Saturday, October 23, 2010

The cookies are done

I am a woman of my word.

At 5:30 a.m. I was preparing sugar cookie dough (2 batches) while my painter slept. I refrigerated it until early afternoon and then began rolling, cutting and baking.

I decided against the frosting--too many other things to get done today. So I just brushed the big cookies with egg white and sprinkled sugar on them.
Oh, and they aren't pumpkin-shaped either... I did not feel like pawing through my 135+ cookie cutters to find the pumpkin, so I took the first cutter I grabbed--a big scalloped thing--and I do mean BIG!
Here they are all finished:

My tall, skinny husband eats at least a half dozen cookies at a time (while I gain 5 lbs. just making them). If I make them this big, he only needs 2 or 3 to satisfy his sweet tooth. He has already had three and deemed them delicious, so all the work was worth it.

Since I am in the dining room taking pics, I took one of the new chandelier against the green walls and with the my century-old china cabinet I moved in. It used to be in the living room.

I decided to put this cabinet in the dining room because the mahogany finish is a pretty good match with the color of the chandelier metal. 

I also moved my Halloween decorations into the dining room (yes, this is the third place I have had this vignette).  My original intent was to use it on the table and to invite six of my inlaws to dinner, but  we never finished getting all the painting, etc. done in time to do a Halloween dinner. 

Still I wanted to do a mini version just for Picasso and me for tonight's dinner. So here it is:
I went to Joanne's when they opened at 9:00a.m. today to buy some magnetic clasps for my Halloween bag. While there I found these cute skeleton straws at 60% off, so I grabbed two bags of them (10 straws). I love to use straws.  DH probably won't use his, but it looks cute.

Last weekend at Joanne's I bought those tiny silver skeleton heads.  I also added the black cat to balance out the length of the table.

I have some pork chops in tomato sauce and Butternut squash in the oven right now. Picasso is taking a well-deserved nap. He finished the entire hallway this afternoon as I baked the cookies, cleaned up the baking mess, and worked on this table--some may think doing the table is not work, but it took me a long time--I just could not get it to look like what I wanted it to.

Hopefully tomorrow we can get outside and put the remainder of the tender plants in the crawl space for their winter hibernation. I had hoped to get that done today, too, but it is raining outside.


  1. Zoey, I love the table setting, it looks fantastic. And the cookies.......don't get me started, I think I'll gain five pounds just looking at them from here. Must be the weather, my menfolk are both napping here in the living room as I write this; it's also raining and we've been cleaning all afternoon, something the guys (and I!) don't enjoy at all. Wish I could say I had a nice meal in the oven. I think I can smell it from here! Yum.

  2. Ahh Zoey, those cookies look sooo very good! And that hubby of yours deserved some resting time.
    Mmm..your supper sounds good too.

  3. Zoey, those cookies look delicious! You have been a busy girl, especially love that table setting.


  4. your cookies are sensational to look at! And I'll bet delicious too! LOVE your holiday decorating! Have you started planting bulbs yet?

  5. everything looks great Zoey...we had rain on saturday...sun is out today....beautiful day


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