Monday, December 20, 2010

Blogfest! (even if its late.)

Of course I sign up for a blog fest and my baby gets the tummy flu and I have spent the day taking care of him.

So without any more delay here is my Christmas decorations!

My tree:

My house. (note this is the first house where we have had outdoor lights so we are building our supply)

Lastly a favorite Christmas dessert. Sugar Cookies:

1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup shortening or butter*
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl cream the shortening and the sugar. Add the eggs, extract, and milk. In a medium bowl mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl. Mix with mixer until well combined. With hands, shape dough into a ball. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheets. Roll half or 1/3 dough at a time, keep the rest refrigerated. For crisp cookies, roll dough, paper thin. For softer cookies, roll 1/8 " to 1/4" thick. With floured cookie cutter, cut into shapes. Re-roll trimmings and cut.

Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on cookie sheets. Decorate Bake 8 minutes or until very light brown. With pancake turner, remove cookies to racks; cool. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Sorry about the lateness of the hour enjoy. :)


RaShelle said...

I love your outside lights!Especially the star on top. Beautiful!

Melissa said...

I love the outside lights! The star is my absolute favorite part! Great job!

Thank you so much for participating in our blog fest!

Michelle Merrill said...

Nice decorations. I'm sorry you have a sick child. I hope they get better by Christmas. Have a good week and Merry Christmas!

Mary Vaughn said...

Outside is beautiful.
Sorry about the tummy. Hope everyone is better.

Merry Christmas.

Olivia Carter said...

I've been looking for a good sugar cookie recipe! YEAH!

Nicole Zoltack said...

The star is awesome for you outdoor lights! Love it. Merry Christmas!

Jennie Bailey said...

Looks like you've really started building that supply - I love the STAR!!! Have a Merry Christmas!

Noble M Standing said...

Thanks guys. That sugar cookie recipie is the best I have found. I looked for it for 9 years. :) Funny, the star came with the house when we bought it it was hung from the garage rafters when we moved in.

Elizabeth Briggs said...

Your house looks very festive!

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear that you have a little one who is sick. Hope he is feeling better soon!

Like the star and outdoors lights.

Kimberly said...

Sugar cookies - I love sugar cookies.

Happy holidays!

Pendragon said...

agreed! Big star, Very cool

Danette said...

Better late than never, I always say. And I did my post late too-- had to work so I sympathize!

Be Jolly by Golly!

gideon 86 said...

Lights always make a house warm and welcoming.

Happy Christmas to you and your family.


Tara said...

Aww, I hope everyone is feeling better for the weekend!

Happy Holidays.