Butter Rich Spritz Christmas Cookies

Hey there! I hope that your week has been a good one so far. We're almost to the weekend, friends! I know I promised you that I would have my Mommom Minnow's famous Christmas cookie recipe up on the blog last night, but I had one of those days where the time just got away from me. I'm sorry, guys! So, if you were waiting for her recipe, keep on reading. PS: I'm updating this blog post by linking up with a few awesome bloggers: Jacqui, Julie, and Audrey! You'll find links to their delicious holiday recipes at the bottom of this post. Make sure to check theirs out! 

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First, let me tell you that Mommom Minnow was literally the QUEEN of baking Christmas cookies. I mean, she started the day after Thanksgiving and kept on baking until Christmas Eve. I remember going into one of the bedrooms in her house and there were just stacks of tins in there that filled up the majority of the room. I don't know how she did it honestly! Baking that many cookies is not an easy job. 

Sadly, Mommom Minnow passed away when I was in high school. So, since then my sister and I have really tried to keep her Christmas cookie recipes alive by making them each year. The one I'm sharing with you today is our family's all time favorite cookie. I mean, when I make these I literally have to hide the tins or else they won't make it to Christmas. So, without further ado, let me finally give you that recipe so you can whip up some of these delicious cookies and be the most popular person at your family's Christmas gathering :) 

Butter Rich Spritz Cookie Recipe

The Ingredient List:

  • 2 1/2 cups four
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, or 1 whole egg (I usually do 1 whole egg)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla 

Mommom Minnow's Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. Cream 1 cup butter, and then gradually add your 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Cream well. 
  4. Blend in 1 whole egg (or two egg yolks), 1/2 tsp almond extract, and 1 tsp vanilla.
  5. Add your dry ingredients gradually and mix well. 
  6. Get out your cookie press, and add a small amount of dough into the cookie press. Press cookies onto un-greased cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for six to eight minutes. 
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As you can see in the instructions, you will need a cookie press for this recipe - you can find them at most kitchen stores (I'm sure places like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target have them too). I will tell you to make sure that you get a quality cookie press, because a cheap one is just going to drive you nuts (been there, done that)! This is the cookie press that I've used for the past few years, and I've really liked it. The reviews for it are great, so other people must have success with it too!

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Alie and I always use the Christmas tree cookie press cut out, and the wreath. We usually top them with red and green sprinkles as well as some colored nonpareil sprinkles.

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Making these cookies is so special to us since it reminds us of our sweet Mommom Minnow. I can only hope that you'll enjoy her recipe as much as our family has throughout the years! I would absolutely love to hear from you if you give this recipe a try, or if you have a special family cookie recipe too. 

If you're looking for more holiday recipe inspiration, make sure to stop by Jacqui, Julie, and Audrey's blogs for some really delicious dishes and drinks! Their recipes look delicious. You can also link up with us by clicking the "link-up" button below the holiday recipe link-up photo!

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Happy Baking!

PS: If you're wondering to yourself "Why did she call her Mommom, "Mommom Minnow"? My sister gave nicknames to both of our Mommoms. Mommom Minnow got her name because she had a creek in her backyard and she would take us down to it and we would try to catch Minnows with her. :)

An Unexpected Weekend

Good morning, friends! I hope that your weekend was fun and relaxing! This post is going to be a short one and I apologize for any typos along the way. It's been quite the long weekend. 

I usually like to give you guys a peak into my weekends on Mondays, so I'm going to do that hopefully in more detail on Tuesday. For now, I'm just going to give you a quick little recap.

So, on Friday afternoon I took Lola (our younger pug, 10 years old) in for some blood work. I had been smelling almost an alcohol-like smell on her breath for a week or so at that point. We had taken Lo to the vet last Monday, and I told my vet of my concerns (which were that her breath had that alcohol-like smell and I saw on various website that's a sign of diabetes). Well, my vet didn't seem very concerned and attributed her breath to maybe her eating something out of the ordinary. She told us we probably should get blood work at some point soon because of her being 10 years old and all - just to see where her health was.

I went home after our appointment on Monday and just still really didn't feel right about it. I just had this gut feeling that Lola's breath wasn't just due to something she may have eaten...

Because of my weird feelings I decided that I wanted to schedule her for blood work regardless - hoping that it would just be something to put my mind at ease. So, we took Lo on Friday to get her blood work done. On Saturday we got a call from the vet telling us that Lola has diabetes.

The vet said she was honestly really surprised that Lola's numbers had come back so high, as she didn't feel that she really presented as a dog with diabetes. So, our choices were to take her to the animal hospital on Saturday since the vet was closing (which would cost at least $1500) or wait until Tuesday when the vet was back in the office and hope that Lola didn't "crash and burn" as the vet put it. 

Something that really makes my blood boil is the cost of animal care. To take her to the hospital would have cost us at least $1500, but going to the vet for what they needed to do would only cost $215. I mean, it's just ridiculous in my opinion. I feel that they make you choose between your checkbook and your pet's health - which I have heard MANY people say. Simply because the vet was closing, which left us thinking that the hospital was really our only option for that day. 

We really didn't know what to do right away. Do we take her to the hospital and just know we have to spend that much money (and more by the way - her syringes and insulin itself cost $189)? We really didn't feel good about waiting until Tuesday (also really don't understand why the heck we had to wait until Tuesday...what about Monday?). Can you tell I wasn't super happy with our vet? If you know me and my family, you know Munch and Lo aren't just our dogs - they're much more than that. They're our family - hence the "crazy pug lady" in my bio section.

Well, thank goodness for my mom's friend Carla who happens to be a vet. We called her and she gave us a much better explanation of what was going on with Lola and how serious it was. She told us what we needed to do was get her started on insulin that day - not way until Tuesday or take her to the hospital. So, we picked up Lo's insulin and syringes from the pharmacy and headed to Carla's house where she examined Lola and also showed me how to give Lo her first insulin shot - which Lo will have to get twice per day for the rest of her life. A HUGE, HUGE thank you to Carla for making a really scary situation a little less scary and a lot more comfortable for us. She welcomed us into her home without a second thought. 

So, things were looking up from there. We at least got some insulin into Lola's body and felt good that Carla got to look at her. 

Later that day, towards the evening, my dad started noticing that Lola wasn't able to see things as well and eventually started running into things when making her way around the house. She basically went blind within a few hours. Her eye sight was probably worsening over time before this obviously, but not drastically enough for us to notice. Diabetic dogs are prone to getting cataracts, and Lola's developed very very quickly, which isn't unusual. 

So, now our poor Lola isn't able to see which is probably one of the saddest things - to watch her be so confused and wonder why she isn't able to see what she was able to just yesterday. BUT she is one smart cookie and has been learning her way around the house. We're hoping to get her into see the doggy eye doctor this week to see if she's a candidate for cataract surgery, which would most likely restore her vision. We'll also be visiting Carla at her vet practice for her to take a closer look at Lola, to check her blood sugar levels, and to figure out if we need to increase her insulin dosage.

I'm just very grateful that we caught it when we did, and I'm hoping that we caught it early enough. Dogs with diabetes can live normal lives as long as they're given the proper amount of insulin everyday, with a diabetic diet incorporated as well. I'll keep you guys updated, and I'll be doing my best to post this week, but bear with me as I'll be focusing on Lo a lot this week. 

Keep our little Lola in your thoughts and prayers this week if you could. Thanks for reading this post, it means a lot. 

Xo

Jenna