Advent-Day 4 2017

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Today I had the girls make Christmas cards for their friends and family. At first, Lane asked if I was serious, and then said it was a boring thing to do. But after I explained how good it would make people feel to receive a handmade card in the mail (and letting her know we were also GOING TO BREAK OUT THE GLITTER), she changed her tune a little. 😅

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You guys. They spent OVER AN HOUR making these cards. Over. An. Hour. That’s a huge win as far as activities go. At first they each picked 2-3 people they would make cards for, and then the list just kept on growing. It’s a miracle when I can get all 3 of them to agree on a single activity for any length of time. But more than an hour? It was honestly probably close to 2 hours by the time they were done. Did I sweep my floor an infinite amount of times? Yes. Is there still glitter plaguing my floor and kitchen table. Yes. But it was worth it (this time, at least 😂).

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Lane had me draw all of hers, and then she colored it in/added glue/piled on glitter. She’s convinced I’m a way better artist than I actually am. Those stick figures are about the best I can do. And they looked way less cute before she colored them. IMG_0599.JPG

There’s also this goofy dinosaur I just cannot stop laughing about. But that girl put so much thought into what she thought other people would like to receive. It was so much fun watching her work through who would like what and why.

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The other two girls did their own thing entirely, which I absolutely love. I helped with the glitter-but only because I had to draw the line somewhere. 🙂 Tomorrow, once all that glue has dried, we will stamp and address each picture for some lucky friends/family members. If we hadn’t needed to stop so we could eat and go to dance class, I think they would have kept right on at it. Rae actually has a couple that she wants to finish tomorrow (though they have been warned that the glitter is not coming out again for many, many moons). All in all, this project was such a huge success, they asked if they could do it again next year. I think we may have found a new tradition.

Fall Sugar Cookies

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the girls and I decided we should whip up our traditional fall sugar cookies. They were, as always, a huge hit! It’s so much fun to see how they decorate them so differently each year. Here is the post from last year’s fall cookie fest. The girls were a little more involved all around this year.

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Growing up, one of my best friend’s dad’s always said that you weren’t really a baker unless you had flour on your nose. I thought it was time to pass on the tradition to my girls.

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They didn’t love the idea…I’m sure it will catch on one day.

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They did, however, love the decorating part.

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They were very proud of their wonderful work.

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But most of all:They LOVED eating them up.

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Wanna know the recipe? You do. You definitely do. So delicious and easy.

Sugar Cookies

  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

Beat sugar and butter together. Add vanilla and egg. Mix dry ingredients. Combine and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Roll dough out until about 1/4″ thickness and cut away with your cookies cutters. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Cool and then decorate.

Almond Sugar Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

Mix milk and sugar until smooth. Add other two ingredients. Add food coloring as desired.

 

Most of all, enjoy!