Sunday, November 29, 2015

A Cookie Bee

Some days you really, really understand how blessed you are, and yesterday was one of them. It was our annual Cookie Bakeoff and eight of us (plus three teenagers who popped in and out of the action) got together to see how many different combinations of butter and sugar we could bake.













We've been doing this for so many years now that it doesn't take long for the day to develop its own rhythm. Everyone carves out their own little station for mixing dough, rolling out cookies, decorating, packing tins or washing up, and there's an easy flow of bodies moving from one area to the other throughout the day.










Betty's home was filled with yummy smells coming from the oven and it was wonderful to just listen - to the different pockets of conversation, the spontaneous singing of a Christmas carol, hilarious storytelling.













My dear friend Lori has been wanting to join in the fun for years and this was the year we were finally able to make it happen. Any fears that she had of not being up to the challenge were quickly put to rest - she jumped right in and it was like she had always been part of the crew. She said it was like a quilting bee, only with cookies. Made lots of sense.











Much as it's great to stock our freezers with goodies (we made over 2,000 cookies in about 8 hours) it's the magic of friendships old and new that really carries the day....M

9 comments:

bettyb said...

One of my favourite days of the year!!

marina said...

What a super way to share the day!
You wouldn't be short of a bickie when it was tea time

Doniene said...

What a wonderful tradition!! And a very yummy one too!!

Blessings

Anne said...

Magical and blessed indeed!

Kyle said...

Oh, what fun it is to bake, with friends such as these.

Kyle said...

Oh, what fun it is to bake, with friends such as these.

Anonymous said...

Yes Marie, it was a great day. We are all blessed to have each other and so many years of friendship and cookies. Jane

Raewyn said...

Sounds like a wonderful tradition, Marie, it sure does seem like the baking is secondary to the chattering!

Cootie Bug said...

Your cookie day looks so fun!