This weekend was a bit of a cluster. Things started out pretty well – Meg and I finished our Christmas shopping on Saturday morning feeling like we had just won the shopping awards and I replaced a broken strand of Christmas lights that was making our house look lopsided. Our Saturday night took a quick downturn when Corey got bitten by a dog that he was trying to love on (he really loves animals) and we spent the wee hours of the night in the emergency room. Luckily he wasn’t hurt very badly, but we wanted to check to see if he needed stitches since the bite was on his face. Then on Sunday after yoga, I bumped another car with my car. A parked one. Stupid.
Well if the world wanted to take my Christmas spirit away then they have another thing coming because I decided to remedy the situation with cookies. Take that world! And not just any cookies. Our mom used to make them every holiday season, reading from the worn-out pages of our Betty Crocker cookbook. It’s just not Christmas without them.
Recipe for Russian Tea Cakes (from the Betty Crocker Cookbook)
– 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
– 1/2 cup powdered sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla
– 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
– 3/4 cup finely chopped nuts
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– additional powdered sugar
1) Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and the vanilla in a large bowl. Stir in flour, nuts, and salt until dough holds together.
2) Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1-inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
3) Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet and cool slightly on wire rack, just long enough for them to harden a little. Then roll them in powdered sugar. A lot of it.
Hello my friends! It is truly hard to believe that it is only 3 days until Christmas. The season just seems to go faster and faster each year. So fast in fact that Colleen and I haven’t even gotten to do some of our usual traditions like going to the Nutcracker and driving to see Christmas lights. Usually I get a little huffy when I miss out on my traditions but this year I have been trying to enjoy myself and let go of the details. One thing we are absolutely not letting go of is our tradition of baking our favorite Christmas cookies which we will be doing on Christmas eve. I can’t wait. I finally got around to photographing my Christmas decorations last Friday so that I could show y’all today. They are sparkly with touches of pink, like usual. I may not always be able to get away with using pink so I figured I should just take advantage while I can.
Do you guys have any traditions that you get bratty if you miss? Hope everyone has a wonderful Monday!
A couple of weeks ago, Colleen and I were so honored to be asked by a friend of ours to help her out with some calligraphy and photography for her precious son’s first birthday party. Lindsey is an amazingly talented hair and makeup artist and stylist and has a blog that you guys should definitely be reading. We have known her since she did our hair and makeup for Colleen’s wedding and I am here to tell you that she is every bit as sweet and charismatic in real life as she seems on her blog. Her house is seriously a dream and she put together one of the most adorable first birthday parties that you ever did see. For some fun Friday eye candy, do yourself a favor and go to her blog to check out the rest of this party.
How hilarious is the look on handsome little Henry’s face? I am pretty sure that is the same look of concentration that I get when I am eating cake.