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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sugar Cookies for Christmas

Baking Christmas cookies is one of the most fun pastimes of the season. The older kids mix the cookies up, cut out the shapes, and bake them. We use 6 different cookie cutters, consisting of a gingerbread man, snowflake, star, tree, bell, and a candy cane. After the cookies are baked and cooled, we all decorate them with frosting and sprinkles. It really is so much fun. 

CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPE
1 and 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
MIX THESE INGREDIENTS, THEN ADD:
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 and 3/4 cup flour
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  • Refrigerate for 1 hour
  • Spread flour on flat surface. this will coat the dough so it won't be so sticky.
  • take small amount of dough at a time and roll in out on surface. roll out to about 1/4 inch thickness, maybe a little thicker.
  • cut out shapes, and place them on cookie sheet.
  • bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. 
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POWDERED SUGAR FROSTING:
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pinch (tiny amount) salt
 Milk
  • add milk until right consistency
  • It's OK to add milk and powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.
  • add food coloring to make different colors.
  • frosting will harden after a while. Just microwave it to soften it up again.
Have fun! This is one of the best ways to spend the holidays.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank you, God, #2

Thanks to God for friends
Thank you, God, for crazy friends
Who give the day an awesome end.
Thanks for people who I can trust
Who do not make a lot of fuss.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thanks to God for food

Food Thanks
Thank You, God, for healthy food.
Thanks for food that just tastes good.
But most of all I wish to include
A thanks for healthy, good tasting food.

Friday, November 2, 2012

CMA Awards

In Honor of the 2012 Country Music Association Awards, I drew a picture (OK I was just bored during commercials). Brad Paisley will continue to be one of my favorite singers.

 Here are the winners this year:
Entertainer of the year: Blake Shelton
Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert
Male vocalist of the year: Blake Shelton
New artist of the year: Hunter Hayes
Vocal group of the year: Little Big Town
Vocal duo of the year: Thompson Square 
Single of the year: "Pontoon" - Little Big Town 
Album of the year: "Chief" - Eric Church
Song of the year: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton - "Over You"
Musical event of the year: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw - "Feel Like a Rock Star"
Music video of the year: Toby Keith - "Red Solo Cup" 
Musician of the year: Mac McAnally
 And my personal favorite CMA show, Brad and Carrie with their "Country Gangnam Style," Or "Sexy Paisley."