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A Very Merry Christmas

This Christmas was probably the most fun in a long time.  Carrie seemed to understand the concept of presents and went wild opening them up.  That was a really wonderful thing to experience.  This year we also toned things down a bit.  There are lots of “traditions” that we’ve built up over 10 years of marriage and this year we couldn’t do them all.  The gingerbread house, holiday train layouts, and nightly viewings of Rankin-Bass specials ended up on the chopping block.  We did take Carrie out to see Symphony of Lights at Merriweather in Columbia, and Shadracks Christmas Wonderland at Adventure Park USA here in New Market.  We took her to see the B&O Railroad Museum, and she made sugar cookies and fudge with me.

With the church having four Christmas Eve services, 2 on Sunday and 2 on Monday, we were able to get down to John’s parents’ house for a relaxing afternoon and evening before everyone else arrived the next day.  Watching Carrie squeal over Christmas Lights, snack on sugar cookies, and play with her new toys has been a joy.  I hope next year is just as fun.

Santa Baby gets a new camera from Aunt April.

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Alton Brown’s Sugar Cookies

Carrie helped me make sugar cookies this weekend.  We made the dough on Saturday (she held the sifter, dumped the ingredients in the bowl as I measured them, and turned the mixer on and off).  We rolled them out and cut them this afternoon.  If you haven’t done sugar cookies before, this is a great fail-proof recipe, courtesy of Alton Brown. 

Cookies all gone!

 

Sugar Cookies
Yields 36
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
24 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
24 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  5. 1 cup sugar
  6. 1 egg, beaten
  7. 1 tablespoon milk
  8. Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Instructions
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Place butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color. Add egg and milk and beat to combine. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl. Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Sprinkle surface where you will roll out dough with powdered sugar. Remove 1 wrapped pack of dough from refrigerator at a time, sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick. Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking. If dough has warmed during rolling, place cold cookie sheet on top for 10 minutes to chill. Cut into desired shape, place at least 1-inch apart on greased baking sheet, parchment, or silicone baking mat, and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to turn brown around the edges, rotating cookie sheet halfway through baking time. Let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes after removal from oven and then move to complete cooling on wire rack. Serve as is or ice as desired. Store in airtight container for up to 1 week.
Adapted from Alton Brown
Adapted from Alton Brown
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Chocolate Walnut Fudge

It’s the most wonderful time of the year …

This year Carrie helped me make fudge for our family, friends, and coworkers.  Tasting the marshmallow fluff was her favorite part.  Click here for the recipe.

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Under Construction

Since I’m a mom and a PM, I don’t have time to administrate a server anymore, so I’ve migrated to a GoDaddy managed site and am in the process of transferring all of my content over.  Hoping to post more frequently once I don’t have the overhead of upgrading WordPress every 2 days and breaking plug-ins.  (And yes, I will get the photo gallery updated for those of you who need your daily Carrie fix.)

Hope springs eternal?

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Nothing Like Homemade Hot Choclate

This is the hot chocolate recipe that we make most frequently.  It’s super easy and very rich.  

Hot Chocolate
Serves 1
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa
  2. 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 cup milk, divided
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