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This is my favorite time of the year!  The decorations, the parties, the kids with huge smiles on their faces and behaving Oh-So-Well because Gilbert, Our Elf, is ‘watching and reporting to Santa’ every day!

It can also be a crazy time of year…  the decorations, the parties… haha!   But it’s a special kind of crazy for moms.  Between the kids’ cookie-induced sugar highs, and the mall crowds, there’s no lack of amusing, funny, long-lasting memories being made. Sprout calls these experiences “Holiday MOMents.”

I had to share this “MOMent” with you today because it was just too ‘real-life’ not to share.  Through it all, we know moms want to capture every MOMent, don’t we?   I know that my kids will appreciate all of this one day.

I love going to my friend, Hillary’s cookie exchange.   (Hillary is the one who gave me this awesome idea for a no-gift first birthday party )  She is such a great hostess and it is always fun to talk to her (& some other great friends) at her parties!

So, normally, my cookies are tasty, but not so pretty.  I make these healthier oatmeal chocolate chip cookies a lot and they are great because they are just drop cookies (not cutesy shape or decorating involved!)  I make these 3-ingredient funfetti cookies a lot, too, and they turn out well for the same reason (drop cookies).

This year, for Hillary’s party, I decided to make these snowman cookies:

Here is what they SHOULD look like:   (ps- if you click on the picture, it will take you to the original pin where I found these)
snowman cookies

And, this is what MINE looks like:
A close up of a yellow snowman cookie with M&Ms on it.

Do they look anything alike? As my friend Angela P. would say… “Not so much”

So, I texted Hillary about an hour before the party (at this very moment, my husband was sick in bed with the flu, I was also making lasagna for our four kids and trying to help our oldest two boys with their school work.)  I told her that my cute snowman cookie’ looked liked a Caterpillar CSI victim.

So- the boys and I moved onto plan B and made a sugar cookie version of my Minty Brownies.

I got all of the kids to bed, left my husband with his cell and Hillary’s home number and I ran to the party for an hour or so (she just lives a few houses away, so I could be back in about 20 seconds.)
Of course, she was as sweet as always and was just happy that I was there, despite my cookie disaster!

My real life MOMent…

This is my MOMent.   What’s yours?

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Omg! These are so cute and the results are hilarious! Thank you for sharing and for showing that not every cookie tried on Pinterest looks like the pin. 🙂

  2. This is funny. This is how my cookies always turn out too. I figure as long as they taste yummy thats all that matters!

  3. This made me crack up, Becky! Your CSI comment… Poor Mickey was sick and couldn’t come to the rescue ; ) I hope he feels better, and at least you got girl time away! You know I love a good Christmas party!!

  4. Thank you for the belly laugh this morning! I stay away from a lot of the really cute stuff on pinterest for this very reason. “A caterpillar CSI victim!” Awesome!- I think that, with your colorful description was better than a boring “perfect” snowman any day! All the other balls you had in the air and were trying to juggle probably made the biggest difference in the cookie cosmetics, but kudos to you for being honest, and letting us enjoy your MOMent too 🙂

  5. Since you told a cookie story I will too 🙂 My little guy had a basketball team part at the end of the season. I made chewy double chocolate chip cookies! They looked pretty good smelled amazing and I even taste one to make sure that they tasted good! Everything was great, until we drove to the game and I realized I left them on the hood of the car! My hubby had to run to the grocery store and buy cookies during the game. I felt like that mom who claims to make baked good, but is trying to pass store bought cookies as her own. Oh and on the way home we found my cookie tin. It popped open and the cookies were ruined, but at least I got my tin back lol

  6. I LOL’d at “Caterpillar CSI victim”!! They’re cute! I’m sure they tasted fine, right?!

  7. That is hysterical! I don’t think I have seen cookies turn out worse! 😉

  8. Now that is very creative, i like little Christmas cookies, only thing is I buy mines, lol

  9. LOL! We have all been there! I secretly curse those moms whos cookies turn out perfectly! lol!

  10. Awww…your snowman don’t look TOO bad. I’m sure they tasted good at least! I had a similar baking-related MOMent a few weeks ago when I tried to make fudge for the very first time. The first batch turned out like gooey syrup and the second batch was rock hard. Neither was edible. The third batch, however, was pretty good!

  11. Becky this is so funny. I tried to make snow men from the Pillsbury almost homemade cookbook. Equal disaster. They look so easy but I had similar results. I swear they left out a crucial detail in the instructions.

  12. I just made candy that was supposed to look so pretty. Mine melted before I could even snap a picture. Your cookies look great, at least they are not a puddle!