I can hardly believe how fast this year has gone. It seems like we were just planting a garden and now it is time to bake Christmas cookies.
I have been working so much on the mystery quilt that I have let many of my housecleaning and laundry chores get backed up. I think I have my Christmas shopping finished except to order a cool jimi hendrix shirt I just discovered that one of my nephews would really like to have for his special gift. I love it when the kids let you know what they really want. It makes opening gifts so much more fun!
I need to start wrapping gifts so that I know if I need to buy paper and bows. I think I have enough but would hate to run short. Both the kids will be home this year so I need to get organized and not be wrapping gifts at midnight on Christmas Eve. Do any of you do that? I am such a procrastinator.
We finally found a health insurance provider. What an ordeal! We have had to change providers every year for the past 4 years. It is such a pain getting medications all set up. Thankfully, we can stay with our same doctor.
I am off to bed now so I can get started with cleaning in the morning. Nite.
One of my most favorite things to do during the holiday season is to bake cookies. I have a wonderful recipe for cut out Christmas cookies. I have accumulated many cookie cutters over the years and it is fun to get them out once a year. It is like greeting an old friend. Okay, maybe not that sweet but it is fun. LOL Buy.com has a whole set of Christmas cookie cutters at their website that you might want to check out. Their sale prices are unbelievable. That set would make a great gift for newlyweds and is only $16.50!
Here are some hints that I have found that make making Christmas cookies a simple and fun task.
Cookie dough is much easier to work with after it’s been refrigerated for at least half an hour–and the cut-outs will hold their shape better if the dough is cold.
* Keep cookie cutters from sticking to the dough by misting them very lightly with cooking spray.
* If you’re cutting out delicate or large shapes, roll out the dough on parchment paper, lifting off the scraps; slide the paper directly onto a baking sheet.
If you need to mail your cookies:
When making cut-out cookies for mailing, choose fairly sturdy shapes without too many pointy edges.
* Pack decorated, dry cookies in a flat, sturdy container with a tight-fitting lid. Line it with parchment or waxed paper.
* Pack a selection of cookie shapes in a single layer, fitting them together as closely as possible. Now pile more cookies into the container, stacking same-shape cookies on top of each other.
* When the container is full, put wadded-up pieces of wax paper or unbuttered air-popped popcorn into any empty spaces, then seal the lid. Wrap the container in bubble wrap, and pack it into a box. The cookies should arrive fresh, beautiful and full of home-baked love.
Happy Holidays everyone!