Sharon Lynn writes short stories which have appeared in numberous anthologies, including her most recent, Final Curtain, which is in the 2020 Malice Domestic anthology, Mystery Most Theatrical. Click here for her latest post. Her books are here, and you can find out more about her here.
One year my husband decided to spend two days making bagels to surprise
my daughter and me. It was a Valentine’s Day morning, and we awoke to
fresh, heart-shaped bagels in our favorite flavors: salt for our
daughter, jalapeño for me. Needless to say, the whole endeavor was a
So much so, that the poor guy is now stuck with the task. Making the
dough early so that it has time to develop its elastic texture and deep
flavor. Staying up late the night of the 13th to prep and form the
dough. Getting up at 5:00 a.m. to allow the bagels time to rise, then
boiling them, and finally baking. Forever. It wouldn’t be Valentine’s
Day without them! Whenever we think of traveling (remember when we could travel?) for the long weekend we decide “no.” It would interfere with
And it’s not just the fresh-baked bread. We all have our bread
specialties in this family (scones and muffins for me that often wind up
in my stories, focaccia for our daughter, and my husband makes a
fantastic sourdough). What makes the day special is how it brings our
Of course, we had plenty of cooking-based traditions around Thanksgiving
and Christmas that had been passed down from our parents and
grandparents. Homemade bagels, though, is all our own.
What about you? Do you have any family traditions that began with you?