As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sunday Snapshots: Christmas Cookies

Take a double batch of shortbread cookie dough, containers of sprinkles, and six willing helpers...and Gran's kitchen becomes Baking Central! What fun we had this afternoon watching the children decorate Christmas cookies, each with his or her own brand of creativity.  Each child was fully engaged in this project, from Bekah to the littlest grandgirlie.

Clockwise from left: Gavin (11), Owen (7), Maddie (9), Bekah (12), Ben (5), Alaine (3)

Maddie and I made the dough. Several of us took turns rolling the dough. But everyone cut out and decorated, and took their work very seriously.

Do you see Alaine adding pink sprinkles to her snowflake cookie? Can you tell what shape they are? 

Pigs!!  :)

The tools of the trade. (Yes, there are autumn sprinkles in the mix. Along with the pigs. We neglected to sort out the jars of sprinkles before we gave the basket to the children, so we have a few non-traditional Christmas cookies this year.)

Gavin's lovely tree. "Perfect," he says.

At the end of the day, there were sprinkles on the floor, warm cookies in small tummies, and sweet memories to savor. 

Thanks to Kati who took all the pictures for Sunday Snapshots this week while I was up to my elbows in flour.


  1. I inherited my family cookie cutters and we has numerous farm critters cutters as well as traditional themed ones. We always laughed at the making and decorating Christmas pigs!

  2. Pretty cookies! And I see you are using your new island!

  3. They are perfect!

    We always do sugar cookies like this but this year they are going to Joseph's family's home tonight to do gingerbread cookie houses. They are excited and I get the evening off! :)


  4. Oh sweetness! How amazing that every kid's imagination was engaged. They did a great job!

  5. Cooking baking with the whole gang is lots of fun! Great job, everyone.

  6. How fun! Good job everyone! Those cookies are sure to taste even more delicious with all that love thrown in. Today is our goodie-baking day. I'll be thinking of you as we roll out our cookie dough :)

  7. What what fun it is to bake... and especially sprinkle those cookies. Sprinkling is the best part, I think.

    Wishing you glimpses...


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