from our home to yours

I had this fantastic idea for a Christmas card. It didn’t work out. Maybe next year. I also meant to send out cards to everyone the first week in December. That didn’t work out either. What did work out is this digital version. (Unless you’re our immediate family. Then you got a real one with one of the leftover photos from the baby announcements that didn’t happen.)

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So, from our family to yours: Merry Christmas!

special thanks to Deirdre at Pictures of Prose for the beautiful photo and Jessica at j&paper for the lettering!

baby hunter

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This year has been another big one for the Hunter house – they just keep getting better. The biggest news is that we’re expecting a baby boy in February. Cassie is having a hilarious time losing brain cells and gaining pounds. Thankfully, this was well-timed enough to allow for leggings, giant sweatshirts and lots of Christmas fudge with no judgment.
She has also spent the year trying to find a hobby. There have been many failed attempts at knitting and baking and gardening and do-it-yourself projects. Her blog project is still going strong. She is enjoying writing but still doesn’t understand the internet or how to work a computer.
The man of the house’s year has been filled with cookies which have led to many miles being put on his running shoes. His year has also been filled with schoolwork, actual work, and a never-ending “honey-do” list – all of which he has handled excellently. He is looking forward to being a dad and teaching Baby Hunter all about football.
Ranger and Tonto and Chuck and Welly still continue to prove Darwin wrong: they are definitely not the fittest but still keep surviving to dig new holes in the backyard. They are all extremely happy and can’t imagine a better day than getting to run in circles and eat kibble (Chuck and Welly included.)

All in all, another year filled with fun and blessings.
We wish the same for your family through the coming year and pray that you, too, have a very merry Christmas.

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A Christmas tradition in Husband’s family is to have a sugar-cookie decorating extravaganza. Naturally, that carried over to our family. One problem: neither Husband nor I have the patience for such a task. And even if we did, we are also seriously lacking skills and desire for said tradition. However, we continue to do it. Because it’s tradition. And the results are pretty tasty. It doesn’t even matter what they look like.

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sugar cookies

adapted from foodnetwork.com
1 C shortening + splash of water
1 1/2 C pure cane white sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 C flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
2-3 Tbsp buttermilk
zest of one orange

1. Cream together shortening and sugar. Add egg and vanilla.
2. Gradually stir in dry ingredients and orange zest.
3. Add buttermilk, a little at a time, until dough is moist but not wet.
4. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes then preheat oven to 350.
5. On a floured surface, roll dough to desired thickness. I like thick and chewy sugar cookies but it’s your call.
6. Cut out shapes and place on parchment-lined cookie sheet.
7. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until almost golden brown. Don’t overbake them!
8. Move to wire rack to cool and then decorate as desired.

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After trying all sorts of decorating methods and fancy icing, Husband and I have settled on our favorite: cream cheese frosting from the can and a ton of sprinkles. That’s it. Are they the most beautiful cookies? No. But they really are the tastiest. I promise.

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Ranger kept begging to help. Poor guy just wanted some sprinkles.

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