A sweet day

Far too often, December becomes a month that makes us groan as our calendars become overloaded with appointments, parties and various commitments.  The beginning of this month was like that for us.  But thanks to some careful planning ~ back in November we blocked off the 17th as a family day ~ we ended up with one weekend all to ourselves.

December 17 was a pajama kind of day filled with all things sweet.  The oven went on early in the morning and was off after midnight with only two brief off interludes. (Once for an afternoon bike ride and once for a trip to a live "drive-thru" nativity).

There was butter to unwrap ~ to the tune of 16, yes sixteen, sticks that got transformed into cookies.

There were eggs to crack ~ with a little help from Daddy of course.

Candy canes were pounded.

And questions were asked.

for the record, most of those questions would have been to see if it were time to taste yet...
All in all, about 30 dozen cookies were mixed and baked that day.

Oh...and the pretzels.  

We really can't forget the pretzels!

About 100 pretzel rods were bathed in chocolate,

and then sprinkled,


and sprinkled some more.

Each was a completed masterpiece.  

There were mass amounts of sugar converted into sweet treats that day.  Crazy amounts I'm tellin' ya!  But by far the sweetest part of the day?

baking day 2010

Four kids HERE this year instead of one "just watching" over our baking day.

baking day 2011

For the first year in a while, it sure is nice to have all our babies home...


TanyaLea said...

I love that you 'blocked' your family day off early. I will remember that for next year!! Sounds perfect ~ 16 sticks of butter, lbs of sugar, and all!! ~ a very SWEET day, indeed!!!

And I love seeing ALL your babies home with you this Christmas! God is GOOD!!! <><

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and may you have a very BLESSED New Year!


Laurie said...

A very sweet "sweets" day! LOVE the pretzel dipping... we haven't tried that yet! And it IS wonderful, isn't it, to have all babies HOME!! YIPPEE!!

Grandma Shultz said...

What a day of memories for all of you. Love the pretty pretzels!

Traci said...

Good grief what in the world are you going to do with all of those COOKIES?! Yummy nummy!

Crickett said...

Yum! Those cookies were good at our party! I especially like that last pic with the gothic chandelier hanging in it a feel like you were baking cookies in the castle dungeon! haha.

Lee and Sarah VanGrunsven said...

What a fun "Baking Day"!

Our Journey to China said...

Love it!!! Those smiles are priceless! And the memories even more so!!! Love you guys!