Today is not going to be your standard "She's Crafty" post. Because I have slept for 30 of the past 48 hours.
Because whatever illness I have contracted has caused me to foster the perfect environment for the largest cold sore in the history of mankind.
Because I have to run/walk 3.1 miles in the freezing cold tomorrow, with the aforementioned cold sore advertising itself on my face the entire time.
Because I will probably have no friends after tomorrow.
Because I worry incessantly about things that probably have no bearing on my social, developmental, mental, economical, or behavioral status.
Because this post is likely fueled by too much NyQuil.
Because inside my head it sounds like this:
Who knows. I can't explain it.
In any case, what I really want to tell you about is my weekend. Most importantly, my friends and I have planned our annual holiday cookie party for Sunday! Do you and your friends have cookie parties? If not, you should. Each person brings 3 dozen cookies to the party, then when you get to the party, you swap all of your cookies with all of the other cookies. You go home with (at least) 3 dozen assorted cookies, and sometimes you even get recipes for the ones that your friends bring.
Even with my swooshing, static-y head, I still know that it's a good time.
Although I generally rely upon my trusty 1001 Cookie Recipes cookbook (which has been my favorite for the past 10 years), this year, I decided to deviate from this formula, and I fell prey to the cult of Martha Stewart while I was in the checkout line buying soup [swooshhhh....static....swooshhhhh].
Generally speaking, Martha Stewart is too froofy for me. I usually think that her decorating ideas are too much like something that my best friend's mom would tell me to do, so I avoid her. However, through the static and swoosh, something told me to buy this glorified magazine turned cook(ie)book.
Although this cook(ie)book does have quite a few complicated cookie recipes (which I also tend to avoid), there were some that seemed manageable while still being practical enough to please the masses at my cookie swap. Since I can never "just" make 3 dozen cookies, and I am the queen of excess, I decided to make 4 different cookies. Plus macaroni and cheese, so as to level our collective blood sugar out a bit during the party.
I decided on the following:
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies: I chose these because I love the combination of chocolate and peppermint during the holidays (Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, anyone??!!), and I liked the idea that they were chocolate cookies dipped in white chocolate. Fun!
- Glitter Ball Cookies: These are really pretty cookies, and a few days before I bought this cook(ie)book, I purchased (on a whim) 3 jars of glittery sanding sugar at Marshall's for 1/2 price. I believe in cookie serendipity.
- Cream-Filled Chocolate Cookies: I've always wanted to try my hand at a cream-filled cookie, and these are cute because you can use food coloring to dye the filling any color you'd like...I'll use red and green for Christmas.
- Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches: If it has the words "peanut" and "butter" in it, I'm pretty much definitely going to make it.
As you can see, had I not been high on NyQuil when I was purchasing soup, I would have thought better of buying this cook(ie)book, saved my $5.95, and just looked these recipes up online. The recipes above are the exact same ones that are published in this magazine, and I could have got them for free. [swooooshhhhh....static....static....static...]
So, I'm "giving" them to you for free...before you see this magazine in the checkout line and waste your hard-earned cash.
I'll keep you posted as all things cookie and NyQuil hangover unfold this weekend. Hopefully my cold sore doesn't cause me to lose all of my friends, hopefully I don't crash and burn during the Jingle Bell run like I did last time, and hopefully I don't do anything silly on Sunday as a result of combining large amounts of NyQuil and sugar.
Pray for me.