Cream Cheese Cut-out Cookies


1 cup butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp almond extract
3 & 1/3 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder

Almond Frosting:

In large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Beat until
​well combined. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla
​and almond extract and beat well. Combine flour and baking
​powder; add to ​creamed mixture. Beat until well blended.
Divide dough in half. ​Cover and refrigerate for about 1 ½ hours
​or until dough is easy to handle. On a lightly floured surface roll
​dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutters.
​Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° F for 9 minutes.
​Pipe or spread Almond Frosting onto cooled cookies.

Almond Icing:

In a small bowl, beat 2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. softened
​butter ​and ¼ tsp. almond extract until smooth. Beat in enough
​milk to make of piping or spreading consistency. Stir in a few drops
​of food colouring, ​if desired. Garnish with candies or nuts, if desired.

FOREVER ENDS by Carol Hibbs

A move to another part of the province is Gabrielle's greatest transition. It is a turning point she and her sons desperately need. A new and safe house would be a wonderful change, or so she hopes. The house is haunted, or possessed, or something too evil to even imagine.

Gabrielle isn’t planning on any romances, never mind falling in love with her gorgeous cabin building neighbour, Ryan. Bad things seemed to happen to people she loved. It is impossible to resist Ryan, and lunacy to assist Christina, the young girl that is either trapped somehow in Gabrielle's house, or trapped in someone's world. Her sons, friends, Ryan and his daughter, Tess, helps her to save Christina.