Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Cookies!

It's that time of year again!  Yes, indeed, it is the time of year to make cookies!

(It may be unoriginal, since it seems like many people make Christmas cookies...  But cookies are so good!  I am not ashamed.)

My family does not have many recipes that have been handed down through the generations.  Well, perhaps I should be more specific.  We do not have many recipes that have been handed down through many generations--I have plenty from both my parents and my grandparents.  But from my mother's grandmother's grandmother...  those recipes are few and far between.

And one of those special generational recipes is for White Cookies.  They are not sugar cookies.  In fact, they are light and fluffy and cakey--and not too sweet.  (One of the ingredients is, I kid you not, sour milk.)  I have never encountered them anywhere else--not in bakeries or other stores.  My mother makes them every year for Christmas.

And this year, I tried my hand at making them.

All ready to go into the oven
(yes, there are trees and stars and bells and the Christmas Duck)

Out of the oven, cooling

With icing!  Just perfect, because the cookies themselves
aren't too sweet--the sugar isn't overpowering

My friend getting ready to sample the success

They turned out very, very well--especially for a first try!  They went very quickly, too--my husband didn't even get any before they disappeared!  I think making some more may be in order.

Speaking of making more, those are just one of the types of cookies I've made.  With one of my friends, we have overall made five different kinds of cookies, with two more to go...  We have made chocolate chip cookies (two batches), sugar cookies, the aforementioned white cookies, oatmeal cookies, and Andes mint chocolate chunk cookies.  Still to go are the snickerdoodles and peanut butter cookies.

Yes, indeed, it is that time of year again!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Snow, Snow, Snow...

It was such a dry summer...  and now, all of a sudden, there is SNOW everywhere!

Our Backyard...  taken on Monday, 12-13-2010

It has been snowing every other day, it seems--not giving the first round a chance to thaw, either, since the temperature is hovering below freezing.  (Imagine, it's snowing now, as I type this.)  

And, with snow, comes a wonderful bevy of problems...  including, but not limited to: 

  1. difficulty getting in and out of the driveway
  2. dropping my camera in said driveway and accidentally running over it 
  3. having our mailbox be taken out by out-of-control vehicles twice on the same day (first time took the top off, the second time took down the post)--and no, none of us were the ones that hit it

Fun times!  Still, even with that, the good has been outweighing the bad...  we are all safe and cozy.  There was no mail in the mailbox when it got hit.  AND my camera still works.  (Amazingly!  It now has lots of personality--in the form of superficial scratches--and I think I should be part of a camera commercial!)  

The Sky...  taken right after my camera got run over
(I took it to see if the camera was still working--and it was!)

And what's more--the Christmas tree is up, there is egg nog in the fridge, I am wearing jingle bell earrings, and I have happy slippers (early Christmas presents).  Even as grumpy as I have been the last few days, I am remembering that life is a beautiful thing...  and so is snow, as long as you don't have to go out in it!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Picture Project - Update 13

Statement of the obvious: it is no longer November!

What does that mean?  That means that I am once more working on my Picture Project!  Today was dedicated to taking lots and lots of pictures, and then replacing old pictures with those lots and lots of pictures.

Here are the fruits of today's labor...

Apples and Cider - Earrings

Lady Lynneth, Dragon Walker - Earrings

Petroglyph - Earrings

Petroglyph - Hairsticks

Petroglyph - Necklace

Gift to Emily - Twilight Hairsticks

Moonweb - Earrings

Moonweb - Necklace

Royal Pink - Gold Earrings

Marion Ravenwood - Earrings

Marion Ravenwood - Necklace

As one might imagine, I still have more to go...  but I am quite content with today's progress.  Hurrah!