Winter Activities

The weather was wet and snowy this past weekend.  We had ice and sleet overnight Friday, rain and snow on Saturday and more snow on Sunday.  The snow total for the weekend was over 10 inches.  The rain didn’t do any favors to our sledding course in the backyard, but the snow at the end of the weekend made up for it.  Sebastian was disappointed that he couldn’t achieve the same amount of speed as he did in the previous weekend.  With the cold weather forecasted for this week, ice should replace the slushy snow.  I’m sure the kids will be back in business for the upcoming weekend.  Sophia didn’t mind the conditions and practiced with “no hands”.  

No Hands!

No Hands, Part II

Working On The Snow Fort

Frosted In Snow

Snow Pine

After the kids were thoroughly soaked from the wet snow, we took a break to make a batch of cookies.  I had promised Sophia we could try out the new Valentine sprinkles we picked up at Target earlier in the day. 

Photos to begin, recipe to follow. 

Ingredients

Mixing

Goofing Around

Refrigerate Dough

Bake Until Lightly Golden Brown On Edges

Let Cool, Frost & Decorate

Red Sugar Sprinkles

Pink Sprinkles

Sprinkle Overload

Enjoy!

Cookies + Taste Testing = Happy Kids

Another Satisfied Customer

From the Land O’Lakes Cookbook  

Cookie Ingredients:
 

  

1   cup butter, softened
1   cup sugar
1   egg
2 1/2   cups all-purpose flour
2   tablespoons orange juice
1   tablespoon vanilla
1   teaspoon baking powder

   

Frosting Ingredients:

3   cups powdered sugar
1/3   cup butter, softened
1   teaspoon vanilla
1   to 2 tablespoons milk

Combine 1 cup butter, sugar and egg in large bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add all remaining cookie ingredients. Beat until well mixed. Divide dough into thirds; wrap in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate until firm (at least 2 hours).  

Heat oven to 400°F. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-third at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.  

Bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing from cookie sheets. Cool completely.  

Combine powdered sugar, 1/3 cup butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla in small bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Tint frosting with food color, if desired. Frost and decorate cooled cookies as desired.  

Preparation time: 20 min   Baking time: 6 min   Chilling time: 2 hrs   Cooling time: 15 min    

Yield: 6 dozen cookies 

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