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 fiancรฉe’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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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!

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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.ย  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.ย  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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๐Ÿ˜€ 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!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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.ย  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.ย  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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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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!