Monday, December 04, 2006

Booze and Cookies 2006 (Part 2)--The Return of Team Kifle

The heartier B and C’rs form Team Kifle to make the little cream cheese and powdered sugar envelopes that go around the filling. TK has to be hearty because they work outside in the freezing cold. They had to do without Julie again this year, but they picked up some new recruits. Veterans Dave and Kathy trained Duane (who felt guilty for having gotten by for the last two years without braving the cold), Eric and Marc. Dave referred to the newbies as TKIT (Team Kifle in Training).

Marc (whose fuzzy parka I admired all day) and Eric preferred the "no table, stand n’ pat” method of disk making, which raised some eyebrows but produced good product in the end.

The back porch is also where all of the beverages are kept because it’s basically a huge refrigerator. Duane brought this beautiful punch made with fresh cranberries, cranberry juice and white grape juice. I thought it was so pretty. It was great over ice, but for those who wanted mixed drinks, we added a splash of vodka. Duane called the new cocktail a “Snowbird” (I think in honor of all of the Mainers who leave the Northeast for the winter).

We don’t usually see a whole lot of Daniel and Mari until it is time to pack up cookie boxes. At that point Daniel is all business. Years of patrolling the hospitality table after church have made him a cookie expert. He also demonstrated his excellent new shoe tying abilities for me.

Finally, I love the picture of Mari below. It’s so America’s Next Top model. She's two years away from an editorial spread in the Fashion Issue of New York Times Magazine. If you look closely you may be able to see the little pink butterflies embroidered onto the shoulder of her parka. Unlike Claire, Mari pays close attention to what she wears.

We love the folks who are willing to come to our house and bake. It’s not really a sit around and relax event, but it and Duane and Todd’s Prairie Creek Studios Open House the day before always start our holiday out just right.


Anonymous Sally said...

Just a little update for you Troy. Nothing like some internet peer pressure, David brought in the cookies to work today and I just have one word to say (or type) - YUMMY!

5:42 AM  
Anonymous David said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the photos in this post, esp. the cranberry drink on the porch. Work that new camera girl!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous jennie said...

I am coming next year no matter what!!

11:56 AM  
Blogger adam j. said...

so bummed that i missed booze and cookies again this year. lord willin' and the creek don't rise i'll make it in 2008... that is if my presidential ambitions don't work out.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was only joking about the name Snowbird. I said it bacause of the cranberries AND lemons -- a north to south reference that clearly was way to obscure. However, I have been thinking that our Snowbird is ready for a little evolution. I think we should substitue a fruity white wine for some of the white grapejuice, then it would be a nice Holiday Sangria. What do you think?

5:22 AM  

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