Making Cookies and Hexies

Baking/cooking, family, Handful of Scraps, Murrieta Stars – Flannel

candy-canesI am on my last row of Hexies for Handful of Scraps and I had to baste about 45 pieces as I had about run out – they were already cut so I did them while Mike and I watched a movie last night and started to add the row.  If I stick to it I can finish it this week.


This much of Murrieta Stars was quilted on Friday night – I didn’t work on it Saturday night.  I will be working on my hexies for my Slow Sunday Stitching project.  Also linking to Quilting is More Fun Than Housework


Now on to the cookies – our daughter Melanie came over yesterday afternoon for our annual cookie baking and Aniya came with her – Aniya announced as she came in that coming to my house every year to make cookies is one of her favorite traditions!  The girl is 6 years old – I think those words were something she hears from Melanie LOL –  I think she was three when she started to come over to the house with Melanie to start this tradition.

Melanie and Aniya


Aniya and one of the cookies she decorated and cut out.


Opening up her Christmas present from us –


I never thought a  play dough kit would bring this big of a reaction and  such a huge hug – the play dough kit that makes hamburgers and hot dogs/lettuce, onion – all things barbecue was a big hit.

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She takes her baking very seriously – having a child around makes it all of a sudden seem more like the holidays are really coming up –  My grandchildren live quite a distance from me and I only see them once or twice a year so having Aniya around fills in the gap a bit, she has become a part of the family.

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  • Marianne Dec 17, 2017

    The enthusiasm of the young is indeed what makes holidays fun. What a cutie!

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      it really makes the holidays – I really wasn’t in much of a holiday mood until they came over to help bake

  • Kathi Dec 17, 2017

    I am so happy Aniya looks at cookie making at your home already as a fave tradition… whether she is mimicing what she heard or not… it seems a great time was def had by all… I love the cookie she made too!!! And such a nice play doh set you found for barbecue pretend fun!
    Have a blessed Sunday as you finish up your handful of scraps and maybe put some stitches in your big quilt.. how will you finish the edges of Handful?? will you cut them all even and bind or do something else??? Kathi
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      I will probably cut the hexies even I find that the easiest way and don’t know if I would want to do the hard way. Yes Aniya is such a beautiful child – she has become such a part of the familu

  • Wendy Dec 17, 2017

    What a great tradition for the two of you to share! The cookies look delicious. Thanks for sharing the pictures of the two of you working together and sharing a hug!
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      thanks Wendy – kids really make the holiday’s fun don’t they

  • Susan Riley Dec 17, 2017

    Moda Layer Cake – William Morris 2017 by V & A Museum
    $40.00 $26.80
    40% off Karen! Green Fairy Quilts
    I’ve only made 1 batch of cookies 🙁
    Feeding the entire side of the Rileys-East Coast at least today plus a couple from SF. Get going Susan!

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      Susan I have plenty of fabric for the quilt now – but that layer cake you mention is the same fabric that I got in the 40ct fat quarter bundle – it is beautiful fabric.

  • Diann Bottrell Dec 17, 2017

    Looks like you had a lot of fun with Aniya! Playdough is always a fun gift – I think even adults enjoy playing with it! Enjoy your stitching time today, Karen.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      thanks Diann – making xmas cookies with a child is always fun isn’t it. – and yes playdough is fun (so are lego’s)

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 17, 2017

    The picture of you and Aniya just melts my heart, love it! It brings back fond memories of when I used to bake cookies with my kids and than grandkids. I love seeing Handful of Scraps, almost finished! A little done here and there will get Murrieta Stars done too. Cloudy here today and we had some much needed rain yesterday. Enjoy your hexie stitching today.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      that was pure luck Melanie had been taking photos of Aniya unwrapping her present saw what she was going to do and snapped it. A joy for a child to be here around Xmas with our own grandchildren a ways away from us and teenagers now to boot. We had much needed half inch of rain in the night – more needed Arkansas is in a drought

  • Deb Dec 17, 2017

    ah what a fun time she had with you! 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      I’m glad to say she loves coming here to visit

  • Suzanne Dec 17, 2017

    A sweet tradition that the little one can continue with her family in the future.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      for sure

  • Jill Dec 17, 2017

    Good progress on Murrieta Stars, hexies and cooking baking. Fun for all. Simple things with kids make the holidays.
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      kids make the holidays special don’t they

  • Cynthia Brunz Dec 17, 2017

    I bet that hug will be felt for a long time 🙂

    Your hexagon top is almost finished! What will you make next. Thanks for linking up with Oh Scrap!
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      yes that was a good hug – we are lucky to have gotten Aniya as part of our family – she is my son in law’s nieces daughter
      after the hexagon quilt is finished I have a historical quilt in the plan – starting on it in the new year!

  • Holly Jahangiri Dec 17, 2017

    Making Christmas cookies is one of those happy memories I have of my grandmother, and something that always coaxes me into a festive mood when holiday stress and blues start to set in.

    Today, I am going to leap in and make a wassail. Never even tasted one, before, so this could be a fun adventure… I plan to make some cookies to make up for any other culinary disasters. 🙂
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      my daughter loves Wasail – I prefer plain apple cider. Yes I hope Aniya keeps these memories as she gets older

  • Quilter Kathy Dec 17, 2017

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing the joy of your visit with us!

    • Karen Dec 17, 2017

      thanks for stopping by Kathy – small children just really bring the happiness of the season to light don’t they

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