Hello from Norway!
I have a friend from the US who every Christmas has been nagging me to make sugar cookies. She has been asking over and over and over, "please make some for Christmas; they remind me of my childhood". I have never had time for it, and didn't know what treasure it was. For me it was just a cookie until I began to look at them on Pinterest. Ohh me ohh my - did I get a new hobby. Yes I did. As you can see I'm a beginner, and I want to learn.
In general, I work with rehabilitation of European hedgehogs. So it's feels good to get away from sickness, problems, and administrative tasks. Sometimes it is hard to get all I need for my cookies in my country, but I have at last managed to find a shop who sells lard. Nope, Amazon isn't happy to send stuff to Norway, only books. But I found it, and happy I am.
So now I just look and try to figure it all out, and have started practise. I participated in an online cookie on Craftsy by Stephanie Kappel.