Monday, December 10, 2007

YUMM...




We left for Mason Saturday morning for our annual Cookie Day. This is my Aunt Julie's House (my Mom's sister). We have had this family tradition since I was pretty little. We all get together a bit before X-Mas and decorate TONS of the most delicious sugar cookies(baked by my Uncle Dan!) The deal is that even the "Guys" have to do some. They usually resort to assembly line work with quickly icing and then using the same color sprinkle on all of them. The little kids are the best. Teagen frosted, sprinkled and then ate the cookies she worked on. This is good concidering her constant finger-licking throughout the whole process. Summer was very creative with hers and used lots of color. My Aunt Linda has always provided the sugar sprinkles in a rainbow of colors. She found them bulk years ago and bought a TON, but our supply is dwindling and we have not found a source for similar sugars. They are BIG (as far as sugars go) and BRIGHT. This, and of course the taste, is what sets our cookies apart.
After cookies, we ate tacos that Julie made and had brownies my Gramma made for desert ( like we needed desert, but at least we didn't eat MORE cookies!) The kids got some GREAT books for gifts and I recieved a beautiful piece of wall art made by my Gramma(picture later) and a fun tree Peacock from my Aunt Linda that I think will be living in my studio after the holiday. We all had a great time. The kids love seeing their big cousins (Summer chattered about them the whole way home) I have more reading material sent by Julie,and Jason got some special cookies from Gramma, just for him. Our drive was easy and even fun. Lots of talking and listening to X-Mas music. Cookie Day is our Holiday kick-off. I can see now that at the Schultz House, Christmas is HERE!!

4 comments:

Aunt Linda said...

COOKIE DAY really is a wonderful tradition. Here is more of it's history. It has a 70+ year history that I know of. Your Great-Grand Mother (Mabel Maxwell)LOVED Cookie Day. She was doing Cookie Day when Mom was a child. Cookies were delived to various neighbors. When Mom got her own home, she continued with the tradition. When Mom moved to Ohio, I continued with it by taking all cut cookies, frosting and sugars to your house. Then we eventually moved the locale to Julie's. The Lemon Sugar Cookie recipe is the same one Grandma used.

I like that EVERYONE is REQUIRED to participate. It gives such a wonderful range of decorated cookies. It is also a great icebreaker in meeting and getting to know boyfriends, girlfriends, fiancees and the likes. It is how I got to see the looser side of Jason, Gary and Jim. Sitting around a table face to face making fun of and admiring the "artists" in all of us is so much fun. I love that the second generation after me has also taken a fancy to this tradition. I think these cookies will be make for many generations to come.

I love these cookies in my lunch during the two weeks before Christmas.

Auntie

Tara J. Becker said...

Great shot of the cookies...makes me want to eat one!!! or two...:)

Juncle Im said...

Of course, no one is supposed to EAT any cookies while decorating them. For those accusing me of doing so were sadly mistaken (those cookie crumbs in my mustache must have been from a couple days ago).

Shelly said...

what a great tradition, I think it is wonderful and important to have special traditions for families. Those are special memories your kids will remember most and carry on to their children. Every Thanksgiving after eating dinner we take the kids to a Movie, my kids look so forward to it every year. Love the pictures!!!!