Wednesday, December 24, 2008

M-E-R-R-Y C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S !!

My favorite part of Christmas time is baking. I love baking and giving to others, but something put a small damper on that this year. Unfortunately, with my surgery, I wasn't able to bake like I am use to, but I didn't give up on the tradition of doing cut-outs with Cameron. Shawn had the brilliant idea of getting gingerbread and sugar cookies that were already in a roll and then we just roll them out and cut them out with our cookie cutters. Well, let me tell you that I will NEVER do that again. The dough was just way too difficult to work with and by the time I cut the cookies out, they were so soft that you couldn't hardly move them from the counter to the cookie sheet. The gingerbread men and women got along alot better then the sugar cookies, but it was just such a hassle. Let me just say that I missed working with my own sugar cookie recipe this year. We will definitely get back to it next year!! Anyway, my parents are coming into town today and I will see them for a little bit tonight and then we are heading to my in-laws house to light luminaries for all of our loved ones that have passed away and then we will take them to the cemeteries(another family tradition). We will visit with them and then come home, unwrap gifts with Cameron in the early morning, off to my in-laws again and then back home in the afternoon to spend time with my parents. Did you catch all that? I know, it is kinda crazy, but I am hoping for a smooth plan for next year where we spend Christmas Eve with one side of the family and Christmas Day with the other side. It would make it easier on all of us (I think). I guess that is one drawback of being married (lol). Well, I took pictures of us making Christmas cookies last night and thought I would post a couple for you to see.

Here is to wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year!


He And Me + 3 said...

I don't bake at all this time of year, but what fun your whole family had...and YUM! Merry Christmas.

Kelly said...

cookies look yummy. thanks for the heads up on the cookie dough.

McCrakensx4 said...

I love baking too and I posted all about it as well! Our family tradition is delivering plates of cookies to our neighbors on Christmas Eve! Merry Christams Lisa! ~Stacey

MamaBear said...

If you try the store bought dough again next year, hear are a couple tips I've learned from my own mistakes and from my MIL:

only take out 1/3 of the dough at a time. Keep the rest in the refrigerator.

Put the scraps in the frig after each rolling out of the dough to chill them again

use powdered sugar instead of flour to keep dough from sticking to counter or roller (it keeps the dough from getting tough)

instead of using your fingers to pick up the cookie and put it on the tray for baking, use the spatula to scoop them up (a metal one dusted with powdered sugar slides the best)

Glad to see you all had a great Christmas too.