Sugar cookies for breakfast? Sure, why not?
I've been keenly aware this past month that our lives are about to catapult and get drastically different after the New Year. I will be a full-time mom, a full-time student, and a full-time legislative widow. I took this fall off from coursework mainly because there were no classes offered that I needed. I continued with my own research, but had no hard deadlines. Oh what a glorious time it has been.
I've consciously and unconsciously slowed way down. As far as writing in this precious-to-me space, there was a time when I wanted to say everything. It was how I processed Jack's birth and all the highs and lows that came along with it. Lately, I have been struck with the desire to listen. To process. To hear from others who are much further in this preemie parenting journey.
I am also aware, more than ever, of how blogs and social media become a negative blow horn, where non-experts spout their ideas and then people lob this article and that article out there. No one is listening anymore. Silence is a lost art. My desire is that this space not become part of the chorus of that angry voice.
All this to say, we made sugar cookies yesterday.
I feel it my duty to share the recipe for the best cut-out sugar cookies, mainly because they are amazing (thanks Emily!). I have slight anxiety on the moment of rolling out dough. I envision the dough sticking to the surface and breaking apart and exploding into flames. This recipe purported to be kinda fool-proof, so I took a deep breath and proceeded. It really was easy. And fool-proof. And, most importantly, they taste so good. The perfect hints of almond and lemon. Sooo yummy, I tell ya.
My advice is to cut them thick and don't let them brown too much. They are soft and buttery. And now I am eating another.
This time last year I was reeling after an incredibly hard first semester of school. I didn't get to enjoy the build-up quiet of Advent. This year I am relishing the quiet and relishing my boy who makes each day super fun, interesting, and full of joy.
OK, go now, and make those cookies.