Tuesday, November 22, 2011

High Fives and a Cookie Recipe

It was late this morning when I jumped in the pool to swim laps.  In the lane beside me was a young girl, probably 13 or 14, swimming hard.  She stopped at the wall and we exchanged greetings as sweat-sisters do.  Then I said the mom-thing, "No school today?".  She said that her school was on Thanksgiving break already and since the school was closed, there was no swim team practice.  "I couldn't stand it" she said.  So when her mom got ready to go work out, she asked to go along.

A little while later, her mom came in.  She was obviously sweaty from whatever workout she had just completed.  
She asked how her daughter's swim was and they headed off toward the locker room together.

I wanted to high five them both.

Then after school, Katie disappeared while I was putting away laundry & getting dinner started.  When she came back to the kitchen she was sweaty.  I asked what she'd been doing and she said, "I needed to get on the treadmill for awhile."  High five for her.

So today I'm giving out high fives.
High fives for the parents who set examples for their kids by being active.
High fives for the kids who recognize their own need to move.
High fives for moms who just say "yes" when their daughters ask to join them in a workout.

Do you deserve a high five today?  
Tell me why so I can give you one!
Here it is- Christmas Cookie Challenge Recipe #3!
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
2 TBSP sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon

In a mixing bowl beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium to high for 30 seconds.  Add half the flour, the 1 cup sugar, the egg, vanilla, baking soda, and cream of tartar.  Beat till thoroughly combined.  Beat in remaining flour.  Cover and chill 1 hour.
Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Combine the 2 TBSP sugar and the cinnamon.  Roll balls in sugar-cinnamon mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 10-11 mins. or till edges are golden.  Cool on a wire rack. (Makes about 36)

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