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.