Tuesday, December 4, 2007

It takes all kinds

Varieties of Christmas cookies at the 2nd Annual Neighbor Christmas Cookie Exchange:
Candy Cane, Reindeer, Sugar, Peanut Butter and Chocolate Swirls, Fudge Marshmallow, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Raspberry, Gingersnaps and Oatmeal Raisin


Varieties of Neighbors at the 2nd Annual Neighbor Christmas Cookie Exchange:




The kind that lend you lemon juice when you need it for your Wassail, the kind that light your pilot light when your husband is gone, the underage kind that somehow do not spill any hot chocolate on your carpet, the kind that tell you all about their interesting adopting and then finding out they are pregnant story, the kind that make darling reindeer cookies and then send them along with their granddaughter after they are admitted to the hospital (!), the no-kid kind that still nicely put up with yours and, my favorite, the kind that sweep the floor after everyone leaves and then stays for a blogging tutorial.
Have I ever mentioned that I live in the most ideal neighborhood in the world?

20 comments:

Denae said...

WOW! It does sound like you have a very nice and friendly neighborhood. Mine is boring and sometimes scary. Those cookies look delicious by the way.

Paige said...

You've mentioned it. Rub it in, why doncha. The pilot light friend is a keeper.

Paige said...

Wait, I see a MAN there. Are they invited? Or is he the pilot light person? Do men exist in cookie exchange land? Also, I went to an exchange last night and I didn't want to give any of my brownies to the girl who brought store bought items. NOT ACCEPTABLE.

Celia Fae said...

Yeah, when I zoomed in I saw store bought.

You are a good neighbor to bring together everyone for a cookie exchange. You have a lot of parties and I wish I could come to them.

I vote for the adoption/pregnant story lady. People should share those sort of things for curious onlookers.

Heather said...

I'm with Celia and the tell us more type neighbor.

Question:

How far in advance did you arrange this little shindig. Details please. (if its not blog-worthy would you please email me?)

John Holly Levi & Faith said...

K. I think I live in the crappiest neighborhood EVER. We always get left out of stuff because we live right on a main road; not a neighborhood.

I want some cookies. Now.

Kenny, Linsey and Caleb said...

Um, I don't mean to look for the negative, but "reindeer" flavored cookies...that kind of grosses me out.

Everything else sounds delish though!

Penny said...

Yes, I do know what an awesome neighborhood you live in!! Great party, great hostess, great wassil (I don't know how to spell it) and great friends! Thanks for arranging such a fun evening for us all to get together. You're the best.

Stie: My Favorite Things said...

You forgot the kind of neighbor I am:

The one that comes post-diet and eats all hers before she gets home.

That'd be me.

Carie said...

I personally enjoy my neighborhood: no neighbors, pretty much only trees. Although I am always up for cookies. (we do have several large subdivisions about 2+ blocks away. so it's not like we live in the sticks.)

Any good recipes to pass along?

I agree with Paige NO STORE BOUGHT. I wouldn't have shared my brownies either.

Jill said...

I wish I was your friend that had the adoption story and then found out they were pregnant. I've heard so many of those and I'm still waiting to be part of that percentage of story tellers!
The party looked fabulous!!!!!!!

gab said...

I love the cookie exchange. Ours is next week! Love love love love it! I would fit right in...and I have my own adoption/pregnancy stories to share. Also I would stay afterwards to clean up (if my kids were not with me...of course!)

Bridget said...

That does look like fun. THere's a great house for sale up the stree from me if you're thinking of moving. Our neighborhood (women only!) is having an ornament exchange tomorrow night. I would much rather shove my face full of goodies then have some ugly mismatched ornament on my tree.

Pineapple Princess said...

Fun neighbors as interesting and fun as the variety of cookies.

What a wonderful tradition.

I would be the store bought lady. I'm not good at making deserts except my browning mountain. I will make it for the ward party and sprinkle crushed up candy canes. I am so versitile!

Ilene said...

At our summer neighborhood bbq, a neighbor said something about a cookie exchange. I haven't heard anything else, though. Which makes me wonder if they are leaving us out of the loop. I mean, I did back up into our tree in the front yard and another neighboor watched me give myself a concussion. Perhaps the host is scared to invite my clumsy self inside their house after seeing what damage I do outside.

While I prefer homemade cookies, I won't turn my nose up to the store bought kind (depending on the flavor). Especially when some people are such bad bakers. I had a friend who couldn't even make a successful batch of Pillsbury ready-made dough cookies.

Thanks for coming by today!

Erika said...

that's some Wisteria Lane you got going there. seriously by neighbours are deer and not so good about watching out for me.

zeeny said...

We had a cookie exchange yesterday at church! It was fun but I don't really want all the cookies in my house. I know the point was to give them away, but I feel kind of silly giving away things I didn't make. (I can just picture a neighbor I don't know well asking how I made something and saying...well, I didn't really make that on...I know weird but my brain sometimes thinks weird things!)

Adrianne said...

So fun. I love cookies. Maybe I'll try to start that here but Mario would tell me I coulnd't invite anyone with kids because he has fears about many small children in our even smaller house.

HILLARY said...

I want to live there. Any good teaching jobs in your town? We're looking to move! (seriously)

crystal said...

Are there any houses for sale in your neighborhood, b/c I'm moving there! The party looks so fun!