Monday, December 8, 2014

Cookie Recipes-Photos and Memories

Blog catch up after a very busy weekend......

Day 6

Compare This Christmas to Last Christmas....

The biggest comparison I have at the moment is... last Christmas - The Cousins... Patrick and Kaidyn both one year old.   This year, they are two and Patricks sister Anna just turned one.

I remember last Christmas, when Anna was born, I told her mommy that this time next year she would have a 2 year old and a 1 year old :-)    I must say...she is handling it well <3

2013  Patrick  

2013 Kaidyn  

2013 Anna

Day 6  Christmas Past Photo Memory Share

Christmas at Nana's 2013

Kaylen, Trenton and Gwen <3

Day 6 Photography Challenge

My Favorite Meal of the Day

This day was Anna's First Birthday my favorite meal was her birthday cake!!!

Day 7

Wish List/To Do List

OMG -- My To Do List is Always much longer than my Wish List!!

I have a program on my phone called Color note.   I use this all the time and now also on my tablet.  

All my lists are there.... and get checked off when done.  

Day 7 Christmas Past Photo Memory Share

Christmas 2013
Lily and Gage - another set of Cousins <3

Day 7 Photography Challenge

Baking Cookies

Becky spent several hours baking cookies to ship to some Marines stationed far away from home this Christmas...

Here's some of her stuff...

Day 8

Favorite Christmas Treats

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

  • 8 oz. (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3 oz. cream cheese (I use Philadelphia brand), softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 11-1/4 ounces (2-1/2 cups) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • Red and Green cherries - cut in half
  • Colored sugars or other decorations for sprinkling (optional)

Heat the oven to 375°F. With a stand mixer (use the paddle attachment) or a hand mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar in a large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat again until blended. Add the flour and mix on low speed until blended.
Fit a cookie press with a die plate. Scoop up about a quarter of the dough and, using a small amount of flour if needed, shape the dough into a log just narrower than the barrel of the cookie press. Slide the log into the cookie press and spritz the cookies directly onto ungreased baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Brush the tops with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with colored sugar if using. Repeat with the remaining dough.
Bake until the cookies are just golden around the edges, 10 to 12 minutes (it’s best to bake one sheet at a time). Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet on a rack for 5 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool completely. Be sure the baking sheet is cool before spritzing more cookies.
Store at room temperature or freeze in an airtight container, separating the cookie layers with waxed paper.

Makes 36 cookies


creamy peanut butter (not the all-natural variety)
1 1/2 
granulated sugar
packed light brown sugar
large eggs
baking soda
pure vanilla extract
kosher salt


  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter and sugars on medium-high speed until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and beat in the eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. With a lightly floured fork, press the dough to a ⅜-inch thickness, making a crisscross pattern on top of each cookie.
  4. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until the edges are set, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Day 8 Christmas Photo Memory Share

Christmas 2011-   Mom really enjoyed being with the kids on Christmas morning <3

Gage, Becky and my Mom

Day 8 Photography Challenge


The cheetah print one belongs to

1 comment:

  1. Spritz!!! I had one hell of a time making them with my cookie press, but the cookie press was pretty cheap so maybe that was it. I can still taste them and Ma's peppermint pinwheels too!

    I think Susan is heroic to have a 2 and a 1 year old at the same time, haha!

    Love all the pics as usual!! :)