Make it for Monday #5

I know everyone's busy as bees finishing up preparations for holiday celebrations (or digging out from the snowstorm), but it's time for another episode of Make it for Monday.  If you have the time and the inclination, hook up a post with something you've made so we can all oooo and ahhhh and be jealous of your talent!

Yesterday was a full day of creating for our family, starting with my boys and their DIY snowman and then spending most of the rest of the day making cookies at my friend Sheila's house.  She's my daughter's Mom-in-law, and we've partied with her before. :)

Before we headed over to bake, though, I couldn't resist a few more pics around the yard, this time in appropriate attire. We'll consider this Mother Nature's contribution to the party this week, k?



The snowfall outside was the perfect backdrop while we listened to Christmas music play, watched the tree lights twinkle, and licked cookie dough off spoons.  Sheila has the most BEA-U-TI-FUL view out the back of her home.....




On to the human contribution this week.
The baking...

We had at least 2 recipes going at once as Sheila has two ovens.  I made 3 kinds of bar cookies, Sheila made the roll-outs, and my girls made butter cookies using the press.
We had to do a bit of improvisation with those because I couldn't find the screw-on top for the press:

And the cookies were a bit, um, unique.  Still tasted good and the boys had fun decorating them.


Here's one of my daughters squishing up nillas used for crust in a bar cookie recipe.  She was going to town, releasing all the tension from the last week of college finals :)

Sheila helped my boys do some cut-outs after she rolled out the dough.  Let me just say these are the most moist, light as a feather roll-outs I've ever tasted.  Melt-in-your-mouth goodness....

Taking a break at lunch.  Time for a facebook shot:

After lunch, I finished up with some no-bake chocolate truffles, and helped Sheila ice another batch of roll-outs as the boys had lost interest and were now outside sledding down the big hill.

Hot cocoa and Battleship.  Fun was had by all.


I have no pictures of the finished sugar-goodness because we had to hurry a bit at the end in order to get to a dinner party that evening.  But just suffice it to say, we all have more than enough cookies this season, and we had a blast making them together. Disclaimer: Much butter was harmed in the making of these goodies.

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René said...

Your snow photos are beautiful! Thanks for hosting.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Wow your photography is gorgeous... and the cookies look scrumptious! (I love the little trees - too cute!)

Erin A said...

Thanks for your comments on the blog, just linked up! Blessings!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Yum! Your cookies look good! As far as the snow - please keep it up there! :)
Hope you and enjoying the Holidays!

Leanne said...

Your photos look beautiful! What a wonderful weekend to stay in with friends and family and bake and play games. The cookies look yummy. Thanks for hosting and for visiting. Merry Christmas!

Kirsty said...

You made Spritz cookies...I cannot. They always get sticky and messy and don't turn out.. boo. Check ebay for a cricut. I got a fabulous deal on a Saturday night!

Sleepyhead Designs Studio said...

Send some snow my way! Love being snowed in so I can cook and craft all day! Thanks for hosting and Merry Christmas!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

All that cookie baking with your kids looks so fun!! I hope to do the same with mine tomorrow!

Patricia said...

Wow what gorgeous SNOW pictures!
I love the baking pics too... looks like you had a wonderful weekend!
Many Blessings

Jane B. said...

Ack...I finally remembered to link up! Your recipe looks delicious! And how about that snow...looks like fun, enjoy!

Barbara Jean said...

Oh the fun of the baking.

love all the snow pics

blessings and thanks for hosting

barbara jean

www.thewhitefarmhouse2.blogspot.com said...

What a fun day! We did cookies this weekend but nothing like that. My kids left me before I even started. I may even do a cookie post later and link up wich'ya!

Have a Merry Christmas!

Jayme Goffin, The Coop Keeper said...

I love your big family. Can I borrow them next year? Love your pics...wasn't the snow WONDERFUL!? I didn't get one single stinkin' picture.

Merry Christmas Cindy!

Erika said...

Amazing snow photos, Cindy :) And I must say that I love all the pics, they are all so Christmasy (snow, pine trees, cookies, family, games) LOVED it! and it must have been wonderful to have your children around helping with the baking :)
Thanks for hosting again
Have a Merry Christmas,

Anonymous said...

Hellooooo Cindy!

Pretty snow pics, and I LOVED seeing your baking crew. Brings back some great memories. Now my kids are adults living far away and I'm in my 2nd childhood - so Hubs I make and eat all the cookies ourselves. He-heee!

Almost didn't make it for the party today. The paint is still curing, but I'm here, and off to visit as many party-goers as possible.

Have a great day & thanks for hosting the party!

Elisa said...

Hi Cindy!! Well, I'm so glad you posted cookie pics...because that is what I spent my weekend on. Haven't had much time for other projects...although the tree is almost all the way decorated. LOVE your snow pics.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I got the supplies for my magnets at
I bought the sobo glue at Michael's.
You will have so much fun making these!!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh man. You ARE the next Martha Stewart, girl. Truly. Those snow pics are glorious. YOu have an amazing chunk of property for being in the suburbs!

As are the shots of those baking and just hanging.

Sorry I missed out on your party. I'm always always late!



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