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December 16, 2011

52 Weeks of ME! Challenge

It’s certainly been a busy week…but truly, when was the last time I haven’t had a busy week? Um, I’d say close to three years ago!

Still, I carved out some super fun time with a couple of girlfriends this week…and what a fun time it was!

The occasion? Karen and I met at Shanda’s house one evening (my children both nestled snugly in their beds) for some good, old-fashioned cookie baking!

I was responsible for the cookie paraphernalia, and we all agreed to wear pajamas.

I debated on whether to wear my fleece monkey pants to Shanda’s house…or just change into them when I got there. I decided I should be OK to drive in them, as our neighborhood is adjacent to hers, meaning I didn’t have far to go.

So I donned my comfy pants…a delicate, light blue fleece, graced by a repeating pattern of dancing monkeys wearing Santa hats and holding candy canes. It was paired with a demure (in comparison) red holiday tee (on sale this season at Target), declaring “Goodwill to All”.

I was also slightly nervous about the small (dime-sized?) bag of flour I had in the passenger seat, but I figured if I were to be stopped, surely the nice policeman would see my rolling pin and red and green sprinkles to corroborate my cookie-baking story.

Thankfully I made it to Shanda’s house without triggering any red and blue lights, and the baking efforts began.

The cookies weren’t gourmet by any stretch, but we decided we’d rather concentrate our efforts on decorating (and eating) than actually mixing dough.

Still, we floured and rolled and embellished.

And then, of course, we toasted our success and gobbled up some ooey-gooey cookies, hot out of the oven.

It was such a fun, lighthearted evening. And – not being a roll-out-kinda-cookie-baker myself – it gave me some ideas on how to approach such an event with my girls.

I think that’s a priority…as is repeating this little get-together in the holidays to come!

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What did you do for YOU this week?

Link up, or just leave a comment…hope you’re finding a way to step back, catch your breath, and savor the best of this holiday season!

10 comments:

Wiley said...

I highly recommend driving in your pajamas, it's liberating!

And I love that you were worried about the dime bag of flour!

This looks like it was an awesome "for you" event!

Deanna said...

My favorite part of this post is your line about the "small (dime-sized?) bag of flour"!! You just seem too wholesome to even think about something like that. (And I mean that in the best way possible!) : )

Have a wonderful weekend!

Julia said...

Your "dime sized?" bag comment made me chuckle! Glad you avoided any run-ins with the 5-0.

This sounds like such a lovely (and productive) evening, Mandy!

Miss Megan said...

LOL@ your dime sized bag! HA!
Those cookies look marvelous - how fun! I have NEVER been able to master sugar cookies...every time I attempt to make them I burn them. Every. time. Perhaps I need to have an evening of baking with other momma friends and have them show me how they do it! =)

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I laughed at your bag of flour - seriously you kill me with the overthinking!

D's the same - today we went 2 km down the road to the mall. When we get there he says "my driver's licence is in my other pair of shorts so you'll have to drive back in case we get pulled over".

I said, "oh rubbish, you're driving back"

But I would think twice about driving in pjs - not you over in the next neighbourhood, but here everything is about 30 mins apart.

LOVE the cookies btw. I really need to organise some people and then do this.

jen@ living a full life said...

I wish I could have did all my shopping this week in my PJ's!

Why don't my cookies ever look that good?

Helene said...

I'm always in awe of those moms who drop their kids off at school in their jammies. Not just those moms who can drive in their jammies but those who actually get out of their car, walk their kids to class and have no shame in doing so.

Looks like the cookie baking was a success...and a lot of fun!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Your cookies are such fun! You did such a great job frosting them.

championm2000 said...

Okay, between the description of your PJs and your contraband "flour" bag, you had me seriously laughing!

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Barbara Manatee said...

I was just thinking today that I'm not sure we'll even have any time to make Christmas cookies! We've been so busy lately and its Christmas already next weekend! I guess its kinda a good thing - no cookies means i don't have to be tortured by them and the scale! ha! But I do feel its something we HAVE to do. Maybe next Friday? Darn having to work all week! :-(