Well, my kids have been doing the countdown for about the last 25 days. They’ve been so excited for Halloween. (Show me a kid who isn’t excited for Halloween.)
We carved our pumpkins over the weekend. I had grand, Pinterest-inspired, plans for my pumpkin. As soon as I got out the glitter, my youngest wanted to help. So, like a good mom, I abandoned my plan and let her glitter up my pumpkin after she was done carving her own.
I was so happy with the kids’ costumes this year. My daughter found a $3.00 cat jumpsuit at a garage sale last spring. We added some ears, a tail, and a nose. She’s thrilled with her costume and I’m thrilled with the price!
My son couldn’t decide what he wanted to be for Halloween. Jokingly, I said, “You could be a Frito bag, like I was when I was 10.” He jumped at that offer! When I told him he could go get the costume out of the garage, he was thrilled that I wasn’t kidding. My mom had made me a Frito bag out of felt, one year when I was 10, and we just happened to have the box it was stored in. My son came in from the garage and tossed it into the wash. The 30 year old felt didn’t hold up so well and the whole thing fell apart. He was just about in tears and I said, “We’ll be able to make a new one.” I just happened to have made a trip to the fabric store the week before and purchased a boat load of felt. I had every color he needed. My mom was watching the kids after school the next week, so my son and my mom went to work on the costume. Pretty cool, huh?
These sugar cookies are always a family favorite. I make them for just about every occasion. (No, not the pumpkin shape for every occasion!) I have quite a collection of cookie cutters.
I think my favorite cookie cutters are the sea animals I bought from William Sonoma. I bought them specifically for our Seaside trip. I have made sea animal sugar cookies every year, just before our trip. Well, two years ago, not all of the cookies were eaten. There we were, on the last day, and I was forcing Uncle Chris to finish off the cookies so I wouldn’t have my feelings hurt. So, last year, I decided not to bring my sugar cookies. WOW! You would have thought I had forgotten a major holiday! I don’t think they’ll ever let me live that error down!
Here’s the recipe:
2 Cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
6 TBSP butter
1/3 Cup shortening
3/4 Cup sugar
1 TBSP milk
1 tsp vanilla
Recipe from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies for Christmas
Beat butter and shortening until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla. Beat well. Add dry ingredients. Beat until well mixed. (I usually make a triple batch. They freeze well.)
The dough needs to be refrigerated for about 3 hours to make it easier to handle.
I like a thick sugar cookie. That way they are soft, rather than crispy. I roll them to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 for seven minutes.
I frost my cookies with a simple powdered sugar and milk frosting. I don’t ever use a recipe. I just pour in a little powdered sugar and a little milk until I get a consistency I like. The Wilton food coloring paste is the only way to go. You can buy it at Michael’s. It gives a much more vivid color than regular food coloring. Stir it up until the color is well blended.
I love to frost my cookies and then use a little sanding sugar from William Sonoma. Oh, they’re just so pretty. It’s a tradition my kids love and it makes the house smell great too.
If you’re linking up to Home and Family Friday, keep scrolling down. If you’re just here for the cookies, then, Happy Baking!
A few years ago, my friend, Sarah, and I saw this glittery craft project on Martha Stewart. We both fell in love and NEEDED to make these. We glittered the afternoon away, while our babies played happily on the floor.
Oh, those were the days. Now our kids are in school and we have no time to even see each other…. unless I throw myself down the stairs and the doctor tells me to stay home from work! Sarah stopped at the store on the way over to my house yesterday, and picked up 10 little pumpkins. We still had leftover glitter from the previous pumpkin project (years ago). Sarah even had some Martha Stewart glittering glue. (We decided it was glorified Elmer’s glue.) We put glue on the pumpkins, added glitter, and let them dry. Oh, these glittery little beauties make my heart go pitter patter! So much glitter!!!
We decided that I should throw myself down the stairs just before Christmas too. Think of all of the fun projects I could get done before Christmas!
Happy glittering! So much glitter!!!
I made a few of these pillows, which I had seen on Pinterest. (Another great way to pass the time as I’m elevating my foot.)
I measured my pillow forms and cut the burlap squares to the exact same size as the pillows. When I cover pillows, I don’t account for a seam allowance. I like the pillows to be tight and not droopy or oversized. I laid the burlap on paper towels on the kitchen counter.
I used some outdoor pillows, I already had, and just recovered them. The pillows look perfect on my benches, out front.
I love it when a craft/sewing project falls together like this. I’ve been wanting to make these, but could never seem to find the time. To top it off, I just happened to have all of the supplies on hand. (Although, I did have to crawl around in the garage to find my paint bin and I don’t think the doctor would have approved of that.) Other than that, I was able to sew the day away, while still keeping my foot elevated. Not a bad way to spend an unplanned day at home.