Every December, for the past two years, my girlfriends and I have thrown together a Cookie Day. It’s one of my favorite traditions that we’ve started because we’re all so busy, but this is one of the only days where we plan a month in advance so we can be sure to all be there.
The rules of our Cookie Day are that we each pick a cookie to make, buy the ingredients for it, and then come together at my house to pretty much bake. all. day. It’s overwhelming, yes, but so fun, and so worth it in the end.
They came over early in the afternoon, I made some delicious white grape, cranberry, apple, rosemary Sangria, we started a few batches of cookies (and chocolate covered pretzels…ALWAYS chocolate covered pretzels) and the girls were so excited to exchange gifts that we didn’t wait until the evening, like we did last year. Last year, we also bought gifts for everyone, which we learned was a little pricey, so this year we actually went the secret Santa route and it turned out just as great. Olivia got a lot of nice things too, that spoiled little baby ;)
For dinner we made Spaghetti Bread for the second year and it really is just as amazing as it sounds. Spaghetti inside garlic bread.
Oh yes, we did.
We sat around, ate a lot, laughed a lot and it was pretty much another very successful, very perfect Cookie Day.
It is always a good time when the 6 (and a half, plus Dominic when he got home from work) of us are together. One of our girlfriends is going to the Peace Corps. in March, which means this is her last Christmas in Chicago for two years, so this year was even more important to us than ever. I am so so thankful for our group of friends. Like I mentioned before, we have super busy schedules that keep us from seeing each other as regularly as we’d like, but when we get together, we don’t even miss a beat. I’m a firm believer that everyone should have a group of friends like that.
Does anyone else do a Cookie Day? I’d love to know!