Things starting out nicely with Peggy, Josephine and Steve rolling out the dough. Mary Ann was manning the trays. Yes, it is 9:00 am and those are beer bottles on the counter, what can I say.........it's tradition.
Cathy and Pat are ever so gently dipping the cookies into the frosting then the nuts after they come out of the oven and John dumps them on the table to be cooled.
Things are heating up a bit. John got a nasty burn on the inside of his forearm and Peggy is trying to keep the flour out of her nose. Jo and Steve barely looked up all day, amazing.
Some more of the kids arrive a bit later and the Mimosas come out and the cookies start to pile up. Mandy keeps filling the containers that everyone brings to take home their share of the bounty to make room for more cookies as they come out of the oven.
Pat takes a well deserved break from dipping to hold the baby while Dave and Niki wait for me to make more frosting and quit taking pictures. All in all it was a great day. I didn't get any pictures of the meal after all the cookie business was stowed away because we were just too busy but the food was delicious as always. The sauce John made was so good, and the big salad, warm rolls and wine was enough to fill us all up after a hard days work. By 3:00pm everyone was packed up and ready to head out.
Another successful Cookie Day is on the books. We think we surpassed our total from years past with more than 1,500 cookies made. We so love having every one here on Cookie Day and look forward to many more. This year was bitter sweet because just last month John's beloved Aunt Micki passed away. She and her brother, John's dad, started this tradition I think but am not positive since I'm still fairly new at all this. Hopefully the next generations to come will follow up and continue to crank out these unnamed Italian Christmas cookies for many years to come and use this sweet tradition to help knit together many more precious memories of Cookies Days past, present and future.