1) You know it’s Christmas time when breakfast consists of the words, “just grab a couple cookies from the garage.” Why, garage? Well– we’ve got a deep freezer out there that works great as a storage table for keeping Christmas cookies cold. Remember. I live in Minnesota. Land of lots of lakes. And snow. And, now, freezing temps.
2) Speaking of snow — we had our 3rd snowstorm within 4weeks. Let me tell you — this one was crazy. Remember in the Little House Books — The Long Winter — where they had a rope between the barn and the house? Now I know why. There were certain points where I couldn’t see my neighbor’s house behind me because the wind was whipping the snow around like crazy.
3) So I stayed indoors and baked.
4) Always wear an apron when baking cookies. I learned that lesson years ago.
5) The more variety of Christmas cookies the better. Several years ago I started writing all the cookies we make on the chalkboard in our kitchen. The tradition stuck. And, by the way, this list is incomplete. We’ve added some more. Brownie, Bark, Jam filled and more…
6) These are the Cherry Chocolate Kisses. Or #4 on the list. My sweet and beautiful chef Chloe made me these. By the way, those cookies were my breakfast this morning. hee hee hee
7) We have to frost several varieties yet. I also have some to make. However, today, I am incredibly burnt out from making cookies. Get it? Burnt out. Okay — I thought it was funny.
8) Hannah documented our entire cookie making day. We’d have to redo things, move to better lighting, smile incredibly, look like we were having fun — that was easy, add food coloring at specific times, and more. I am so grateful to have a daughter who loves photography and who’s documenting our lives beautifully.
9) This weekend Hannah’s camera broke.
10) I am so upset about this — she’s been saving for a DSLR for quite a while. She’s given some of her money for different things for the family, thus making her ability to get her camera longer. And yet, she holds her head high and waits. And now her camera broke? My momma’s heart broke along with it.
11) Read her post here. You’ll be blessed. And offer her an encouraging word. Please.
Okay. Now, I must know if you make cookies. And, if you do, what is your absolute fave? Cause, you know, I’ll be baking within a couple days….
Link up with my sweet friend, Carissa, with your own miscellany. (I had to use the word sweet — after all this was about making cookies….)
I hope to start my baking today. Maple walnut balls are my new favorite, but then I love all the rest; chocolate chip, M & M’s, thumbprints, wedding cakes, sour cream. I know I am forgetting some…hum that’s all I could think of!
Love your photos. Looks like such a special time at your home.
those chocolate cherry kisses look absolutely delicious!
I saw pictures of the football dome crashing in and it made me so sad. Hope you’re staying safe and warm. We keep things in our garage too because it’s so cold out there…I love it. And I love your list of cookies. My favorites are frosted sugar and jam thumb prints. I made thumb prints three times last week…yum! I’m so sorry about Hannah’s camera 🙁
Oh, and are those a molasses cookie?
Ok, but what do you DO with all those cookies? Give them away? I couldn’t have them all in my house… I’d gain the 44 lbs back that I just lost, and then some! I did make 3 batches of fudge on Saturday though, those are to give away as well. I’m procrastinating portioning them out though b/c I don’t want to eat it!!!
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I love the chalk board with all of your recipes! So adorable. I have been making gingerbread houses so far and haven’t ventured into cookie baking yet. I did make some cookie ornaments with stained glass windows for my tree though- http://www.creatinghomejournal.com/?p=353
Oh, my goodness, what fun! I don’t usually bake cookies but you have sure inspired me to do so.
I’m sick about Hannah’s camera and pray that she will soon get her new one. She’s been so patiently waiting on that. What an inspiring young lady!
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I was so excited to see cream wafers on your cookie list! The recipe has been passed down in my family but it seems to be nearly lost otherwise in these parts. No one else knows what they are!
Love the chalkboard!
It’s sugar cookies all. the. way. I am a sugar cookie snob: they must be soft and cakey, and thick. Not thin and crispy. I am militant about this. 😉 I have an amazing recipe that I got from my dear friend that is very similar to the one I grew up on.
However, I have a couple of others I plan on making this Christmas: chocolate-vanilla pinwheels and peanut butter thumbprints.
An to think, I thought my 3 varieties of cookies was adventurous!
Am I just catching on? Are all the beautiful photos on your blog taken by Hannah? They are amazing! She’s got serious talent!
i want some cookies!!! wow! i think i need to fly to mn next year at this time and bake with you! : ) it all sounds too delicious!
so sad for hannah and her camera. she really is so patient. what a gem she is.
thank you for loving on ansley’s family and for all of your sweet prayers. you are a blessing!
i am so jealous of all of the cookies… i want some cookies- they all sound delicious! my favorite cookies to eat are heath bar or toffee… though i can’t say i’ve ever made those! i honestly love making plain chocolate chip and m&ms… those are the kind i always made for santa growing up!
You are looking good in that apron my friend! WOW, your family really makes the cookies. So far all I’ve been able to make are magic cookie bars. I hope to make some more cookies next week as I’ve taken the week off work. I am so sorry about Hannah’s camera. She’s been so faithful. I know the Lord will be faithful to her!
You are so mean! Am craving cookies so badly right now!
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I’m just a blog lurker, but I love reading what you write, and I admire you for having and homeschooling seven kids! Wow!
Ever since I read this blog last week I haven’t been able to get Hannah’s camera and her reaction to it out of my head. I pray that God honors her for her mature response as she continues to trust him. Just out of curiosity, what type of camera is she saving for? How close is she? I’m thinking of taking photography up myself.