|It's December .... now, we can focus on Christmas!|
Ah, yes. Christmas is upon us and that gluttonous feast called Thanksgiving is a brief memory (unless you get on the scale everyday like I do). Come to think of it, Thanksgiving was behind us well before we even celebrated it. Seems every year, Christmas inches closer and closer to Thanksgiving. Before we know it, we will be celebrating Christmas and Thanksgiving on the same day. How does Christgiving sound? Hum? I do believe I like the sound of that. Or, how about Thanksmass ... this is a name the retailers could use when they open their doors to shoppers on Black Friday. So, maybe you can hear the spirit of mockery in my words. I am old fashion. I like fall in November and winter in December. Thanksgiving is "fall" and Christmas is "winter". Keep the pumpkins on the doorstep till December 1st and tree at the farm, at the lot or in the box inside the attic until the same said day. No Christmas specials on television, no Christmas decorations on the house or in the yard and PLEASE no Christmas music in the stores or on the radio until December 1st!
|Don't I sound grouchy?|
December 1st means much more to me than the start of the Christmas season. This is the day my oldest son was born, Gabriel Christian. Wasn't he adorable? He still is!
|Gabriel and I celebrating his second birthday in 1977|
So, back to the cookie cutters. I did say, I have to "dig them out", that's because I hardly use cookie cutters ... usually, just for Christmas. I have heart shaped cutters for Valentine's Day, cutters shaped like pumpkins and autumn leaves for the fall. I have baby chicks and egg shapes for Easter, I even own cutters shaped like grapes, a teapot and the Eiffel Tower. But, I rarely use them and some, well, never. Cut-out cookies, covered in frosting and decorated with sparkly sprinkles, seem more like Christmas to me.
|"you forgot to make the cookies"?|
I won't bore you to tears about the history of cookies cutters but, if you are interested there is a site solely for the purpose of cookie cutter research ~ www.cookiecuttersearch.com
The cookies cutters now for purchase at Ooh La La, Maui, are from my mother's treasure trove. Most are made from aluminum, have either raised or wooden handles or no handles at all. My favorite cutters are these two tree designs. Their shape is more realistic than the generic tree shape you find on cookie cutters today.
|Oh, Tannenbaum! Vintage Tree Cookie Cutters $5 @ www.etsy.com/shop/oohlalamaui (SOLD)|
|Gingerbread Man with a curved attached handle ~ $5|
|Star Cutter with Pointed Wooden Handle|
|All Four Wooden and Metal Handled Cutters $11 for sale @ www.etsy.com/shop/oohlalamaui|
|A Sweet Flambeau Aluminum Angel ~ $3|
|A reindeer, an angel, a snowman and Santa's boot ~ lot of 4 vintage cookies cutters $5 @ Ooh La La, Maui (SOLD)|
You may need a vintage rolling pin to go with those vintage cookie cutters .....
|This one piece beauty can be purchased at Ooh La La, Maui! for $16|
Now if you don't have a favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe, here is the one I have been using for eons! It's from my very old Betty Crocker Cookbook whose pages are yellowed and crinkled with spillage from pie baking, cookie making and the occasional potato au gratin dish. In my opinion, every household should have a Betty Crocker cookbook.
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookies