Last Saturday morning came and we gathered at the church with lots of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter, as well as orders for over 200 cookie rolls.
On Friday night I made a couple of batches using Fleishmann's unsalted margarine and a flaxseed/water mixture (1Tbsp/3Tbsp) to replace the butter and egg for a couple of my friends who had need for cookies without those ingredients because of allergies. I baked up a few to make sure they turned out okay, the turned out quite alright.
|Preparing for Candy Cane Pinwheels|
|Preparing for Chocolate Mint Stripes|
|Some pinwheels baking up.|
The big day. We were blessed with great participation from the youth and glad for their hard work. We were also grateful for the mothers who volunteered to help too.
|Youth working on the Chocolate Mint Stripes.|
|Getting the chocolate layers ready to stack.|
|Working on the pinwheels.|
|Some more pinwheel work.|
|Mocha Marble Rolls|
|Packing the orders.|
Every year our youth like to have a $5/white elephant gift exchange, so during break time we enjoyed pizza for lunch and gift time.
|Decisions - open my gift or steal someone else's?|
I was thinking of cookie orders and dough making and never made it to the store, so I spent Friday evening while I was making dairy free/egg free cookie dough thinking about what I would have at home to put in the exchange. Well, what I came up with was a little art project, that if none of the youth were excited about it, I would gladly take home again. I took some photos I had from my summer trip out west, a piece of scrapbook paper, a canvas board, acrylic paint, alcohol inks, and glossy Mod Podge. I wrote excerpts of verses out on the scrapbook paper and tore the edges. I painted the canvas board with a red brown wash, then I arranged them around the pictures on the canvas board and glued them down. I then dapped the project randomly with the alcohol ink and then sealed it with Mod Podge. I don't have a picture of the finished project because I put it in the package wet since I was running out of time, but it turned out great...at least I thought so. I didn't end up bringing it home, there were two youth who had also been out west and at all of the places that I had put on the canvas and the boy who got was excited to take it home and had little desire to trade it for something else.
|Laying out the design.|
|Waiting for a layer of the Mod Podge to dry.|