Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas is Delicious

Is it just a coincidence that snow and sugar look almost exactly the same? Because I gotta tell you, both are pretty synonymous with Christmas around here. :) We could dive in and make angels from the sweet glistening crystals. We. Love. Treats! And that's why we get together every year to make mounds of cookies to enjoy throughout the holidays. (And cheerio bars, and pretzel rods, and chex mother can't seem to help herself. We are not mad.)

This week we enjoyed two very important Christmas treat events: North Pole Breakfast and our annual cookie baking spectacular. It wouldn't be the holidays without them.

On the menu this year...powdered donuts, mini cheese danishes, fruit, orange juice, and a new, slightly more adventurous selection: egg nog. Evelyn was dying to try egg nog. Her verdict..."Well, it's not too bad." Haha. The fare is pretty standard every year...nothing hot, because well...our elf does not enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn and sneaking around a hot stovetop while half asleep. Not safe.

The kids were thrilled to wake up to this tradition, even in their grogginess. :)

Sugar buzz kicking in. Or maybe Evie is just a goof. ;)

Yesterday we loaded up and spent the afternoon at my parent's house to commence Operation December Night Snack Preparation. Our weekends are so full of activities that we had to squeeze in our cookie baking on a weekday, which means this was really cookie baking day part one. There was no way we were going to be able to do it all! Especially after a 

We gave the kids special jobs, like criss-crossing peanut butter cookies and unwrapping over 100 hershey kisses. :)

Meanwhile my mom and I scooped and scooped and scooped out the cookie dough. Soon our delectables were starting to pile up.

That's when we ran into our very first snafu in the history of our cookie baking. We're still not sure exactly what went wrong, but something just wasn't right about our chocolate chip cookies, haha.

You've heard the phrase "flat as a pancake." Let me introduce you to, "flatter than a pancake." :) We are guessing too much butter, though we're not sure how. We specifically remember triple checking this recipe. So we began adding more and more flour, testing out a few more cookies in the oven, adding some more flour, testing again...until finally we produced a few cookies that looked normal. I joked with my mom that, "Just watch. These are going to turn out to be the best chocolate chip cookies we've ever made, and we'll never be able to duplicate them!"

And guess what? I was right! They are delicious, haha! Perfectly crisp around the edges with just the right amount of chew in the middle. I don't think I've ever had a better chocolate chip cookie. :D

We took a little spaghetti break for dinner....

Cute babies were hanging out in the corner, by the way.

Then we out-raced the oven with oatmeal and oatmeal raisin. 

We didn't even touch the pecan puffs or sugar cookies. Were too tired to try the cheerio bars or anything else. It had been a very long day! Still, we came home with four tubs of cookies that will keep us munching for a while. ;)

Prying up our chocolate disasters. :D 

Whew, and now I might just need a friend or two to come hang out with us so that I don't gain 20 pounds this Christmas. We will share the calories wealth. Just make sure to hold your peanut butter blossoms close...Reagan will swipe the hershey's kiss right off! :)

More baking is yet to come for us. Hope you have a sweet day!


Heather said...

You know...when I move at the end of the year, I'll be practically living in your parent's backyard. So if your mom is looking for a couple cookie loving people to adopt when you guys move out of Red Bud, Kinley and I would like to apply for the job!!

Adrien said...

No way! Ahh!! You girlies will just have to be honorary members of the family. :) Be calling you over all the time. Get ready for lots of bbq. Haha!


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