Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dec 18: Delivering Cookies to the Neighbors

So-- I'm just going to jump right in here and start mid-month with our Advent activities.  To be honest, we haven't gotten all of them done this year-- it's hard trying to homeschool and run a home and do whatever else it is I DO all day long!  

 We've never made gingerbread cookies before, but Justin's lesson this week revolves around a variation of the Gingerbread Man story, so we were inspired.  I found this recipe from Taste of Home and it will be our GO TO gingerbread recipe!  The cookies are soft and flavorful and amazing :-)  Of course, much credit must go to our flour-- the Heritage Bolted Red Fife from Sunrise Flour Mills.  Wow!!! (and so far, so good on the gluten-intolerant being able to tolerate it!!)

Our Advent Activity today was to deliver some fresh-baked cookies to our neighbors.  We were able to make enough cookies to deliver to four houses and still have a few left over to freeze for our Christmas Eve.

We made the dough yesterday and refrigerated it overnight.  Today was time to roll, cut, bake and decorate.
 Justin was adamant about using his train cookie cutter, and it turned out really nicely!
I used this royal icing recipe (I used a real egg white and only made a half batch, which was absolutely perfect planning).  I've never made a proper royal before, and it was worth it!  It dried so nice and glossy!
After Justin got tired of decorating, I stepped in.  Our hearts, trains and boys turned out pretty cute!
 The best part was hand-delivering them :-)

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