Thursday, December 22, 2011

Almost Christmas…

The last couple of days have been filled with cookie baking…

(recipe below)





and cookie decorating…


Cinnamon, Cranberry Bread making…

(click for recipe)


and sampling…


Early Christmas dinner and celebrating with oldest daughter and her family,

(who are heading to the in-laws this year)…



A bit of early gift opening…


Newest grandbaby holding…


Just the usual holiday busyness and blessings! Smile

Our Favorite Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons whole milk
4 cups all purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy. Stir in milk. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to creamed mixture and incorporate well. Wrap and chill 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Bake til edges are just golden on ungreased cookie sheet.


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  1. Just gorgeous! Love your activities and photos, and your music. Have a wonderful Christmas Elizabeth, looks like it's started very well!

  2. How very pretty are your cookie making pictures. Almost makes me want to bake ~ but not quite. I gave up making Christmas cookies years ago. Didn't need the extra calories and it was nice to let go of one of those things I always felt "pressured" to do at Christmas. Now my daughter is making the cookies and I like that so much better. Merry Christmas ~ Cindy.

  3. Have a wonderful Christmas. Sharing the first Christmas is a gift of joy. Enjoy yourself and you family. :)

  4. hearts gathered .. sweet wonderfulness!
    ***love*** how your wee little grand daughter
    decorated those cookies. perfection..truly.
    so cute. beautiful table and i'm sure your
    menu was heaven to the taste buds.

    mErry CHRISTmas, dear friend.

  5. Beautiful pics. Christmas blessings to all.

  6. Oh Elizabeth! The precious new Grand baby just makes my heart melt! How wonderful to have family around the Holidays. I know everyone was joyous to be together - and those cookies look so good! Even the little one and her decorating skills, such a treasure! Isn't that what life is all about? Just stopping by to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  7. How sweet everything looks, especially the grand-babies! May you and yours experience the joys of the holiday season!


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