The Icing on the Christmas!

Okay, I know I’ve posted about these before. . . but just in case you need a little inspiration to give My Mom’s fool-proof sugar cookies a chance, I am re-sharing the recipe, and some of the fun I had decorating this year!

I love decorating!

Mom’s Cut-Out Sugar Cookies

Ingredients: 

  • 1 and 1/2 C. butter, softened
  • 2 c. white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight). 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4-1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter (or, in dire straits, the top of a drinking glass!). Place cookies 1 inch apart on lightly greased cookie sheets.
Bake 6-8 minutes in preheated. Tip: It’s always better to take them out before you think they’re totally done. Cool completely before frosting!
cookies
Then eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next several days. . . It’s good stuff, trust me.
cookies are delicious

Merry Baking!

decorate lots of christmas trees this year!!!

Students With Skillz

And, yes, that’s skillz with a Z.

Check out the  gorgeous bow bracelet one of my students made! Isn’t it adorable? She made it out of an old purse with a little help from a YouTube tutorial. I’m in love with how it looks, SUCH a pretty piece! Next time I have an old piece of leather (or faux leather!) lying around, this will be my model!

She did such a good job with the finishing/closure- it looks professionally made, doesn’t it? 

Now check out the insanely delicious “Cauldron Cake my student made (inspired by the descriptive goodness of J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter, for those of you who may not be aware) . . . I can personally attest to the fact that these tasted as INSANELY good as they look! They are also getting added to my things-to-bake bucket list (my Oven List?)!

My final share of the week? Check out one student’s wonderful (and on-topic!) sense of humor!

Un béguin (as we learned this week) is another word for a crush (as in: Young girls often had a crush on Jonathon Taylor-Thomas during the 1980s and 90s.)

Things ‘n Stuff…

Life Moments for General Shareage:

1.) There is nothing so wonderful as holding a sleeping baby.

. . . although, awake babies are pretty frickin fantastic, too. . .

2.) I am artsy.

3.) My brother is the recipient of far too many baked goods.

As an affirmed stress-baker, I am attempting not to become enormous, so, lately I’ve taken to dropping baked goods off on a weekly basis for my little brother and the six guys he lives with in a college dorm-appartment . . . I think they love me.

4.) Sometimes, when I am procrastinating, the things I find to take up my time can get a little ridiculous. . . 

5.) I am in love with Delta Rae’s song “Bottom of the River” 

Check it out:  . . . actually, maybe it’s just Delta Rae that I’m liking. . . since I enjoy their sound in most things I’ve heard so far. Exhibit B: