Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Baking With Aunt H

First, of all - thank you all so much for your comments on my last post! It's like, free therapy, I swear. :-) I'm just a natural worrier, so I tend to muse things over so long and then I really doubt myself. I will keep you all posted on what I decide (or if!) for sure.

This weekend my niece, Reese, spent the night with me. She is my only niece who hasn't stayed over yet at my new house, and she was so excited.

Guess what I got her to try?!

I was making a GM and, with wide eyes she asked, "Can I have some, Aunt Holly?"

After I picked myself off the ground from fainting, I gladly gave her the glass and eagerly awaited her response. This is the girl who only likes macaroni and cheese or PB&J sandwiches!

After a sip I took the glass back, she asked for another sip. And then another!

I was completely flabbergasted, and I loved showing my sister the picture of what she drank at my house. My sister freaked! lol. Then I assured her how TASTY they are (she still didn't totally believe me, but then at a glance they do look scary).

Anyway, after Reese woke me up at 6 a.m. on Sunday morning, I thought....what better thing to do with your fun, cool aunt at 6 a.m. on a Sunday morning than bake cookies?!

My friend's birthday was Monday and these are her favorite cookies, so I baked them for her and for my pops (for Father's Day). I grew up making these only at Christmas time. But as I get older I realize that life is too short to only bake your favorite things once a year. Are ya with me?

I also grew up thinking this was my grandma's original recipe. My mom burst that bubble when she told me it's actual the recipe of a neighbor of my grandma. Oh well. I still call 'em grandma's sugar cookies.

Grandma's (Neighbor's) Sugar Cookies

3 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine (I used butter)
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream

Combine flour, soda and salt in small bowl and set aside. Cream together sugar, margarine and egg. Add in vanilla and sour cream. Pour half of flour mixture and beat together. Pour in other half and beat. Roll out dough with rolling pin and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-8 minutes. Let cool and frost away!

In order to prevent snacking on the dough, I had one of these bad boys. Don't hate. The trick worked!

However I wish I could say the same for my lovely assistant.

She begged me to "test" the dough, and who am I to say no?

Fresh out of the oven....

Mmmm mmmmm good!

Today I am thankful for:
- Feeling sore from lifting yesterday (I'm gettin' stronger!)
- My sister who helped me hang pictures in my bedroom (I've only lived here....8 months)
- Ice, cold water

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Fitzalan said...

Don't you just love that next day soreness after lifting? Really shows you didn't waste your time.

Those cookies look wonderful! I wish my niece and nephews lived close enough for slumber parties!
Happiness Awaits

Peanut Butter Swirl said...

haha this just goes to show you that looks can be deceiving :) Love Green monsters!

Erica said...

awwwwwww- so freaking cute! I love that ya'll baked at 6 am. Love it. The cookies look like they turned out awesome. You are a great aunt

Anonymous said... looks like you had such a nice time with your niece!

and those cookies look amazing!

i always try to drink something or chew gum while i am baking to try and distract myself from eating everything! haha

Anonymous said...

sooo cute! your niece is adorable. what a perfect way to spend a morning :)

Anonymous said...

Aw that sounds like such a nice time! Mmm cookies. And AWESOME that you've got her liking the green monsters, hehehe.

- Sagan

Every Gym's Nightmare said...

aw such a good aunt! this makes me miss my neice and nephew :(

Missy said...

Ahh that is so cute that she liked your green monster! Now I want you to make me one because I did not like my own version! Those cookies look great too! Thanks for the contest shout out!

Anonymous said...

Wow - what a great Aunt you are - and how brave of her to try the Green Monster - I just haven't gotten there yet to try it!

Anonymous said...

"life is too short to only bake your favorite things once a year". YES!!!! Totally with ya there. Those cookies look fantastic too...very professional.

Reese is too cute!! Guzzling that green juice. Your sister is gonna want to make your live with her. hahaha

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

So you think Reese would try my green oats? :)

My mom bakes frosted sugar cookies every year for Christmas as well - one of my favs! Honestly, I'm kind of glad they're only around once a year as I can never eat just one...or 5.

kilax said...

LOL! I have a Grandma's sugar cookie recipe that I don't think it actually hers either. I like to make them for special occasions.

Reese must have had so much fun with you! You're an awesome aunt!