Sunday, December 11, 2011

First to clarify-- those are Ry's legs in the picture... I didn't engage in no-shave november~ that would be gnarly. 

It's been awhile.. I've been sucked into the Holiday crunch time.  Luckily not finals-crunch, but Christmas-crunch! Trying to make and buy gifts, and getting prepped to jet out of Chico.. and on top of that there are lots and lots of festivities to be part of!

Here's a few highlights: 

Friday night was a Gingerbread making contest with some of Ry's peers! The theme: when mystical creatures attack! 

Check out these cute little cute ginger houses for our eggnog, totally edible!!!

The Amo!
 We decided to make a castle, with a draw bridge, catapult, ballista, and dragon!

Here were some of the others: 

And then after hours of long, hard, detailed work, we destroyed our creations, seeing which structure could withhold the most damage.We even had people shooting with crossbows at our houses!

It was great.


The Sac-sters came up to hang with us for the afternoon and of course we took them disc golfing... (especially since it hasn't been raining!) : )

We fed them a  hardy meal, played a game of shang hai and sent them back to Sac to study for finals. A short, sweet trip. 

I need to get my game face on. You should see my to-do list for this week, it's stressful just looking at it. But I bring it upon myself. One of the few traditions I grew up with and have continued (even through college) is the Christmas cookie-making process. I love it and despise it. I have learned through the process and hopefully this years batch will be better than the wheat-floured cookies of last year... ick. 
But alas' today was the start of this fantastic madness.

And here's the recipe for the Coconut-Cranberry Chews (shown above)

2 cups sugar
1 tbsp grated orange peel
2 tsp vanilla
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked dried coconut

1. In large bowl, with mixer on medium, beat 1/ 1/2 cups butter, sugar, orange peel, and vanilla until smooth.

2. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to butter mixture, stir to mix, then beat on low speed until dough comes together, about 5 min. Mix in cranberries and coconut

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place about 2 in apart on buttered baking sheets. 

4. Bake at 350 for about 8 to 11 minutes. depending on how chewy you want them. 

These are easy, delish and they remind me of cooking with my grandma at like 1 in the morning and getting the giggles about every darn thing. 

I love making cookies. :) 

Peace, especially you finals-study-ers. 


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