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Traditions being passed through the generations…

Introducing Gingerbread Cookie Decorating and Sugar Cookie Making with Miss K and Miss E: LeQuan’s daughter and Kevin’s daughter. Enjoy the photos. They tell it all.

(Thank you in advance, to LeQuan, for sharing her photos for me to post, too!)

“˜Twas four weeks before Christmas when all through the house

Wafted scent of gingerbread enticing our mouse.

The sprinkles were set on the counter with care

In hopes the Miss K and E soon would be there!

Beavie was nestled in the corner to eye

The fun and frivolity soon to pass by!

With me in my apron, and Vanja at work

… and I thought I would get a chance to have story time… ho-ho-ho!

I was pacing the floor, just a little berserk!

When out on the driveway there arose such chatter I ran to the kitchen to check on the batter

The doorbell rang and I flew like a flash, tore open the door and was quite unabashed!

The sun on the breast of the new-fallen snow blinded me for a moment, then I laughed, “œHo! Ho! Ho!”

As what to my wondering eyes did appear? Miss K and Miss E (but not one reindeer)!

“œCome into the kitchen; let’s bake up a storm! All matter of Christmasy shapes we will form!”

Like gingerbread girls and gingerbread boys and snowflakes and snowmen and bright stars and toys

Packing it all in like a sandcastle…

All afternoon we will bake and decorate, too; each cookie will be just as beautiful as you!

Look! I did it absolutely perfect this time!

You shake and I will help by patting with my hand!

So we stirred and we whirred and we cut and we baked

Miss E & Miss K Baking from Kevin Kossowan on Vimeo. (you must watch this… is is only 20 seconds!)

And we iced and we decorated every cookie we maked

Then we played in the playroom and had such a ball

And we sang, “œMerry Christmas to one, and to ALL!”

Quick! Please get this yucky peppermint out of my mouth!!

Now. Mommy’s turn to try her hand at icing cookies!

I think somebody’s hubby is teasing her!

There was a present for each in Santa’s bag! It was hard to choose!

“œMerry Christmas to all, and to all a GOOD night!”

And, again, all at once…

“˜Twas four weeks before Christmas when all through the house

Wafted scent of gingerbread enticing our mouse.

The sprinkles were set on the counter with care

In hopes the Miss K and E soon would be there!

Beavie was nestled in the corner to eye

The fun and frivolity soon to pass by!

With me in my apron, and Vanja at work

I was pacing the floor, just a little berserk!

When out on the driveway there arose such chatter

I ran to the kitchen to check on the batter

The doorbell rang and I flew like a flash

Tore open the door and was quite unabashed!

The sun on the breast of the new-fallen snow

Blinded me for a moment, then I laughed, “œHo! Ho! Ho!”

As what to my wondering eyes did appear?

Miss K and Miss E (but not one reindeer)!

“œCome into the kitchen; let’s bake up a storm

All matter of Christmasy shapes we will form!”

Like gingerbread girls and gingerbread boys

And snowflakes and snowmen and bright stars and toys

All afternoon we will bake and decorate, too

Each cookie will be just as beautiful as you!

So we stirred and we whirred and we cut and we baked

And we iced and we decorated every cookie we maked

Then we played in the playroom and had such a ball

And we sang, “œMerry Christmas to one, and to ALL!”

Recipe is here!

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About Valerie Lugonja

Educator, Writer, Gardener and Traveler who believes in buying and eating locally, and most importantly cooking at home!

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  1. Ho ho ho what a lovely post! Makes me teary-eyed, wishing my children were little again. These kids had SUCH a special day thanks to you. And your poem ROCKS! By the way, Raymond Briggs is one of my favourites too. I have all his books… yes, even the ‘nasty’ ones.

    Did I miss Beavie? I looked in the corners but couldn’t find him… I’m sure he ate up all the crumbs and sprinkles that landed on the floor. You are one fun foodie!

    • Oh, Helene!
      I just now added Beavie at the end. How could I have forgotten him!!! Thank you for such a lovely message! :)
      valerie

  2. Hello again my dear dear Valerie!

    I LOVE your poem! Now can you come over on my bloggie and write me one that rocks just as much? Teehee. So many pictures and so many beautiful memories created on this day. Thanks to you, my children will always have these wonderful memories as their first time making Christmas cookies. This will surely be a tradition in our family from now on, and definitely with your delicious gingerbread and icing recipes. These were seriously THE BEST gingerbread men I’ve ever tasted. I cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity in creating such a fun and magical day for my kiddies. Watching the smiles on their faces and hearing their laughter melted my heart. Gary and I had a great time as well. It was so wonderful to meet Kevin’s daughter, and always a pleasure to see you and Kevin again. Miss E is just too adorable! She’s definitely one who’s wise beyond her years! Thank you again for having us over. The photos really do tell all. Great times, great times!

  3. Aw, that looks like the best way to spend an afternoon! You have a way with children, Valerie :).

  4. What a sweet way to spend the day :D. I bet those kids love hanging out with you and baking!!! When I was a kid, the only baking we did was out of a box from the supermarket lol.
    *kisses* HH

  5. So cute!

  6. This is too cute, and I love your clever customized poem. It looks like fun was had by all!

  7. Ohhh, what a FABULOUS day with friends!! :-) I LOVE your pictures and your poem is fantastic and made me smile so big. :-) You’re a lovely host, Valerie, and you can tell by the looks on everyones faces that much fun was had by all. :-)

  8. Ho ho ho! You are so wonderful and making me so happy that Le Quan and you are able to do this together. Such a wonderful experience for the kdis and so nice to see food blogga friendships flourish :)

    lOVELY, lovely pics and your home is overflowing with the joy of the season :) Happy holidays, Dear Val!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandlfavors

  9. This is way too precious. The photos definitely tell the story! What adorable little chefettes!

  10. Sooo adorable, all of you! What a fun day!

  11. Such as lovely post. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos and what a great time you had.

  12. What a creative post and fun event! Great pictures!

  13. What a great post! Love all the photos and it makes me want to get going on my cookie baking. I’m hoping to have a couple of young cousins over to bake cookies, and I may even try with my nephew, even though he’s only 2.5. I also love your chubby, hippy gingerbread man cutter!

    Yes, for Tuesdays with Dorie we have to make the recipe specified. I actually liked the fortune cookie ones best too, as they weren’t so greasy. Sounds like you didn’t love the ice cream–sorry! I don’t like ice creams that are too rich, hence all the healthy pumpkin.
    :)

    • Mary…
      I LOVED the pumpkin ice cream…. any ice cream that tastes HEALTHY to me, is a BONUS! It was YUMMY! :)
      Valerie

  14. I remember the days when we would decorate cookies with the kids. Wat a fun afternoon to spend with friends Valerie. When I am up in PG at Christmas we will be making my moms sugar cookies apparently since everyone loves them too.

  15. What a fun poem! Now THAT is a party I want to go to :) How cute are Miss K and Miss E with those cookies (especially Miss E’s face as she tried peppermint!)? I’m glad to see that L and Gary could tag along for the fun as well! And that picture of LeeQs brandishing that knife is going to give me nightmares for a month – hee hee!

    Hope this becomes a tradition!

  16. A fun baking day with kids! They love to play with the dough.
    p.s who did all the cleaning after all the playing and baking? ;-))

  17. Wow…what an incredibly busy and festive workshop.

    The elves are adorable and I can see how terribly concentrated they are in their deep SWEET thoughts :)

    We just had our community center’s bakesale 2 weeks ago and a similar spirit was in the air…HOLIDAYS a comin’ to town!

    All the very best in baking sessions to come Valerie :)

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  18. This is such a lovely post, Valerie! The kids were having so much fun and were so proud of their cookies. I remember days like this when my kids were little! And I have done a little of it with my granddaughter. So much fun.

    Even grown-ups have fun decorating! Yesterday I went to a gingerbread-house decorating party. Laughter and messes all day. Just like children…

  19. What a fun photos Valerie! Love them!! I was planning on making the gingerbread cookies today but… ofcourse… I ran into ingredient issues. I managed to find a source for shortening which I will have to order online so no telling when it will arrive here, but I’m sure they will still taste good after christmas!
    However; I cannot find molasses… I searched on internet baking shops, american goodies shop and no luck so far. They say I should be able to get it in one of our supermarkets but I tried and they had none. WOuld you know if I can substitute it for something else?

    • Simone – use butter. Don’t worry about shortening. I actually used butter. And, molasses sometimes has other names. I am very surprised you cannot find it as it must be available in nearby Germany as they make traditional ginger cookies….. Here is the link to buy the kind I use. http://www.molasses.ca/site/index.php?id=4 :)
      Valerie

  20. This is the CUTEST post! I don’t know what I want to eat more…all those cute adorable children or the gingerbread…

  21. That is the cutest poem, Valerie! I don’t know how people put thoughts together that way. I’m incapable of it, so I’m very impressed. And thanks for that-sweet.
    Oh, and I love LeQuan. It was so nice to see her here with Gary, K, and L. They are all so cute and wonderful. Plus, LeQuan is such a true on-line friend. I used to think that didn’t really exist, but she and a small handful of people have shown me I shouldn’t jump to such unwholesome ideas (smile). So I would have love to have been there with you guys. I would have used my magic to get all the dishes done quickly…
    By the way, Kevin’s little girl looks like the Narnia actress. Someone needs to send her photo into that actress’ agent-that little girl isn’t such a little girl anymore;)

  22. I can’t believe how many kids you had baking & decorating in your house. You’re very brave!!! The photos are adorable. They actually did a pretty good job with the cookies! Cute poems too!!!

  23. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Valerie! Miss E had so much fun. I don’t think she will ever forget it! The cookies were delicious! Exactly what I was craving at the end of the day. As well a great afternoon off for me! Thank you Again Valerie!

  24. I’m a little surprised Pam forgot to mention the chocolate tart. Chocolate tarts are awesome.

  25. What a wonderful day those little ones had, and you too Val –cause I remember you always loved to have all the little ones around, so you could entertain them. . That poem is sooooooooo good too. :) :)

  26. Such a sweet post, Valerie! I just love this take on the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas – thank you for reminding me that I need to bake some gingerbread cookies with my little guys!

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