Posted by: christinelaennec | December 18, 2013

Christmas Cookies: the good, the acceptable and the ugly

Hello all!  I hope you are enjoying the run up to Christmas.  Here I have been doing some baking, and last night we had the wonderful experience of all three sitting at the table together to do some decorating.  You don’t appreciate such ordinary things when you’re healthy, but this is the third time that the Dafter has been able to sit at the table for more than a few minutes in the past three weeks.  Hooray!

The Dafter helping by eating some icing.  December 2013.

The Dafter helping by eating some icing. December 2013.

We came up with some that we were rather pleased with:

Christmas cookies:  good and acceptable.

Christmas cookies: good and acceptable.  Even personalised for friends!

I was very happy that I’ve been able to make pfeffernüsse (bottom right, below) and also spritz cookies (on the right, below).  Last year things were so difficult, I wasn’t really able to do my usual baking, so again I hugely appreciated it.

Christmas cookies:  also good and acceptable, we think.

Christmas cookies: also good and acceptable, we think.

We had a good laugh doing our decorating, because frankly some of our efforts were lamentable!

Christmas cookies:  hilariously bad!

Christmas cookies: hilariously bad!

Anyone care for a bell smeared with tomato paste?  Or a Pac-Man piece of holly?

They all taste fine, though.  And it was just great to have fun together and see the Dafter able to sit and move about for a bit longer.  I’m pleased to tell you that she has also made it back to school, on two occasions, for 20 minutes and then for half an hour.  We plan to continue building up after the holidays, God willing.

I have been so taken up with various things that I’ve had very little time to comment on blogs, and I’m really looking forward to a good catch-up over the holidays.

I hope you’re all enjoying the season too!



  1. I would love to know your pfefferneuse recipe!

  2. The Dafter looks fantastic, she is so pretty. Baking looks good too!

  3. All those cookie pictures are making me hungry!
    So pleased to hear you’ve been able to enjoy some precious family time together and pray that it increases – along with the Dafter’s strength – over the Christmas period!

  4. Good for you to show us the not-so-perfect cookies along with the good ones! What fun you had, and how lovely that the Dafter managed to take part too, hooray! xx

  5. It’s nice to hear your daughter is doing a little better. Looks like this was a fun time! I love the Pac-Man piece of holly! Beautiful cookies 🙂

  6. Woohoo for Dafter’s progress. I just got a comment on an old post from a 52 year old woman in Longview, WA who is healing from ME/CFS. She has found she is able to do a little crochet so has been searching the internet for inspiration 🙂 Cheering you on to a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Christine! xx

  7. I’m so pleased that the Dafter has been able to be up and have some fun. And your cookies look fabulous!

  8. How sweet – the cookies and The Dafter! They both look adorable – well done! So good to hear she is feeling a bit more energetic and hurray for her efforts to attend school! She must be so proud of herself. Wishing you and your family love and joy this holiday season. Hugs xo Karen

  9. Your worst efforts look like our best – could it be The Dafter’s artistic influence? So good to hear that she has been making progress.

  10. This makes me so happy that the Dafter was able to help with the decorating!!!! YAY! I’ve not had the desire to force myself to blog much lately….which is fine. I’m allowing myself to do less and less and hopefully that way enjoy more and more, right? 🙂 Have just decided to buy all the neighbors pineapples rather than try to make 20 dozen cookies. I think this is a good plan. 🙂 Thinking of you all often and praying for a happy Christmas for you and for good health in the new year!!!!

  11. Thank you all so much for joining with our delight at the Dafter’s progress! And for not laughing too much at our cookies.

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