Monday, December 17, 2007
Check out the adorable labels on the cookies - I ordered several different stickers/address labels/Christmas tags from Max & Bella - let me tell you, they are great! And wonderful customer service, too.
Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
Whisk together 2 cups flour, 3/4 teaspoon baking soda, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 salt, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, & 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg.
Beat at medium speed: 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup solid Crisco shortening. Add 1 1/2 c brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and the grated rind of one orange.
Stir the flour mixture into the sugar mixture until well blended. Then stir in 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats, 6 oz. dried cranberries, and 11 oz. white chocolate chips.
Drop by heaping tablespoon onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
Go make these cookies now - they make your house smell heavenly and everyone will ask when you're going to make them again.
And the marshmallows! Oh, the marshmallows. They were honestly very easy, but quite time-consuming. I can tell you now, though, that these will be a Christmas tradition - there's something magical about them and they have gotten rave reviews! I just dipped them in melted Baker's semi-sweet and crushed candy canes. I don't even like marshmallows but they are definitely fun to look at. Maybe I'll just lick the chocolate off of one.
Peanut Butter Bon Bons (forgot to take picture of these. Whoops.)
*edited to add chocolate & wax quantities!
2 sticks butter, room temperature
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 box + 1 cup confectioners sugar
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cake candy-making wax
Cream butter & peanut butter; slowly add sugar and vanilla. Chill mixture in fridge while chocolate is melting.
Melt chocolate & wax in double boiler. Shape chilled peanut butter mixture into 1" balls and dip onto chocolate. Put on wax paper to cool & refrigerate!
Now go forth and bake!
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Do you have a favorite gift that you love to give?
If you’re making gifts this year, what are you making? (Post photos if you have some!)
I'm making some felt pincusions, some patchwork initial shirts for little cousins, crayon rolls, tissue holders, and knitted socks. Mostly things that can be completed in short bursts of crafting!
Do you have any great gift compilation ideas (a grouping of gifts just perfect for certain recipients?)
Name one thing on your personal wish list.
I'll be back with Part 2 of the meme (Traditions) later - crying baby, gotta go!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And I forgot to mention on my last post - the tissue holder and crayon roll patterns are courtesy of Sew Mama Sew's Handmade Holidays tutorials. Thanks so much, all you hard-working girls at SMS and all of the tutorial contributors!
I have to say, I am really enjoying crafting for Christmas this year. I actually started early enough to have gifts completed and am not stressing out about finishing things. I think that's the key!
Crayon rolls for everyone!
And tissue holders for everyone, too.
And a lovely felt pincushion-in-progress for my aunt.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Seriously, where does the time go? It's been speeding by at an absurdly fast pace these last few weeks, even months. It's been four days since my last post and I could swear I did it last night. Wow.
I also whipped up one of these little stacking-cone trees from a tutorial at The Small Object - I plan on enlarging the pattern and making at least two more. They flew by and are the cutest little trees I've ever seen!
One of Josh's merino wool sweaters became moth food over the summer so lucky me inherited it and felted it. I used it for the tree and then embroidered a little snowflake on another scrap and finished it off with (another) vintage button.
I just about squealed out loud when I found this wreath at TJ Maxx last week - it's red and aqua and green!! Do you know how hard it is to find those colors together for Christmas decorations?! Not to mention that it matches my sparkly little church perfectly and looks great with my mercury glass trees. Can you tell I get all excited about this decorating stuff?!
Oh, and we can't forget the tree! We got this lovely thing at Target a couple of years ago after Christmas for 75% off - it's prelit, 9 feet tall and gorgeous, but it's so tall that we can't fit a topper on it! I really don't mind, though.