|Full of fruit and nut goodness.|
It was birthday week here at Audrey's House. I love that my children, or rather Audrey, manage to turn a single day into a week-long (or more) event. This year her birthday was during the week so she really only had two birthday days. She gets to celebrate at school, with family, and with friends. Her school and family parties were the same day and yesterday was her party with friends. Since her birthday was Monday and her party Saturday it turned into birthday week. She sure enjoyed herself.
At her school the children pick two friends to help them bake a cake and then they have a small celebration at the end of the day. Her sister, father, and I were all invited to attend. They celebrate the number years the child has circled the sun by having her walk around a yellow candle the number of years of her age.
For her family party we had a small dinner with a close family friend, Leah, who has been at every birthday except the first. We had chicken nuggets, tomato soup, raw carrots, and grilled cheese. Audrey received a camera from her parents and My Little Ponies from sister and Leah. Art sets, bird watching, and sleeping bags came from other relatives.
Saturday was the day of her party with friends. I reserved a room at an indoor play center and we served pizza, juice boxes, and cookie cakes. Audrey had so much fun picking out candy from a real old-fashioned candy store downtown for gift bags and playing with her friends.
She and sister had a sleepover at her school the night before the party and pancakes with Santa just before the party. It was an amazing week. And to make it better we started our cookie baking!
We like to participate in cookie exchanges with friends and give the cookies to teachers, neighbors, and other friends. This year we are also going to deliver some to a race finish line. Nothing like a cookie after a long run. Baking is something we have always loved to do as a family. Next week we will start on Papa Mike's famous Spritz Cookies. Audrey starts asking for them as soon as we start our Christmas baking. We decided to take a simple ice box cookie to the race. Here is our favorite:
Fruit & Nut Ice Box Cookies
Combine butter and sugar in mixer and beat together. Add egg, almond extract, baking soda and salt, mix until combined. Slowly add flour until all incorporated. Removed bowl from mixer and stir in fruit and nuts. Shape into two logs and wrap in plastic. Chill 3 hours or overnight.
To bake, remove from plastic and cut 1/2 inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
This year I was smart enough to have a treat for the girls to eat after we mixed and placed the logs in the fridge. They really deserve a treat after hard work and these guys aren't ready to eat for way too long.
|2011 Christmas Baking.|
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