My lunch with Ashley (my beautiful niece) and Mimi (my mom) got off to a slow start……I was at the appointed meeting place – Pizza Grill – at 11:30 a.m.. At 11:56 I texted to Jeff the following, “I should have known better than to make Ashley and Mimi responsible for getting one another here. What was I thinking? It’s like the blOnd leading the blind!” LOL!!!!
When they finally arrived, we had a good laugh about our less-than-smooth execution of a plan! And then we had a great lunch! We ordered a sun-dried Tomato and Feta Salad, a Crab Pizza on whole wheat, and a cup of Seafood Soup. Everyone was sooooo hungry, but once we ate we were all quite satisfied with our choices and were fortified for an afternoon of cookie baking.
We moved the party to my house and got started on our cookie baking. We planned to make:
- Chocolate Peppermint Macaroons
- Walnut Kiffles
- Apricot Kiffles
- Lekvar (Prune Butter) Kiffles
In order to accomplish all the cookies above, we had to work smart. So we decided on the following plan:
- Mix and pipe batter for macaroon cookies – they have to rest on the baking sheets for 30 minutes before going into the oven.
- While macaroon cookies are resting, make walnut filling and then roll, fill and bake walnut kiffles.
- Bake macaroon cookies.
- While macaroon cookies are baking, make macaroon filling.
- Fill macaroons.
- Make remaining kiffles.
We got a little sidetracked because we also decided to make Oreo “Truffles,” which required a quick trip to the grocery store. So we revised the schedule a bit and ended up moving the party to Mimi’s house after we filled the macaroons because she had to feed her kitties.
So at my house we worked on the Chocolate Peppermint Macaroons, the Walnut Kiffles and mixing and rolling the Oreo “Truffles.” At Mimi’s house, we dipped and topped the Oreo “Truffles” and made the Apricot Kiffles and the Lekvar Kiffles.
Ashley rolled the kiffle dough balls while Mimi and I worked on the walnut filling. All the while we talked and laughed and caught up with one another. I think we covered every topic from A to Z including cooking and baking, boyfriends, clothes, family traditions, our Secret Santa gift exchange.
We worked out an efficient assembly line for the Chocolate Peppermint Macaroons. Mimi paired the cookies by size and lined them up in pairs for filling, I piped the filling, Ashley rolled the filled cookies in crushed candy canes and then I piped a bit of filling on the top and Mimi sprinkled the red and white glitter on them. Teamwork really does pay off!!!!
Once at Mimi’s house, we were surprised to be a bit hungry again. So while Ashley and I dipped the “truffles” in chocolate, Mimi made grilled ham and cheese sammies for us. We took a break for a quick dinner and then got to work on the Apricot Kiffles and Lekvar Kiffles. I think we were getting a bit punch toward the end – even though the kiffles turned out really well, Ashley and I embarked on a completely disgusting round of “Would You Rather.” I’m not sure whether Mimi was amused or completely horrified that her daughter and granddaughter could think of such gross scenarios – but we sure laughed A LOT!!!!
Ashley dropped out of the party at about 8:15 p.m. I stayed and tried to help pair a new Blue Tooth speaker with my parent’s laptop and tablet. There’s surely a reason I do not work in the IT field!!!! We’ll enlist Jeff’s help on Christmas Day!!!
Covered in powdered sugar, belly full and sore from laughing – I headed home just after 10:00 p.m. I needed some sleep to prepare for Friday’s festivities!!!!
Click here to view more pics of cookie baking with Mimi and Ashley……mmm mmm mmm!