"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart." (Helen Keller)
2,290--that's how many cookies the Schlumpf women baked over Cookie Baking Weekend, held last weekend at my mom's in Wisconsin. I blogged about this last year and included our yummy Sugar Cookie Recipe. We made all the favorites, as pictured above on the first cookie plate of the season. As usual, Ed went for the pecan bars first, and I ate all the sugar cookies.
We Schlumpf women take traditions seriously! This started as a way for us to get all our holiday baking done while enjoying each other's company. Now it's a full-fledged tradition complete with its own T-shirts! Our old ones were getting a little tattered so my sister Amy made these cute ones this year, highlighting the six traditional cookies that my Mom has been making since we were kids: Creme de Menthe Balls, Thumbprints, Wreathes (Spritz), Gingerbread Boys and Girls, Christmas Trees (also Spritz), and Sugar Cookie Cutouts. In addition, we each brought a kind already made.
Attending this year were (from left) my Aunt Pat, Mom, Heidi, Amy and niece Clare. Notice we're all still in our PJs! We made the non-bake Creme de Menthe Balls on Friday night and stirred up the dough that needed to be refrigerated. Then we started the hard work on Saturday around 9:30 a.m. (late start). Guess what time we frosted our last cookie? 1 a.m.! Then we stayed up and had a Tom & Jerry, which put us right to sleep!
My Aunt Pat brought gifts: these cute handmade gingerbread potholders, and baskets made of fabric-wrapped clothesline, and filled with nuts. My mom gave us a big Sugar Cookie scented candle, and Amy brought the T-shirts. A great time was had by all and we all went home with our share of the 2,290 cookies!