Christmas and Cookies

Hello Friends! How are you? How was your Holidays? Mine was wonderful! On Christmas Eve we went to my father-in-law’s house to celebrate with him and his fiancée’s family. She made a delicious dinner of pot roast and lobster. She decorated the table beautifully.

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When I said something about it, she said ” I just thought Forest and decided that was how I was decorating the table” We even got to take home the cups or pots on the table. In each one she had put a bulb and right now I can’t remember what she said it was. It will be a surprise for me 🙂

After we got home, we put on our Christmas Eve pajamas and sprinkled reindeer food outside, got out cookies and milk for Santa and off to bed we went!

In the morning we woke up to this.

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We were all spoiled and received some wonderful things. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying our presents before it was time to make dinner.  I didn’t even think to take a picture of our dinner. Lane was in charge of the turkey and I made the stuffing, cheesy potatoes, head salad and a peanut butter pie. I did get a picture of the pie!

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It didn’t set up as much as I was expecting it to. It was still super yummy to eat though! Everything was perfect!!

Now on to the cookies I mentioned in my post before Christmas. On Tuesday I was on a mission, I got all the butter out I needed and set it out to soften. I cleaned some dishes, got the cookies sheets, cookie cutters, cookie racks and mixing things out and ready. Then I did the most tedious part of making my cookies.

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I ground my almonds. It actually wasn’t as bad as I remembered. After I got started on the first cookies, which actually became my second cookie since I didn’t read far enough in my recipe to the part that said the dough went in the freezer for 45 minutes. Oops. But no problem I just made the Vanillekipferl first.

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Then back to the freezer for my Chocolate Snowcaps. It’s a chocolate dough that you roll in powdered sugar.

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And then after they have baked they come out looking like this.

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They have some instant coffee grounds in them and it really brings out the chocolate flavor and makes them so yummy!!

After those I made the ZimtSterne, (Cinnamon Stars, that’s not the recipe I use but it gives you an idea) which are my absolute favorite cookies ever. They have this slight crunch on the outside but are so moist and gooey on the inside. Yum!!!!

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I saved the ones that are the most work for last. These are the Spitzbuben, i have also heard them called Linzer cookies. There is lots of cookie cutting and rolling of the dough and in and out of the oven. They are worth it 😉

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Then I put Raspberry jelly on the bottom part of the cookie. Put a top on it and dust them with powdered sugar.

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Christmas cookies are some of the best!!

Also in my last post I told you about the package i received from my friend Jules. I have opened all her little Advent surprises now.

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So much fun stuff!! When she said she still had quite a bit of Diddl stuff she was finding, I never imagined all this! Every bit of it is a new treasure!! I can’t wait to look at the books and postcards more in-depth. The new Diddl friends are already meeting my old Diddl friends! It’s a Diddl party over here! Thank you again so much Julia!!!

I hope everyone enjoys their weekend!

Spoiled by a Friend

Hello Friends! How are you? Things are going well over here! Christmas Vacation has started for Little Man and I. Today we went and took care of the grocery shopping for our Christmas meal and Christmas cookies that I am going to be making tomorrow. I didn’t make cookies last year so it has been two years since I made cookies and I am feeling a bit nervous about it! Kinda silly, but hopefully they all turn out well. I will be making four different cookies. Three are ones that my grandma makes for Christmas and one is from a magazine that I cut out a few years ago and really like. But I will show them off tomorrow.

We had a really nice weekend. Little Man is in cub scouts and they were doing a special nights with discounted tickets for the hockey team in our area. So on Friday we went to the hockey game.

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It was a lot of fun, I am not really a sports fan of any kind, but even I got into it. Our team is in red and the white shirts was a team from New York. Little Man really enjoyed it too, it was his first time. The scouts all got a patch, water bottle, hockey puck and a nice backpack at the game. The first 5000 people got a free Christmas-y T-shirt, and we were three of those lucky 5000. Little Man even got a practice puck after the game from one of the attendants.

I finally finished my tree over the weekend.

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Better late than never!

Little Man went off to spend the night at his aunts on Saturday so I wrapped his presents while he was gone.  Then we had a nice dinner with my father-in-law and his fiancee and watched a movie at their house. By Sunday my cold had hit me full force so Hubby and I did nothing. It was so nice. We watched the last Inspector George Gently available on Netflix and then some Wallander.

Another big highlight of the weekend happened on Saturday.  I got a package from my friend Jule. Oh what a package it was!!

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I already started opening it when i remembered I must take pictures. And I apologize, some of the pics are a bit blurry and I didn’t realize until I loaded them unto the computer today.

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😀 she made me an advent calendar!! How totally sweet and awesome is that!!

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Inside the binder were some stars.

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I have already stuck them in my Christmas tree.

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There were all kinds of goodies. You will notice a lot of Diddl stuff. That was part of what started this whole swap between her and I. She had some stuff she was getting rid of and I am a huge fan and was happy to take it off her hands to add to my collection.

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There were some other goodies in my package too!

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In the Anna magazine there is a pattern for some fox gloves and Jules bought me some yarn to make them.

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Aren’t they cute! I am really looking forward to casting them on.

There were some other magazines.

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I have already looked at the Nooz one. It’s a super cute little magazine!! Once the Christmas cookies are all eaten up I am going to make the button cookies that are on the cover of it. There were some other things in there I want to make as well. Like I said, super cute magazine! I am looking forward to sitting down and enjoying the others.

One more thing before we get to the Advent calendar.

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It’s a diary. It’s one of those that has more that one year in it. So this one is a three year one and you write just a little highlight of your day. And it even has the weather and little faces. So cool! I have seen them around here but the are smaller and don’t have those little extras. I am really looking to starting this in the new year.

Next up is the biggie! The Advent Calendar!!

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So I went back and forth a lot on how I was going to open up my little presents. For one second i did consider opening them all up to the 20th but then I knew I didn’t want to do that. So then I thought about just starting from day one and going day by day from there but I was not patient enough for that. So I figured out how many presents I could open a day until Christmas. It came out to four a day and then on Christmas day I will open five.

Here are the four I opened on Saturday.

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And here are Sunday and today.

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Wow!! What great stuff!! Little Man already has plans for us to play the memory game. I can’t wait to open my other little presents!

Thank you so much Jules! Your package made my day! I never expected so much. I appreciate all the time and thought you put into putting this package together for me!

Quickie

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Hi Friends! How are you? I am ok. I didn’t get to decorate my tree like I was hoping too. I went to a couple shops after work to find Christmas Eve pajamas for the boys. While out I did find some for hubby but still nothing for my boy :(! Anyway while out I felt a headache creeping on and I hoped it would pass but it just got worse and worse! So after getting the boy from school, I made some hot chocolate for the both of us and rested on the couch until I had to make dinner. Getting up just made it worse but lucky for me my hubby came home from work and took over for me. He told me to go back to rest and he would take care of it all. He even brought me my plate all made up! So sweet of him! It’s little things like that that totally make my day and mean so much to me! I am feeling better now but that means my tree is still pretty naked!
So, hopefully better luck tomorrow and we are going to a hockey game so I will have plenty to share with you!
Have a wonderful day!!

Another Week Flown by!!

Hello Friends! How are you all? I am doing good. Keeping busy around the house, with work and trying to get ready for Christmas. I can’t believe it will be here next week! December has flown by! I am almost done with my shopping, what about you? Decorating the house is like half done, I know…I am slacking! But I did remember my favorite thing for the season.

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My Advent candles. I took this picture this past Saturday so it still only has two candles lit. I am always scrambling days before or on the day of to find the right candles but I always make sure it is set up and ready. I love sitting at the table with my candles lit and just the whole set up. It’s a comforting feeling. Is there anything about this time that you really look forward to?

Last Saturday we also went to our library because they had an activity for kids to decorate gingerbread houses. Little Man had fun working on his and coming up with ideas. I helped a bit with the fence but other than that he pretty much did it on his own.

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I also had my work Christmas party Saturday Evening. It didn’t go quite as planned. Both of our bosses called a friend I work with and said they were sick and couldn’t make it, just a couple of hours before it started. They had all the food and supplies for the party so my friend scrambled to get some snacks and salad stuff. My one boss ordered some pizza to be delivered to the hall where we had the party but he only ordered seven pizzas for almost 50 people, so she had to order more. Apart from that it was nice to hang out with some of the ladies outside of work. Have any of you had any Christmas parties already?

Yesterday my mom gave me a bunch of oranges so I decided to make a clove orange today while I was working on dinner.

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I forgot to get a picture of it done. I didn’t do a special pattern I just covered it all over with cloves. I will get a picture of it hanging up and all done. My mom used to have one hanging in our hallway for a long time and it smelled so good and lasted a really long time. I hope mine does too.

Tomorrow I am planning on finishing my tree. It has lights and a few ornaments that I have bought and that my grandma sent me. So hopefully I am successful!

I will be back soon, really I will! 🙂

Slow Week

Hi Friends! How was everyone’s week? Mine was a bit slow. I haven’t worked on any of my crafts or done anything special in the kitchen. It really was kind of a lame week. My husband had to take his car into the shop so for a few days I did some walking to work and getting my son to school. I forgot how much I enjoy a good walk in cool weather. It’s a whole different experience. The smells and sounds. There was a tree with a ton of acorns and three squirrels running around playing with each other and going nuts by it and it was so fun to watch.

I got some bulbs a couple weeks ago and put them in some water right away and they have grown much faster than i expected them to! It has been so fun to see them changing every day. Here are my paperwhites yesterday:

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Today even more have opened up. When they all open I will have to share that with you guys. So much easier than trying to grow plants outside or in a pot, I don’t have much luck with that.

We were pretty lazy Saturday morning and afternoon. Hubby and I watched a show we really enjoy called George Gently. Then in the evening we had a family Christmas party and Santa came to see the kids.

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I think Little Man is almost as big as Santa 🙂

On Sunday we went to the art museum for boy scouts, it was one of the things they had to do to earn the Art pin. I was really  excited to go because I had heard from a friend that they had some art from Monet there! We walked around for quite a bit before we finally found it. And it was just One. Don’t get me wrong it was beautiful but I was hoping for more. I love Monet, so I am Monet greedy I guess ;).  I shouldn’t complain I was able to see several of his pieces when we went to Chicago several years ago. Anyway here is the masterpiece.

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I took a couple up close shots and i don’t think the guard that was in the room liked it because she ended up moving from the back of the room to right in the line of sight of what I was doing. It was worth it.

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I have always appreciated and admired how some blotches of paint up close can be so beautiful from far away.

After that we went to a craft fair that was packed!! Great for all the people that had tables there and were trying to sell things but very hard to walk through. I didn’t get any pictures, all you would have seen was a whole bunch of bodies crushing around tables.

Then we came home and played a game together

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It’s called Wildcraft, my father-in-laws fiancee let us borrow it. You are basically a team and you start at grandma’s house have to make it to the center of the board, which is the huckleberry patch, and back to her house by nightfall with two buckets of berried per person. Along the way though you land on trouble squares and you suffer from different things, like a wasp sting, hunger, sore muscles and other health related things. But you have and also collect plant cards on your way and these plants can heal you from whatever trouble you got which is the main purpose of the game. To help teach kids natural herbs and plants. Little Man and I have played it several times since we got it just after Thanksgiving.

I am hoping to get my decorations out this week and maybe do some cross stitching. I am still reading Edge of Eternity and it is due back to the library tomorrow…I still have about 200 pages to go. Back to reading I go!!

Cross Stitch and Liebster Award

Hello Friends!! I am so sorry for my disappearance. It was not planned. How are you all doing? I am doing good. Last week was Thanksgiving so I had some time off. I finished up putting some packages together and did some reading and spending time with my husband.

A couple of weeks ago when I was at the bookstore they had the new Cross Stitcher magazine. It is a British one and is a bit pricey but I really like it and the patterns, so every now and then I treat myself to the latest issue.

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This issue came with a cute extra:

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It comes with enough fabric to make two heart ornaments and so I decided to make one for my grandma’s Christmas package. Like me, she likes owls so I chose that design. The fabric it comes with to cross stitch is very stiff, I have never worked with something like that before. You didn’t need to use a hoop to hold your fabric like you need with most aida or linen fabrics but when it came to sewing the back and the front together and then turning it right side out, it was pretty difficult but I managed to with a lot of tugging and poking and pushing and pulling. 🙂

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Here it is all finished! Not the best picture but I took it the night I was packing up the package. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The cross stitching looks good I just wish the heart looked a little better. I have started the second heart so depending how much I work on it maybe by the weekend I will have something to show. I need to start working on my Christmas cards and some other holiday stuff, time is flying by!

I did manage to get my son’s Advent calendar done in time though, I have something for everyday which is quite an achievement because I usually have the first couple weeks filled and then I am trying to get things to fill it with as the month goes on.

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I use a curtain rod to hang it in his window. I made it four or five years ago. It is still one of the things I am most proud of. You can’t see them very well, I was trying to get a shot of all 24. Each stocking is lined with red fabric and has a red ribbon to hang by. Then I used some red glittery felt and cut out star shapes and embroidered the numbers on them in a shiny silver embroidery thread, which was a pain to work with.  But I got there in the end and he looks forward to it every year.

Last but not least my friend Joanna picked me for the Liebster Award. Thank you!

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My questions:
1. Are you social? (FB, Instagram, Twitter, ect?)

I am on Facebook and Instagram but I mainly go on there to see what other people are up to and sharing, I don’t post very much.

2. What colours are your favourite (on clothes and around you)?

Oh, I love the morning pink and purple you might catch in the morning when the sun is rising.Purple is also one of my favorite colors for everything.  Burgundy is not really a favorite color of mine but I know that it looks good on me. I like gray for sweaters or shirts. I really like bright colors but not all of them suit me so I try to have them around me in my bed sheets or pillows or when I make bags or something myself. and I can get away with wearing bright colors in my socks because I think socks can be fun and don’t always have to match what you are wearing.  A lot of the pictures I have hanging have bright colors.

3. Do you sleep in socks or never ever?

I am one of those people who as soon as colder weather hits I am always wearing socks!! But in the summer I do not sleep in socks.
4. What would you like to learn in the future?

I would really like to learn French. And I would like to learn to quilt, I have a basic understanding of course but to do it properly. Really, sewing better would be a plus, I do a lot of straight sewing and easy projects but to make myself a shirt, skirt or even a dress would be nice.

5. Coffee or tea? Tea but on the weekends I do enjoy a nice cup of coffee.
6. Do you have a pet? What is it? Maybe you would like to have one?

Its been almost two years since we have been without a pet. We used to have cats. I would like to have a cat again and we have talked about it but I think maybe we have waited to long and now I have gotten used to not having to deal with a litter box and the cat hair everywhere. But then when I go to friends that have cats I can’t get enough of them. It’s a big decision and I want it to be the right one and the right time.
7. If you could choose any epoch and place to live, when and where would it be?

This is a tough one but I think In the renaissance period in Europe… specifically probably France. I think I need to travel with Doctor Who so I can just have a taste of it all, there are so many things that I think would be awesome to experience.
8. When did you start writing your blog? Do you plan to ever stop writing?

Well this is my third reincarnation of having a blog, so I have been doing this on and off for several years. I would like to think that I am not going to stop writing because I do enjoy it but I have never been a great writer and it has been kind of easy for me in the past to stop writing. I am also still hesitant sometimes about what i put out there and sometimes I think something is kind of sill to write about. So i still struggle a lot.
9. What is the most handy tool you are lost without?

Can a handkerchief be considered a tool? makes a great napkin, tissue and towel 🙂 My key chain nail clippers would probably be one.
10. What are your three favourite dishes from three different world cuisines?

Puerto Rican Mofungo, filled with chicken and no broth on the outside i don’t like when things get soggy and mushy.

German Wiener Schnitzel with Potato Salad.

Pad Thai, I realize that the Pad Thai that I get around here might not be like the real Pad Thai but it is my fave Thai dish.

And Middle Eastern Tabbouleh salad and Falafel. Yum, thinking about all this food makes me want it all!
11. Glass half way full or half way empty? Way Full!!

I am going to nominate

NothingButKnit

Jules World

Nadia’s Healthy Kitchen

My Questions:

1: What is a new recipe you have tried recently that was a success?

2:Your favorite thing to do before going to bed?

3: Do you like to watch foreign films?

4:Sweet or Salty Snack?

5:Your Dream Vacation?

6:Do you like to read and if so do you have a favorite genre?

7:Do you listen to or watch any podcasts? If yes, do you have a favorite.

8:What is your favorite time of day?

9:What inspires you?

10: Favorite music?

11: Do you sing in the shower?

Have a great day!