Merry Christmas!

Dear Santa,

I have been a very good girl this year.

I weigh 5 pounds less than I did this time last year. I am doing things I am really bad at…like flossing and wearing jewelry. Though, I can’t say I’ve weight lifted much this year. Again.

I paid off my car because I am working very hard. I now own a crossover that’s 2 1/2 years old with over 63,000 miles on it. Do your elves make new cars?

I gave money to several charities, mostly in honor of friends and bloggers who had their act much more together than I to do fun things like walk and run to help raise awareness for various diseases and to fund research.

I continue teaching and when my students show up 20 minutes late to an exam and I want to be really, really mean and unprofessional…I refrain.

I even made my students Reindeer Feed and brought them Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins during finals week.

I try to go to bed every night by 10pm because I know that 8 hours of sleep is super important. Mom always told me so.

And then I start each morning with breakfast just like I should. Breakfast…and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.

I try to make healthy, yummy meals for Mr. Prevention and I to keep us healthy. I then take a lot of pictures, analyze the nutrition facts, and come to preventionrd.com each day to post all about what we eat for the world to read. I think a few people appreciate finding new recipes to try and ideas to please the pizza and buffalo chicken-lovers in their lives. It’s pretty cool to think of who’s out there reading.

So anyways, Santa…I left these for you. I hope you and your reindeer enjoy them. There’s nothing not to love about an iced sugar cookie, so I left you the recipe.

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The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies from Allrecipes.com and Christmas Cookie Frosting from Cooks.com

Cookies:
1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Frosting:
4 cups (1 lb) powdered sugar
2 egg whites
1/4 (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp vanilla extract
food coloring, optional

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).

Preheat oven to 400 F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

For the frosting: Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Frost cookies after they have cooled completely. Yield: About 5 dozen (my recipe made 57 cookies).

Nutrition Information (per cookie w/ frosting): 148 calories; 5.7 g. fat; 15 mg. cholesterol; 64 mg. sodium; 23 g. carbohydrate; 0 g. fiber; 1.6 g. protein

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Merry Christmas, Santa!

Love you,

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10 Comments

  1. December 25, 2011 / 6:53 am

    Your cookies are really cute! Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. December 25, 2011 / 7:14 am

    I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Thank you for all you do 🙂

  3. December 25, 2011 / 9:05 am

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and I want to complement you on your work. I especially like how your recipes are displayed on your site. Is that a plug-in you use? Also love the photos. What camera/lens are you using to get such great quality? Thank you and Merry Christmas! Diane

  4. December 25, 2011 / 8:29 pm

    Merry, merry Christmas to you Nicole and your family! Swear – goal of 2012 is to meet up with you the next time you are in Oak Park! 😀

    Hugs – love your blog, your writing style and your much better photography skillz that I don’t possess 😀 Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. December 26, 2011 / 1:10 am

    Too cute! You have been good this year. Merry Christmas!

  6. December 26, 2011 / 7:33 am

    Awww, you DO deserve some great gifts from Santa! And, I hope you got them. A new car though…that’s pushing it 🙂
    I hope you enjoyed your Christmas Nicole!! Hopefully we will see you very soon in the new year.

  7. December 26, 2011 / 4:21 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Nicole!
    This was such a cute post..and the cookies look delicious! I am sure Santa loved them!

  8. December 26, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    Merry Christmas to you! If Santa doesn’t eat all those cookies, I will help out :). Your year in review sounds like a really great year. Kudos to you on all the accomplishments!

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