Thursday, June 23, 2011


The blogger picture uploader thing is back up and running I'd like to share some before and after pictures of my baby Calvin. If you are not a dog lover, well shame on you, but I think that this little mischief maker just might change your mind. 

BEFORE: The shagmaester

AFTER: The clean-shaved cowboy. 
I'm sorry, call me obsessed, but if that picture with those big eyes don't make you smile, I don't know what will!

In other news, I have a friend who is about to have a real baby. And when I say real, I mean one you can't stick in the bathroom or in a crate when it's driving you crazy (I guess you can't call babies "its", probably not PC (that means politically correct, mom :)). To celebrate my friend's little girl, our small group threw the parents-to-be a surprise shower. I finally had the chance to make monogrammed cookies!
I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe that I've used for my butterfly cookies, Christmas favors, my 100 blog post celebration, and my halloween cookies, I've used it all these times, but I've never posted the recipe. Well folks, to celebrate the fact that this blog will make it to see another day, I'm going to post this sugar cookie recipe. Get ready, it's a secret family recipe, one that goes back generations...okay, no, I found it off a blog, albeit a very good blog, but it's not mine, nor my families, nor a secret. Nothings a secret these days with facebook, twitter, blogs...I digress. Come to think about it, I can't think of a single "secret family recipe."Mom? Do we have a secret family recipe? If we did, I'd probably share it, or brag about having it, so maybe it's best if I don't even know a secret family recipe exists...Anyway, back to the cookies.

Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures before the party so these pictures are terrible, but you can get an idea.
Cookies, Chocolate and my cute husband!  

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe for perfectly shaped cookies
From Annie Eats

1 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
2 ½ c. sifted flour

Cream butter, add powdered sugar. Blend in remaining ingredients-egg, extracts, salt and flour. Divide the dough in half and roll out the dough between two sheets of wax paper (about 1/4 inch). Chill until firm. Remove wax paper and cut with cookie cutters. Place on greased sheet. They do not have to be separated very far since they won't raise. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to turn golden. Cool, ice and eat! 

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