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What's in your cookie jar? 
Dec. 6, 2012 8:31 am 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 1:18 pm
When I was young my parents were good friends with a bakery owner. My mom also worked at the bakery.  Many day-old breads, donuts, and cookies came home for us kids to enjoy.  We didn't care if a donut was a day old.  I still don't care - if it's a glazed or a chocolate cream stick I'll eat it if it's 3 days old.

I had a special cookie jar that was given to me by this friend of my parents.  I still have it to this day and I even stored cookies in it up until just recently.  I decided it was time to make it a keep-sake and use it for display on the top of my cabinets.  I store my cookies in an air-tight plastic container now; my husband and I don't seem to eat the cookies fast enough to keep them fresh.  But at Christmas I set out my snowman cookie jar and keep some yummy home-made goodies in it on the off chance I'll have some hungry little visitors.

Last year we had our "adopted" grandkids over and baked and decorated sugar cookies with them.  We had so much fun that I was anxiously waiting for this year and hoping they would want to do it again.  I shouldn't have worried.  They've been asking when we were going to bake cookies for the past month.  Last Friday we had them over and did some crafty things with them. This weekend is the cookie baking date!  I tried a new recipe last year and will be using it again this year.  I found it on this site; Mary'sSugarCookies, and it helped to make some great memories!

Also last weekend was my dad's birthday.  We decided to plan an impromptu surprise birthday party for him.  Nothing big - just the family and some good comfort foods.  My family finds comfort in sweets - so of course we had cake.  Kristal made chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream-cheese icing.  I think everyone had at least two along with a couple scoops of ice cream.  For dinner I made ChickenNoodleCasserole.  It was a hit with everyone and there was just enough left over after doubling the recipe for my mom and dad to have it again the next night.

I've had some time to cook a little this past week.  We had a grilled teriyaki marinated pork tenderloin with scalloped potatoes and steamed green beans one night.  We had chili another night, and of course whenever chili is made we also have chili dogs another time.  Tonight is spaghetti and meatball night.   On Saturday we will be having grilled chicken breasts and stove-top stuffing - ordered up by the three little cookie bakers.  I'll probably add some fresh pineapple, strawberries and blueberries along with some corn. 

I hope to finish up my cookie baking so I can pack up a container and send out to Steve in South Dakota. I was going to cut back on the types of cookies baked, but I couldn't decide which ones to not make, so once again I'm making all 10 kinds. There should be enough cookies to keep my cookie jar well-stocked throughout the holidays! 
Dec. 6, 2012 9:49 am
Those sugar cookies look good. The powdered sugar always makes the cookies tender and the dough so much easier to work with. Have a great time decorating with the kids.
Dec. 6, 2012 9:54 am
Marie C: Thanks! I had never found that perfect sugar cookie recipe - even after making them for the past 27 years. I'm so glad I finally found one that is so easy to work with.
Dec. 6, 2012 1:30 pm
KAF Holiday Butter Cookie is another easy to roll and good tasting cookie should you ever want to try another recipe.
Dec. 6, 2012 2:01 pm
I haven't even started Christmas baking yet! We're in the process of having the house fixed up to put up for sale, and things like that are getting pushed forward. Yikes! It's close!
Dec. 7, 2012 4:16 am
Doc, take some time out and do some baking. It's good for the soul.
Dec. 8, 2012 4:04 am
Good Morning Mother Ann - sounds like you had a fun weekend with the crafts and your dad's birthday. Hope you have as fun much with baking/decorating cookies. I saved the cookie recipe to try this year also. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 8, 2012 4:11 am
I have a Christmas potlock tonight with 60 people and just read your recipe for the Chicken Noodle Casserole. I just now changed my main dish entree to your suggestion. Sounds delicious and filling. I think I will triple it, bake it without the crackers and put in the crockpot right before leaving. I will add the crackers (without the butter) to the top of crockpot. Thanks, Mother Ann.
Dec. 8, 2012 6:25 am
I'm just anxiously waiting for my daughter to arrive with the kiddos so we can get down to baking! ;) I mixed up the dough and it's just chilling in the fridge. Molly - Glad to hear you're going to try out the chicken noodle casserole. It really is a warm, comforting food. I'd love to have it again tonight with the kids, but they've already ordered up Stove Top Stuffing. LOL Hope your dinner goes well tonight!
Dec. 10, 2012 1:22 am
I remember "cookies from home" and how deliciuos they were even after a week or more of travel. Stev will be grateful!
Dec. 10, 2012 7:14 am
Mike, I know he'll be excited to get some cookies. They will be going out tomorrow. I didn't get one kind made, but he never eats that particular cookie anyways. The kiddos each decorated a "special" cookie for Steve; with all the icing they piled on them I'll probably be paying an extra buck or two in postage. LOL
Dec. 10, 2012 12:27 pm
I sent cookies to the Middle East for a friend stationed there 2 years ago. I do believe there is nothing like a "care package" from home. I just bet you had fun with your young friends making cookies :)
Dec. 13, 2012 1:18 pm
Cat - the day the kiddos came over to do the baking I was really not feeling well, but no way could we have cancelled that day! My daughter helped them and I mostly watched - they are so much fun! I hope I packed those cookies up good and tight so there is minimal (if zero) breakage.
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I've been married for 32 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have a black lab that gets to go duck hunting with dad, 2 cats, 2 cockatiels. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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I love to bake - anything chocolate is fine with me. Seafood, chicken dishes and slow-cooker fare.
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My husband and I enjoy cooking together with wine. We pop open a bottle of wine and get cooking. :-)
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Whenever I can put together a meal that gets many compliments and leaves the diners satisfied is a triumph in my book! I love to cook meals for family and friends.
My cooking tragedies
When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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