Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas Ideas

Last year a customer who I've known, casually, for years brought me the neatest gift. She made a batch of sugar cookie dough, which she rolled out on parchment paper and then loosely wrapped it around an empty paper towel roll. She then wrapped the log in a piece of cling wrap to keep it fresh. She tied a couple of cookie cutters to the bundle, with a cute note telling me that she knew how hard it was to find time to make cookies while working.

Why I loved this gift:
#1 I didn't have to mix the dough myself and it was ready to cut into shapes.
#2 When I received the gift, we already had tons of other goodies, so I threw the bundle in the freezer and later when we were bored and starving for something sweet, we got it out and made cookies.
#3 This lady, who I barely know, took the time to make something that was so appreciated. It was thoughtful, usable and didn't clutter up my house, plus it made 4 kids and one busy mom super happy.

This year I plan to make several cookie dough logs to take to my busy friends and to several ladies who are on my Visiting Teaching route.

This is my Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe, my kids are huge fans of these!
2 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 c butter or shortening
1 c sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 T. milk

sift flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg together. (I have never done this). Cream butter and sugar. Mix eggs and milk. Add eggs and milk to butter mixture. Add dry ingredients. Chill dough. Roll 1/4 inch thick. Cut out cookies. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375 for 8-10 minutes. Cool. Frost cookies

*The nutmeg gives these cookies a special taste. Rick isn't a huge fan of that flavor, so I cut it down to 1/2tsp of nutmeg.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Foggy mornings, colored paper Indians and Pilgrims jammed into backpacks, 2 inches of snow, melting. Shopping lists crossed off, refrigerator crammed full of things to cook and bake. Bedding washed for out of town guests, one more bathroom to scrub. Hungry kids drooling over the pie. One more day. Let the Feasting Begin! Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 1, 2007


Here' are the kids, anxious to start Trick or Treating. This year my mother-in-law came with us, I think she enjoyed going with us. This was the first year I can recall that there wasn't any rain, wind or freezing temperature. Two layers of pj's under the costumes were all we needed to wear this year. The jackets stayed in the car, people were able to tell that the kids were dressed up.
This is the one and only costume I made this year. I think it turned out beautifully. The silk fabric was so slick, combined with a slippery lining and even more slick satin blanket binding. At the care center one older man was really impressed by Abby's costume. I told him that I made it myself. He said it was too bad that none of the Japanese elderly people were around to enjoy it. I told him we brought our own and introduced him to Hana.
Abby has asked to keep this out so she can play dress-up with it. I would like to put it away in our costume box. What would you suggest?
We stopped by the Fire Station for candy, Peter was so excited to tell the Fireman that he was a firefighter. The Fireman barely responded, Peter was a bit disappointed by his lack of enthusiasm.
Michelle was so excited for Halloween, every morning for the last week or so she'd ask me if she could wear her pumpkin costume and go get candy.
Cristine was a cute ladybug. This was the last time we saw her hat and pink sock, not sure why she has it on her hand. She was a big hit with the patients at the Care Centers we visited.
Somehow she keeps finding candy, I think it is all hidden away, then I find her with a lollipop in her mouth. I need to go look for candy hiding places in the kids room.