Happy 6th Birthday to the cutest 6 year old niece I have! You have an amazing spirit! I love you to the moon and back!
In the works is a painting based on a picture that I took of my niece with a goofy hat on one day when we were thrifting. The picture is 5 from years ago, but I have always loved it. She crinkles her nose just like Auntie when she laughs.
On Sunday I spent 9 hours creating hundreds of cookies to be gobbled up by family and friends. Every year my sister and I get together for a whole day of baking. On various years we have different helpers. This year we were joined by my Auntie Barb and my niece Harper. Of course Harper is only really interested in eating the sweet treats and decorating with sprinkles.
This is the first year that we have had Aunt Barb with us and she is so much fun. She only has boys, and now that my mom lives in Michigan, it’s great to spend time with her. It’s fun to gossip about my parents as teenagers and my grandparents too. She’s always full of good advice and I love to hear all her fun stories.
We start out by putting all the things that we will need on my sister’s card table. On a side note, do people use these for playing cards anymore? It helps to have all our ingredients in one spot, we just have to make sure that we put it back so that we can find it for the next recipe. This is apparently a difficult task for us at times, but at least we try to get ourselves organized.
My sister and I work really well as a team. Her kitchen is small but we make it work with these stack-able cooling racks. Peanut Butter Blossoms take a long time to cool and you don’t want to smoosh the kisses. There’s got to be a joke in there somewhere. New to the cookie line up we added Sandbakkels this year in honor of my grandmother LaVonne, Auntie Barb’s mom, who passed away this year. They are buttery goodness, but take up lots of space when cooling. Thank goodness for stack-able racks!
(Cookie Lineup : Almond Bark covered Pretzels with sprinkles, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Spritz, Sandbakkels, Haystacks, Melting Moments, Glorified Grahams, and Pumpkin Cake-balls at the top.)
The marathon day of baking is the fun part for me, and the copious amounts of delicious treats aren’t bad either. I can’t wait for next year!