Thursday, December 11, 2008

An ooey-gooey day.

'Tis the season to get in that kitchen and bake massive ridiculous piles of ooey-gooey, sugary, chocolatey, peanutbuttery, pepperminty sweetness... otherwise known as Christmas cookies. And yesterday, as part of my checklist of things to do with Elijah this holiday season, that's just what I did! I am getting to be a regular Martha Stewart these days, if I do say so myself. An afternoon of heart-warming sweaty baking in the kitchen produced the following...
  1. A double batch of Toll House Cookies (one white chocolate/caramel chip, the other dark chocolate pecan)
  2. A double batch of Peanut Butter Cookies
  3. A double batch of Turtle Pretzels
  4. A regular batch of this new kind of Chocolate Chip Cookies
  5. A regular batch of Peppermint Meltaways

Elijah and I had such a good time together working. While I mixed, scooped, and baked, he helped played in the tupperware cabinet. What a good helper... maybe he'll appreciate the tradition more next year. Speaking of family traditions...

Back on Christmas Kickoff Day I made a list of things I'd like to do this year. So I thought it would be a good idea (as we are approaching the half-way mark) to see how we're doing with our goals.

  • Crank up the long awaited Holiday tunes!
  • Set up, light, and deck the Christmas tree
  • Put out all the decorations
  • Hang stockings
  • Bake home-made cookies
  • Make a crock-pot of hot apple cider
  • Light the cinnamon, pine, and cookie scented candles
  • Put lights up around the house
  • Hang wreaths on the doors
  • Swap out my regular Fiestaware for Christmas dishes
  • Set the dining room table with pretty red and green linens
  • Spend plenty of time with the Grandparents and Greatgrandparents
  • Cook a delicious meal with our family
  • See the lights at Garvin Park
  • Go caroling
  • See Handel's Messiah (ok, maybe Elijah can't do that. but I can)
  • Go sledding -- no snow yet!
  • Make home-made ornaments
  • Make caramel corn
  • Attend a cookie exchange
  • Count down with an Advent calendar
  • Celebrate St. Nicholas Day
  • Read the Christmas story as a family

Well it looks like we're making some progress, but there is still so much holiday fun to be had!


Dreamer4agift said...

Yummy for the peanut butter cookies. I'm sure you're starting some wonderful family traditions that Elijah will appreciate one day:-)

My schedule for the next week is:
work this weekend, off Mon/Tues, work Wed/Thurs, and off next weekend.

gracious said...

I love making cookies with my girls....well, it usually turns out to be a huge mess, but at least we had fun going down with the ship!