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Some of my staff are leaving for Christmas as early as monday so I gave out my gifts. I got all the girls (the vast majority of my staff) a handmade bubble wand that is in the shape of a butterfly. The men on my staff (all two of them) got a box of fudge (3 flavors) in place of the bubble wand. They all got a half dozen of the peanut butter potato chip cookies that I find absolutely fascinating. I made them for the first time about 8 years ago and only repeated the process 2 or 3 times since then. However, the use of a potato chip in a cookie continues to astound me. I was talking about this recipe to a couple of my friends at work and they were put off rather than intrigued. So, to prove to them all that such a thing DOES taste good, I made an enormous batch for everyone. (So far I have rave reviews!)

To Cokie, Jayme, and Zack I am giving a small glass bowl with dragonflies stamped on the sides ... filled with the cookies. The only hick-up is that I broke one of the bowls and so I have two large ones and one small one (that I had bought for myself but is going in for the cause). I am at a loss as to who to give the small one to (Zack or Jayme) so I am going to let Jayme pick which one he wants tomorrow (whoever gets the smaller one also gets some fudge ... so his sweet tooth may push him in that direction).

I made another big batch of the cookies tonight and I am going to give my two friendliest neighbors and my landlord a small plate of cookies. I also have 100 more (I did say it was a big batch) that I am going to leave out tomorrow in various places around the insectarium for the other departments with a note saying "Merry Christmas from the Husbandry Staff". I think it will be a nice treat. I am only sad that I won't be there to see everyone enjoy them Tuesday. I am taking the day off to pack for the trip home.

I love Christmas! I know it sounds cliche but I really do enjoy the giving much more than the receiving. I really am chafing under this reduced budget making me unable to be as generous as I would like. I wasn't able to get what I would ideally like to get for everyone I know and love ... but I will simply revel in the fact that I get to spend time with family!

One thing I would like to do while home is go to the discovery place where they have a Pompeii exhibit right now. I am hoping I can convince my Uncle and/or Father to go with me but if not I might still venture out solo. Sadly, most of my friends are either not coming to Charlotte for Christmas or spending such a small amount of time that I don't think we will even have time for lunch let alone a museum exhibit!

Well, hopefully tomorrow I am going to have time to get my home together, wrap all my presents, and get started packing. I know this much - I am done baking!

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momomom
Dec. 22nd, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
You are the Christmas Spirit and it made me happy to read this today.

Also, I googled your peanut butter potato chip cookies for recipees. Mmmm! But there is a lot of variety, want to share or link to yours?

serendith
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
Awww - thank you!

Everyone I work with is such a scrooge and I was raised in a family that sells Christmas ornaments for a living so the entire year is one long countdown to Dec 25! So this year has been really wierd leading up to the festivities.

I admit I didn't use the same recipe that I had in the past. I normally only make them for Christmas and get the recipe from my Mother's cookbook. The recipe I used this time is below. I am not sure if it is the same one but it was easy and I was very happy with the results

PEANUT BUTTER POTATO CHIP COOKIES

1 c. butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. light brown sugar
4.5 oz. bag crushed potato chips (I use ritz)
12 oz. bag peanut butter chips
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2.5 c. Flour

Cream butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla; beat well.
Add baking soda and flour together. Then, add crushed potato chips and the peanut butter chips.
Drop by teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes!!

When I doubled this recipe I got about 150 cookies ... so I am figuring (depending on the size of the cookie) you get about 6 dozen out of this version.
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