Sunday, December 20, 2015

Advent Activities: Christmas Prep

It was our "down" day today . . . so we did everything but relax!  (And my hormones were raging--have all month--and so there was some grumping and crying and then apologizing over dinner.)

We made 5 dozen spritz cookies which remind me of the ones my Aunt J would make (using a friend's recipe, to see if it was a softer, easier dough)--hers were frosted; Gommie made long flat ribbon ones which were super-crunchy and my paternal grandfather's favorite.  

We made 6 dozen snickerdoodles as part of Sis's Girl Scout Bronze Award, not pictured here.

I knitted and pulled out a foot of stitches and started again.  
We wrapped presents, cleaned the house, played Minecraft, watched "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," napped, cleaned the garage because we couldn't find the tree stand.

We found the tree stand.

So we decorated the tree.  Our approach is what you might call horror vacui.  Some branches have two or three ornaments.  

We ate dinner and then watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Pressed Butter Cookies

         2 ¼ cups flour
         ¼ tsp baking powder
         1 cup butter
         ¾ cup sugar
         1 egg
         1 tsp almond extract
         Colored sugars and sprinkles

Preheat oven to 375. 
Whisk together flour and baking powder in small bowl.
Cream butter and sugar thoroughly in a large bowl. Beat in the egg and almond extract.
Gradually blend in dry ingredients.
Fill cookie press, and form cookies on ungreased sheets.
Decorate with colored sugars and sprinkles.
Bake 6-8 minutes. 
Carefully remove at once to cooling racks.

Makes about 6 dozen

Miss RM's recipe         

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