Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Countdown

While out doing some errands this morning, I noticed some decorations that made me wonder what people were thinking. I’m not a decorating expert or anything, but I pretty much know what looks right and what doesn’t. Here are some of the things I saw:

1) Premade red bows just stuck anywhere – on fence posts, windows, shutters – all without being “attached” to anything like a wreath or greens. They looked as if they’d landed where they were thrown.

2) Poorly placed lights and roping, with very uneven loops or lights just draped all over with no obvious plan. Sets of lights on half the window or gutter – not centered. Guess they just ran out of light string and didn’t try to center it up.

3) The entire Christmas decoration inventory placed all over – snowmen beside the Nativity, Santas by the angels, etc. Obviously, it would have been better to leave some of them boxed up and put the rest in groups, designing scenes with some sort of plan.

Do you agree?

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Today’s Christmas Quote:
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year” –  Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
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Christmas Cookie #1 -
SPICE THUMBPRINTS
 
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
 
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine all but flour in large mixing bowl at low speed for 1 minute. Do not overmix. Gradually add flour to mixture at low speed just until a stiff dough forms, about 1 minute.
 
Roll dough into walnut-size balls. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Using thumb, make an imprint in center of cookie. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until puffy. Make imprint again immediately after removing from oven. Cool completely.
 
Fill cookies with your favorite cookie frosting and decorate as desired.
Makes approximately 4-5 dozen.
 
This recipe is on a piece of paper that was in Pillsbury flour back in the 1960s, and I’ve decided I’d better tape it together before it totally falls apart! It’s a family favorite, and I make them every year.
 
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Be sure to check out my Holidays page for more Christmas fun!
 
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Your comments and suggestions – and recipes – are welcome, as always. Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. You missed the most important part of the recipe: FEED TO SON! :)

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