Monday, December 9, 2013

Cookie Bake

Here's what I did this weekend.
Hate me.

It was the annual Martin-girl Christmas cookie bake. I always feel like I'm not going to be that into it, then I get there and start throwing sprinkles around and it's over.

There are usually 6 or 7 of us there, and we each bring two recipes. Certain over-achievers who shant be named bring, oh,  five or eight.

We try to do as much prep work as possible prior to Cookie day.

This was one of my contributions. I took the easy route and didn't do any actual baking. I was very sure these would take 15 minutes to put together.

And then I started breaking pretzels into antlers.

This is not for the faint of heart. It's taxing. Slightly traumatizing. My hands hurt. The pretzels kept breaking in the wrong places. I was frustrating. My hands hurt. It took forever. My hands hurt.

It's what I picture natural childbirth to be like.

Just kidding about the childbirth thing.

A running joke (minus laughing or even smiling) among my friends and family is the not-so-subtle implication that I would be a wimp at childbirth. Makes me mad. It's so unfounded! So unscientifically sourced!

"She's skinny, but she's strong."

Name that quote. And then invite me over to watch the movie because I haven't seen it in 20 years and I miss it.

I'll bring this.

And, well, you know.

This treat won the Cute award. Cauuuute!

This treat won best looking, most congenial, most likely to succeed, and most likely to rot your teeth in such a way that you don't even notice or care.

Then again, I'm the only one who voted.

This won happiest.

Okay, this.

It's not much to look at, but it's life-changing.

Spread peanut butter between two Wheat Thins.

You heard me.

Then dip in melted chocolate (we melt ours in crock pots) and cool.

What in all the land am I going to do with all this candy???????????

I'm mostly just glad my cookies didn't end up being thrown to the rats this year.

While we're talking sweets and goodies, this happened on Friday night. 
It was so cold it's making my jaw heart just looking at these pictures. 

This is the coolest music teacher ever to grace humanity.
Last year the funniest little kid told me "Calvin is my best friend. And Mr. Potuck. We're all three best friends together."

God bless all the teachers in all the schools of all the towns. 
I feel faint and angsty just thinking about their job.

In final news, Calvin got his purple belt on Saturday, I finished my Christmas shopping, and had Greek for dinner because I'm a lucky dog.

How was your weekend?


  1. OH.MY.GOODNESS! Calling the dentist and making an appointment to get cavities filled just from looking at all these!!!

    You could have made such a great pun out of the cute "tree-ates". Oh well...sorry, if it wasn't that funny! :-)

    How do you completely dip the wheat thins without them separating. My DIL would LOVE those and I would like to gift her some!

    YES!!! HOORRRAAAAYYYYYY for teachers. My brother is a high school choir teacher who has poured countless hours in to his students. Many lives have been changed! It is NOT for the feint of heart!

  2. I gained 10 pounds just looking at this post. Seriously.

    I big puffy heart the pictures of the kids and their music teacher.

  3. Shannan, The quote? "Planes Trains and Automobiles", one of my favorite holiday movies of all time. You are welcome to come watch it anytime you want. You can take the people train out of "Stubbville" :)

  4. You are the luckiest cookie mama in the world! Wow!

    I think it's Anne of Green Gables.

  5. yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!

  6. My weekend was great! We went to a parade, got pulled in to judge the parade, and chose the jeep wrangler "float" with taxidermied deer heads attached to the grill for the win. You know I have pictures on my blog :) That candy, I hear it ships well to the southern states... just sayin'... :)

  7. What a wonderful assortment of treats - my mouth is watering! I echo your blessing of all the teachers in all the towns because they need it and I am so thankful for what they do.

  8. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! That movie is so embarrasing to watch, the hijinks make me nervous, haha! Is that weird that I get embarrased when watching tv shows and movies? Thanks for the thanks, from a teacher who is ready for winter break!

    1. You PT&A people are MY PEOPLE!!
      I'm embarrassed for all of us.

  9. Ummm. . .you're not really going to tease us with those pictures and not share all of the recipes, are you??? They might be family recipes written-down-on-an-index-card and not easy to link to online. . .but I really only NEED ("need") the recipes for whatever that Chex mix is, and the buckeyes. There are a million buckeye recipes online, but I've tried two or three and I'm always dissatisfied. Maybe yours is THE ONE? Pretty please?

    1. Hahaha! I told the ladies people would be angsty about me not having recipes. :/ Sorray!!!!
      That cinnamon Chex stuff is the BOMB. I'm not into white choc, so I'd probably leave that off.
      Here's a recipe:

      The buckeye recipe is my SILs...I'll see if I can track it down, but I feel like all buckeye recipes are about the same and equally delish??

    2. Thanks for finding the chex mix link! I'm pretty sure i'm meant to make some since that recipe was in a guest post by someone named Kara! Ha. It's also meant to be because i also dislike white chocolate. :) And i think you just inspired me to do a little letting go. . .of my buckeye quest. I think i want them to taste just like a reese's peanut butter cup. So why don't i just eat a dang reese's peanut butter cup instead of searching for the perfect recipe? There. Simplified.

  10. The first year I spent at my husband's Granny Toots's (yes, that IS her name) extended family Christmas gathering, I took those peanut butter blossoms things - peanut butter cookies with a Hershey kiss on top. I was happy with my contribution until Uncle Owen whispered (to me) on the sly that he really liked the top part of the cookies but could do without the bottom and then threw the bottom part - the part I had actually made - into the trash. My husband overheard/saw and did a spit take. No knight that night...

  11. "Her first baby came out sideways and she didn't scream or nothin'". One of the best movies of all time :)

  12. I'm interested in the Wheat Thin Choco-PB sandwich. You need to try peanut butter between 2 Cheez-its dipped in chocolate. It taste like a Butterfinger! Yum!
    I love Crack Bark, I've never used pretzels in it though, just saltines or graham crackers.
    I always love new ideas. Thanks!

  13. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!!!

  14. "YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!!!" "They're just crazy, how would they know which way we're going?!?"

  15. I'm chuckling as I see just how many people love that movie. I'm off to go rent it now!

  16. Yum! I haven't decided what cookies to bake this year, but I'm making crack bark for sure. The chocolate, pb, and wheat thins sounds good. My aunt used to make something similar, but with Ritz crackers.

    We watched PT&A the night before Thanksgiving. So funny! It has the best lines!

  17. good grief.
    that's a LOT of cookies.
    i pinned over half of them…can't wait to try my hand at a few of them this weekend with the kiddos.
    whoooooo hoot!

  18. Did you say you're DONE with your Christmas shopping?!?? Want to hear something scary? I haven't even started. Nope, not a thing. And right now I'm sitting here watching a Hallmark movie on the couch with the kids (YAY for snow days!) ...I feel like I should be more worried than I am... Oh well, pass the cookies! ;)

    Angie Pants

  19. Whoa. That is the mutha load of treats. Gimme!

    Yay Calvo!!

  20. Ha ha! We tried to make the cute little reindeer rolo/pretzel things today (me + 2 kids, ages 5 and 3). I think about 5 total ended up with antlers. It was impossible to break those in the right places! Then when you did, sticking them onto the other part was a total chocolatey mess. I gave up. These will be the reindeer that already shed their antlers. (Do reindeer do that?) Right.