Cookies for the Cudas

You all know me as Jeanne, from ajeanneinthekitchen, but that is only part of who I am.  When I am not in the kitchen, I can always be found somewhere in the water.  I am a “professional mermaid and dolphin”.  I teach a wide variety of water aerobic classes; I am an age group swim coach for the Front Range Barracudas, aka The Cudas; I am a Masters Swimmer (I was still competing up until a couple of years ago before I had my injuries, but am planning on coming back again real soon) and I am an avid scuba/rescue diver.  We travel and dive all over the world.  With that being said, yesterday was the end of our season for The Cudas, but it was also the end of an era for our home pool, so we had a “Bye-bye BCC (Broomfield Community Center) party for the team.   As well as being one of the coaches for the team, I am also the self-appointed food coordinator for the team.  Surprise, surprise, I know.  Our party was a potluck so everyone brought something, though mostly cookies and snacks.  I too brought cookies, but of course, I made my own.  No store bought cookies for this girl; no way.   Knowing that I was making cookies for kids who are all under ten years old, I knew I had to keep it fun and pretty simple.  I found some fun pastel colored mint chips that I used instead of chocolate chips, and made the team’s cookies with those.  They were a big hit, and by the end of the party, they had all completely disappeared.  I will take that as a major stamp of approval.  🙂   The party was a lot of fun, and all my swimmers had a blast, but it was also a bittersweet day, particularly for me.  BCC has been a part of my daily life for the past 15 years.  I still work, coach and swim at plenty of other pools, but that was my home pool.  The new pool will be phenomenal once it is built, but we won’t have it for about another two years.  Oh well.  Another day, another pool.  All of my Cudas and myself will still “just keep swimmin” no matter where we are.


All it takes to put a few smiles on our kids’ faces.




My Sous Chef and special assistant, Nicodemus, who was supervising and making sure Mommy did everything just right.






Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

7 thoughts on “Cookies for the Cudas”

      1. Yes! There was a water safety event and we took the children. Then a paramedic spoke about the importance of knowing how to swim and how every pool drowning in children can be avoided, if the children know how to swim.

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