1. Almost 9 years ago, The Farmer was injured by a cow and earned an ambulance ride to Wichita to see a spine specialist. When we came back, it was up to me to do all the heavy lifting with the help of a couple of amazing friends. I found that we had a neighbor that loved watching my then one year old. I tried to pay her and she refused. Her daughter and friend had so much fun with him that she felt she should pay me! I have continued to use this family for baby sitting especially when our long hours in the field wear on me and we have pretty much became family. One perk of having her watch the boys...she loves to bake. I can't tell you how many times I came home during wheat harvest after the boys had ate supper with their family and I had half a cake in my hands or a plate of cookies. We were glad to be her taste testers for many new recipes.
2. We got married shortly after Christmas. Being new to this community, I was overwhelmed with the support of many of The Farmer family's friends. One of these sweet ladies hosted a shower for me not just for the wedding, but also our first born. (That second shower is a whole story of its own that I will have to share another time.) We are always expected for Halloween, even though she gets over 200 Trick or Treaters at her house. If I don't bring the boys by, I get a phone call to see where we are. :) Small towns are great that way.
I can't take credit for this recipe, because you see Friend #1 shared this recipe with me (I think it was out of the recipes she made in 4-H). Friend #2 always has the prettiest Christmas Snickerdoodle cookies. I never would have thought to roll them in colored sugar. My baker in the making (our 9 year old) mixed and baked the cookies for us. Oh, and our youngest son was in charge of arranging the cookies in a pretty way on the plate.
Here is the recipe that my boys told me, "Mom, these are the best cookies ever. You don't have to make any other cookies ever again." Who can argue with Snickerdoodles made with cream cheese?
Cream Cheese Christmas Snickerdoodles
1 c. butter 5 ½ c. flour
1 c. cream cheese 4 t. cream of tarter
3 c. sugar 2 t. baking soda
4 eggs ½ t. salt
Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar and eggs until smooth. Set aside. Sift remaining ingredients together. Stir both mixtures together. Chill dough. Roll chilled dough into small balls. Toll balls to coat in mixture of 4 T colored sugar and 4 t. cinnamon. Place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes until lightly browned, but still soft. Remove from cookie sheet and cool.
What is your favorite type of Christmas treat?