One of the things I admire most about our friends John and Troy is their ability to throw a good get-together. And one of the best parts is that there is often some underlying theme or mission for the gathering. Take, for example, “Fry Day,” which, incidentally, takes place on a Saturday during the summer. Fry Day is a celebration of all things fried, be it sweet, savory, or otherwise. Then there is Booze & Cookies, and, yes, the title just about sums it up. Last year, I was sick on the big day, so I didn’t get the chance to join in on the festivities; but, this year, I was ready to go. So we put on our baking shoes, called up our friend Joe, and headed to Chateau Smythe-Moore for the infamous cookie bake.
Although I wasn’t quite sure what to do when we got there, I was ready to jump in wherever needed. My first task involved unwrapping Hershey’s Kisses for the Cherry Chocolate Kiss cookies. Marc and I were completely surprised when Joe showed up at our house with supplies in hand to make his favorite cookies. The Chocolate Cherry Kiss cookies, which quickly and fondly became known as “Joe Cookies,” were definitely a crowd favorite. Imagine a cookie that tastes just like a cherry cordial, and you’ve got a Joe Cookie.
It was amazing to watch the show run so smoothly when I considered the kind of output that was going on around me. The best was when John would yell out, “Hot Cookies…Coming Through…Get the Door!” Everyone seemed to fall perfectly into their specific roles…John’s friend from work, Jennifer, and her husband Denny took over on spatula patrol, scooping cookies from the sheets onto the grocery bag-lined table.
Dave, Kathy, Eric and Duane fought off hypothermia while taking one for Team Kiefle.
Marc and Joe kept tabs on the Colts’ Game in order to keep the crowd apprised of the score [even though the home team ultimately bit the big one after a 60-yard field goal].
Todd helped Mari and Daniel make cool magnetic toy cars. And even Claire played her part by supervising the general goings on of the day. She looked especially cute in her ever-so-appropriate holiday sweater!
One of my favorite photos from B&C is this one of the countertop filled with all the supplies necessary for a real humdinger of a cookie bake. I was completely impressed by Connor’s knack for whipping up a variety of delicious cookie doughs. Be it Cowboy Cookies or some of the best ginger cookies I’ve ever eaten, he was on the ball. That boy truly knows his way around a stand mixer!
By the end of the afternoon, I told Marc that I was in desperate need of some protein, so we packed it in and headed out for a sandwich. We’ve slowly been weaning ourselves off of the cookies by having one or two per day over the last couple of evenings to avoid going through cookie withdrawal. Hats off to John and Troy for yet another fun gathering!