Monday, November 24, 2008

Cookies, cookies, movie and last year's memories

Yesterday I promised Kerri we would make MORE cookies -
she LOVES to mix and bake!
So we started off with the Clementine recipe from the
December Ladies Home Journal issue.
We had never tried these before, but they sounded "refreshing"
so Kerri and I made the attempt.
Here you can see she is piping the merangue mix - which then had to sit
at room temp for an hour before going into the oven.
The first tray to come out of the oven - browned just right.

and the final result, Clementines! T
hey are sandwiched with the buttered/sugar cream center.
Fortunately the kids' god-father had stopped by so he was
the official guinew-pig, um..."taster" ha, ha.
So much in fact he asked that I make a big batch for him to take
to the RCIA class he teaches on Tuesday for their Christmas party!

That batch wasn't enough for Kerri, while she enjoyed piping she wanted to "cut out" cookies and decorate. So it was onto the sugar cookie recipe AGAIN - remember last weekend's post?

This time I have her decorated creations to share!

In between the baking and mess clean-up we sat down to watch one of our all-time
favorite Christmas movies: Christmas Vacation.
As always, it was a fun and enjoyable movie to watch!

I was looking thru my scrapbook albums last night and
came across this layout from last year.
This is something Kerri and I did last year at this time and it
was the last time we would do it as well.
Her grandma saw the ad for an American Girl Mystery Train Ride on
the historic Loveland Railroad. Tickets were $40.00 a piece.
DH thought it was a fun idea and signed Kerri and me up for it! His mom and
him were going to take us up there but during our 2 hour "adventure"
they were going to go antiquing!It was about 20 degrees that day and while we dressed
warmly for the OLD, NO HEAT train-ride, we didn't even thing to bring a blanket!!
While it was fun to be with my little girl and her favorite doll - Nikki - and see the other little girls with their dolls the train ride was LESS than enjoyable with no decent scenery!
After the ride American Girl Kit Kittridge was raffled off to ONE lucky girl - a grandma won her with 2 grand-daughters. You should have seen the faces on the rest of the girls who did not win!
That was far worse than us freezing on the train ride!
We then had a teaparty at the historical post office -
you can see the glass and gold cover boxes behind Kerri in one of the pics.
Afterwards we did a little antiquing and then headed home.
On the way, Kerri said it was something different to do and she was glad we did but she didn't think she'd want to do it again. Perhaps if it was warmer...

Today its about 36 degrees and raining - the kind of day to stay indoors and watch a movie or play on the computer and blog or work on crafts. I plan to do all the above before I have to do some cleaning for thursday and our Thanksgiving feast.
Have a great week!


Vintage To Chic said...

Good Morning Robin, Making cookies is a wonderful memory to create with our kids, I am sure you had a great time.

Joanna said...

Hello. I was thinking, if you haven't already done so, you should consider joining Scrappy Jessi's cookie recipe exchange. Her link is on my blog roll or google "Scrappy Jessi".

Basically everyone is going to blog about their favorite Christmas cookie & give the recipe on Dec. 5th. xoxo, Joanna

Hilda said...

I was going to ask for the clementine recipe,too. And if you do Scrappy Jessi's cookie exchange, let me know so I can get the recipe. Love the photos of Kerri and her doll. YOur scrapbook page is too cute! Sorry you were freezing on the train, though. It's not cold here at all; it was 63 degrees here the last time I checked! Totally not Christmas weather, or even Thanksgiving weather, for that matter!!
You know I love you like a sister, no really, you ARE my sister!!

Neabear said...

The train ride probably would have been more fun if it was warmer. But you gave it a try and can say "we did that". I used to make cookies every year at Christmas. That was when the kids were around. Don't make them so much anymore. I kind of miss those days with the kids. Well, not kind of, I really miss those days with the kids. I hope you enjoy your time with your daughter to the fullest. While she is still home. Happy Thanksgiving!!

cindy said...

Your cookies look great! And what a cutie pie and love your lay out!


Twyla and Lindsey said...

Sorry the train ride wasn't more fun. In years to come you'll look back with fonder memories of the time you spent together. Making cookies together is a wonderful memory too. Yours look delicious! Happy Thanksgiving! Twyla

Smilingsal said...

Those cookies looked YUM. I came looking for pink. Happy Pink Day.

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Robyn! You're ahead of me - I haven't even had thyme to think about my Christmas cookies! You're lucky you have a daughter that loves to help you out! Hope you are having a Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Robyn

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hey Robin! I've been missing you. I hope everything in your world is okay. I know it's a busy time of year. Have a good weekend! Twyla

imjacobsmom said...

Hi Robyn, Just stopping by again to let you know that I have a few things for you, so stop on by - Robyn

Neabear said...

Just checking in to make sure you are okay. Noticed you haven't posted in a while. Hope all is okay with you.