Today is the day for cookie baking and candy making. K arrives at 6:30. The Mr. has to work, and L declined the fun. She actually IS a cook and prefers her own kitchen to our messiness! That, and I think sleeping in was just a little too appealing!
We have a division of labor where the sugar cookies are concerned. The Mr. mixes them up and rolls them out. I bake them, and then the girls and I have always been in charge of the decorating.
The Mr. and my mom had an annual sugar cookie phone call. Mom had given us her recipe. It called for 6-8 cups of flour. Every year he called to ask her, "How the heck much flour does this recipe call for?" Mom always got a chuckle out of it.
This year the Mr. mixed it up as usual, and it took 10 cups of flour to get the dough to the right consistency! Did I tell you this recipe makes a lot of cookies?
Sugar cookies are a favorite around here and an annual tradition. In fact, in the year of the Cabbage Patch dolls, I was in the basement sewing doll clothes. The Mr. was doing cookie duty, and I kept hearing screams of laughter from the kitchen. The girls were probably 2 and 4, and Dad was delighting them by flipping unbaked cookies in the air like a pancake and trying to catch them on the cookie sheet. There was flour everywhere!
Another year, a couple of the Mr.'s coaching friends arrived in time for icing the cookies. That was the year of the anatomically correct reindeer and Santas. yikes! I had to screen which cookies the girls could eat. I wasn't about to answer any anatomy questions based on sugar cookie decorating.
This year, we are sticking with sugar cookies in the shape of a circle. I'm thinking they will make adorable "ornaments" with colored icing, a few sprinkles, and some red hots for decorations. And yes, this is the lazy way out. They are a lot easier to cut out than candy canes, Santas, trees, and reindeer.
If K and I don't kill each other, I'll post some pictures of what we accomplish.
Only two more sleeps 'til Christmas...