Tuesday, December 14, 2010

25 days of cookies {Cookie 13}: Paula Deen's Chocolate Gooey Butter Cookies

Here's a quick and easy recipe from Paula Dean.  Although tasty,  I always prefer a cookie that doesn't start with a cake mix.  I think they would be really good with Andes mint pieces in them.  I may try that next time.

I think I went a bit crazy with the powdered sugar.

I am running out of places in my house (with appropriate light) to take pictures of the kids.  Today I moved to the piano.

Here is the link to Ms. Dean's wonderful recipe.  Thanks Paula!


I had an inspiring conversation with some friends today about ornaments.  I so want to have meaningful ornaments on our tree, but it's hard for me to know where to start.  I bought a few after we got married at some after-Christmas sales, but even those, I'm not too attached to.  We have a few that G-Mommie (Chris' mom) made for us right before she died.  I am so grateful she made them so our kiddos can have them one day.   It has been nearly 5 years, and I still can't pull them out without tearing up.  Graham does too, when he talks about her.  He was almost 4 when she passed away, and still has vivid memories of her.  He specifically wanted to hang this (below) one.  A special thanks to the Wilson family for making this memory for us.  I'd love to have more memory ornaments like this and would love to hear your thoughts.  A friend today says she picks a theme for each of their kids and gives them an ornament of that theme every year on the first day of Advent.  She says her kids love it.  What are YOUR ideas?




7 comments:

Anonymous said...

so handpainted Christmas ornaments with the names of God....

Tarrah said...

Hi Sarah - Just catching up on your blog. Such a lovely and brilliant picture of you and the boys! Love all the cookie pictures! Yum a dum dum for sure. I just found these fab ornaments from Kashmir and I will bring one home the next time we are in the States for you and your boys. Love you.

Teresa said...

My mom started a collection for us when I was in middle school. She picks the ornaments out and it is one of our presents each Christmas. The 3 years I lived in Texas were sad because I didn't get to hang my ornaments on a tree. And the first year I had my own tree, my mom gave me all my ornaments, so that I didn't have a tree with just mass bought unoriginal balls. I have to say, I think I love this tradition much more than my brother, so I don't know if it's a boy/girl thing or not.

choose joy said...

We make ornaments a lot but we also enjoy buying meaningful ones, like the ones sold at the 10,000Villages craft fairs (with the proceeds going to the makers of the crafts in underdeveloped countries) or even local artisans (like one of my favorites with an orca whale painted on glass that will forever remind me of the ocean, even if we move away). Wow, that is a really bad run-on sentence! Bless you as you intentionally raise your boys for God's glory, Jennifer

David Weaver said...

I love that photo of Jill and Chris. It brings back such sweet memories.

Angel said...

This year I am making these with my kids. I love that I'll be able to hold them in my hand and see how little their hands were, years down the road.

http://megduerksen.typepad.com/whatever/2010/12/christmas-craft-1.html

My mom made felt and sequin ornaments in the 70's and I have been collecting vintage set on eBay to make more myself. I plan to make them fro my children to take with them when they are older too.

http://tadacreations.blogspot.com/2010/12/almost-present.html

Love all of your baking posts!

TJ Wilson said...

Ditto to David, I love that picture of Jill, too. She looks beautiful, and I'm reminded of how deeply she loved your husband. Enjoy the few days left of baking!