Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Cookies, Cocoa and New Friends?
I have about 7 blog posts that I've thrown together but will not publish until my head is on straight. I'm still recovering from the vacation and feeling a bit behind on LOTS of things.
One of the reasons I'm feeling overwhelmed is laundry.
Tell me, as a single parent, if there's no worse chore than freakin' laundry. Its ENDLESS!
Also, my daughters and I are putting together a social gathering for tomorrow night. We're calling it Cookies and Cocoa.
Here's the deal:
In our last neighborhood, where the ex-husband and I built a home, we knew nearly all of our neighbors. A trip to the mailbox would turn into a hour long gossip session as I knew every single person that drove by. So-and-so's having a baby. Or so-and-so is getting granite countertops. Or we're having a bunco game Saturday night.
Yep, a regular Wisteria Lane.
It was nice though. We always had babysitters. We always had someone to turn to for help of any kind. We always felt safe.
In our current neighborhood, we know practically no one. However, it seems that many of the children that live on our street or one street away also attend Rose's school. Rose has asked me, on occasion, if she can go to this girl's house or that boy's house.
I don't know those people.
And I'm sure they're perfectly harmless, lovely people but I would like to know these kids *and* their parents. That's where the social gathering idea came in.
Rose, Grace and I made flyers and handed them out to Rose's friends at school. We invited the kids and their parents to come to the house for cookies and hot chocolate. We also told them to bring their favorite cookies.
An hour long gathering - to see, get to know, get a feeling and maybe, just maybe, make some new friends.
So, I must get back to cleaning the house so my neighbors don't think I'm a complete slob.
I'm drinking chai tea right now and I absolutely adore shortbread with my tea. But the cookies that I'm known for are your basic Nestle Toll house chocolate chip. I have a few special things that I do differently that makes them melt-in-your-mouth delish. You've never had a Nestle Toll house cookie til you've had mine...
I have some secrets, however, that I will keep to myself. *smile*
I may even pull down Mema's old recipes to make some holiday cookies with the girls this weekend. I always enjoyed making those with her as a child. Ahh... memories.
In the meantime, do you have any favorite cookies that you make during the holidays?