Sunday, December 27, 2009

Reindeer Cookies

Yes, yes, I have been completely and utterly remiss in keeping up with my blogging. A dear friend mentioned to me that she had not seen any blogs lately, and the guilt started.................well, not too badly, but enough to get me thinking again. This whole holiday season has been so busy, even though I have tried and somewhat successfully kept it simple. All of my grand ideas for posts and recipes are probably too late, but here is one simple, quick, totally easy and cute cookies idea that I did take some pictures of to post. These are a hit with kids and this recipe will give you ideas for the next holiday season.

Reindeer cookies originally came from an article in the Taste of Home magazine. Here is the recipe.

1 batch peanutbutter cookie dough formed into a roll (or you can cheat and buy rolls of Pillsbury peanutbutter cookie dough from your grocers dairy section)

1 bag mini pretzels

chocolate chips

cinnamon Imperial candies

Cut the peanutbutter cookies dough into slices and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Gently squeeze each slice in a bit so they are kind of shaped like a fat figure eight. Place a mini pretzel at the top of the head part, on each side, to form the antlers. Then place two chocolate chips on the top section for eyes, and one cinnamon Imperial candy on the bottom section for Rudolph's nose.

Reindeer in process

Bake according to the directions for the cookies (Ususally 350 for 9-11 minutes, but it may differ according to your oven.

WaaLaa----there you go!!! So easy, so cute and pretty darn tasty too!!!

The finished product:

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Small beginnings

Zechariah 4:10 (NLT) begins with the words "Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin........" The verse goes on to speak to the Israelites about Zerubbabel and the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem. I have heard it used also to speak of how we need to not fret over things that seem small and meaningless, as God will often use these to build something big to glorify Him. When I saw Josh learning to mow the lawn, driving in front of his Papa's John Deere 8850 tractor that verse came right to mind. He needs to start at the beginning, but with work, practice and time he will be able to move onto the big tractor. Then Joshua will be in his own glory.