CAN YOU SPELL COOKIES?
What fun we had at our Fall retreat in LaVeta with a beautiful of the Spanish Peaks. Six members enjoyed staying at the lovely house that Lorella and Nick are trying to sell there. Cassandra and Donna stayed at the local RV park with Grandpa and the kids. June drove down with our hosts a couple of days early to help them decorate. Penny and Arlene carpooled with Elenna and enjoyed the drive down the front range.
Penny made a cute banner illustrating all the letters of the alphabet with common household items.
Friday night Nick fired up the grill and we had a wonderful b-b-q with shared brats, steaks and burgers. Lorella and Arlene used her two bread machines to make hot loaves. The rest of the meal was a pot-luck of salads. We finally all retired to our beds after visiting late into the evening.
Saturday morning we enjoyed Penny's breakfast burritos and Elenna's cranberry bread along with sliced fruit.
Of course we had cookies available all day and evening. We started the meeting with our traditional scramble. Arlene gave her presentation, "Can You Spell Cookies" sharing cutters from her collection of alphabet and number cutters. After show and tell we adjourned to go to the downtown "Octoberfest" festival. We liked walking down Main street that had been converted to a street fair with booths and good food to buy for lunch. A favorite booth had homemade pies. After spending a couple of hours and more than a couple of dollars, we went back to the house to restart the meeting.
During the business meeting we decided on a design for our 2012 convention contribution. We decided to meet at June's house in December for a potluck and cookie exchange (to be finalized later but tentatively set for Friday evening, December 9th). Cassandra and Donna volunteered to do the Spring meeting with a theme of Miniature Cookie Cutters. Save the date: Saturday, April 14, 2012. We then start some early planning for our convention in 2016. We were talking about ideas for themes. Several members volunteered to start looking for hotels. If anyone wants to be part of the committee for convention planning please contact Arlene. We ended the meeting with our traditional raffle with lovely items donated by members, including several from out of state. Proceeds from our raffles go to fund the donations we make to national convention goody bags and our future convention expenses. Elenna won the door prize of a backpack outfitted with picnic supplies. She plans to keep as an emergency kit in her van. After our dinner from Simply Sloppy Joes which was supplemented with the salads, bread and fruit we watched a short DVD recorded from the Food Network about how Foose manufactures their cookie cutters. Again we visited late into the evening.
Sunday morning we had more of the burritos bread and fruit and then packed up for the drive home. June joined the carpool as they stopped in Colorado Springs at the flea market. There were a couple of nice finds there including some ceramic molds and a cast iron mold. I hated to see the fun end.
Hope to see you in December and April,