Cookie Day part 2

After 6 years of marriage, I was invited to join in on cookie making day with the women of my husband’s family.  To be fair, they did invite me last year but I couldn’t go.

Anyway, we had a full day and it was lots of fun!

SQ and I left the house early and stopped by the grocery store to pick up the last bit of our ingredients that we needed.  Then picked up Grandma and Aunt Sam.  Next, we stopped to pick up donuts and coffee then found Cousin Anna’s house and picked her up too.  Finally we made it all the way out to Aunt Debbie’s house (it’s kinda far away).

We got everything unloaded and set up then got to work mixing up our cookies.

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I was one of the only ones who did not carry my Kitchenaid mixer from home, so I did a lot of mixing by hand.  It was tough with the Oatmeal Butterscotch cookies, but not impossible.  Plus, they turned out really well… so it worked out.

SQ did really good behaving herself.  She kinda helped with the pretzel/Hershey Kiss/M&M things… that top right photo is where she got bored.  She got Aunt Debbie to put in a movie for her and cozied right up on the couch – of course that didn’t last too long either.  I think her favorite part about the movies was that she got to climb the stairs to go pick out a new one (we don’t have stairs at our house).

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SQ also very much enjoyed Aunt Debbie’s little Christmas Village.  Even though she wasn’t supposed to touch, she could hardly stand to keep her hands off it.

We had a large variety of cookies made, lost of new recipes rather than just the usual favorites.

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SQ even got curious again, and came back in to help.  She rolled dough for the Mexican Wedding Cookies that Uncle Alan had requested and had a lot of fun with it.  It was to the point that it was like playing with PlayDough and she really enjoys that 🙂

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At the end of the day, we were all very tired and just ready to go home.  SQ was asleep by the time we were out of Aunt Debbie’s neighborhood so that gave her plenty of time to rest on the way back home.

As the girls get older each year, I hope to be able to include them both more and more.  I think it’s definitely something they will both look forward to each year.  Hopefully I’ll have a bigger house one day and I might even be able to host the whole thing.

There are a few more things I’d like to make this year, and am hoping to get the chance to this week.  We’ll see.

It’s Cookie Time!

It’s that time again!  Time for Christmas cookies!!  Yeah!

Tomorrow I will be getting up early, getting myself and the 3 y/o ready and heading out for a quick grocery store trip before heading to my MIL’s house.  There we will pick up MIL & SIL and head to my husband’s Aunt’s house for a day of cookie making.

The 4 y/o will be spending the day with Daddy and going to a birthday party for one of her friends.

Anyway, so I’ve spent a little time the past few days figuring out which recipes I want to make.  An absolute must are my husband’s favorite Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies.  His Mom usually uses the recipe on the back of the oatmeal, but I found a different one.  Honestly, I don’t think there’s much of a difference – but since the oats I already have do not have a recipe on them then I had to search the internet for something to go by.

Next, the kiddos like Buckeye balls – and since SIL bowed out of making those, then I suppose I will.

The next is just something that I thought looked yummy – Chocolate Dipped Toffee Cookies.  They are simply a toffee chip cookie dipped in melting chocolate.  They sound simple and tasty, which is just what I like.

I’m planning a follow up after tomorrow’s event… stay tuned for a recap and of course, photos!

Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s 6am on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve been up an hour already for no real reason. Not sure why I haven’t been able to sleep well lately. Oh well.

I’m looking forward to spending the day with family. Going to do a little cooking with my Mother in Law and Sister in Law. I’m making the sweet potato casserole and macaroni and cheese. I’m trying new recipes that I found on Pinterest (surprise!) So far, they look great… but I guess we’ll find out later.

Here are the ones I’m trying:
Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese from Budget Savvy Diva

and Sweet Potato Casserole from Saveur.com

Photo Credit: André Baranowski

Last night I cooked my sweet potatoes and mixed up the mixture.  It’s now sitting in the refrigerator waiting to be carried to the in-law’s house to be cooked later.  All that is left to do is chop up the cashew mixture (I plan to add pecans too) and then plop a few hand fulls of marshmallows down on top then bake it.

P.S. I discovered that peeling sweet potatoes is actually kinda fun!  If this goes well, I may volunteer to make it every year.

As for the macaroni and cheese, well… I haven’t started anything with it yet.  I forgot to put the cheddar cheese soup on the grocery list so now I’m waiting to see if there’s anything open so I can stop and get some or if I just need to add extra cheese.  Either way, it will require minimum stovetop time in the kitchen, then I can mix it all in the crock pot and let it do it’s thing.

I figured the crockpot part would be helpful so that other large kitchen appliances were available for other things.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!