Trying to get holiday preparations done. I have the house cleaned and (mostly) decorated. The kids are itching to decorate the big tree, and I hope to do that tonight.
I'm still sewing on the binding of my mom's quilt and hope to finish that tonight as well. I need to get it mailed, for sure!
I baked 5 kinds of cookies in the last few days. Four are from the Martha Stewart cookie magazine that's on the news stands now. My reviews:
Cashew Caramels - very good cookie, like a very rich shortbread
Cream Cheese Walnut Cookies - best dough I've ever tasted. Easy to make, too
Pistachio Lemon Drops - disappointed in the texture and the flavor. Not very lemony and salty from the salted nuts
Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies - not very good flavor - maybe if I'd have used "dutch process cocoa" as Martha recommended rather than Hershey's!
I have 2 more cookies that I've bought the ingredients for. Hopefully they'll both be good. Why do I always seem to experiment with holiday cookies instead of going for the tried and true? Well, there are always the office scavengers that will eat anything for the rejects. ;-)