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December Curiosities

By Adela Pirillo

With help on the recipe from Julie Jacques


Ah, we’ve reached December. While the 2020 holiday season may seem a little different, I hope you all are still surrounded with happiness. Once exams are officially over, take time to chill. Till we meet again in February!

Birthday: If you were born December 10th, happy happy happy birthday! Also, if you were born June 10th, happy happy happy half birthday!

Aries (mar. 20-apr.18) : Your value is not based on your productivity. Be content with yourself first and the rest will fall into place.

Taurus (apr.19-may 20) : Do not let fear and rejection discourage you this month, Tauruses. Instead let it fuel you to work even harder.

Gemini (may 21-june 20) : Take time this month to truly unpack your feelings. Write them all down, listen to yourself, and if you feel comfortable, share them with someone you trust.

Cancer (june 21-july 22) : You are so ready to turn the page. Be open to forgiveness and growth, Cancers. You are stronger than you think.

Leo (july 23-aug. 22) : Be grateful this month, Leos. Find time to appreciate the little aspects of your life that make you happiest.

Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): Your past, your fear, and your anxiety do not define you. Remember that this month, Virgos.

Libra (sept. 23-oct. 22) : You cannot control the actions of others. This month, take time to prioritize your own peace. The only thing you can control is yourself.

Scorpio (oct. 23- nov. 21) : Scorpios, this month find some independence. You are allowed to want me-time.

Sagittarius (nov. 22-dec. 21) : Use this month to help you figure out your goals for the future and how you will get there. You are in complete control.

Capricorn (dec. 22- jan. 19) : Do not listen to others who try to put you down. Capricorns, only you know what is best for you.

Aquarius (jan. 20-feb. 18) : In a frankly very dim world, be a source of light and positivity. Lift someone up and do not forget about yourself along the way.

Pisces (feb. 19-mar. 19) : Your never-ending to-do list is finally coming to an end. Take time to relax and enjoy simplicity this month.


How to make Slice and Bake Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Ingredients :

  1. 2 and ¼ cups of flour

  2. ½ teaspoon of baking powder

  3. ¼ teaspoon of salt

  4. ¾ cup of unsalted butter, room temperature

  5. ¾ cup of granulated sugar

  6. 1 egg

  7. 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract or ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract

  8. Cookie cutters

  9. Food colouring


  1. Cream the room temperature butter until light in colour.

  2. Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.

  3. Add in the egg and the peppermint extract or vanilla extract.

  4. Whisk flour, salt, and baking powder in a separate bowl.

  5. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients and beat until a shaggy dough forms.

  6. Section the dough into two halves and dye one half the colour of your cookie.

  7. Roll out the dough to a ¼ inch thickness.

  8. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your shapes!

  9. Stack all the cut out shapes one on top another.

  10. Roll out the undyed dough to ¼ thickness and drape it over the stack of cookies.

  11. Refrigerate for an hour until the dough is firm.

  12. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  13. Cut dough into cookie shapes to reveal your pattern!

  14. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

  15. Enjoy!



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