Three years ago tonight was a Saturday. I remember it all quite well. We had gone to the mall that afternoon, done some Christmas shopping, went out to lunch at one of our favorite pubs and then returned home to settle in for the evening.
We lived in a small yellow house then. We rented. Our kitchen housed our stove, fridge, washer and dryer. We shared the fence in our backyard with neighbors on both sides.
Three years ago tonight, this guy ran into our tiny living room and gave me a perfectly wrapped gold present in his mouth.
And this guy ...
... asked me to be his wife.
Naturally, I said yes - 'cause he makes me happy.
Three years later, he's still makin' me happy. And frosting and sugar cookies make him happy, I do what I can.
Sugar Cookie Cutouts
Slightly Adapted From Better Homes & Gardens
2/3 cup light butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon fat-free half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
your favorite frosting
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Beat the butter on medium-high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl as necessary. Beat in egg, half-and-half and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour by hand.
Divide dough in half. If the dough is too sticky to roll out just yet, cover and put it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
When the dough is ready to be rolled out, lightly flour your workspace, roll half of the dough until 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the cookies are barely light brown.
Cool on a wire rack and frost as desired.