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Thursday, December 06, 2007

It's beginning...

To look a lot like Christmas! Forgive me if I'm over-zealous, but I haven't thought about Christmas shopping yet this week, I've decorated Christmas Cookies and sang some Christmas Carols! We are sporting some new tunes this round of neighborhood caroling. We found last year that they loved it and treated us to their Christmas baking - that's a good thing! Another plan is to attend the 12 Goodies of Christmas event sponsored by KNWC. Their information is below -

Take a break and join the Life 96.5 staff Saturday December 15th from 12 - 3 and taste the "twelve goodies of Christmas" for free. We need you to vote on your favorite one! And yes, we're counting on your kids to vote too. Great Plains Coffee will be serving up free gourmet coffee, too.The fun tasting/voting event will be held at First Evangelical Free Church in Sioux Falls on Saturday Dec 15, 2007 from 12 – 3pm. The church is on 69th street between Western and Louise Avenue.

And if you've decided you're up for some cookie making - this is the recipe I treated our family to...

Sugar Cookie Cutouts

A block of cream cheese adds zest and ease to these sugar cookies.
½ c. butter
½ c. applesauce
8 oz. Cream cheese
1 egg
1 t. baking powder
1 ½ c. sugar
4 c. flour
½ t. almond extract
1 t. vanilla

Beat softened cream cheese, butter, applesauce & flavors until creamy. Slowly add dry ingredients until blended. Chill for 1 hour. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface and cut out cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

½ c. shortening
½ t. salt
1/3 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
3 c. powdered sugar

Blend ingredients with a mixer and add food coloring if desired.


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