Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sweet Photos, literally

Saturday was Cookie Extravaganza!  Annually, the lovely MG and I get together to bake piles of Christmas cookies.  This year's event was extra special because 1. We met our MN Blogger friends MommyLisa, Lesli, Whiskey Marie, and Cathy (who's blog has has gone into the witness protection program) for happy hour and cookie exchange and 2. It was National Cookie Day!   Lovely MG once again swallowed the bitter pill of cookie disappointment when his chocolate crinkle recipe failed for the 3rd year in a row.  Gotta admire his tenacity.  The bitterness was magnified by my relative ease at chocolate crinkle success.
MG and I hustled our sugar-coated asses to get to the blogger party on time.  We arrived to a relatively empty restaurant.  With much self-righteous indignation as the time ticked by, we couldn't believe the others had canceled without telling us.  MG searched FB on his Blackberry for cell phone numbers.  We called but no one answered.  Finally Lesli checked her messages and called back. MG and I were waiting in the WRONG RESTAURANT next door!
 MG's sugar balls of butter followed by my chocolate crinkles.

 MG's date/cherry balls which are incredible!!!  Last year I literally made myself sick on them they are that good.  On the right is MG's version of WhiskeyMarie's Fucking Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies.

 Above are my Egg Nog spritz and Mocha/Orange pinwheels

One of our many Christmas card attempts.  Pretty much all of you are FB friends too, so FB email me your mailing address so you can get a card!
 Above is a pancake I made for cupcake.  Do you see the baby seal in it?  That is NOT photo shopped!  It actually came out like that.
Below is MY version of WhiskeyMarie's Fucking Awesome chocolate chip cookies.

Above, more of my egg nog spritz.

Below is the countdown calendar cupcake and I made.  I'm getting crafty in my dotage.  We used cut up grocery bags and bits from the craft crap bag.  Then strung the little bags on a ribbon and pinned it up.  Each day the "Christmas Fairy" leaves them a little treat.  Yes my kids are too old for this, but hey it's CHRISTMAS so get off my back!!


Fran said...

I love it! And yes, I want a card, I will email you the info and I will send you one of ours!

You have all the bloggy good fun out there in MN. And I will never get over the fact that you and WM hang out and I am nowhere near. That is like God's cruelest joke on me!!

Kireliols said...

Love it all- the cookies and especially the crafty advent garland. I am forcing my children to read all the Christmas picture books even though they are way too old- I agree with you-it's Christmas! Happy day to you!

Madame Leiderhosen said...

Another fantastic holiday post. (Why do we not get a photo of Michael sobbing over the results of his chocolate crinkles?!)
Love & kisses,

PS: Your entire family is utterly gorgeous.

Churlita said...

This is the most delicious blog post I've read all day. Mmmmm.

MommyLisa said...

I got a Christmas stocking full of stuff from my mom until I was MARRIED and 33. ;)

Shannon said...

OMG, so much to say. Xmas photo ADORABLE. Your girls are so beautiful!!!! Cookies = yum. Calendar countdown--totally impressive, can't believe you did that, WHEN DID YOU HAVE TIME?! You are an awesome mom.

SkylersDad said...

What a great post and pictures!

Missy said...

LOVE everything! Great looking family, love the advent calendar, and I am confident that the cookies are perfection. I am really impressed!

michaelg said...

@Madame- I wasn't crying, I was shaking my fist and cursing the heavens.
Margaret, did you beat the baby seal pancake with a club?

janban said...

would you disclose your eggnog spritz recipe or should I ask my brother?

Jen said...

There is so much to say with this post but mostly I want to say...Hey wait a minute, Jack, I'm also from MN! I get excited like that because I don't know any other bloggers in this friggin cold state and I seem to have hit the motherlode here.

Other than that those cookies look amazing and I'm thinking I need to start using parchment paper or whatever that paper is you all are using. I love the calender.

Life As I Know It Now said...

I am seriously envious that I cannot have some of those delicious looking cookies. :)

Mnmom said...

Jen - watch my blog for the next gathering.

Dr. Monkey Hussein Monkerstein said...

Thanks for showing us McG's balls. I always wanted to see them.

Lesli said...

Jen, parchment paper is the way to go.

I blogged about our gathering too - on ONE of my blogs. Could be like an Easter Egg hunt to find it!

I would like a Christmas card, too!

p.s. My favorite memory of Saturday will always be the restaurant mix-up!

Mnmom said...

@Fran - LOVE YOU!
@Kirelimel - I read all the books too.
@Madame - MG was graciously bitter.
@Churlita - dig in!
@Shannon - I have my moments.
@Skydad - thanks
@Missy - you have to come to one of these gatherings
@Michael - no club just a spatula
@Jan - will do!
@Liberality - make some!
@Dr MVM - I knew someone would pick up on all the balls in that post
@Lesli - YES to the parchment!

Coaster Punchman said...

What a pretty family and what pretty sweets.

Lesli said...

Oh, my gosh, the baby seal! I just noticed that!

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