Sugar cookies for CNY

A few days ago, a friend asked me to bake and decorate sugar cookies for Chinese New year after I posted some pictures on my FB.

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If you work with sugar cookies, you would realise that the dough melts easily and it can be difficult and messy to cut out shapes from it. In most recipes, they call for the dough to be placed in the refrigerator for about 1 to 2 hours before you place it in between parchment paper, roll it flat to a certain thickness and then cut out shapes from it. Problem is, if I were to follow the instruction to a tee such as this, it would almost be impossible to cut out a good shape from the dough because it melts so easily.

So, I did it the way I think is better. After the dough has been rested and taken out from the refrigerator, I roll it and then place the dough in the FREEZER for it to firm up before doing the cut-outs. Obviously, the dough is hardened and you will need some strength to cut shapes out from it but at least the shapes maintain.

It’s always helpful to have this dough in the fridge since it can be kept in it for two weeks or up to 2 months in the freezer! After baking, you can decorate them using royal icing or fondant and then give them away as treats!

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Chocolate, vanilla and almond flavoured sugar cookies!

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Each cookie is individually packed which can be tiresome but the end result is so satisfying!

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Packed and all set to go! A few more days before CNY. What are you baking?

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Being busy

The beginning of January started off rather well with me having some good times with Faith, bringing her to the playground, reservoir and the library. She enjoys being in the outdoors and among strangers. There in the open space, she will explore her environment, make calculated steps in climbing up and down of stairs and touch stuff that are new to her. However, I got busier from the second week onwards with cake orders coming in and fulfillment of teaching assignments. So, Faith was placed with both grandpas on various days and I missed out on spending quality time with her.

Things are slowing down a wee bit as we approach Chinese New Year but Faith has fallen ill. She’s not too sick but not well enough to enjoy the outdoors since it can get really windy these days.

And today, I think I should just do some prioritizing because by doing that, I could maintain sanity. Gone were the days when busyness kept me going strong and happy. These days, slowing down helps me savor precious moments with my loved ones. Perhaps, I’m getting old.

I’m happy that friends ask me to bake for them. I consider it a privilege to be able to do so and it gives me the opportunity to hone my skills. But I guess I cannot handle more orders now and by that I mean more than one per week. I would rather concentrate on my teaching assignments because I like the idea of empowering people, that they don’t find baking a daunting task anymore.

So, I have to learn to say NO which can be difficult for a person who often says YES to others. And well, I have to cut down on blogging, I guess.

I would prefer to spend more time with Faith, like having snacks with her in the kitchen and reading to her. Simple stuff like these make me happy.

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Of course, I wouldn’t want to miss these stunts of hers…

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… since she is really getting active! And above all, I wouldn’t want to miss out on discipline because she has shown signs of mischief and disobedience. It’s good to start early, on shepherding her heart.

Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (Proverbs 4:23)