Saturday was more than the family Thanksgiving gathering, it was also a grand birthday party for my mother in law who will be turning 80 in a few days. My contribution was a vegetable platter with dip, Cinnamon apples, No Bake cookies, mexican wedding cookies and various crockpots, roaster, water and tea jugs (and water), etc. Instead of catering, the cooking was split among the families, and we all made big batches of a couple of things to feed about 85 people. I did change up the cinnamon apples by cooking them in a crockpot, and by using apple pie spice instead of just cinnamon. We also doubled the recipe for the No Bake Cookies though there weren’t many left when we went home. I have to mention that my daughter did most of the baking, and my son and husband did most of the apples and vegetables. I mostly cleaned, lined pans with parchment, added seasoning to the apples, and ran around but not actually fully making anything. Sometimes being the kitchen help so that everyone can keep on with what they are doing is more important for me since I know where everything is and can give oversight and directions. Or it could be that I’m just bossy.
There was plenty of food to be had by all and it was a lot of fun to be together. My daughter would like a special shout out to an aunt and uncle who gave her all the leftover cookies they brought, plus anyone who let her take some leftovers to bring back to college. She thinks she has enough to last the next two weeks until she comes home. All of my husband’s siblings were there, all of the grandchildren were there, plus most of the great grandchildren and most of the spouses. I don’t think we’ve had that since a funeral about 8 years ago so this was a real celebration.
I’m going to share the recipes for the No Bake Cookies and the Mexican Wedding Cookies. They were great treats, a little different from the usual chocolate chip which is what I was aiming for. My husband and I had our hair cut on Friday, and my stylist actually suggested the no bakes. When I mentioned it to my daughter, she was all for it. We didn’t have anyplace to cool and harden the no bakes since the fridge was stuffed full, so we put them on the grill with the lid down, which worked better than fine. Don’t underestimate a grill’s usefulness in the winter. Extra temporary cold storage where the critters can’t see it, is a good thing.
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons cocoa
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 cups oatmeal
- Waxed paper
In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.
These were very drippy when they were mixed, but after they hardened, they were perfect and stayed perfect.
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