Sunday, December 5, 2010

12 Days Day 5 : Holiday Cookies and Bringing in the Boar!




    Welcome to Day 5 Of 12 Days. Traditionally the 5th Day of Christmas was celebrated on December 30th. On this day a Boar was brought in to provide the meat for the Holiday Feast. Even despite the fact that the boar was virtually extinct there was a general fascination with songs and legends surrounding the boar hunt tradition.


          Today one of the traditional hallmarks of the holiday season are cookies! Thank goodness they aren't extinct! My mother was a wonderful cook, this was her favorite cook book and her favorite recipe for Sugar Cookies:




 
I love Sugar Cookies. they are my favorite cookie of the season. I especially like decorating them with sprinkles and those little silver candy balls :)
 
Today I have an interview with one of my favorite bloggers Arena of The Nerds Wife
 
Arena has a wonderful blog that combines her family life, book reviews and adventures with her husband James. They are such a cute couple =)
 
Here is the Interview:
 
 
 
 
 
Do you like to read Holiday Themed Books? If so are there any you re-read every year?
 
I don't really read holiday-specific books --
 
 I mostly just keep reading whatever is in my TBR pile. :)

 
What are your favorite Holiday traditions?
 
I love decorating the Christmas tree and baking holiday treats with my family. We always open our Christmas stockings first thing in the morning, which is one of my favorite things. My parents always went all-out on our stockings and that's a tradition we've carried on in our own family. We even have stockings for our puppies, Georgie and Kaylee!

 
I know you love books :) what other type of presents do you like to receive?
 
This year, I asked for a new camera and laptop bag. I'd also really love a fish-eye lens for my camera or a Le Creuset dutch oven. We'll see what The Nerd comes up with! :)
 
What book or books are on your holiday wish list this year?
 
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate.
 
 
Arena is also doing a Christmas Cookie Event:
 



         Here is the recipe My Mother Used for my Favorite cookie!



 
BASIC SUGAR COOKIE DOUGH
 
1/2 CUP BUTTER OR MARGARINE SOFTENED
1/2 CUP GRANULATED SUGAR
11/2 TEASPOONS VANILLA EXTRACT
1 LARGE EGG
2 CUPS ALL PURPOSE  FLOUR
1TEASPOON BAKING POWDER
1/2 TEASPOON SALT
 
BEAT: BUTTER,SUGAR, AND VANILLA IN A LARGE BOWL WITH A MIXER ON MEDIUM TILL LIGHT AND FLUFFY
 
BEAT: FLOUR, BAKING POWDER, AND SALT  INTO BUTTER MIXTURE  AT LOW SPEED
REFRIGERATE BOWL WRAPPED IN PLASTIC FOR 1 HOUR
 
ROLL: OUT TO 1/8 OR 1/4 INCH THICK CUT OUT AS DESIRED
 
PLACE: ON LIGHTLY GREASED COOKIE SHEETS
BAKE 5 TO 13 MINS IN A PREHEATED OVEN AT 375 F

 

 
 

1 comment:

The1stdaughter said...

Oh Sugar Cookies are the absolute best! I love the basic recipe because you can do SO much with it. Great choice!

Also, fab interview! I just love Arena's site and the idea behind it w/her hubby.