It is frigid outside so what could be better, after having graded final exams (appropriately for a course in Logistics & Transportation) as well as paper projects on topics as varied as Cape Cod traffic improvements to transportation in Buenos Aires to the rotary in Haiti to cement logistics, to name just a few, to do something also very creative -- bake holiday cookies!
Baking and distributing holiday cookies has been a tradition in my family for several years and we have gotten quite skilled at it. Nice that we practice what we preach is terms of efficiency, as well!
Every year it seems that we get busier and busier both professionally and personally but one keeps traditions alive for neighbors and family and finds time to do what needs to be done.
The logistics involve planning, purchasing ingredients, scheduling the baking and decorating, doing the baking and decorating, and, of course, outsourcing the dishwashing tasks and cleanup.
Then it is time to do the packaging, the writing of the cards, and the deliverying. Timing of delivery is very important since we want to make sure that the recipients are at home.
As for this year's holiday cookie "menu," for now, we have made the following cookies:
- rum balls with walnuts (coincidentally, one of my former undergrad Operations Management majors at the Isenberg School emailed me that he made a batch for his office party this year and they were loved -- special to have students stay in touch even after graduation),
- pecan sandies with powdered sugar,
- Swedish jam-filled cookies from my Administrative Assistant's recipe at the School of Business, Economics an Law in Gothenburg that I spent the major part of my sabbatical at last year (thank you, Wivvian!),
- cherry-filled almond cookies,
- a variety of colored wreaths and candy-cane cookies, and
- mitten butter cookies decorated with M&M's.
To be welcomed by warm smiles as the doors open and we deliver the plates of cookies is truly in the spirit of this season.
Happy Holidays to everyone!