Tuesday, December 16, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things...

These are a few of my favorite things at Christmas...


Wood Carved Santa my son carved and painted for me when he was 10 or 11 (he's now 16). He also made me a couple of smaller wood Santas as well and they are some of my favorite decorations at Christmas time.

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My sun ornament is one of my most treasured ornaments. I received it the same Christmas my mother passed away and it always reminds me of the last time I spent with her.


The Tools of Christmas!

Another favorite is my drawer full of cookie cutters! I love making cut out sugar cookies for the holidays. Its a tradition I've had with my kids since they were toddlers. I have the best recipe for sugar cookies, one you can mix and make right away no waiting to refrigerate them.

No Refrigerate Sugar Cookies

  • 1 Cup of Butter (Room Temp)
  • 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp of Orange Extract
  • 1 Tsp of Baking Powder
  • 3 Cups of Flour

Cream to together the first 5 ingredients. Mix the Baking powder with the Flour thoughly. Slowly add the flour to the creamed butter and sugar mixture (I use an electric hand mixer). Squeeze together a ball of dough, sprinkle out some flour on a smooth surface and roll out the dough and cut out with cookie cutters. Bake at 325 to 350 for about 8 min's.

My family loves these cookies and I usually end up making a double batch.

I was going to make a batch today but as luck would have it I was out of eggs so I'm hoping to make some tomorrow.


PS: You can click HERE to view my baked and frosted cookie post.


  1. I'll have to give your sugar cookie recipe a try. I finally found an acceptable royal icing recipe with the powdered egg whites, but my cookies are just average. I enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas video. I once gave someone a pop-up book of cut outs like these. Your bog is a fun place to visit to enjoy the Christmas spirit.


  2. I have always thought sugar cookies were rather dry and tasteless. I can't wait to try yours. Thank you so much for sharing your favorite recipie.