Sunday, December 14, 2008

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let It Snow!

It's been snowing on-and-off here in Utah all weekend. I just love seeing the fresh powdery snow coating everything . . . it really has put my Christmas mood in full motion. :D

Maryn and Camryn spent some time playing . . . well, okay. It was actually only about 15 minutes until they were cold! LOL! But they did have a great time and enjoyed their hot chocolate treat afterwards! :D

My puffy, little, marshmallow girl! Doesn't it make you think of that line from "The Christmas Story" . . . "I can't put my arms down!" LOL!
Every year we make Gingerbread cookies as a family. I love this recipe because it is very mild and makes soft cookies. We especially like to eat them when they are frosted with Cream Cheese frosting. Actually, I would probably eat anything that had Cream Cheese frosting on it . . . Mmmmmm!

Gingerbread Cookies

3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. shortening (butter flavor)
3/4 c. light molasses
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 egg
6 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. baking soda
4-1/4 to 4-1/2 c. flour

Beat sugar, shortening, molasses, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and egg. Mix in 6 Tbsp. water and soda. Mix in flour until like soft dough.

Roll out on floured surface to 1/4-inch thick (for soft cookies); thinner than 1/4-inch for crispier cookies.

Cut into shapes and bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes. Eat plain or frost (we like cream cheese frosting).

This recipe is a MUST in our family. It's just not the Christmas season until we spend a day making these as a family!


Cream Cheese Frosting

1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar

Frosts 9-in. X 9-in. cake.


This is my latest layout for the So Sketchy Blog. Owen was out on the driveway practicing his Indiana Jones moves with his whip and I snapped a few pictures of him. Doesn't that Heidi Swapp paper completely remind you of the movie!?! Love it!

Supplies: Kraft Bazzill cardstock; Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp, Graphic 45; Embellishments: American Crafts Thickers, Basic Grey Border Rubons, Dymo Label Maker, We R Memory Keepers Large Eyelets, Making Memories Ribbon Trim and Decorative Brad, Scenic Route accent sticker, BoBunny Flower; Other: Book paper and jute rope from my stash.

If you love So Sketchy sketches, than you might be interested to know that Ally is holding a Design Team call right now. Wooot Wooot!!! :D CLICK HERE to get all the details!

See you tomorrow!


  1. Ohhhh! It was cold here today in N. CA, but we don't get snow.. Bless their little hearts, I would only last 15 min too! =)

    *Love* the gingerbread cookies pictures, we do a gingerbread house and it is so much fun (although I think they eat most of the candies...). I've really enjoyed your blog this weekend Jana!

  2. oh that recipe sounds yummy. and your foyer is beautiful, congrats on finally getting that stair rail too. Im still waiting on that one.

  3. Oh the snow looks magic...I have never experienced snow. That Heidi Swapp paper looks gorgeous and so does your layout.

  4. Yummmmm! Thank you for posting that recipe--it sounds scrumptious! I'm going to try it out tomorrow--especially with the cream cheese frosting :)

  5. Got all my stuff and we are baking these little buddies tomorrow! Can't wait!


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