We've been baking and baking this week since we met the last porcelain deadline before Christmas. I'm too late to get cookies delivered before Christmas to the soldiers we have adopted through Soldiers Angels, but maybe getting a package after Christmas or after the New Year will be equally helpful. It is taking two weeks to 18 days to get a package to one of the war zones now.
There is always a let-down after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year. We used to call it Blue January, and Mama and Daddy taught me by example as a child to try to do something for several people in Blue January.
But back to the cookies. Baking cookies with Unc and Gordon helping has created some special memories this year. Our arrangement is that they get to eat the broken or ugly cookies. *grin* It is amazing how many cookies don't make it to the containers for the soldiers! I don't mind making extra batches of cookies for them to "break" accidentally. It's all too fun to see them play and enjoy our baking efforts!
Their part of the assembly line cookie production is to watch the cookie trays baking, rotate the trays accordingly in the oven, take the cookies off the trays and wash up the trays to receive the next tray of cookies.
When our system is operating smoothly, each of us is hopping to keep the production flowing. I love to cook like that...with intensity!
Mama and I baked cookies to take to shut ins at Christmas for as far back as I can remember. We had a system too. Then she, Daddy and I would get out Christmas Eve and deliver the packages of cookies...usually in redecorated coffee cans.
I get tickled now reading all the magazines with all the ink devoted to ideas for recycling and re-purposing items. We never realized how trendy we were way back then. *laugh*
And yes, I will happily share recipes.