Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Santa Hat Cookies and My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe

At our house Santa really loves sugar cookies. When I saw the candy corn sugar cookie idea, I thought that same technique would make darling Santa or elf hats. These have become a Christmas Eve tradition.

Here's a quick photo guide of what to do. 

(As you can tell, I am not a food photographer, but you should get the idea!)

My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe (adapted from my mother-in-law's recipe) 

3/4 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Cream above ingredients

Add 2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Chill for at least 2 hours, roll out and cut with cookie cutters. To help keep their shape, put cut cookies on a cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking.  
Bake at 350 degrees for  8-10 mins

*In my oven for these small cookies, they are baked in about 6 min, so check after 5-6 min.

I love these cookies, because as long as you don't over bake them, they are soft and have great flavor!

Santa Hat Cookie Instructions 

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough. 

Divide in thirds. 

Color 1/3 of the dough red. 

Place saran wrap in a small bread pan in order to wrap the dough completely. Spray saran wrap with cooking spray. 

In the small bread pan, layer the dough white-red-white. The height of the cookie will depend on how much of the pan you use to layer. I like my cookies rather small, so my dough goes across the whole pan. For taller cookies, layer the dough only over half of the pan. 

Refrigerate the saran wrapped dough for 2 hours. 

Cut slices of dough and then cut those slices into triangles. Place on parchment covered cookie sheets and chill for 15 minutes in the fridge. 

Bake for 6-10 minutes at 350 degrees. 

Allow cookies to cool, and decorate with buttercream frosting. 

* I like to use an open star tip. These cookies are so easy for kids to decorate and my kids love decorating them and setting them out for Santa on Christmas Eve. 

I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do! 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Gourd Turkeys

If you have left over gourds from Halloween, this is a great way to re-use them!

All you need are some pipe cleaners, leaves or actual feathers for the feathers, acrylic paint for the face, googly eyes, some pipe cleaners for the feet and a glue gun.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Project Life Valentine's Day Cards

I started doing Project Life a few years ago and I have to say that I am a huge fan! If you have never heard of Project Life, go to Becky Higgins' website and find out more! It is definitely worth taking a look.

I have to say that I absolutely LOVE Valentine's Day and I want to make it just as special for my kids as I do for my husband. I think that you can never tell your loved ones why you love them enough, so I thought each day from February 1-14, I would leave a little note expressing one reason why I love each one of them. I really want to put these notes in their Project Life albums, so I made these cards that I think would be perfect for using Becky Higgins' Design F page protectors. Of course, these are also available to you as one of my freebies. These cards are great to spread some love even if you don't use Project Life.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Father's Day

For Father's Day this year with the new Superman coming to theaters, I thought it would be fun to make dad feel like a hero. On Pinterest I have seen quite a few "Super-Dad" themed parties, but I have been unable to find a printable banner, so I made one. I have also included a template where you can create a gift for dad or grandpa by asking the kids why he is their hero. The template is a png file and all you have to do is slip your photos into the file in Photoshop or another photo editing software. If you need a quick Father's Day surprise, here it is!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Christmas Service Bucket List

I have seen a ton of Holiday bucket lists, so I thought it would be fun to do a service oriented one. I have made 2 lists. One has some suggestions, and the other is blank. I hope you are enjoying the Holiday Season!

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Turkey with the Terrible Temper

I am not really sure where this story came from, but I loved it as a kid! I just used some templates that I had made to illustrate the story. If you need a quick cute story for Thanksgiving, this is it. You can either print this or if you are in a real time crunch, just put this pdf on your iPad and you are set.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

The Giving Tree

Shel Silverstein's story, "The Giving Tree," is a great example of how much you can love others by serving them. To start of this great month of gratitude, I thought it would be fun to read that classic story and to create our own "giving tree." Part of having an attitude of gratitude is serving others, so the purpose of this giving tree is to do one random act of kindness everyday for the month of November. Each day an act of kindness is done, a leaf can go up on the tree. Here's to having beautiful full fall trees by the end of the month, and having full hearts as well. Here is a free printable if you would like to do your own "giving tree."