Cookie Queen Rules Again!

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Good morning! I hope everyone had a nice weekend. This is the last week before we are off for the holiday and I am so totally looking forward to it. Our family has been on the go and those two weeks are the light at the end of this crazy tunnel of 2017. 2018 has big changes in store for us as we are putting our house on the market after the holidays. 16 years in our first home that we built coming to the end of this chapter in our lives. We are taking things to the next level and looking for property where we can support our welding business on premises. The feelings I have towards this home may have to be put into another post, because there is a long history here. It’s not that 16 years is a long time, but it is what we crammed into those 16 years. The many memories made with family and friends, and memories made with people that are no longer with us. It’s a lump in my throat and a grip around my heart for sure.

None of it would be possible without the hard work my husband does to support all of us. Busting his ass isn’t even adequate to describe what he does. To me, he has some superhuman powers and deserves to wear a cape and crown for everything he does. It is mind blowing the work he has done over the years and the loyalty of our customers to keep us in business is such a blessing.

For years, my mother-in-law made beautiful and delicious cookie arrangements for her husbands work at Christmas. After we were married, I started doing the same. When my husband started his own business, we thought we should probably show our appreciation with homemade Christmas cookies for our customers.

It’s funny because every year we go back and forth on whether I have time to do the cookies or if we should we just order chocolates instead. It is a huge commitment to getting it done. I could never not do it. Something gets me through it and the end result is better every year. This year I made close to 1000 cookies. And no casualties! Nothing burned or broken. I also kept a log on what and how many I was doing so next year I don’t over buy ingredients. Usually I just wing it and it’s good but working in the school kitchen has taught me that winging it isn’t professional. Numbers do matter.

Speaking of work, it’s time for me to get ready for it. This morning I downloaded the Yummly plug in so that I can start formatting recipes better and you will be able to print and use them for yourself. I will figure out how to use it later on and get you some of the best Christmas cookie recipes out there. Our customers get so excited when they see my husband walking through the door with these platters. They put the coffee on and it’s break time! One of them said it reminds him of his wife’s baking when she could do it. Imagine that. My little hustle in the kitchen bringing back enjoyment to someone.

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First time I ever had to move a big table into the front room to assemble!

Have a wonderful day and I’ll be back later!

xoxo,

Andrea

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