This year I've been reminding myself that it's okay to sacrifice "from scratch" in the name of fun and time with your kids. Especially when the kids' Aunt Anastasia gives them something as cool as ninja cookie cutters. That's when a bag of Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix, a stick of Fleischmann's, some egg replacer and Pillsbury frosting come in handy. So we can spend time decorating and licking our fingers, instead of mom snarling at everyone to stay out of the kitchen while she tries to get the right consistency of sugar cookie dough without using real eggs or butter. Here's to shortcuts from time to time!