Friday, December 19, 2008

Reindeers & Snickerdoodles

I've finally figured out all about reindeers (not rain dears) and that silly Rednosed Reindeer song. So I was excited to hear about this toddler craft idea from Zander's Mom! Seeing as it's getting real close to Christmas, if you're looking for some quick and easy Christmas ideas, this one is perfect.

And of course Snickerdoodle recipes are wonderful anytime of day or or year...

It's holly jolly Christmas time again. I haven’t decorated a lot the past couple of years because Zander was so small. Last year he was just walking and was getting into everything and I thought the decorations might be more temptation than I was willing to deal with. But, this year, I went ahead and put up our fake tree and some other decorations. So far he’s only done minor damage….

I remember when I was little and made some homemade decorations. I don’t think any have survived. But it did make me want to make something for Zander. I found a reindeer ornament that I thought was absolutely adorable….and oh so simple.

Items you will need are:

Dark brown cardstock paper
Light brown or tan cardstock paper
Some red and black cardstock paper or similar
Ribbon or string

1. First I traced Zander’s foot on a piece of the dark brown paper. Then I cut that out.
2. Second, I traced Zander’s hand on a piece of the light brown paper. I folded it over so when I cut it out I had 2 handprints.
3. Then, I glued the hand prints onto the top of the footprint….like antlers.
4. Then I cut out 2 black eyes and a red nose and glued those on the footprint.

VOILA! I have a reindeer.

I punched a little hole in the top to add string and hung it on our tree. Or, you could glue a magnet on the back to hang on your fridge.

I also wrote his name and the year on the back so I could remember how old he was when his hands and feet were this size.

He didn’t have a lot of participation in making this….but he liked having me trace his hands and feet - especially his feet…..although it tickled him so he kept moving them.

From Zander and Me

I love baking this time of year and it seems my favorite cookie for Christmas is the Snickerdoodle. These are super easy to make and soooo delicious.

Here is my all time favorite recipe:

You will need the following:

1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

1. Mix thoroughly butter, oil, sugar and eggs.

2. Blend in flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt.

3. Shape dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into balls.

4. Mix the 2 tablespoons of sugar and cinnamon together in a bowl; roll rounded dough balls in this mixture.

5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 8-10 minutes.
(Do not overbake, even if you think they aren't done, they will harden as they cool.)

From Home On The Range


Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

About Zander's Mom: I'm a single mom to Zander, my 2 year old son. We also have Anakin, our dog, and Demitra & Gideon, our cats. I'm having fun living my second childhood since having Zander....rediscovering how to have fun....most of the time anyway. ;) Our blog link is:


Ronda's Rants said...

I love this idea!
I just made snickerdoodles for a cookie exchange only they were Maple Snickerdoodles! I will make this with my grandbabies

sheila said...

Yummy looking cookies and cute creative reindeer! Nice! And LOVE the name ZANDER! Cute!

sheila said...

Yummy looking cookies and cute creative reindeer! Nice! And LOVE the name ZANDER! Cute!

Sandra said...

I JUST made a batch of snickerdoodles yesterday LOL We must have had the same idea.

I love the little reindeer, Nicholas' kindergarten class made very similar ones, they're adorable aren't they?

Merry Christmas to you and the family and a Blessed New Year.

♥ Somebody Loved ♥ said...

Those reindeer are adorable.
I love snickerdoodles!


Jeanne said...

Came to visit via Rhonda's Rants -- the reindeer are adorable. May have to do that with the g'kids.

dani said...

yummy cookies... darling reindeer:)

Marilyn said...

Did you have to have a passport post this?
How do you say snickerdoodle in Mozambique?
Love the reindeer : )

Andrea said...

Those reindeer are so cute...gotta give that a shot. (after making and eating some of those deeelicious cookies of course!)

Jennifer said...

Both great idea! I love the craft idea and those cookies look SO good!!

kailani said...

I remember when Girlie Girl made those reindeer hands in kindergarten. They're so cute!

Jen @ One Moms World said...

Ohhhh I'm going to have to do the reindeer with my girls tomorrow since they are out of school.