TRADITIONS...baking christmas goodies!

TRADITIONS...What do you love to bake this time of year? 

Laura's rules for baking with kids:
  • Give myself extra time and an extra prayer for patience!
  • Give our goodies away...it's only fair to share and then I don't gobble them up myself! What neighbor doesn't like homemade goodies?
  • Get Paige involved as much as possible.  It may get messy but she LOVES it. She even cracks eggs (I let her crack one at a time in a small bowl so that I can deal with eggshells each time and not mess up the whole batch).
  • Make an extra batch of goodies with out the kids so they are "germ free" (we try so hard to keep Paige from licking her fingers and then sticking them back in the bowl...but she just cannot help herself!) This is important if you are planning on giving them away as gifts!
  •  Make baking a project for Daddy!  Since I do not enjoy baking very often, she usually does this with Daddy! It's a win/win because they bake, they bond and there are goodies to show for it in the end!

These pictures are from last Christmas 2009...she just loved it and asks almost every day if she can help us in the kitchen! How cute is she?


Grandma Lils
Sugar Cookies

Yields: 8 dozen


1 cup butter
1 ½ c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3 ½ c. sifted flour
2 tsp. cream of tarter
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt


Cream butter. Add sugar & gradually cream until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift dry ingredients together & gradually add to cream mixture. Chill 3 4 hours. Roll w/ well floured surface to about ¼” thick.  Cut shapes. Bake 375 (ungreased cookie sheets) in preheated oven for 7 - 8 minutes. Enjoy as is or decorate w/ frosting and sprinkles! YUM!

What are your favorite Christmas Goodies?  
I'll be posting some more of our favorite recipes over the next few days! Enjoy!

xoxoxo - *laura*

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