Once again, I am on the Activities Committee. I rather like this calling, as I enjoy organizing social events and executing them well. I've learned that it's best to create a solid plan, don't be afraid to ask for - and give - lots of help, and prep-prep-prep in advance.
This week I got together to stuff Easter eggs with a few of the ladies. 2 hours and 600 eggs later we were done, and the question of cookies arose. One person stated she would make hers on Friday night so they would be fresh. I announced that I was done, and that mine were residing in the freezer. I received this in response:
"Ugh, I don't freeze my cookies. Don't you want them to be FRESH for the kids?"
Ummmm... well, sure. I love fresh cookies.
But here's the thing:
First, we're each making 6 dozen. That's not an insignificant amount, and it takes a good chunk of time to get it done. I had the time & the cookie dough, so I got it done.
Second, I didn't bake them 3 months ago. It's only been a few days, and they are properly sealed in the appropriate freezer-safe packaging.
Finally, THEY ARE KIDS. I have no illusions that I could have gone to the dollar store and bought pre-made sugar cookies that are 9 months past their expiration date and those bottomless pits with pigtails & polos wouldn't know the difference.
My point - and I do have one - is that despite feeling a little shamed by the fact that my cookies will clearly be inferior to all others, I still stand firm in my belief that the more you get done in advance, the better things seem to work out.
Because sometimes this happens:
Believe me, the last thing I feel like doing today is trying to roll, cut, and bake 6 dozen cookies in the aftermath of 8 hours of nighttime vomiting by both kiddos. Instead, I think we're going to watch a movie & take a well-deserved nap.
Post-script: Ms. Cookie Snob ended up buying her cookies. HA!