Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas Sugar Cookies



Christmas time is the time for cookies and if you disagree then stop disagreeing and start agreeing. I love cookies - come to think of it, I love sweets in general. But today I'm going to share with you my sugar cookie recipe, plus a little extra. (The little extra is frosting, of course!) I think sugar cookies are the perfect all-year-round cookie. You can decorate them according to the season, and there are so many different cookie-cutter shapes to choose from! So, without further ado...

The Cookies

The ingredients you'll need are:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter OR margarine
1/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Now, time to bake some cookies!

Stir together your flour, baking powder, and salt, then set those dry ingredients aside. Beat the butter and shortening ALONE for 30 seconds, then add the sugar and beat until fluffy. Add the egg, milk, and vanilla and beat well. Slowly add the mixed dry ingredients and beat until well combined. Cover your dough and chill for at least 3 hours.

Do a dance while you wait for your cookie dough to chill.

When your cookie dough is ready, preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Sprinkle your counter top with flour and roll your dough to your desired thickness. Cut your dough however you'd like, then place your cuts on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for approximately 8 minutes or until done.

The Frosting

*Note: don't make the frosting while you are waiting for the cookie dough to chill. Though it won't harden, it will get crusty.

Personally, I prefer frosting over icing on my sugar cookies. So here is a deliciously sugary frosting recipe, perfect on sugar cookies!

You will need:

4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup shortening
5 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (if desired)

Mix the sugar and the shortening. Add the milk and then the vanilla. Cream until the mixture is stiff and smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Now FROST! (And sprinkle, if you'd like.)

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and I wish you many merry nights stuffing your face full of sugar cookies.




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Top 10 Christmas Movies

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat...Which goose? And why is it getting so fat? Probably from too many Christmas cookies...

Since it's the Christmas season and since I just watched a video exactly like it (Zoe Sugg a.k.a. Zoella on the magical world of YouTube), I thought I would share with you ten of my favorite Christmas movies. Also I'm procrastinating because I don't want to study for my finals okay?! Okay. For me, it's just not Christmas unless you watch these goodies! So, from the very bottom of my heart - Ten of My All-Time Favorite Christmas Movies (in no particular order). 'Tis the season, amiright?

#1. White Christmas - Bing and Rosemary, people. BING AND ROSEMARY.




#2. Love Actually - A story made to confuse you into a million pieces. What am I watching? Pirates of the Caribbean? Harry Potter? Bridget Jones's Diary? Nanny McPhee? Regardless, a good one to watch.



#3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Don't get me wrong, hats off to Jim Carrey for his performance, but the animated version will always have a special place in my regular sized heart.



#4. Frosty the Snowman - I shipped Frosty and Karen before shipping was even a thing.



#5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Santa was a ginger. Guys. He was a ginger. I always knew we had a connection...



#6. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - A classic. If you haven't seen this one, I'm afraid we can't be friends.



#7. Elf - SAAAANTAAAAAAAA. I mean, what more can I say?



#8. The Polar Express - Not going to lie, this one creeps me out a bit, but in a weird I-can't-stop-watching-it sort of way. Also just Christmas.



#9. The Santa Clause - That one time the Home Improvement guy killed Santa and became the new Santa.



#10. Joyeux Noel - Maggie, did your fingers have a stroke?! What does that even say? No, no finger stroke. Joyeux Noel is a French/German/English movie and it's amazing. Trust me. Diane Kruger will knock your socks off.





Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Blogging Is Hard

Blogging is hard. So are introductions. Introductions are the bane of my existence. Conclusions too. And blogging. This is my fourth attempt at starting a blog. FOURTH ATTEMPT. As I'm writing this, I'm listening to Taylor Swift and wondering how this time around is any different. I've got the blogger bug - that's no different. I'm older. Two years, in fact, than when I first tried, but I that isn't convincing me of anything other than the fact that I can buy my own lottery ticket now. So what is this invisible force that's driving me to attempt the impossible? Well you see, I think it's that horribly terrifying thing called "Help me, I don't know what I'm doing with my life." I just started college, and while rekindling my blog seems like a kick-yourself-in-the-face-for-trying-to-balance-a-blog-with-all-your-schoolwork thing to do, I'm doing it anyway. Hopefully.

I'm your typical 19-year-old girl except that I'm not. I'm socially awkward (inept might be a better word). I'm a neat-freak. Book-worm. Film fanatic and professional Netflix-binge watcher. And while I'm all those things I feel like I'm nothing at all. Now don't get all freaked out on me - this isn't some weird emo diary you've walked into, I promise. It's just that everyone seems to have their life figured out and I know that's not really the case but it feels that way.

I thought I would like college. I don't hate it, but people talk about the friends you'll make and the adventures you'll go on but they don't mention the stress or the loneliness you'll feel - at least they don't mention it seriously. What I'm trying to say is, college isn't making me as happy as I thought it would. There. I said it. 

So, because I'm not as happy as I thought I would be, I'm doing something that does make me happy - writing. And not those hard-to-pull-from-your-brain essays like I've been writing for the past few months. No no, this is happy writing. That is, writing about things that make me happy. (Try to keep up okay?) And not just writing. Sharing my likes, hobbies, interests, because who doesn't like to talk about themselves? Because how am I ever going to get through the next 3 years of my life without a bit of happiness? 

Now, before you all go off on a rant about how I shouldn't wish my life away and that I'm young and I should be living in the moment and taking advantage of my college years STOP. Now. First of all, no one is reading my posts this early on in the game so who am I kidding. Second, in case you are a kind human and you ARE reading my very first official blogger post, I am not wishing my life away. I'm simply trying to find my place in this world. How's that for a cringe-worthy line?

So while I have no clue what I want to do with my life (does anybody?), I'm hoping to find some solace in writing out my thoughts, ideas, likes, interests, and REALLY INTERESTING *not* life events and sharing them with a bunch of strangers.

-Maggie