Christmas Newsletter

Happy Holidays!

It’s bitterly cold and icy in the Midwest. My new novella, Montana Home, is released today, December 19, 2016 by The Wild Rose Press. Needless to say, I’m very excited. Montana Home is loosely based on a Christmas incident on our family farm many years ago. It was a very cold and snowy Christmas. When my father went to check on the animals, he found a calf had been born that day. It was nearly frozen and he brought it into the house to warm it. Our dog curled up next to it to share his warmth. We named that calf, Merry Christmas! I have included a picture from that day.

It wouldn’t be Christmas if I didn’t bake my cutout sugar cookies. I’ve used the same recipe from an old Betty Crocker Cookbook that my mother had. I got my own copy when I got married and still use it today.

Sugar Cookies

2/3 cup shortening Oven; 375 degrees
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
4 tsps. milk
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla. Add egg; beat until light and fluffy.
Stir in milk. Sift together dry ingredients; blend into creamed mixture. Divide dough in
half. Chill 1 hour.

On lightly floured surface, roll to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness.* Cut into desired shapes with
cutters. Bake on a greased (I use parchment paper) cookie sheet at 375 degrees about 6 to 8 minutes.
Cool slightly; remove from pan. Makes 2 dozen. Frost with favorite frosting and sprinkles.
*Chill other half till ready to use.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!