They are quite fantastic. And unbelievably easy compared to how difficult I thought they’d be to replicate. A win in my book.
And if you hadn’t noticed already- I added a new tab at the top of my blog for all the baking adventures . Enter only if you dare…
Anyhoo, as you can imagine, I’ve been feeling the need for a little sugar detox after such a crazy weekend of baking.
But alas, duty calls. That’s right, I spent last night icing sugar cookies! The exclamation mark may be a little over the top- I wasn’t super excited about it if we’re being completely honest. My baking energy levels are shot. So these cookies were baked on Saturday , but sat around naked for a few days.
The gingerbread men were feeling exposed. And I wanted to get all the cookies out to everyone they were made for. So I persevered.
It wasn’t so bad. I didn’t make an overly big batch (as I sometimes do). Does anyone else put bread slices in the tupperware with the cookies? It’s a trick I learned to keep them soft. Does it work? I like to think so. If it doesn’t, please don’t tell me all my efforts and bread have been wasted all this time… Aren’t they cute?
I use my Grandma’s recipe. I don’t think it’s anything too different from most recipes, but hey- gotta keep it in the family sometimes…
Do you have any recipes like that? Notice my red trees? My brother and I sometimes help my mom ice sugar cookies. I have no idea why she asks for our assistance. Because she refuses to ice the trees anything but green. Since my brother and I are the way we are (ahem… difficult), we often spend the entire time grabbing and icing as many of the trees as we can with any other color than green before she can get to them. Our defense is that we’re trying to get her to think outside of the box. It’s become a running joke. So I wanted to make sure she got a nice look at a couple of the RED trees I made.
You’re welcome, mom. I also introduced a few alien gingerbread men to the Christmas cookie gathering. I assume they’ll enjoy hanging out with Psycho Pete - in my tummy. Maybe they’ll even change his attitude around. Because, well, they come in peace… right?
You can groan at that one. I did.
Anyway, so I didn’t get away from the cookies completely, but I did make an effort to at least keep the rest of the day on the lighter side. And I’ve been keeping up my usual gym routine. Trying hard not to overdo it (burnout would be a disaster!), but definitely making sure it happens as normal.
This week, because work is a little later (9:00 versus 7:30), my goal is to pull early morning sessions of The Shred by Jillian or resistance bands all this week. Wish me luck. I’m currently 2 for 2 (yesterday and this morning), so I’m feeling pretty cocky at the moment.
For a little more cardio, last night I did abs and hit the elliptical for 30 minutes as well. 30 minutes! On the elliptical! Who am I?!?!
Oh yeah, How I Met Your Mother was on. That helped…