Saturday, December 19, 2009

Blah, Blah, Blah

We have a busy week ahead of us, and I wanted to get some thoughts out of this jumbled mess of a head I have, before I forget them all! Bear with me. This could be long. And a little . . . scattered.

First of all, thank you so much for helping me decide which cookies to take to the exchange. I wound up choosing the jam thumbprints {or Noel Cookies, as they are also called}. We stayed up rather late on Wednesday night making 9 dozen of them. 7 dozen for the exchange, and some extras for us {Jeremy happens to love these cookies!}. I thought they turned out great, and was excited to come home with such an assortment of treats.

*This is a small sampling of what I came home with*

Jeremy watched Sierra and Makenna, while my mom, Kameryn, and I made our way to the party. My friend, Amanda, and her mom were hosting. Amanda had everything looking so beautiful and festive in her home. The tree looked like something straight out of Martha Stewart, and all the tables were decorated perfectly. I don't get out much, so it was such a treat to be able to spend the evening with some of the sweetest ladies around. {And it didn't hurt that we got to sample cookies while we visited!}

I plopped Kam in the Ergo, and set to work displaying my cookies

*I didn't get a good shot of my display, but you can kind of see it in this picture.*

We had to vote on the best-tasting cookie and the prettiest cookie. And let me tell you, there were some delicious cookies there! It was tough trying to come up with the best-tasting. And they were all displayed so beautifully. In the end, I just had to choose one of my many favorites.

*These chocolate ones won best-tasting. Chocolate Hazelnut Latte. Uh, yum.*

I was absolutely blown away by receiving the honor of Prettiest Cookie/Display. Wow. I was not expecting that. Amanda had a gorgeous poinsettia for me as a prize. Is that the sweetest thing ever? It was such a lovely evening. And while I was snacking on cookies and visiting with friends, Jeremy and the girls went to visit my dad and wrap the presents they had picked out for me. Adorable.

Up next is cookie baking with Geri today. We may even brave the crowds and go shopping with her. Tomorrow is the church Christmas program. We are no longer attending our old church, but I would still like to go to the program. Most of Jeremy's family attends church there, and it would be nice to see everyone. I just can't imagine Christmas without that fellowship. Monday night Jeremy has a meeting, so we will most likely be finishing up our wrapping. Tuesday night we are planning on heading up to look at lights at a beautiful house up the road. They go all out with train and village displays, caroling, hot cocoa and cookies, about a million inflatables, the works! I'm hoping to meet up with Amanda and her family so we can enjoy it together. Wednesday night I think we are planning on having the grandparents over for dinner, and Thursday night is CHRISTMAS EVE! WOW! These last few days are going to fly right by!

How are you spending your last 6 days before Christmas? Are you all caught up and ready to go {please don't tell me if you are ;)}? Or do you have a mile-long running list {like me}? post signature


Foursons said...

I have a mile long list...of course!

And I am not surprised one bit that you won prettiest cookie/display. Of course you did!

Connie Weiss said...

I've always wanted to go to a cookie exchange. Maybe I'll have to host one next year.....

LOVE how you displayed your cookies. No wonder you won!

We have a bunch of stuff planned. Tomorrow we're going to Brunch at a beautiful hotel in downtown SLC and they have a Gingerbread village. We'll be going to see the downtown Ogden lights and maybe drive though a light display at the State Park.

AND on Christmas Eve...we're going to see Princess and the Frog and then going to make Chinese Food for dinner before opening our presents.

So much fun that I'll be taking a blogging break for most of the week....since my computer is broken anyway.

Have a wonderful Christmas my friend!

Rhonda said...

I've always wanted to attend a cookie exchange or host one myself. Yet to be done. Yes, I have a mile long list still. I've got so much still to do. Matter of fact, I need to get off here and finish my Sunday school gifts for my class!

Your display looks beautiful!

Catherine Anne said...

You are doing great~ The pics looks great!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, my dear; your cookies were the "Prettiest"! Going in, I knew you would win it!! Thank you for being my daughter in so many ways.

He & Me + 3 said...

I have one gift left to get and then I am done done done. Woo hoo! Good luck with the list.
That does not surprise me at all that your cookies one best display. You are always so creative and those cookies look perfect. The ones that one yummiest sound so good. Chocolate hazelnut latte? YUM
Have a wonderful Christmas week.

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I still have a ton of stuff to do! Those cookies looks so yummy! I am going to try and make the jam thumbprints cookies this year...hopefully!


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