Thursday, December 3, 2009
Slow Start: Recipe Included!
We are having a very slow start to Christmas this year. Yesterday I potted some narcissus bulbs and found our advent numbers that we hang each year. And Andrew and I hung 1 and 2 yesterday and 1 has since fallen down. I don't think we'll get our tree this weekend, but wait until next weekend so it isn't yellow by Christmas. Though, with the heat in our apartment, it very well could be yellow by Christmas. ;)
I am enjoying this slow start. This gradual buildup. This year I don't mind too much that I don't have the holiday all figured out. Like how exactly we are going to hang those advent numbers. And when to plan our trip into Manhattan with the kids to see the hubbub. It will happen. And it will be great.
Little by little Christmas and I will find each other.
I was planning on sharing the recipe for these cookies, which are my all-time favorite Christmas Cookies, but sometime between 6 o'clock last night and 7:30 this morning, I lost the recipe. Which, happens to me all the time with this recipe in particular. So, Mom? Tara? Can you send me the recipe? again? ;)
Good news! I just got this email from my mom! Thanks, Mom!
3/4 C.butter, softened
1/2 C. sugar
1 t. vanilla extract (sometimes I substitute w/ almond)
1 3/4 C.flour
2 T. milk
1 egg slightly beaten
In mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually add sugar, then vanilla and beat until well blended. Gradually add flour and milk, mixing until well blended. Chill dough for ease in handling, then divide into 4 equal parts. Work w/ one part of dough at a time, refrigerating remainder. Divide each part in 8 pieces and roll piece into a 8" strand. Put on cookie sheet, twisting in a pretzel shape. Brush w/ egg, then sprinkle w/ colored sugar. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven 8-10min. until lightly browned. Cool on racks. makes 32
Woman's Day Best Ideas for Christmas 1974
I now use parchment paper on the cookie sheets.
Enjoy! This never makes enough.