Thursday, December 22, 2011

holiday baking

Is there anything better than holiday baking?
The mixing, the rolling, the cutting, the baking and the decorating!
I have been using this same great sugar cookie recipe for years now and if any of you are prepared for hours of kitchen labor, here's the recipe...

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth.  Beat in eggs and vanilla with a hand mixer.
Make sure to SIFT the flour, baking powder, and salt and hand mix the entire mixture.
Cover and chill overnight.  
p.s the harder the dough the easier it is to roll out.

Now, preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Roll out dough on floured surface.  Use the flour liberally on your hands and rolling pin to prevent the dough from sticking.  Cut into shapes and place one inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
p.s  I always set the timer for five minutes and usually the cookies are perfectly soft.
Some ovens need to bake one minute longer but I wouldn't exceed 6 minutes or they will burn!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

the tree is up!

We have been busy, busy, busy the last week 1/2 which contributed to the lack of attention on my blog!
We were asked to watch a family for a week and we had a fabulous time!  Going from a family of 3 to a family of 7 was quite the event as we drove kids to seminary, mutual, school, piano lessons and dance lessons.  Little Charlie loved having 4 additional siblings for a week and had so much fun with them.

On a holiday note,
the tree is up, the ornaments are dangling and 
we are counting down days till Christmas!

Friday, December 2, 2011

weekend plans

We have a few plans for the weekend which include...
getting a Christmas tree
holiday decorating
visiting with Leanna and Azzie
some holiday shopping
doing some laundry of course!

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