When Papa Pendexter ran SBT, he started a tradition of giving turkeys to all his employees during the holidays. It was a gesture of thanks, acknowledgment, and good cheer! That tradition has since changed from poultry to gift cards (not everyone on the SBT team cooks), but the sentiment remains: ‘Tis the season to celebrate our friends and families.
Create some new traditions this holiday season.
Here are some of ours to get you started.
See the Murals in Downtown Elgin
Take the family for a stroll around downtown Elgin, where you can sip hot cocoa, shop, see the lights, and visit the 15 holiday murals painted on various windowpanes. You can even vote for your favorite!
Nothing says holiday spirit like the inviting scent of cinnamon and pine. Every year, Elizabeth gives the gift of cheer by brewing up a big batch of LovelyLuckyLife’s holiday potpourri. It’s the perfect homemade gift to share with friends and family.
Matt’s Molasses Cookies
For SBT employees, December is synonymous with Matt’s infamous Jumbo Molasses Cookies. He spoils each of us with a basket of his homemade cookies and chocolates, and we look forward to it all year long!
If you don’t have a Matt in your life to make you cookies, why not be the Matt and share with your own coworkers?
Jumbo Molasses Cookies
- 1 1/2C Shortening (Butter Flavored Crisco)
- 2C Sugar
- 1/2C Molasses
- 2 Large Eggs
- 4C Flour
- 1Tb + 1t Baking Soda
- 1t Cinnamon
- 1/2t Salt
- 1/2t Gr. Cloves
- 1/2t Gr. Ginger
- +Additional Sugar (or Turbinado Sugar)
- In a Large mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugar. Add molasses and eggs; mix well.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and spices, mix together. Gradually add flour mixture to wet ingredients.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 1-2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1/4C balls and roll in additional sugar to coat. Space evenly on a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18-20 Minutes, or until edges are set; Remove to wire racks to cool.