Christmas Festivities!

 

The Texting the Truth Team

As you shop, decorate, plan, and cook for the holidays, there are always those FUN FINDS that you stumble across! And what do you do?💬 TEXT YOUR BEST FRIENDS ABOUT THEM, OF COURSE! So that’s what we plan to do at Texting the Truth this month — Post about our favorite Christmas festivities! This will include gift ideas, activities, recipes, and decorating ideas.🎄

So check in with us this month as we share, from one busy mom to another, those great finds that make the holidays easier, more special, more delicious, and more fun.

Looking forward to creating an easy and fun Christmas season with you and your families,
💜The Texting the Truth Blog Team

Feast: Eggless, Nut-Free Christmas Cookies

Chances are, if you have a large family or love to host, you’ll want and/or need to be sensitive to food allergies. In our family, we are always on the lookout for recipes that do NOT include eggs or nuts so that everyone can eat them without worry. 

Decorating Christmas cookies makes for easy entertaining when hosting parties/play dates, and proves to be an interactive treat/tradition that everyone from the youngest to oldest family members can enjoy.

Egg Free Cut Out Cookies:

*NOTE: Be sure to clean your baking space well to avoid any possible cross-contamination with surfaces that may have touched egg/nut product.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened slightly
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder (NOT baking soda)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional

  • 1 Tbsp Sugar for coating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter, sugar, milk, and vanilla in large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, and stir until combined.
  5. Cover and chill dough in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Roll out chilled dough to about 1/4″ thickness on lightly floured surface.
  6. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Press one side in sugar or sprinkles, if desired. Re-roll any remaining dough for additional cutouts.
  7. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

*NOTE: Be mindful of checking your decorating ingredients for any trace of egg, peanut, or tree nut as well. Other common allergens that may want to be checked include ingredients like red dye. Happy decorating! 

🎄Jen

First Find: Foam Alive

And here’s our first Christmas find: Foam Alive. It’s like Kinetic Sand, but different. It has a softer, light feel to it (addicting to touch!), and all of my kids loved playing with it! It “melts” and “moves” — so that’s the “alive” part! If your kids like Kinetic Sand, Floam, or Slime — they will LOVE this. This is also a great exchange gift for any age, boy or girl.

Here’s the Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2qQcxgZ

You can also find it at most stores like Target and Walmart.

~Anna

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