Family gathered at my sister's house early on Saturday morning. Each of us brought our own cookie dough batter so the mixing part of the preparation was done and all we had to do was bake.
Below (photo) my son-in-laws mother, my sister, sister-in-law, and niece.
Before long, yummy trays of cookies were in and out of the oven and the kitchen smelled of sugar and spice and everything nice! Mmmmmm.....so good.
(Below) My niece waits for another tray to come out of the oven.
My nephew joined in and helped with some of the decorating.
We baked all day......ate, drank and merrily enjoyed each other's company all in the spirit of the holiday.
During our lunch break we were surprised and entertained by this beautiful hawk sitting in the tree outside the living room window. My photo is not very good but you can see him on the right side of the photo. He swooped down for some worms then back up on the limb again. He actually hung around for quite some time.