Christmas Cut Out Cookies and Counter Productivity

So what have you all been up to? Decorating for the holidays? Shopping online? Shopping in the mall? Making Cookies? I admit I have done some of all these things the last few days.

Went shopping for ideas, came home eager to make things happen around the house. Started decorating the kitchen, but had to stop and repaint because it looked absolutely awful with my Christmas decorations. Had to stop again halfway through the project cause I ran out of paint. That’s okay, it was the wrong color anyway. Had to start over. More to come!

Started baking cookies, but we sort of ate all of them. Made homemade tapioca pudding, which was awesome, sort of ate all of that too. Finally have the dining room back together after painting, and it’s nice not to have to eat in the living room anymore.

Started to make a cool wall sign for the kitchen, but had to repaint 3 times cause it just didn’t look right. That’s okay, the kitchen walls will look better with the new color sign anyway.

Started the laundry but didn’t finish it. Took a nap or two and curled up to read a good book by the fire, but didn’t finish that either. Is it Friday yet? Time to make more cookies.

My children are the only kids in the world who can make weapons of mass destruction out of cookie dough.
How they can wear head phones while cooking I will never know. I would have them full of dough. In case your kids have some of these same talents, I recommend the following:

Christmas Cut Out Cookies

1 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/4 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
2-3 c. flour

Combine all ingredients. Chill for 1 hour or overnight. Roll out and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-8 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before decorating.

I used to work really hard to make perfect cookies. Now I let my kids do it while I watch. It’s much more enjoyable that way. The only problem is they won’t let me eat any of the dough. I need to be more creative in distracting them.
While they were working, James told me a little story. It was a story about how the Teddy Bear Army rode over the Christmas tree forest on snowflakes and attacked and killed the Snowman Army. 
Much blood was shed in this great battle. Teddy bears lost their heads, snowmen lost their limbs, and had to be eaten. We did frost our cookies, but I ran out of red food color, and we ended up with pink frosting. It looked like breast cancer awareness had come for the holidays at our house. So, we ate the cookies and plan to make a new batch ( I think I will purchase the frosting this time!).
Happy Baking!
Designer Mom

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