One of my favorite holiday traditions that I hope continues well into my life is the tradition that my sisters-in-law, Cristal and Rainy, and I have of getting together one Saturday in December and just binge-baking cookies and treats. We started it on a whim back in 2008, right after my husband and I moved back to Texas and got married. My stepmom gave us all funny, dollar-store Christmas aprons to wear, and we spent the day snacking, baking, and connecting with each other:
We decided to do it again the next year, and the next year, and the next year...
|2009 (we still don't know why there's no photo! sad)|
|2010 (horrible quality photo, but documented the day!)|
|Rainy makes a darn fine pot of coffee.|
We take turns and help each other mix, roll, sprinkle, fill, chop, etc., and someone is always watching or stirring our lunch (usually a warm, comforting pot of soup) on the stove or making an extra pot of coffee.
|Prepping the soup! Zuppa Toscana this year! SO GOOD.|
2013 was no exception! We limited ourselves a little bit this past Christmas...we each only baked our "staples" and maybe only threw in one or two new additions (we've gone a bit overboard in the past...). With busy schedules, the addition of little ones to the mix, and colds/stuffy noses, we wanted to make sure we still enjoyed ourselves!
The results were, as always, delicious and plentiful:
|Andes Mint chocolate cookies|
|THESE from Bethany|
|Finished apricot cookies|
|Peanut butter cup cookies|
|FLOWER? Really, self?!|
|Cranberry almond biscotti|
I love seeing how much we've changed (you can really see it when you look at my niece, Caitlyn, from year to year!) over the years....
I love this tradition because a) it's tradition! I love traditions! and b) I love these women, and I'm glad they're my sisters. I have always been known for pretty much thinking that my two brothers hung the moon. They are fantastic, hilarious, pain-in-the-ass, smart men, and God gave each of them a woman perfectly suited to them...who will love them more than I do (which is a lot!) and put up with them and challenge them and make them into even better men.
I'm so glad this tradition started six years ago, and I can't wait to continue to add recipes and memories for years to come.