Friday, December 3, 2010

Bring It On!

IN THE NEWS: Iowa inmates may make toilet paper to save money. Read more HERE.
Christmas Gifts left to buy: 5 (hubby added one on me) Grrr...

'Tis the season and all that, so...BRING ON THE COOKIES ALREADY!

I confess I'm a foodie, so naturally I bake/make about 7 different kinds of Christmas cookies every year. Yes, love the Christmas cookies. In fact, you might even say I'm a bit of a cookie snob. This is how picky I am:

Two years ago I was invited to a "cookie swap". I baked my little heart out for it, making I forget how many dozens of this very one type of very intricate pecan cookie that is by no means a pleasure to bake. But I did it, figuring everybody was probably putting in the same effort so we all could take home some really nice cookies.

Well. WRONGO. One woman ended up buying cookies and bringing them to the swap. Another woman bought the Pillsbury "plop and drop" dough and baked them. I was stunned. Seriously. (And had to throw out almost all of them because they were inedible) They must of have been inedible because even my non picky hubby wouldn't touch them.

Needless to say, when I got invited last year to the same swap, I did not go. Well, all the women there felt bad about the previous year and were looking to make it up to me. (And I'm sure they were looking for my cookies too) LOL

This year, my friend running the cookie swap has decided to step it up a bit and charge $20 a woman. She's going to get an impartial judge and whoever has the best cookie wins the pot.

Well, I won't lie.
But then on the invite I noticed that my friend wrote that I would be coming and bringing my famous pecan cookies.

Um, helllllllo?
Now I can't show up at her party with that cookie! It's like walking into a poker game showing everybody your full house! Sheesh! But don't worry. I have a backup cookie. I just need to test it out again this weekend.

I don't know. Maybe I'm over thinking this. I mean, it's only a cookie swap. Yeah, just a cookie swap...

A cookie swap where I could walk away with $200!!

I'll be sure to give you the lowdown of what happens. (The swap is Dec 14)

What cookie would you bring to a cookie swap like that?
What's your favorite Christmas cookie?


Also, this Monday, Dec 6th I'm going to be at Rula Sinara's blog: A Writer's Rush, talking about...myself. LOL

And because Christmas is fast approaching, I'll be doing a little book giveaway to some lucky commenter (winner's choice).

So come on over then!


Elaine AM Smith said...

Good luck with the secret cookie and the competition. If you need an official tester, you know where I am ;)

Theresa Milstein said...

I hope you win the cookie competition!

Pillsbury Dough? That's just lazy.

There's a prison store in Thomaston Maine. They make items out of wood - good stuff. I've bought a few things.

Laura Pauling said...

That's a funny story. I sometimes grab storebought for events, but I wouldn't for a Christmas Cookie swap - I know how serious those events are! It's a great way to get a variety. can't wait to hear what happens.

Joanna St. James said...

You had me at cookies and of course you will win.
See you Monday at Rulas'

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Oh my gosh, this was awesome. Such a wonderful peek into your quirky personality. I love it!

Go. Fight. Win that cookie contest.

You'd better tell us the results!
~ Wendy

Joanne said...

Oh, bake something with chocolate! Please! And then send some virtually my way :)

Hope the $200 you WILL win covers those 5 remaining gifts ...

Rula Sinara said...

LOL! Love it! Hey, a little competitive baking is good for the soul...especially if you get to eat the results ;)

You've awakened my sweet tooth. Must. Go. Search. For. Cookies! I hope you win, and I think we'll all be waiting for you to post a mouth-watering picture.

See you Monday!

Carolyn V. said...

Oh my gosh! I hope you win the $200! That would be awesome!!!

Let us know how it goes (and how the cookies turn out). Love the cookie love! =D

TheBookGirl said...

I used to bake ten different types of cookies each year and had loads of fun scouting out new recipes to accompany the old standards.

Now, with my daughter at college and my husband and I more conscious of our health/weight, I don't intend to go all out. There are five cookies that I have to make as they are traditional, but that's it.

Good luck with your cookie wars -- will stay tuned to see what your secret cookie turns out to be :)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

That's great! I can't wait to see how the contest turns out. Pecan cookies sound hard to make--what's your back up cookie?

I made chocolate chip last week because my family loves those. I always forget how many the recipe makes so we'll be having chocolate chip cookie treats for awhile :)

Catherine Denton said...

Molasses cookies. My grandmother sent them to me in college. My roommates and I would gobble them up. Good luck! Hope you win!!

Linda G. said...

LOL! I bet you'll win, hands-down. :)

Diane said...

Didn't you see my I'm anti making cookies post. Uugh! Hate it!!! I will say a little prayer for you though $200 sounds like a great reason to bake! :O)

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Carol Kilgore said...

I am SO with you on this. I'd be after that pot, too. I usually bake for the neighbors at Christmas, cookies or fruit bread of some kind. This year I'm giving them homemade cookies in a jar and letting them bake their own. If I were baking cookies for this swap I'd choose between some type of Italian cookie, French lace cookies, or something easy and decadent with a ton of butter. I can't wait to hear how it turns out.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the cookie swap. Hope you win.

My son and I will be making cookies next week and the week after for church and sharing with family and friends. We will be making 5-7 different kinds of cookies. He's put in a request for molasses cookies and also my famous cut out sugar cookies.

Abby Minard said...

Oh wow, I'd never be able to do a cookie swap because I don't like to bake ;p But yum, your cookies sound awesome. Hope you win- I'm sure you will, it sounds like you put your blood sweat and tears into baking and usually that shows! Good luck!

Stephanie said...

I'd bring my famous Chocolate Chip Molasses cookies! They're awesome!

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David L Macaulay said...

the cookie swap sounds like hell for sure...I'll eat most things but might draw the line at the Pillsbury plop and drop; mm - well maybe I'd eat it come to think of it.

Ca88andra said...

I hope you win! I haven't baked cookies for ages, but I certainly wouldn't buy cookies to take to a cookie swap.

Terri Tiffany said...

You are too funny! I never ever heard of paying for a cookie swap and only actually went to one myself. I probably bought the cookies cause I can only make sugar cookies.
Send me a box. I'll eat yours:)

Suzanne Jones said...

Oooh, I'm hungry now. :-)


Jamie Grey said...

Oh yum. So hungry for cookies now! LOL.

I've never done a cookie swap - seems like a lot of work. Then again, I only bake around the holidays - for which my family thanks me :)

Good luck winning the pot! Maybe you could post your favorite recipes and we can all enjoy :)

Nick said...

If you need volunteers to test out your cookies, we're just a few zip codes away.

Wannabe Writer said...

Good luck!!! I love the cookies that have Hershey's kisees on them. Peanut butter maybe?

Festive decorations help too! Nothing puts me in a good mood like a few Christmas tree sprinkles!