It's almost Christmas and life is crazy as usual...even a little crazier. We have 3 extra in our house for a little while so it's a challenge to get everybody fed. We've been managing by eating a lot of pasta, rice, soups, and casseroles though we did splurge on 6 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts to make chicken nuggets one night!
We are still doing our normal things that we do at the holidays while trying to incorporate the other family's traditions as well as give them space to do their own thing but it's not easy! We have 2 Christmas trees, 1 in the living room and another in the other family's bedroom so they feel festive too. Decorations are up inside and out! Presents are purchased and waiting to be wrapped and I think I've convinced the kids that they are getting one tiny present. We managed to get them several nice gifts so I think it'll be a good Christmas.
Today I am baking the last of my Christmas cookies. These are my favorite and I came up with the recipe myself after trying many different ones. It's certainly not thrifty but it's not Christmas without cut out sugar cookies.
Carol's Christmas Cut Out Sugar Cookies
1 1/2 cps butter, softened (I used 1 stick of butter & 2 of margarine this year & it worked fine)
1 cp white granulated sugar
1 cp powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp lemon zest
5 cps flour
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
Cream together butter & sugars until smooth. Beat in eggs, vanilla, & lemon zest. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover & chill.
Preheat oven to 400. Roll out sugar cookie dough 1/2" thick. Cut into shapes. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 6 - 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely. Decorate with frosting and sprinkles.
I also made the children's favorite cookie, Chocolate Cherry Kisses. They are easy and pretty and you can get the recipe here. And my budget breaker, my fruit cakes, are currently soaking in Captain Morgan Spiced Rum just waiting for Christmas.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, my family and I wish you a season filled with happiness!