Thursday, December 17, 2009

~It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas~

It's finally beginning to look like Christmas here in Ohio because it snowed. I LOVE snow. I mean, I really love it. Okay....not driving in it when it's icy. But snow, I love. Since I was a kid. has finally snowed here. Finally. And it looks like Christmas~

I decided to count all my packing slips to figure out how many orders I had filled. I knew it was a lot. But I was stunned: I sent out 264 packages since Thanksgiving Weekend. Considering that I make each item or items IN those packages....that's a LOT. The orders are still trickling in....but hopefully, the end is near. I have to laugh at the emails I get, with questions of: "When will I get this?" (they don't bother to tell me WHERE they live!!) Even with shipping within 24 hours, they still insist I tell them exactly when the good ol' USPS will deliver their treasures to their mailboxes. (if I could predict that....I wouldn't be making dolls and jewelry!)

At least t
hat explains my fatigue, and the reason I'm mainlining caffeine in any shape or form: coffee, lattes, chocolate, Excedrin, Diet Coke, more chocolate.....

I've finished baking cookies: Snowballs, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Italian Iced Cookies, Thumbprints, Date Squares, Coconut Bars, Hello Dollies, Spritz Cookies, Rum Balls and Decorated Sugar Cookies. Phew! Over 40 dozen cookies. Jim asked last nite why I bake so much every Christmas. Why? My mother did. Always. For the three of us kids. So when I became a mother....I did, too. Always. And now as a grandma...I still do. And always will~

I'm off to see Mom. I'm bringing Christmas cookies. Made from her recipes. Just like she made. Always.

Happy Thursday~


Anonymous said...

I am so envious of you. Your cookies look yummy and I know that they taste yummy too. I haven't made one yet! Hoping to remedy that tonight. When I read about the snow I immediately thought of Dan and how excited he would get when it snowed. Even flurries.

Love, Kay

Darlene said...

Oh, the snow looks so beautiful. I wish it snowed more around here. We usually get the ice not too much snow.

You have been QUITE busy. That is a lot of handmade cuties that you have sent out.

WOW that is a lot of baking. I just think it is so neat when people go all out with their Christmas cookies and baking. I think your Mom is going to enjoy those cookies....she might even think she made them. Hope you have a good visit with her.♥ said...

Oh, Kay...he really DID love the snow. I guess it must be in the genes! I really miss him...particularly at this time of year. Happy Baking~I love you, Kay.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox said...

Darlene....I hope she does think she did! You're welcome here anytime!! They don't call our county the "Snow Belt" for nothin'!!

Connie said...

Here also, sugar! Snow on the ground, tree up and house smelling yummy with cookies baked. Come see my tree; I think you'll enjoy seeing it.

Cynthia L. H. said...

Beautiful snow and beautiful cookies!!!!

Carolyn said...

I love snow too! That's a lot of cookies you made.
Merry Christmas and blessings for the New Year.


Anonymous said...

Whew! Over 450 cookies, and more than 200 Etsy orders----you're a one-woman army of elves! The house lights beaming out from the snow in your photo look so warm and inviting. Take a moment just for you and cuddle up with one of those cookies and a cup of something hot while you watch the flakes fall, y'hear?
Love you-

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it be fun to have a cookie exchange? We could all share family favorites ..... ahhhhh, I love to dream! Now, take some rest-time for YOU! Surely, the Etsy orders are slowing down a tad! Enjoy the holidays, the puppies, your wonderful hubby, the snow, the caffeine and a cookie!
Hugs, Marci

Brenda Pruitt said...

That's a lot of baking for one person to do! I'm so glad you visited me so I could find you. You have a beautiful blog! And now snow. We don't see stuff like that often in Texas.

Anonymous said...

Carol, I fear that you're making the rest of us look like a bunch of slackers. Pace yourself, girlfriend! I know, I're loving every minute, and for that, I'm truly glad. Speaking of shipping, how do you think some of that snow would ship to SW Florida? You know I'm jealous.....

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photographs! Wow, I just saw your 7 days to Christmas counter and was shocked. I haven't really even begun to think about Christmas yet. Mom gave me fruit cake, nut roll and prune roll to take home last night. Your blog made me so very grateful for those stolen visits with her.
Love and Hugs - Joann

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh my goodness! You have been a busy girl. You are going to make alot of people very happy with those yummy looking homeade treats. Where do you find enough hours in the day to bake and create? Wow girl!

Have a very merry Christmas!
Lee Ann

LeeAnn@Encouragement Is Contagious said...

Oh I was so happy to see your little doll face under my followers button. Thank you! Oh and I love your blog header picture.

Lee Ann

Minna said...

Merry Christmas Carol!

Patti said...

Oooh, your pictures are fabulous! You captured the holiday spirit with the snowy scenes, the yummy cookies, and the beautiful family! You are the energizer bunny for sure. Save some cozy time this season just for you! You deserve it! I love how you bake your mom's recipes and keep the traditions going. Hope your next visit w/ cookies brings back sweet memories for both of you. xoxoxo

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Such a beautiful post...words, love, photography...this one has it all! I love your header photo as well...It is snowing here's up to my waist...and as long as I don't have to drive in it, I'm happy!!! Do take time to rest over the deserve've been working so hard to make the holidays lovely for everyone else!!! Merry Christmas, dear Carol!! Love, Janine XO

Lynne Bolar Clark said...

Carol, since you're baking enough for both of us, I'm off the hook this year. :) Wish I could stop by for one of your cookies, a chat and enjoy your beautiful scenery. Here in Sacramento it's clear, cold and windy - my least favorite weather. (The last time it snowed here was 1974.) But since that's my biggest problem today, I am feeling blessed.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a restful January!

Big hug!!!