Thursday, February 19, 2009

Valentine Cookies

Hadley had been asking for cookies for just about every meal, so we finally made some last Friday. They were delicious. We used a recipe from my sister. They are the best sugar cookies ever (according to John). I think they're good too, but I'm no sugar cookie connoisseur like he is.

Hadley got so messy. She was a fan of the little red sprinkles....I wasn't.

John did all the fancy white icing.

Here's the recipe:
1 1/4 c butter
2 1/4 c sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp almond extract
5 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and extracts (You can use 3 tsp of vanilla if you don't have lemon or almond available.), beat well. Add dry ingredients, mix. Chill one hour. Roll out on lightly floured surface, and cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 400 for 4-6 min., do not brown.

In other news. Last Friday (the same day we made these cookies, so at least this is somewhat related), I decided we needed to change how the boys went to sleep. I had been rocking them to sleep separately one after the other, and it was taking too long. I'd heard about other people with twins just putting them both down at the same time and letting them cry it out. I don't like the idea of letting them cry to sleep (hence the rocking), but we decided we would just use "The Baby Whisperer" method and just lay them back down when they cry and stand up until they fell asleep. John and I took the boys to bed, laid them down with sippy cups and let them drink for a bit, put in their soothers, and then the fun began. It didn't take too long. Elijah was just being a goof and laughing and Brian was crying like crazy. I think it took 20 minutes. For their nap on Saturday, John was gone. I put the boys in their beds with sippy cups and soothers and just left. I went in a couple times because one was crying (I just laid him back down and gave him his soother). It worked wonderfully. Saturday night I was gone to the adult session of Stake Conference (with Elder Perry!) so John put them to sleep. He said it was simp! We've been doing the same thing since, and it is amazing how well it's working. I just lay them down and leave now and they are fine! Weird. Who knew it would be so easy! .....sorry for the long post...I'm just so excited about this new development, you have no idea how much stress it relieves!


D. said...

Sounds like a great recipe!!

Getting bedtime under control is always so much fun, we are currently on day three of no sippy cups at our house. Good luck and hopefully your bedtime plan keeps working.

Francis Family said...

I'm so glad you are trying something new and it's working! We also made some changes they are now finally going to bed around 8pm instead of 10:30! and they have 2 naps a day in their cribs instead of swings and chairs. I figured they are getting too old and need a routine, and man i'm glad we changed it now instead of later cuz I LOVE it! I just have to figure out how to keep them asleep, they wak up usually once before we go to bed and I take them out so they don't wake the other one up. Anyways, I'll have to add your blog to mine so I can keep up with ya.

Becky and Jaron Brunson Family said...

What cute cookies! Not to mention the kids eating them. Your kids are adorable!

P.S. I came home complaining the other day that mac 'n cheese had gone up from $0.33 a box to $0.50 a box. I will count myself lucky! I enjoyed your Kraft Dinner breakdown. :-D