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My mother loves to make cookies. She often creates a cookie platter with a half-dozen or more DIFFERENT cookies. She spends a day or two making them, then she delivers them to all her neighbors and friends. So Christmas cookies are some of my favorite childhood memories. I listed three of my favorite. One I couldn't find my family recipe for, so I just found one online that looked pretty similar. Peppermint Pinwheels or Candy Cane Twists is my favorite Christmas Cookie. I thought I'd share it with you! Now, I've stopped using shortening. I replace with either unsalted butter or cocoa nut oil, depending on the recipe. In this one, using butter will make the cookie crunchier. Basic Refrigerator dough: ½ c. shortening ½ c. margarine or butter 3 c. flour 1 c. sugar 1 egg 2 Tbls. milk 1 tsp. vanilla ½ tsp. baking soda ¼ tsp. salt Cream shortening and margarine with sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and mix into sugar mixture to make a soft dough. Di
Christmas is a special time of year. I love how we are focused outward in giving service, making sure the poor are taken care of, and tending to our loved-ones. I also love Christmas for the opportunity to give good gifts. My brother's slogan is give them the gift they didn't know they always wanted. That's a high commission to bear. No gift cards could possibly satisfy. One of the hardest groups to buy for I think is teen boys, especially boys who aren't into sports. So I thought I'd offer a few suggestions in my first annual Teen Gift-Guide. These are a few of my favorites things. Most are around $30 or less. Some of the DVD collections run a little higher. For the TV/Movie buffs: 1. The Office complete series. 2. Harry Potter complete eight movies on DVD. 3. Indiana Jones complete four movies. (Although that last one was fan-fiction.) 4. Avatar: The last airbender is a favorite around my house. Even my 18 year-old daughter will watch it. I listened to it ove
Hello! Happy Mother's Day to all you fabulous moms who do way more than you should, get thanked way less than you ought, and are waaaaaay underpaid to listen to complaints about dinner! Mother's Day is this Sunday and I'm excited! My husband is really great about remembering flowers and gifts, unless he's not. Sometimes he forgets, like we all do sometimes. Are presents your love language? There's the book (you can check it out on Amazon here), the Five Love Languages, that talks about how we give and expect to receive love. When I read it, I had a revelation! We often show love by how we want to be loved. I found out my husband's love language is acts of service after about, you know, 20 years of marriage when I finally figured out why he loves to help people all the time. It's his way of showing love. (My love language is time, by the way. I love to just sit and be with people I love. No need to get my presents, although I like those too. But if