Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we will be sending some cookies and treats off to Sgt Markham Jennings “Doc Jennings”, a medic in Iraq. We started out this morning making sugar cookies in heart shapes and frosted them. At first Melody was not interested in helping, only taste testing. She did not like the sound of the mixer (I have a KitchenAid home professional mixer that I love with all my heart!). Did I really just say that?? I am so truly a mom and wife… Anyway, I overcame Melody’s dislike of the mixer by asking her to help me. I had a bowl of red and white striped white chocolate chips and one of dried cranberries. Once she participated in scooping Melody-sized handfulls of the chips and dropping them into the mixer, she was no longer afraid. She enjoyed standing on the chair up by the counter and watching it whir around while I added the cranberries.
Later, she and Dad confirmed the cookies had indeed turned out well and they were deemed ‘Yummy!’. We also made sugar cookies rolled in red & clear large granule sugar and tomorrow we are going to make Cowboy Cookies, also known as oatmeal chocolate chip. Later this week I’ll ship the cookies along with some boxes of Necco Sweetheart Conversation Hearts, and a bag each of Blow Pops and Tootsie Pops. Hopefully in addition to the doctor, they have a good dentist on base.
From our last round of baking around Christmas, we received a note back from Sgt Park. He wrote us a nice note about how getting anything from home means so much to them. He leads an international multidisciplinary team of soldiers working in Iraq. I’m unclear of what they do, but it’s something with computers and rifles. We had sent Sgt Park several gift bags with frosted sugar cookies and Peppermint Blow Pops. He handed out the gift bags to his staff on Christmas Eve and it is very rewarding to know that they arrived and were appreciated. I still can’t imagine what it would be like to have to celebrate Christmas without my family. Now it is Valentine’s Day, and although some people don’t celebrate with more than a card, it’s a day I much prefer spending with my family instead of nine other soldiers. No offense, soldiers, but there is a reason you signed up and I am here baking cookies. I guess we all have our roles in this world. As I’ve said before, mine is to support. Here’s to those who’s role is to be in the danger zone.
PS Mom I need to get your sugar cookie recipe from the Fannie Farmer for rolled cookies. The one I have I don’t like.