would be included for the little ones.
These little ones have so much fun. They have free reign to decorate their cookies just like they want too. (They eat more than they decorate)
We bake several batches of chewy cake. Some with nuts, some without and some with chocolate chips. Everyone can carry home their own little tin of chewy cake to enjoy.
Of course there is coffee brewing, hot chocolate to drink and even some chocolate candy and candy canes. (You need to keep up your strength why you are baking you know!)
All the girls in the family with their children are invited to come if they would like too.
The Chewy cake and cookies are GOOD but the fellowship is the sweetest.
Taking the time to stop, slow down, and make memories is everything!
The sweetest thing about making memories is being able to share those memories with generation after generation.
I know that times change, people change, and circumstances change and most often, traditions are changed.
Our children grow up and then they have their own family and with that, they begin to start their own traditions. Which is exactly what they should do!
But....I truly want to be a part of helping my children and their children to make lots of memories by being Family....exactly what our Lord desires....To love our family, to share with our family and for memories of old traditions and new ones to flow from generation to generation.
There was lots of chewy cake made over the years for lots of family.
And since this picture there has been more added to the Conner Family....
And just think....This all started "Because two people fell in love" and CHOSE to make a lifetime of memories for their family by showing family what truly counts! LOVE!
How I am thankful for the wonderful memories of Nanny Conner's Chewy Cake.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy