Wednesday, December 23, 2009

How to Build a Snowman - Part 2


Cut a corner off of ziploc bag and pipe some
frosting onto bottom of modified Hershey kiss.
Place kiss on snowman's head.

Pipe a line of frosting between neck and body for
the scarf . I used pink frosting for the girls and
green frosting for the boys.


I gave each family a group of snowmen and snowwomen
that represented their family and packaged them up
in brown paper liners and cello bags.
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Snowman Cookie Recipe:
1 cup butter-softened
1-9 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
Cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
Gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg,
and vanilla, beat until blended. Combine
flour and baking powder, add to butter mixture
mixing well. Cover and refrigerate several
hours or overnight.
Shape dough into 48( 1 inch) ball, 48 (3/4 inch)
balls and 48 (1/2 inch)balls. Place one ball of
each size in a row to resemble a snowman on an
ungreased baking together gently.
Repeat with remaining balls.
Bake at 350 for 15-18 min. or until edges are
firm and bottom is golden.

Buttercream Frosting.
1 stick butter, softened
1 box powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
food coloring
Cream first three ingredients together.
Add a teaspoon or two of water if
needed. Tint with food coloring
to desired shade.

How to Build a Snowman (Cookie)


These snowmen cookies are one of my favorite things
to bake for Christmas giving. They are so festive
dressed in their hats and scarves.

The cream cheese laced dough (recipe follows) is
rolled into graduated balls. Did I mention this
is a little time consuming? These cookies
take several hours to make and decorate, but
I think they are really fun to make.

Just like a real snowman, line the balls up
from largest to smallest.

Before they go in the oven they are given:
mini chocolate-chip eyes
mini M&M buttons
an orange sprinkle for a nose
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When they come out of the oven, let them sit for
a few minutes, then transfer carefully to
cooling racks with a large spatula.

OOPS! Accidents happen, I had to eat this one...

While cookies cool, make up frosting in desired
colors (add cocoa powder for brown) and place
in individual Ziploc bags.

To make hats for snowmen, unwrap milk
chocolate Hershey kisses and cut off
about 1/3 of the base so they will
fit on the snowmen's heads.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Divide and Multiply


I like to buy pots of bulbs at stores like Target and
Trader Joe's to decorate the house with but sometimes
I am not too wild about the containers they come in.
I bought some white tulips and Star of Bethlehem at
Trader Joe's last week. The Star of Bethlehem was
so named because the flowers are shaped like the
star that God placed in the night sky over Jesus
to proclaim His birth.

I wanted to get more bang for my buck and divide
some of the bulbs to put in several vessels instead
of just one. Working outside, because it can get
a little messy, I assembled some of my milk glass
and some moss to cover the potting soil with. It
does not matter if the containers have drainage
holes or not, as this is going to be a relatively
short life for them (1 to 2 weeks)

To remove the bulbs from the container, just lay
them carefully on their side and gently pull the
pot off.

I wanted to put them into some vintage milk glass vases
so I needed to break up the bunch into smaller clumps.
As carefully as you can pull the bulbs and roots apart
into the desired clump size. There will be some broken
roots, but don't worry, they will still be fine.
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Put bulb clumps into a container that matches the size of
the roots. Make sure soil is moist(water lightly if
needed and then top with decorative moss if you like.
I placed my newly repotted flowers on the mantel
amongst the Christmas greenery.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pretty In Pink


I thought you might like to see how my friend Judi has
decorated her circa 1882 home this year. Judi is super
talented in the decorating department and has a
wonderful collection of ornaments and decorations.
This Christmas the great room is 'Pretty in Pink'.
The focal point is this white feather tree
adorned with pink and silver ornaments-some vintage,
some new. I love how she put pink tissue paper
inside the urn for a little more color.


A pink feather tree on a silver tray livens up
Judi's desk.

Her Santos is embellished with a luxurious pink bow.
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The pink lustre-ware collection has been sprinkled with
sprigs of greenery and shiny pink ornaments.

A little Holiday magic!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Dean & Deluca- Favorite Things


While visiting our kids in the Santa Rosa area for
Thanksgiving, Craig and I had a whole day for
for exploring. I had heard that there was a
Dean and Deluca somewhere in the area, and so
we set off to find it. My sleuthing led us
to Healdsburg, where we soon found out I was
totally wrong! A nice shopkeeper told us it
was actually located in Napa. Anyway, we had
a lovely, lovely drive through wine country
and finally found Dean and Deluca right on
the side of the highway, just north of Napa.
I walked in the door, and I was in Disneyland,
really fun stuff! The first thing I saw when
entering the store was this gorgeous pile of
persimmons in a great metal urn.

They had several types of imported, high fat content
butter. I bought a pound for Kelli to try in
her baking. I'm thinking shortbread...

I loved the bread wreaths all piled in a basket.

I wanted to buy this box of candy just for the cute
box, but I had no idea what was inside!
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My favorite thing- tiramisu in a chocolate teacup.