~ Greetings: Here’s to a Happier & Healthier ‘Year2020’, and Onward! ~

In the next weeks and months I will be sharing more ideas and information with YOU that are exciting, compelling, and also conducive to living a truly enriched life as the “Art & Science of Life” helps us all progress, to LIVE our lives forward collectively, with joie de vevre!

Here are a few topics I am focused on (and actually have been for quite some ‘time’) at this pivotal point in our collective history on ‘Gaia‘ (Earth Spirit):

 

Health, Beauty, and The Basics
 
Spirituality-based Living
 
Scientific Information & The Quantum Advancement of Earth
 
Inspirational Literature & More
 
Cooking For #Life
 
Planning In The Positive

 

 
I will be linking information I prepare (and also other pertinenet help I seek-to-share) from this “2020 Home-Base Page”. This Home-Base page will go through certain adjustments as necessary during the New Year, and beyond.
So…

“Stay Tuned!”

 

In the meantime en-joy THIS delicious cookie recipe below-
Sugar Cookies are a favorite Holiday Treat of mine!

Childhood Sugar Cookies

This is a recipe I found, wrote down, and added to my recipe file as a creative child of the 1970s. One who loves to bake and create even now.
Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Keyword: cookies, sugarcookies
Yield: 2 dozen
Cost: $6

Equipment

  • Measuring spoon (tsp)
  • Measuring cup (1, 3/4)
  • Cookie sheet
  • Sifter
  • Mixing bowls (two medium-sized)

Materials

  • 2/3 cup shortening or unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar (white refined) Can use organic cane sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons (tsp.) milk of choice
  • 2 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder (Clabber Girl, or other brand)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla Real (liquid)

Instructions

  • Cream shortening, sugar and vanilla until light & blended
  • Add egg and beat until well blended
  • Stir in milk
  • Add to the creamed mixture these dry ingredients: sifted flour, baking powder, and salt
  • Beat all ingredients until well-blended
  • Divide dough in half
  • Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour

Preparation of dough into cookie form:

  • Remove 1/2 of chilled dough from fridge and place it on to a floured surface.
    Roll to 1/8-inch thick. Cut rolled dough with desired cookie cutter shapes and gently remove each formed cookie from the surface with a thin-edged spatula.
    (You can roll small amounts of dough in the palm of your hand and press them each onto cookie sheet until flat)

Baking Instructions: Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes, for each batch prepared. Let cool before decorating with Confectioners Icing (frosting).

    Preparation of Ornamental (Confectioners) Icing to frost Cookies:

    • Blend 1/2 cup shortening or butter, 2 cups Confectioners (powdered) sugar, 2-1/2 tsp. milk, and 1/2 tsp. vanilla together until well blended in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until combined. Stir in milk. (If stiff add more milk until combined.)
    • Let chill until icing (frosting) is ready to spread atop each cookie. Top with favorite decorations such as silver balls, snowflakes, colorful granulated sugar, etc. (You can find individual bottles or combo packages of these "party" decorations in the baking-spice aisle of your favorite grocery store.)