Sunday, December 13, 2009

Show us Your Life-Christmas Cookies

It's "Show Us Your Life- Christmas Cookies & Treats" over on Kelly's Korner this week. I went to a Wilton Christmas Cookie Blossom class at Joanne's about a month ago and learned how to make these yummy treats. They would make a great christmas gift. I included the recipe for the sugar cookie below.

This is the one that the instructor made.

Candy Cane Cookies

Christmas Tree Cookies

This was made by the girl I took the class with. I love her container.

Wilton Sugar Cookie Blossom Recipe
• 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
• 1 cup granulated sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. In large bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer for 2 minutes; scrape down bowl.
3. Cream the mixture for an additional minute.
4. Beat in egg and vanilla extract.
5. Sift baking powder and flour.
6. Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
7. The dough will be very stiff.
8. Blend in the last of the flour by hand.
9. Do not chill dough.
10. Roll dough to 3/8" thickness and cut out using cookie cutters.
11. Bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.
12. Remove cookies to cooling grid to cool completely.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I've been very bad about posting lately and I'm really going to work on that. I finally went full time at my job at the beginning of November and have been adjusting to managing my time now that I don't have several days off per month. I think I'm finally getting into a routine. I used to clean the house, update my blog, etc on my days off while Greg was working, but now we spend our weekends running errands and trying to fit some fun into the week.

So, several weeks ago, we decided to finish the basement. We've wanted to do it since we've moved in, but went back and forth about when we'd start (and by we, I mean Greg) and Greg has finally started it. I'm really proud of him. When we moved in, he was not handy at all, but owning our home has really brought out the worker in him and he's done so many projects since moving into our house. He already framed several of the walls, I'll post some pictures soon.

For Thanksgiving, we went to visit my mom and sister in Augusta, Georgia. It was so nice to see them. It'd been 6 months since I've seen them last. We went in on Tuesday morning and left the Sunday after Thanksgiving, so we had plenty of time to catch up and relax. We did a ton of shopping, including 4:00am black friday shopping, we went to Lights of the South, ate a ton of food, watched movies, etc. It was a great time, I just wish my dad, who's in Afghanistan, was there with us. He's coming back in January and I can't wait.

We got some snow on Saturday. I was so excited. It snowed all day. I'm glad it came on Saturday so we were able to just relax in our pajamas and watch movies all day. I opened the back door to take some pictures and our cat, Izzie was just as excited as we were, I think she wanted to go outside and play in it.

On Thanksgiving Day we found out that Greg's brother and sister-in-law are expecting another baby. I'm so excited! They already have a boy, Ian, who turned 2 on December 1st. She is due this summer. I can't wait to have another niece or nephew.

This past Sunday I celebrated another birthday. Another year older. My birthday and the upcoming new year have got me thinking about some new year's resolutions and things I want to accomplish. I want to make a list of fun stuff/goals that I want to accomplish before this time next year. I want it to be a mix of fun stuff, like a bucket list and things I need to do, like workout. I've started on it and will post it on here when I finish.

Well, that's enough catching up. I will start posting more often so my blogs aren't long ramblings of random things.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

It's Been Awhile

Sorry that it's been awhile since I've posted. I've been very busy with the holidays/work/etc. and have just not had time to post like I'd like to. I promise that I will be better about it. It's one of my new year's resolutions, but I won't wait that long before posting more. I plan to spend this weekend getting organized and then I'll start posting more often.