Tis The Season...
I have a fruitcake which has been in my family for several years.
Apparently, my family saves them for the following year and gives them
as a gift to someone else. That's how the fruitcake that I gave my
mother four years ago finally made its way back into my hands. (Mom gave
it to brother, brother gave it to sister, then sister gave it to me).
Since the fruitcake tradition appears to be unstoppable, this year I've
decided to replace our family's fruitcake with a more durable one which
we will cherish for years.
Items Needed: 4 Oz. Fruit Bits, 1 Railroad Tie, Wood Saw, Large Rubber
Mallet, Safety Goggles
WEAR YOUR SAFETY GOGGLES. (Children Get help from an adult!)
Cut a one-foot section from the middle of your railroad tie. The
resulting block of wood should be the size and shape of a loaf of bread.
Then, take some fruit bits and pound them into the block with your
rubber mallet. Spread the colors around, or you might wind up with
an ugly fruitcake. Don't be afraid to throw some elbow grease into
that mallet! Good fruit bits should be much harder than the
railroad tie, so you can't break anything.
For best result, you should pre-treat the fruit bits by setting them on
top of your garage for a year (or by microwaving them on HIGH for 30
Finally, cover it tightly in plastic wrap, and give your loved ones the
timeless and enduring gift of fruitcake!