Yesterday, the girls and I mixed up three basic types of cookie dough and then froze them so they are ready to use. We made, chocolate chip dough frozen in plops. I have also frozen it flattened in a ziploc bag and then I just cut it in squares to bake. The cookies come out square-ish, so its fun for a change. We also made peanut butter dough, frozen as flattened plops. And lastly sugar cookie dough, frozen flat inside large ziploc bags, ready to cut out. Tonight I will bake some of each and arrange on a tray for our homeschool co-op Christmas party.
Normally every year, I make more than just these basic cookies. I add fudge, lemon bars, snicker’s fudge, chocolate caramel cookies……but this year, finances won’t allow any fancy ingredients. And that works out perfectly for this year, since I don’t want to put on another ten pounds eating all those yummy treats. I was kidding around with my dh yesterday about how Christmas cookies just aren’t worth it. They are a lot of work, just to add a few more inches to my waistline. But it makes it more homey and special for the children. And if I didn’t have to worry about my waistline, I’d be all for it, even with all the extra work. So, next year hopefully I will be able to make more of the special cookies and treats for the children.
The children are really excited about the party. We don’t attend the co-op a whole lot because of scheduling conflicts. But we were asked to come so even though I feel a little funny and awkward, we are going.
I can’t believe it is so close to Christmas already! I am so thankful I am finished with all my projects and I am not working until Christmas Eve like last year. Last year was crazy. I would lock myself away in the wee hours of the morning and at night when dh was home to finish the things for the children. I think I learned my lesson though, lol. Now everything is finished, purchased and wrapped, and I don’t know what to do to keep myself busy. Now I just have a child-like anticipation and excitement, wondering if those recieving the gifts made and purchased will like them. Isn’t it fun the wondering?
We are reading a book aloud in the evenings by Bodie and Brock Thoene called Why a Manger?. Its a good little book to help us bring our focus back to Jesus this season. It’s not very expensive, I really recommend it. We are planning on reading it aloud every year to the children.
Well, the day’s chores are calling. Have a truly blessed day.