Friday, September 16, 2016

day19: listen to your body ...

sugar cookie recipe is below ... happy cooking

Your body knows what is best for you!!
 if you can learn to really listen to what your body needs that will be your best guide for living.  

When you get sick that is a way of your body telling you that you need to slow down, so listen.  Slowing down is not a common practice here in the US, we tend to think we need to push ourselves until we collapse.  There seems to be a belief that the more tired one is equals how much they have accomplished, or at least that was how it used to be.  I believe that there is a shift in the understanding of how important life balance is and the benefits of self care. 

So listen to the signs that your body is telling you ...
like you need more sleep, more exercise, less alcohol,  or when it is time to go home, or when you might be in an unsafe position. For all of these situations, and MORE ...
trust your body! 
trust yourself!
love, mom

(my traditional holiday cookies; an afternoon of wonderful aromas and much fun. )

2 C. sifted flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 C. butter (1 stick) soft
1 C. sugar (plus extra for dipping)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 TB. cream

sift flour to measure 2 cups, then sift again with baking powder and salt.

cream butter until soft, then add sugar, egg (beaten) vanilla and cream.
gradually add flour measure, once thoroughly mixed together 
CHILL THOROUGHLY  (overnight works well)

work with small quantities of dough so it stays cold, keeping unused dough in the refrigerator. Roll out dough to about 1/8 inch thickness 
(**thickness can vary depending on your preference, just remember the thinner the cookie/dough the crispier and the faster they can burn.  Thinker dough equals chewy cookies and needs more time in the oven)

Once dough is rolled out use cookie cutters to cut dough, toss dough cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar, place on buttered pan and decorate!!! 

Bake @ 375F on a buttered cookie sheet for 8-10 min (depending on the thickness of the cookies**) bake until the edges start to brown. then remove from oven and place cookies on cooling racks and start again!!

A little family note, when I made these cookies with Gommie sometimes we would leave a pan in the oven just a bit too long and Gommie would be upset because she thought the cookies were ruined.  But then Pop would swing through the kitchen, spy the extra crispy cookies and exclaim that those were his favorite, grabbing a bunch of extra dark cookies and fleeing the scene.  I don't know if Pop really likes the extra burned cookies or nor, but it always made Gommie feel a little bit better about burning the batch!!! (tales from 1020)

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