Wednesday, November 28, 2007

BFS--Cookie Exchange

Part A: Please share your Favorite Christmas/Holiday Cookie Recipe(s)!

Part B: Share a memory, story or tradition about baking any Christmas/Holiday goodies.

Part C: Share a verse that is upon your heart this week.

Hmmmm....cooooookieeess. We likes the cookies.

So, I have three recipes that I try to make each year. They are:
Chocolate Rolo Cookies
Applesauce Jumbles
Chocolate Chip Spice Cookies

The Jedi's favorite cookies are Caramel Pecan Dream Bars....but the force is not with me, and everytime I've tried to make these cookies, I fail miserably.

Almost every year, I make dozens of dozens of dozens of cookies. No lie. I put them in containers. We get some, mom gets some, Smurf gets some...if she's been an especially smurfin smurf and gets her little body over to my house before they are gone. But the real reason I make dozens of dozens of cookies, is that I put them in containers to take to the neighbors. Typically, Dayspring has a little printed bookmark with the list of the times and dates of all the special Christmas activities and services. I put the bookmark on the cookie containers, and I take it to the neighbors.

I had just decided that I was going to skip that tradition this year. I'm tired. The first Christmas activity is *this* Sunday. There is no preprinted bookmark. I have to do my monthly grocery shopping on Friday, we have Sweetlings girls club Friday afternoon, and I'm going to the Melting Pot Friday night with Telephone and our children's pastor. We have a rehearsal for the children's Christmas musical Saturday from 9am-1pm. There is no way, no way, no WAY I can get dozens of dozens of cookies made, packaged, and delivered by Saturday night.

And then the darn BFS assignment is about holiday cookies. And the family across the street lost their father this fall. And my one neighbor comes to almost every special musical or church activity I invite him to.

Maybe instead of all my fancy cookies, I could find a few nice, simple cookie recipes that we can do together. (Cause having Sweetling and Little Guy helping in this process is the definition of streamlining). Maybe the Jedi will make some bookmarks for me. If I just do three houses (instead of the six I usually do), I can do this. Surely I can.

And the verses that immediately pop into mind are...
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Mt 19:26
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Phil 4:13


Daddys Chicks said...

Great verse! Have a blessed week.

3rsandahug said...

Oh, my hubby loves Rolos - we may have to try that recipe this year!

May you be blessed with all you need to do a little baking and serve others this year!

momofmhasr said...

Great verse. Have a great day. I'll have too look at those cookies again!

Anonymous said...

I like that verse!!

Gina said...

I've bookmarked the caramel pecan bars! Hopefully the force will be with me! I'll let you know when I give them a try how they turn out!

I loved your verse...

Thanks for sharing!

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Rachel R. said...

Last year I had a similar struggle. We were going out of town right at Christmas, and I had very little time to get cookies made and delivered. But I couldn't bear to not do it at all! So I compromised - I made a huge batch of chocolate chip cookies - quick and easy, but still homemade - and delivered these to the neighbors in pretty bags. It wasn't the platefuls of variety I usually took, but it was still something homemade that took my time to put together. Maybe you could streamline, too.

I'd like to know more about the bookmarks you're talking about, by the way. :)

Vaya The Elf said...

Cookies will be fun, want to make some. Hopefully I will have time.

Want to make about three dozen or so, if I do. One for work, one dozen for neighbors which only giving to two neighbors.

Then third for where I go on Christmas day. So yeah.

Bobbi said...

Hey, some years are just like that...maybe next year!

Anonymous said...

Woah, Woah... Im all for you using simple recipes to get cookies made for your neighbors, but... no applesauce jumblers for me? I shall surely cry. ;)