For kids, there is magic in Christmas. I remember trudging out in the snow covered pasture to pick out and cut down a cedar tree. Not just any cedar tree, a tree that would be adorned with lights, homemade ornaments and tinsel.
Yes, homemade ornaments. Mom came up with simple crafty ornament ideas. The three of us (Mom, Sister and I) spent hours with glitter, glue, toothpicks, plastic lids and ribbon making decorations for the tree. We loved them!
Maybe the crafty part of the whole thing was entertaining two grade schoolers on extreme cold snowy days. Mom couldn’t just kick us out the door to “go play for awhile” in the harsh cold, snow and wind.
Sister and I had a distinctive sibling love/hate relationship when we were kids. Come to think of it, when we were extra feisty we did get kicked out to play in inclement weather. Good thing Dad had a “snow mountain” built for us to play on. Sometimes he might have gotten a gate opener out of the deal.
I do know, the break gave Mom just enough time to mix up some homemade hot cocoa and find the marshmallows for her cold rosy cheeked elves.
We were also easily entertained by making sugar cookies and decorating them. I remember the entire kitchen table being covered in several different colors of frosting and all kinds of fun stuff to embellish cookies with. Dad benefited most from the bowl of broken cookies.
I like to make sugar cookies for the fun memories they remind me of. I found this recipe for sugar cookies at Taste of Home. The frosting is one of J’s favorite and comes from Auntie L.
1 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
1 C. Sugar
2 teaspoons Butter, melted
1 teaspoon Almond Extract
4 C. All-Purpose Flour
4 teaspoons Baking Powder
In a bowl, beat eggs; add cream and beat well.
Beat in the sugar, butter and almond extract.
Combine flour and baking powder; gradually add to sugar mixture.
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness.
Cut with 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters dipped in flour.
Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Aunt L’s Sandwich Filling/ Frosting:
1/2 C Butter
2 C Powdered Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla ~ I used Almond Extract
1 C Marshmallow Creme
3-4 teaspoons Milk ~ I used Heavy Whipping Cream
Cream butter and sugar.
Beat in vanilla, marshmallow creme and milk until light and fluffy.
Spread on cookies.