Christmas Cookies & Trees

Thursday was cookie making day. I made some chocolate chip cookies from a cookie-mix gift that I received from a gal at work, and I made more using the good old fashion recipe on the back of the bag of chocolate chips. Then I made a bunch of butter cookies, which are a big favorite here. I also made some fudge. It was the first time I ever made it, but I think that I fudged the fudge recipe, because it hasn't hardened yet. I just added a little sugar to the recipe, because the chocolate seemed a little bitter to me. Maybe that messed it up, I don't know why it hasn't set up right.
The little tree here was my gift from my part time job. It's a real tree and under it was a tiny little Christmas present for me.

Below are three photos of our tree. I don't think that I posted photos of it last year. We had just bought the tree before Christmas last year, it's pretty cool. It's about 5 feet tall and it has a furry brown bear standing behind it. It has kind of sparse branches which give it an old fashioned look and a burlap bag bottom. We have it decorated with vintage ornaments and candles from my Mom's Christmas collection. The photos are kind of busy, but hopefully you can see the bear. Behind the tree is a wall of cases that hold my Mom's dolls.

Here's an early morning sleepy Grinch
And here's a recipe for Butter Cookies -
2 cups sifted flower
3/4 cup butter
1/2 sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream butter, then add sugar gradually and cream until light and fluffy.
Add egg yolk and beat well
Add small amounts of flour, mixing thoroughly after each add
Add vanilla and blend well

Put through cookie press. Add optional sprinkles. Bake at 400 degrees for 4 to 5 minutes. Makes about 6 dozen cookies

Geek alert - 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' (yeah, now when will it be released?)
Super geek alert - I'll be watching the Doctor Who maraton on the SciFi channel today!


Julie The Zaftig Goddess said...

Don't tell me Dr. Who is on right now. We are still watching Dr. #9 on BBC America. I'm looking forward to #10 since I love David Tennent.

I may have to get #9 from Netflix so we can watch #10's reruns after this week's finale.

Uber Geek wants to know what YOU think Dangerous Hallows refers to. I think it is a place. Maybe a graveyard? I bet the final battle will be at Godirc's Hallow. Ok enough Potter geekiness for now.

Carol@Dandelion Vintage said...

Hey Julie!
I didn't know you were a Doctor Who/Harry Potter geek!
10 is on all day today, they aren't showing the episodes in order though. I thought I'd get to see David Tennant save the world in his pj's early this morning, but they haven't shown that episode yet!
I read online yesterday that Christopher Eccleston is going to be on the show 'Heroes' - should be cool.

Harry Potter - I haven't had a change to over analyze the title of the book yet. But I think something big is going to happen in Godrick's Hollow too.

Happy Holidays, Carol

Amy said...

mmmm that sounds like a delicious recipe! I remember dr who, but I use to watch him in the 70's when I was younger, I haven't seen the new one but I do'nt know if it can beat the original

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