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This is how these cookies crumble ..... 
Dec. 5, 2011 2:08 pm 
Updated: Jan. 7, 2012 10:23 am
Where do I begin?  
Let us go back a few months - while at Northwoods Inn with the AR gang - Noemi said she would like to do a cookie party.  That is all it took.  Within minutes we were plotting and planning.
At that time we didn't know about "Cookies Across America" but cookies were planned which fit perfectly with AllRecipes plans. 
I agreed to host this event at my house with Noemi  bringing Baked Ziti and Lasagna.  I have to tell you - this was THE BEST I have ever tasted.  This recipe has special meaning to Noemi and her family.  An older Middle Eastern man named Abdulla taught Noemi how to make this wonderful sauce that he had learned from an old Scillian woman in New York.  How's that for cultural exchange!   
World peace could be acheived through this sauce.  :)

Noemi - you better write this up as a personal recipe and share it with us! 

The guest list kept growing   - to quote XRayBarb
"We're like a bunch of bunnies."  
Mauigirl and Cooking up a Storm - Jan flew in from Las Vegas. 
Marianne picked them up at the airport and the three of them headed to my house with cookies and goodies galore. 
They got right to work, making lots and lots of icing. 
The table was covered with a large shower curtain.
While12 lbs of powdered sugar dissappeared into the mixers. 
Sprinkles, piping bags & tips were staged for the mass cookie marathon.
Two by two the guests arrived bringing gifts & goodies and cookies -
lots and lots of cookies!   

Noemi - Thank you for a wonderful lunch - we would have perished without it!

This is Tina - Patty Cakes daughter.
With her Chippendale  cookies. 

The cookies were loaded into box after box every surface was covered. 
Then there were more! 
We worked in shifts breaking to eat and visit.
Keri, Barb, Jan,Julie and 1st Lady settling in for a visit.
Check out the hats Cathy Myers brought for us. 
1st Lady with Marianne and Tina in the back ground. 

Cathy Myers, Lovecakes, Tina and Keri.
Mauigirl Julie - hard at work.
Julie and Marianne had to run to the store to get boxes for all the cookies.
I am sure you are all wondering what happened to all those cookies.  
Some went home with those who brought them, some went to the Old Timers Foundation - many many were donated to a Christmas boutique bake sale - the proceeds of which go to support the religious education program at Our Lady of the Rosary in Paramount, CA.  Noemi said every single cookie sold!
From the West Coast recipeeps
Merry Christmas everyone!

From the back left: 
1st Lady Angelica, Marianne, XRayBarb, Jan (hiding)
Keri, Cathy Myers, Baking Nana - Penny, Mauigirl Julie, PattyCakes, Noemi, Tina, Teresa, Gabriella, Cheryl.
LoveCakes and her daughters.

If you like to learn more about the Cookies Across America program and help spread the cheer check out this link.    Cookies Across America

Thank you ALL so much for coming and bringing so much Christmas cheer, for the wonderful gifts, the laughter and the hugs. 
Blessings to you all. 

Dec. 5, 2011 2:28 pm
Awww.... YOu guys are so great! Looks like sooooo much fun!And Happy Holidays to all of you west coast gals!!!!!
Dec. 5, 2011 2:29 pm
Great to see all the pics of our Gals! Great Blog! Great job on all the pretty cookies.... Merry Christmas to All!
Dec. 5, 2011 2:47 pm
That was a lot of work you gals did. The cookies looks wonderful and the picture of the pasta is making me hungry. Thank you for sharing your fun with us.
Dec. 5, 2011 2:54 pm
ARgirls rule! Happy Holidays to each and every one of you!
Dec. 5, 2011 3:00 pm
Noemi had darned better well give us that recipe! It will be a shoo-in for quick release by AR! It was SOOOOO good! Baking Nana did not tell you that she made stuffed mushrooms and a beautiful salad, that she laid out the best cheeses I've had in a long while, and mixed the best doggone (non-alcoholic) punch! She did most of the cleanup herself--and I mean there was frosting EVERYWHERE!!!! That cleanup was not for the faint of heart. We had a GREAT time! THANK YOU, Baking Nana!
Dec. 5, 2011 3:35 pm
Hi All!! Just popping in to say Hi! I am so glad you all liked my pasta dishes. The sauce recipe is ver special to me. I will definately get it written up and added to my personal recipes as soon as I can. I promise Marianne & Julie!! I have to say I was a bit nervous cooking for this group, we have some excellent cooks, but I am so glad I did. it was great fun for me. I also wanted to mention that even the un-decorated cookies sold as well. Not one cookie was left! My Church group relly appreciated it very much. I was told that all the young kiddies were so excited about our cookies, they didn't even look at any of the cupcakes offered at the sale. Which is no surprise to me they were gorgeous cookies!! Thanks again Baking Nana for all your hard work putting this together. Your home is beautiful, filled with holiday spirit! It was great to see a simple idea turn into such a great afternoon filled with friends, food, love, laughter and the spirit of giving!! Merry Chrismas Everyone!! :)
Dec. 5, 2011 4:57 pm
True spirit of Christmas can be seen here!! Looks like such fun. And what worthy causes!! You are right, the idea behind the pasta just MIGHT be the key to world peace!
Dec. 5, 2011 5:01 pm
I can't comment on the sweets since I don't eat sweets (not good for my sugar levels) but that first picture looks so delish. What was that the Lasagna?
Dec. 5, 2011 5:04 pm
Wonderful blog and wonderful pictures. The food looks incredable, all of it. Glad everyone had such a great time ... makes me want to move to California. Happy Holidays to all.
Dec. 5, 2011 5:13 pm
I don't know where to begin.....First I will thank our precious Noemi for "cooking" this idea up and the best pasta dishes I have ever had :) Thanks so much to my sweet Baking Nana for hosting the chaos in her lovely home(complete with aps and beverages!.....I really hated leaving you with the mess:( Many mahalos to CookingUpAStorm for flying over with me and bringing 7 dozen cookies and then working her tail off the entire day decorating her works of art. She is an amazing talent. Big hug and kisses to Marianne for the great limo ride to and from the airport. You are the best driver....especially in LA traffic!!!!!! Thanks to all the others for all the help, participation and gifts. I had a ball and I can't wait to see you all again. Oops...forgot one......Thank you Baking Papa for being a wonderful grandfather and getting your beautiful grandchildren out from under our feet. You and your lovely bride are the best. My love to all who participated. Merry Christmas everyone.
Dec. 5, 2011 5:15 pm
Noemi, I am so glad the cookies went to charity. That was the goal and you made it happen. XO
Dec. 5, 2011 5:22 pm
Great work, SoCalGals!! If you are going to do this again next year, let me know and I'll get into that Old Timers Foundation!
Dec. 5, 2011 7:28 pm
Awesome blog BN! always love to see these blogs re roundups so that i can put a face to the names through the pics! you guys looked like you had a blast! i'm full of envy:) thanks for a great blog baking nana!
Dec. 5, 2011 7:32 pm
Great Photos-B Nana-Your cookies look wonderful and such a good cause. There was a lot of love put into those cookies. Keep Cooking and Happy Holidays!
Dec. 5, 2011 7:42 pm
Sorry I posted and bailed guys - I was cooking for clients tonight. Thanks for stopping in Terry. We had a ton of sugar coated fun! Merry Christmas from the West Coast!
Dec. 5, 2011 7:45 pm
Thank you Cindy! These gals really out did themselves. Nobody in this group does anything half way! They are the all or nothing type. Wish you were here. Merry Christmas to you and Marley! ARF!
Dec. 5, 2011 7:47 pm
Marie C - you were with us in spirit! That pasta was amazingly good - makes me hungry just thinking about it! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Dec. 5, 2011 7:54 pm
Lucylove: Thanks for stopping in. Indeed - Recipeep friends ROCK! Cheers & Merry Christmas to you.
Dec. 5, 2011 7:57 pm
That's fabulous!!!! I miss y'all at least the ones that I have met....Jealous ;-) But am planning coming down soon to visit =)
Dec. 5, 2011 8:09 pm
Marianne: (((Hugs))) You are so sweet! Wasn't that cheese good? I am glad that I had good friends to share it with. (British White Stilton with Cranberries - oh so good and white cheddar from the Isle of Man. Sam's Club!) I will add the link for the mushrooms. You got a good picture of the frosting mess! YIKES but all in all I bet it was all cleaned up before you got back from the airport. :) Thank God for disposables. My apologies to the recyclers out there but there is a time when disposables are indispensable. Want to get together and share a hunk of cheese? :)
Dec. 5, 2011 8:16 pm
Noemi - THANK YOU so much! Your food was amazing! I am so glad that the cookies were so well received at your bake sale. Folks - What I didn't say is this is the church that Noemi and her wonderful sister Gabriella attended as children - went on to teach there for over 20 years and are now helping to support the program through baking. What an awesome legacy! I am so glad that the timing worked out just right. Karma! You guys gave me the best Christmas present ever! Can we do it again, soon?
Dec. 5, 2011 8:22 pm
chris k - The spirit of Christmas was alive and well! These events are so special - each different but each one amazingly renewing. Noemi needs to patent that sauce & with the story behind it and deliver it to the United Nations! Nobel Peace Prize? Possibly!
Dec. 5, 2011 8:28 pm
KingSparta: I don't eat sweet either BUT these cookies were amazing! What a gift of love. Those pasta dishes - well what more can I say. Fabulous! I did Foccacia and salad to go with it. Cathy Myers brought Italian Butter. Oh my goodness - I was in heaven! Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Dec. 5, 2011 8:30 pm
Linda - You don't have to move to California but if you ever get here for a visit we will throw you a party! How about Vegas this Spring? We would love to meet you! Merry Christmas!
Dec. 5, 2011 8:31 pm
I didn't see Italian butter! Where?
Dec. 5, 2011 8:39 pm
Mauigirl! (((((Hugs)))) Thank you so much for flying in for the day! Bringing dozens and dozens of cookies, piping tips, almond extract, Cooking up a Storm and presents too! How awesome is that! TSA must have had a ball with your carry on baggage! :) Yep - No Baking Papa is a keeper! He is a happy host and a real trooper! Thank you so much for your help - cookies, gifts and friendship. :)
Dec. 5, 2011 8:41 pm
Oh Marianne! Cathy brought a huge jug! How did you miss that! Boooo!
Dec. 5, 2011 8:45 pm
Mike Harvey - You aren't quite ready for the Old Timers Foundation but you would sure enjoy a visit there. I will do another blog about them. It is an amazing place - lots of stories - lots of friendly welcoming faces - it is a good corner of this earth - full of our history. If you get to California give a holler - we will be there!
Dec. 5, 2011 8:49 pm
Cathy had already been there a bit when mauigirl and I got back from the store---I didn't see it! Boo! Hoo!
Dec. 5, 2011 8:58 pm
Weeble - I thought of you at 3:30 AM Saturday you remember one of your first adventures with bread? Yes - I was thinking of that and smiling as I stirred my Poolish and prayed for success. I haven't had a bread failure in years (knock on wood) and was praying that this batch wouldn't be the end to my successful bread streak. Like your success - this one was a success. I know you were sending good karma. Wish you were here with would love this group.
Dec. 5, 2011 9:02 pm
Lela: I take no credit for the cookies! These were all brought by the women of AR. They were all made & decorated with love. If you ever get a chance get to one of these gatherings. It will bring joy to your heart! Merry Christmas
Dec. 5, 2011 9:06 pm
mis7up - if you get down this way you best give us a call! We are always up for a hen party! You would have had a ball with all these BEAUTIFUL cookies! Next year? Let's do it!
Dec. 5, 2011 9:08 pm
Oh shoot Marianne! We better have another gathering and invite Cathy to bring Sangria and Italian Butter. I will bring the cheese and bread. :) Heaven!
Dec. 5, 2011 9:26 pm
Correction: The YOUNG lady with her back to the camera in the pic of 1st Lady with Marianne in the background is Tina (whom I lovingly call "Lisa" in honor of my sweetheart, Cathy Myers!) I wish my back were so narrow! (I was wearing a gray t-shirt with a black sweater-thingy over it . . . )
Dec. 5, 2011 9:29 pm
Wow Penny!!! And all of you other beautiful women.I'm so impressed by the work, creativity, and energy you all had. I only wished I was closer and could have joined you. I know for a fact there was non-stop laughter and fun with all of you. Noemi, that pasta looks amazing. It's one thing to look good, but it's another to look good and taste out of this world. By the sounds of it, you got it right on both counts. Nice work ladies, the spirit of Christmas is indeed alive and well. It warms my soul.
Dec. 5, 2011 9:36 pm
It was a wonderful day! (Even though I was a big pile of mush!) I think I even remember some of it (= Everything was great! The appies were yummy - the lunch was, too. I was so impressed with the girls who sat and decorated with a single-minded purpose! I even, sorta did some cookie "painting" myself (= OH! Alyssa took cookies to students in her "dorm."
Dec. 5, 2011 9:41 pm
Sorry Barb! Where are the pics of you? Did you escape? :) Your gifts were amazing! Thank you so much. You put so much thought and love into them. Thank you! and Thank you for bringing you two daughters.....they escaped my camera too. I am thrilled they joined us! How many dozen cookies did they bring?
Dec. 5, 2011 9:42 pm
Btw, I had to look, and the Beatles' lyric that kept trying to come to my mind was "Isle of Wight," not "Isle of Man" - knew there was an Isle in there somewhere (=
Dec. 5, 2011 9:45 pm
Welcome Avon! I sure wish you were here in person not just in spirit. Noemi knocked it out of the park! We are so very blessed! Merry Christmas! :)
Dec. 5, 2011 9:47 pm
Barb - I am so glad that Alyssa was able to share the joy with those in mer dorm. :) She and BabyXray were amazing additions to the party. Sorry they missed the pictures.
Dec. 5, 2011 9:49 pm
Isle of Wight! Of course! The Isle of Man is tiny and not so famous. They make awesome cheese though!
Dec. 5, 2011 9:59 pm
I'm on the couch next to Keri (= eating and gabbing - my two specialties =D I'm not sure how many cookies babyxray and son's (x?)gf brought - my guess is 5-7 dozen. I was impressed when I found out that Lyss picked Cady up that morning and they baked them BEFORE heading over to your house! I could not have gotten up early enough to do that! In fact, if Cady and I have to be somewhere in the morning, I make her spend the night (= I'm glad you liked the gifts! I told Marianne that the last time I made those angels was probably 12 years ago. I'm glad I remembered enough to do them again!
Dec. 5, 2011 10:32 pm
HA! And Lyss is in the background in the pic of the spread - in the white shirt, with the hat Cathy Myers gave her. Btw, she said she was going to wear that while she delivered her cookies =D I might have pics on my phone - I'll have to look . . .
Dec. 5, 2011 10:33 pm
[I have xray vision =D]
Dec. 6, 2011 1:07 am
Penny, I added some pics off my phone from Saturday. I was going to include the links, but they are not showing yet, and I am going to bed. No all-nighters for me this week (=
Dec. 6, 2011 3:15 am
You girls sure know how to get together and have a GREAT time! Beautiful cookies!
Dec. 6, 2011 5:43 am
Thanks for the pics Barb. You did a fabulous job on the angels. I am going to try to add a picture this morning. So cute!
Dec. 6, 2011 5:44 am
Mother Ann - each time we meet we seem to pick up right where we left off....there is no short supply of hugs and laughter! It is good for the soul. Thanks for stopping in!
Dec. 6, 2011 5:59 am
WOW! Those cookies looked amazing! Your lunch looked fantastic! Your group looked awesome!
Dec. 6, 2011 6:07 am
Thanks for stopping in Cat. I need to figure out how many cookies there actually were. The day flew by too fast! Wish you were here. :) Merry Christmas.
Dec. 6, 2011 7:13 am
I am always late to the party, but I just wanted to say it sounds like you girls had an awesome time with all those cookies and the awesome looking lasagna. I so feel like I know each and every one of you just by reading this blog and others like it. Maybe one of these days I will be able to meet some of you in person.May you all have a wonderful Christmas season and God Bless.
Dec. 6, 2011 7:44 am
This looks like sooo much fun. Everyone looks great and so do the cookies! Glad you guys had a great time, and I'm wishing I lived in Cali as I read this so I could join those gatherings. Now I'm just waiting on Noemi to post that sauce recipe. I love Italian food, and that lasagna looks delicious. Happy holidays to you all!
Dec. 6, 2011 8:33 am
Good morning Char! If you ever get to California give us a shout out! We are always looking for another reason to party! Merry Christmas to you!
Dec. 6, 2011 8:37 am
wisweetp - Thanks for stopping in. Noemi is really snowed under with work right now and I am sure that she will write it up as soon as she can. The amazing thing is - that as busy as she is at work she made time to do the sauce, lasagna and Ziti AND bake cookies! May your holidays be filled with joy!
Dec. 6, 2011 8:45 am
so cool B'Nana. We have a huge cookie bake sale next week as a fundraiser. I recently found out I was voluntold to help out with. I don't mind, just need to pick some TnT recipes and get to it. Maybe I should dig out my Scrooge hat, and wear it while I bake, it may help with the process:)
Dec. 6, 2011 9:04 am
RNG - The hats add to the festive holiday spirit for sure. I too am baking for a fundraiser bake sale for Friday. I am doing bread though. Foccacia has been requested. Then the grands and I are baking some more goodies for the Old Timers Foundation and the Senior center. They love having the kids visit. I will take pictures for sure. Dust off that hat and Happy baking to you!
Dec. 6, 2011 11:04 am
This is Lyss - my son's x(?)gf - MY friend!
Dec. 6, 2011 11:05 am
Love this pic of babyxray and son's x(?)gf - note the hats (= So sorry I didn't get a pic of my baby's pretty face!
Dec. 6, 2011 11:06 am
Love this cookie, too!
Dec. 6, 2011 11:07 am
And our beloved Ba'Nana! (Sorry for the photo quality! They are off my phone . . . )
Dec. 6, 2011 11:11 am
Beautiful lasgana, beautiful cookies, beautiful SoCal gals having fun!! How nice of you to host! Look forward to Noemi's recipe when she can!! Making lasagna for Christmas eve! Thanks for sharing, BN!!
Dec. 6, 2011 12:40 pm
What a wonderful way to kick off the Christmas season and how nice to see the younger members of this amazing group. My niece and I are knee deep in cookies for her children's school. I think they (the school group) are taking them to the VA hospital and serving some at the pagent.
Dec. 6, 2011 1:44 pm
What a beautiful blog BN! The new house looks fantastic and everyone looks so beautiful in their holiday garb! Great job ladies...those cookies looked delicious!
Dec. 6, 2011 3:25 pm
Thanks for posting those Barb!
Dec. 6, 2011 3:27 pm
mickdee - Thanks for your sweet comments! These gals are wonderful - a real blessing in my life. Wish you were here!
Dec. 6, 2011 3:31 pm
BSM - I totally agree with you - having those young gals join us is wonderful - they will take these experiences and make them their own. They are totally at ease within the group - smiling happy and really a part of the whole experience. We are blessed! Good luck with all those cookies! Blessings to you for spreading the joy! :) Merry Christmas!
Dec. 6, 2011 3:34 pm
K-DUB! You were so missed! We thought of you for sure! I can't wait to see your new home! Woot woot! (((Hugs))) to you and your hubby! How about Vegas next spring?
Dec. 6, 2011 5:28 pm
Wow BN - you guys know how to partee!! I have a question - - is there an AR recipe for the cookie and icing that made such fabulous looking cookies - - - I would love to have it if there is. You girls on the west coast are sure making it hard on us east coast girls to measure up - - how about we meet in the middle? An AR Round Up where easts meets west? Something to think about - - hmmmmmm!! Let me know if there's a recipe link for those beautiful cookies - thanks - - and GREAT job ladies!!!
Dec. 6, 2011 6:29 pm
The blog I was waiting for!! Such beautiful women, inside and out! Be SURE to let me know when that pasta sauce recipe is available! Very impressive. Love you All!!! (((Hugs!)))
Dec. 6, 2011 6:51 pm
I am SO jealous! Penny, excellent blog, those cookies were gorgeous, the girls looked great. And that LUNCH. Yum. What a beautiful home you have. Thank you so much for posting.
Dec. 6, 2011 7:39 pm
Ok - gals cough up the recipes! Luv2cook needs to know! I agree, we need to meet! Denver? Vegas? BOTH! Thanks for stopping in!
Dec. 6, 2011 7:43 pm
LS!!! So glad to 'see' you! We were thinking of you! I was so thrilled to read your blog and glad you and MB had a fabulous time. Aren't these friendships magical? Merry Christmas!
Dec. 6, 2011 7:46 pm
FFamily5 - We missed you! Next time, for sure! I take no credit for the cookies - I baked bread and made salad and mushrooms but the 'troops' made up for my slack. :) Merry Christmas to you!
Dec. 6, 2011 8:35 pm
Thank you BN!! Everything was wonderful! Lil cakes and Shortcakes had a great time too! Noemi the food was WONDERFUL!!! Please share the recipe! That really hits fills my heart with joy that the proceeds went to Our Lady of the Rosary. I went to church there growing up. Thanks XrayBarb for the wonderful gifts! Thanks Marianne for the yummy chocolates. Thanks Mauigirl for the cutest cupcake ornament. Thanks Jan for the bath fizzies and a BIG thanks to Baking Nana for hosting a great get together and my gift!!!! I will post pics soon!
Dec. 6, 2011 9:00 pm
lovecakes! i am so glad you came. Lil Cakes and Shortcakes were angels! What sweet, well behaved girls you have. I can't believe their attention span! Those girls really stayed on task. (They must take after their mother!) Thank you for the Penguin Cookie jar! He is so cute! I know that Tina loved her's too! (BTW - folks, Lovecakes did a drawing for the cutest, most adorable Penguin Cookie jar - Tina won!) Everyone out did themselves and for me it was a perfect day! Thank you so much! We will have to get together again soon! The Mini- Cakes would love Tom's Farms! Thanks for coming! XXXOOOXXX
Dec. 6, 2011 11:05 pm
Barb? Where in the heck did youfind those whisk ornaments? They are SO cute! Thank you - AGAIN & AGAIN.
Dec. 7, 2011 1:01 am
Michael's did not have what I needed for the angel's, so I went to Joanne's. I had worked graveyard the night before - which is dangerous - I tend to "get lost" in stores, and wander around. I was wandering through the Christmas ornaments and happened across spatulas! How perfect for the AR cookie decorating party! Well, as the group grew, I went back to Joanne's, knowing that they probably wouldn't have any more - and of course they didn't. I was pretty much resigned to having to go to another Joanne's, when I looked on the lower hooks - and darned if they didn't have whisks! I was so excited! I'm surprised you didn't hear my yelp of excitement at your house (= So, after all that, the short answer is "Joanne's" (= But I wouldn't look at the one at the Mill's! I depleted their supply (=
Dec. 7, 2011 1:50 am
Luv2Cook, I can't speak for everybody, but I know that Lyss and Cady made The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies:
Dec. 7, 2011 5:58 am
Here is the icing recipe that was used on many of these cookies. My mom was a cake and cookie decorator for years and this is the simple and yummy stuff she used.
Dec. 7, 2011 8:23 am
Baking Nana, it looks like you all had such a FUN time. I love seeing everyone's cookie decor too. The Chip and Dale Ginger cookies are just too cute. Great blog, great fun, great friends. Thanks so much for sharing.
Dec. 7, 2011 9:24 am
Oh thank you - thank you - thank you xraybarb & mauigirl - - ya'll are the best. I have to make 400 dessert pieces for Christmas Eve and I want to try my hand at these cookies. They were soooooo CUTE!!!
Dec. 7, 2011 9:53 am
Confessional - i've always wanted to be a part of an interest group and I've been blessed to be invited to join a wonderful group of talented, lovely, sweet women!! Enough mushy & down to biznas! Baked Ziti & Lasagna - The Bomb Cranberry Drink - Couldn't get enough (poor BN had to keep filling up the bowl as I downed it) Icing Cookies - I had icing in my hair..enough said CathyMeyers - Everything everyone hyped Gifts - Totally unexpected & creative Funship - Fun + Friends Thank you all
Dec. 7, 2011 9:56 am
Dear Santa, All I want for Christmas is that Ziti Recipe!!!
Dec. 7, 2011 10:47 am
LOL =D One canNOT say too much about Cathy Myers (= and when you meet her, she's ben down played. LOVE her! She has such a wonderful, warm, loving, joyful spirit!!!!
Dec. 7, 2011 10:52 am
luv2cook, I loved the cookies that Lyss baked - unfortunately some did not survive the trek to Ba'Nana's house, and I had to eat them - darn (= But they were yummy! (They were baked that morning, wrapped in Saran, and transported in a plastic shopping bag - I think that's why they didn't make it.)
Dec. 7, 2011 10:57 am
She's BEEN downplayed - BEN is someone I work with (=
Dec. 7, 2011 1:59 pm
Well, well.....look who's been here playing on my blog while I was hard at work chopping broccoli and steaming artichokes! :) Luv2Cook - try those Milk Chocolate Florentines that Barb made! The recipe for the Best Rolled Sugar cookies makes a lot. I know that Marianne used a different recipe - one with cream cheese in it.
Dec. 7, 2011 2:03 pm
Candice! We certainly did have a GRAND time! Time just flew by! Wish you were here! Merry Christmas
Dec. 7, 2011 2:14 pm
1st Lady! So glad you stopped in! I am so thankful that you were able to come. That cranberry drink is the easiest thing in the whole world. Equal parts cranberry and gingerale. I freeze the ice ring with the same so it doesn't water down the punch. TA-DA! BTW - it is good spiked too but heck I needed those cookies done! What a great group of woman - indeed, we have been blessed!
Dec. 7, 2011 2:26 pm
Barb - your girls were so ambitious! Lessons learned about transporting the cookies! :) I bet the students in the dorms were thrilled to see those cookies arrive!
Dec. 7, 2011 2:45 pm
Thanks BN - I pulled up the chocolate florentine cookie recipe and made a print - - YUMMO!!! And I made print outs of the sugar cookie recipe and the mama enies icing recipe - - now off to the store!!! Dash away - Dash away - Dash away all!!!
Dec. 7, 2011 6:37 pm
I am drooling over the lasagna--hope to see the recipe soon from Noemi.
Dec. 7, 2011 10:50 pm
Btw, I decided I'm blaming Marianne for my lack of sleep last week. She said I had to bring those cookies when I rec'd them on a cookie request post!
Dec. 7, 2011 10:51 pm
[I'm kidding - she asked if I was bringing them (=]
Dec. 8, 2011 11:03 am
Me too 1st Lady!! That and the lasagna recipe and the chocolate sugar cookie recipe that Jan made. I would be such a happy camper!
Dec. 8, 2011 1:57 pm
lovecakes - I will see if I can track down that Chocolate sugar cookie recipe for you. They sure were beautiful!
Dec. 8, 2011 8:45 pm
1st lady you are such a nice addition to the group I am so happy you put up with us. Love cakes is a keeper too! Good to have some young ones join us :)
Dec. 9, 2011 4:19 am
Such a wonderful way to ring in the holidays!
Dec. 9, 2011 2:30 pm
BN - - I just wanted you and your South Cal Gal group to know that ya'll so inspired me with your cookie making that I went out today and bought 2 Wilton cookie molds, 2 cookie cutter designs, 2 bottles of drizzle colors, 2 bottles of sparkles, 4 bottles to mix my own colors, printed out the recipes, pulled out all my cookie pans, and I'm in my most comfy jammies with an apron . . . . "LOCK & LOAD" - - watch out kitchen - - here I come!!!! It's going to be a "White Christmas" here in Florida even if it's a confectioner sugar one!!!!
Dec. 10, 2011 5:26 am
Hi BN, just wanted to thank you again for hosting the SoCal AR Cookie Decorating Blowout. I am sort of cookie'd and decorated out right about now, but I have to bake for my own gift trays this weekend and thought I would stop by AR to print a few recipes early this morning and I see your blog is overflowing with comments. As for the chocolate cutouts, I used Of course, I had to tweak it a bit...not much though. I added about 2 tsp of espresso powder in with the dry ingredients. I think that a little coffee really brings out the chocolate flavor. I had not tried this recipe before and I think it worked out well. The dough was really easy to work with. I'm not a huge chocolate fan but I liked it enough to put it into rotation for my Christmas cookie trays this year. I'm off to start my doughs this morning so I can get them chilled, rolled, cut, baked, cooled, iced, wrapped...ugh. Too much to think about.
Dec. 10, 2011 9:28 am
Mauigirl - I couldn't agree more!
Dec. 10, 2011 9:30 am
Wyattdogster - Thanks for stopping in. I agree - it was a great start to the Christmas season. Having this planned for the first weekend in December gave me the get up and go I needed after Thanksgiving. I would do it again in a heart beat. Merry Christmas!
Dec. 10, 2011 9:33 am
luv2cook - There is a good reason bakers wear white! Did I hear on the morning news that there has been a run on confectioners sugar in Florida? Go get 'em girl!
Dec. 10, 2011 9:38 am
Cookin Up A Storm - I am glad you dropped in. Thank you soooo much for flying in with all your cookies and decorating help last weekend. The day went by far too fast! I too am baking again today - the kids are joining me for more decorating fun then. They want to take their creations to the Old Timers Foundation. I am thrilled to see the bond the kids are making with these older folks. Happy baking and Merry Christmas!
Dec. 12, 2011 10:48 pm
Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Every thing looked fantastic! Have a wonderful Holiday Season!
Dec. 13, 2011 9:28 am
Thanks for stopping in BOXR... These woman do things in a big way! Such fun. :)
Jan. 7, 2012 10:23 am
Looks like it was a fantastic time! I ended up baking with my daughter's kindergarten class and we gave the cookies to our local firefighters and beach lifeguards.
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Baking Nana

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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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