Saturday night was full of fun and laughter. We spent it with 3 couples from church enjoying a meal, playing games and competing in a cookie bake-off. Don and Rena invited everyone over for the evening and came up with the idea of the cookie bake-off. Don and Rena provided the main course, each couple contributed a side dish and each person brought a batch of home-made cookies.
Jeff and I plotted and planned throughout the week and didn’t tell each other until Saturday morning what kind of cookies we each were baking. I decided on Lavender Shortbread Hearts with Lemon Filling and Jeff made Triple Chocolate Pistachio. We engaged in the kitchen ballet while making our cookies and trying to stay out of one another’s way.
After arriving at Don and Rena’s house, we ate dinner and talked. Somehow the subject “To Which Click Did You Belong in High School” came up. We had fun telling stories about our younger selves and learning more than a little about one another!
After dinner Don explained the judging. Unfortunately, with all the post-holiday dieting going on, he was unable to find a judge; so he came up with Plan B. Each couple was assigned a facet on which they would rate all 7 cookie offerings. (No, you’re not math-challenged…..it should have been 8 types of cookies, but we all certainly understand hectic schedules!!!)
The facets on which all the cookies were rated include appearance, taste, texture and overall appeal. Once we all understood our assignments, we made tracks for the kitchen. The cookies awaited – fortunately Don and Rena remembered to get milk!!!!
The cookie entries were as follows:
Everyone took their judging responsibilities very seriously – tasting as many cookies as necessary to assign a fair rating!
After all the score sheets were submitted, Don did the final calculations and, with Carmen on drumroll, announced the winnerS! The bake-off ended in a tie – the winners: Donna and Me! We posed for a photo together – me holding one of Donna’s cookies and Donna holding one of my cookies – but, truth be told, vanity has gotten the best of me – the bags under my eyes are so big you’d swear I was going on vacation…..so I’ll post a pic of the tally sheet.
The fun did not end with the cookie competition. After the milk was drunk and we couldn’t eat any more cookies, we broke out the games. We played “Oh, Really” (a game in which you rank the importance to you of 5 items and your spouse tries to match your rankings) and “Catch Phrase” (a game – played men against women – where a clue giver describes a common phrase well enough (within limits) that their team members guess it within the allotted time). There aren’t words to describe how much fun we had. In fact, Darrel told me at church the next day that he doesn’t think he’s laughed that much in years!
In the spirit of responsible reporting, I must let you know the men won “Catch Phrase” 3 games to 2. I know the old saying, “You had to be there” might apply; but some of the funny quotes of the night include:
- While playing “Oh, Really” and ranking the 5 items I asked Darrell quizzically, “What is plastic more important than?” He replied, “HUGS!”
- Jan to Jeff after a round of “Oh, Really” that included the word LISTENING, “Good job on the listening!” Jeff’s reply to the group, “That’s the only time you’ll hear that!”
- Jan to Jeff after a poorly played round of “Oh, Really,” “You put soap at the top? Before self-esteem and freedom of speech?” Jeff’s reply, “Yup. Hope and soap!”
- An “Oh, Really” exchange between Rena and Don. Rena, “Diamonds?” Don’s reply, “Wood.”
- During “Catch Phrase” Don got a cramp in his leg. Rena handed him a glass of water, to which he replied, “It’s not a fire!”
I am still giggling about some of the quotes above and I hope everyone else who played with me is still giggling as well. It was heart-healthy to do all that laughing. If what they say is true, that “Laughter IS the best medicine,” then I should be immune to sickness for all of 2013!!!!
A SPECIAL THANKS TO DON AND RENA FOR AN EXCELLENT TIME!!!!