Saturday, December 3, 2011

Yummy Cookies

When Parker and I were little, Pat started a cookie decorating tradition for us. The tradition began with Christmas cookies and for a while we did other holidays too. Over the years we just stuck to Christmas and slowly stopped the other holidays. That was fine with me because the Christmas ones were some of the best ones around! There are so many options for Christmas - Santa, Angel, Bell, Snowman, Snowflake, Candy Cane, Tree, and many others!

As Parker and I got older and Pat and Paul began having grandchildren of their own the tradition grew as the family grew. Pat and Paul now have something like 11 grandchildren, then throw in Eden, and a few friends of the grandchildren and you've got one huge cookie party going on! This year Eden will be missing the cookie party since we won't be travelling home for Christmas. Pat was nice enough to schedule a pre-cookie party for Eden and we invited over one of "the cousins" {the group of Pat and Paul's grandchildren are collectively called "the cousins"} Caroline is the only one who lives in Georgia and doesn't attend school Monday through Friday, so we had a cookie party with Caroline and Eden on a day that Caroline didn't have to be in school.

While the cookies were baking Uncle Papa and Daddy took Caroline and Eden to Chick-fil-a for lunch and time on the playground. The girls enjoyed themselves while the mommies and Aunt Nana were home baking and making icing. While we made the sugar cookies I whipped up a double batch of my favorite Christmas cookies - thumbprint cookies! The girls came home and it was time to paint. Eden and Caroline put on their aprons, got their paint brushes and began decorating!

She picked up the sprinkles and said "salt" because you shake it like the salt shakers at restaurants - where she usually isn't allowed to touch them!

Our little artist in her apron with her Santa diaper and cute red shoes!
It didn't take long for her to realize that she wasn't using paint and that she could eat everything involved with decorating cookies!
Yep, you guessed it! That paintbrush went right into her mouth!

Another cookie tradition is to paint your nose like a Rudolph nose. I slightly chickened out and did yellow for fear that the red would stain.
After Aunt Nana painted Eden's nose, Eden tried to paint her own nose and she had the blue brush in her hand, so she got a little mixture of color for the picture!
I guess with all the excitement of noses Eden wanted to honk her own nose!

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