Thursday, December 9, 2010

Can't get much sweeter...

Yesterday was cookie baking day one,
there will be a day two because we got tired
and there is no point in making cookies when you're tired and stressed.
Cookies should be fun.
:)
We cranked up the Christmas music and danced 
while we brought out all the ingredients.

We each were responsible for making one batch of cookies.
Quincy made peanut butter blossoms.
Julia made snickerdoodles
and I made molasses gingersnaps.

(Why exactly do all of my Christmas cookies require rolling into little balls?)
Here's the thing that only took me 17 years to learn...
Don't bake them all on the same day!

TOO much work!

Besides, then you're left with a bazillion cookies that you can't possibly eat,
so they go stale and no one wants a stale cookie.

Make the dough, roll the balls and then freeze them.
Take out and bake as you want them throughout the holiday 
and you will always have fresh out of the oven cookies !
You can even make just one or two in the toaster oven if you want.

(I'd totally do that if I had a toaster oven.)

Okay... all that cookie talk is sweet and all,
but the absolute sweetest thing that I've seen this week is this...

My newest little niece,
Delilah Adelaide.

Isn't she precious? 
I absolutely cannot wait to meet her in person.
I'm just sad that I can't get up and go there right now.  :(



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23 comments:

EG Wow said...

I LOVE your mosaic, Colleen! It's colourful and shows so much all at once.

Good advice abut the cookie baking - and every time you bake it makes the house smell so wonderful.

Your niece is very cute!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Good advice on freezing the dough and baking as needed. Your niece is beautiful.

Jess said...

It never crossed my mind to freeze them balled up for later. Hmmm...

And you give me hope! You have helpers that actually HELP! Someday mine will do more than knock the flour onto the floor and stick their grubby fingers into the bowl. ;)

Zookeeper Jess said...

That's a lot of cookies! We haven't started our baking yet but I think we will tonight. We bake them all and hand out to each family member when we have them over for Christmas dinner.

Adorable baby niece!

Carrie said...

I LOVE that first picture - looks like something that should be in a magazine! Great job! Also, love the idea about freezing the dough balls - brilliant! Congrats on your adorable niece and Merry Christmas!

Kathleen said...

What a precious, SWEET baby! Love your baking shots AND your helpful advice!!

Bunch of Barrons said...

So sweet! Love that last one of the brand new baby! :)

Alita said...

YAYYYYYYY!!!!! For brand new sobrina Delilah. She is precious. CONGRATS AUNTIE!!!!

Oh and your kitchen looks so warm & inviting

shellycoulter said...

Nice shots! Oh that baby is so beautiful!

The Muehli's said...

That's a fantastic idea about freezing the dough. I do that with chocolate chip cookies but never thought about it with Christmas cookies. And so much great help! Can't wait til my little one is old enough to really start helping.

Your niece is precious...and your mosaic is awesome! :)

Tiffany
www.noordinaryhomestead.com

Brooke G. said...

What a cutie! Oh how I love new babies!!!! :D The cookie making looks like a blast and yup, breaking up the process is sometimes the best for everyone involved :D Hugs!

Sheri said...

wonderful mosaic

Sheri said...

wonderful mosaic

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

LOVE the name Delilah! (And, what a doll, by the way.) After we named Sam, tho, I thought it would be a bit corny for our second...had Luke been a girl.

The baking collage is STUNNING, Colleen. So, so sweet!

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

I just love your collages, Colleen. So perfect! I love the idea of freezing and then baking them for "fresh" cookies. I don't know why I never thought of that! ;)

Delilah is a doll. I hope you take lots and lots of photos and do some serious practicing with all that serious adorableness!

Tara said...

These photos make me want to bake!! They are great. Delilah is such a cutie!!

Hollie said...

I ♥ the baking ones... makes me want to jump in and help!

Melissa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving such a wonderful compliment to my little Tanner pup! I do think he is the cutest but I'm a bit biased. Thanks for sharing the mix and freeze idea with me, I think that is what I'll do this year. Merry Christmas!

MaryMary said...

Look at that smush face. And what a great idea on the cookies!

Elizabeth said...

Yum! And yes, cookies SHOULD be fun!

Brooke said...

I want to bake SO bad, but my oven is broken {sad face}. When it does get fixed, I will keep the make and freeze thing in mind :) And that sweet baby is adorable, and I love her name!

agiraffeinascarf said...

Your niece is so gorgeous! Congrats! And I totally agree about cookie making needing to be fun! They taste worse if you make them when you're grumpy!

Jessica Monte said...

I love your photo arrangement of your cookie baking. I agree that your new wee one is the sweetest of all. Congratulations to you!