Merry (almost) Christmas Dear Reader! It's not Christmas until someone dons a Christmas sweater or at least eats a Christmas sweater cookie! These sweet little sugar cookies are patterned with festive cheer. They're also easy to do and I show you how to make them!
Dear Reader, I was frustrated a week or so ago. I wanted to make these Christmas jumper cookies but I didn't have a sweater cookie cutter. I rang around to my local cake decorating supply store and they didn't have any and while I saw some online, I didn't want to pay $9 to ship it to me especially since the cutter was $4 nor did I want to spend $30 to get free shipping. It was then that a lady that I rang suggested using a gingerbread man cookie cutter. Genius!
These cookies can be fiddly when it comes to decorating them but they're not difficult. They come together with just a few colours too so if you're wanting to tackle royal icing cookies definitely give these a go. I find decorating cookies relaxing and I loved doing different cookie decorations. You could of course make them all the same and they'll still be fun but it's amazing how many patterns you can make using just a few colours.
I've been getting into the Christmas spirit with it being less than a week away. We've started a Christmas tradition of an annual Mochi Santa photo. She's so good wearing clothing and so patient with us fussing over her so I knew she wouldn't mind.
If last year taught us anything, it was that we should get there early so we headed to the Santa chair early one Sunday morning. Not all Santas allow for pet photography (although this one did specify no lizards haha!) so it was nice to be able to take her one.
The line had lots of dogs and Mochi made friends with some of them. We managed to get a pic of her in record time. The photographer marvelled that she pretty much looked straight at the camera the whole time and was so easy to photograph (listen to me, I'm a total stage mum!). And then we ran some errands, had lunch I got home and baked these cookies.
I've also been rather addicted to a podcast and Dear Reader, I'm almost positive that you may have heard of it. It's called The Teacher's Pet by journalist Hedley Thomas and it's about a cold case in Australia. It's a true crime podcast about a woman called Lyn Dawson who went missing in 1982 and is about the twisted relationship between Lyn, her husband Chris and his live in student girlfriend Joanne.
It is an incredible story about entitlement, boy's clubs, sexual abuse by teachers, gross incompetence and without spoiling anything, it is a true crime podcast with an ending. I have been so glued to it I've been listening to it before bed and when I wake up. It's also an excellent soundtrack to cooking as I decorated these cookies at the dining table listening to this with little Mochi at my feet!
So tell me Dear Reader, do you have a Christmas sweater? And have you listened to The Teacher's Pet and what did you think of it? Do you have any other podcast recommendations for the holidays?