see him there to the back of the horse butt, near the yellow curb?
Mom took, this, her first digital photograph! Way to go Mom!
but it seems I am becoming anal about the way many things are done.... sorry Mom, Keith and others who have been confounded. I have to try to get them thin and crispy to suit my tastes.
No pictures yet of them with icing to highlight the faces and costumes.
I spent a few days with Mom this week making preparations for the holiday which is not so far away. We got down and dirty with the rolling pin and some cookie cutters like we used to do when I was about 8 years old. I remember those times with great excitement. I have always loved cookies and we made two kinds on this visit. The traditional Gingerbread men and some new fancy shortbread cookies with M&Ms on top. Mom says my grandfather Judge used to sing a little rhyme about the gingerbread man but neither of us can remember it. Anyone know a nursery rhyme about the guy who is made in the oven and jumps up and runs away?
We also did some shopping for holiday gifts but I can't write about that without spoiling the surprises we plan to spring on our loved ones. It was the perfect week for cookie making, rain rain and more rain with gray skies it is fun to be busy in the kitchen making sweet things.
I was in Middleburg last weekend for the annual hunt parade with Tom and Peter which was a lot of fun. I got some new cookie cutters there at a store the entire hunt parade dog pack visited when there was a pause in the parade. The dogs all 50 of them just followed the leader of the pack right inside this nice store... The dog master blew his little horn and the pack leader heard and came rushing out and the rest followed along. Then the parade continued. The horses are better behaved but they all have a keeper sitting on their backs so I guess they don't have as much freedom to roam during riding times. I enjoyed shopping after the dogs left. Got a great pair of copper cookie cutters, one a gingerbread man the other is a huge snowflake and they work very well. It was very cold last Saturday during the parade but the stores were plenty busy and very warm in Middleburg. I wish I could have taken Mom along to shop and see the parade and get to know some of my pals like the Rupperts who came to the party from Bethesda, but the streets are rough and the crowds large which make getting around very challenging on that parade day. I hope we can go some other time and enjoy some of that when it isn't so cold and full of people.