Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Star Wars Gingerbread Cookies and Christmas Wrap Up

Before Christmas we were busy getting ready and enjoying all of the holiday festivities. Since Speed Racer is two he’s beginning to enjoy Christmas, even if he’s not quite sure how it works. We had Advent calendars and visits to Santa Claus. We enjoyed Christmas specials and Christmas cookies. Speed Racer discovered that he likes to go shopping. It was a wonderful, busy month before Christmas. And even blog posts that I started went unfinished because I was more focused somewhere else. But that’s not really a bad thing. It just makes this post a little late.

Christmas Eve and then Christmas Day came. Both were full of presents, family and food. Speed Racer thinks Christmas is quite a wonderful thing. Now the difficulty lies in explaining that it only happens once a year.

The day after Christmas, Speed Racer and I traveled back home to visit his great grandparents. It was our very first trip home without my husband. “Daddy has to work” is a most common phrase, now that he has a new job. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just another change.
Speed Racer and I enjoyed the evening with the grandparents and aunt and uncle that were visiting. We went to dinner and did some shopping. It was a wonderful time. But the next morning I woke up feeling awful. I couldn’t touch the lovely breakfast grandma had cooked for us. Speed Racer wouldn’t eat either. Then grandma said it was starting to sleet outside.

Blurg. I got us ready and packed up the car. Grandma sent me with a couple of bottles of 7 Up. I’m sad that our visit home ended that way. I drove two hours across the state. Speed Racer and I were both miserable and the rain, then sleet, then snow, then heavy snow were no comfort to me. Speed Racer slept part of the way, thankfully.

I am thankful for my mom and step farther. I was able to walk in the house and they took care of Speed Racer and everything in the car. As the day went on and we didn’t improve we decided to go to Urgent Care. It was a good thing we went. We were diagnosed with the Flu. I am very thankful for Tamiflu and nausea medicine. Speed Racer is, too.

It’s been a few days and we are starting to feel better. So I finally feel like and have time to write this blog post. It’s a little late but I’m happy to post it because I do feel better and Speed Racer is feeling better. A two year old with the flu is a scary thing.

This Christmas there were some gifts we got to open early. For instance, the advent calendars, Speed Racer got to open one with mom and one with dad each night. Dad’s advent calendar was a gift from my mom and it was a Star Wars Lego Advent calendar. It’s pretty cool! Some of the Lego guys made some great props for my cookie pictures.

My husband gave us an early Christmas gift of Star Wars cookie cutters. As I said, I intended to finish this post long before now but I got busy. So, this is actually an after Christmas story and a Christmas cookie post mashed together. So…on to the Christmas Cookies!

Do you like gingerbread? Some people find most gingerbread recipes too strong. Do you like Star Wars? Who doesn’t? It’s better than gingerbread and you can have Star Wars all year round, while gingerbread is generally considered seasonal.

But put the two together and it’s great Christmas fun!
Now, the cookie recipe I used is not my own. It came from Kelli’sKitchen and is called A Kinder Gentler Gingerbread Man Cookie

Well, I suppose you can make a Darth Vader gingerbread man a little kinder and gentler. I do really love these cookies and they are even better when in the shape of Star Wars characters.

I’m not going to post the cookie recipe here. You’ll have to go to her blog to get it (the link is above). Just look at what you can make! They are an incredible addition to any holiday gathering. Maybe even for New Year's Eve!

Looking for these cookie cutters or advent calendar? No problem!