Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holidays quickly approaching

Update on the house: the sellers accepted the offer, the inspection went well, and we close January 26th!

I made my very favorite Christmas cookies. Seriously, no-fail, and perfect taste, texture, and consistency. Give it a try:

Best Sugar Cookies
(Better Homes & Gardens, 1968)

2/3 c. butter (we use Earth Balance dairy-free not-butter)
¾ c. sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
4 teaspoons milk (soy milk works great here, or soy creamer)
2 c. all purpose flour
1-½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add in egg, beat till light and fluffy. Stir in milk. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half and chill for 1 hour. On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/4" thickness (chill other half until ready to use) Cut in desired shapes with cutters. Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees about 6-8 minutes. Cool slightly; remove from pan. Frost and decorate as desired.

I'm also re-creating some very old crocheted stockings for a friend. It was a little "interesting" figuring out how to knit something that was crocheted, and I had three incidents of ripping out everything I had knit, but this pattern (Ravelry link) really helped.

The original is on the left, my reproduction on the right - you can at least tell that they're related to each other. I'm working on a bright green one now. Hopefully they will work for my friend and become a part of their holiday traditions like the originals.

What holiday traditions are you in the midst of?

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