Sunday, December 21, 2014

Inspiration Sunday


 Star Garland created by Sian Melton, via A-hole With A Blog.

 
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - #fbcookieswap


This year, I decided to join the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap hosted by Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen. The proceeds from this year's fundraising goes to Cookies For Kids' Cancer, in support of funding new therapies against pediatric cancer.

To join, each food blogger signs up, donates $4.00 and receives swap matches to whom you send one dozen cookies.  All cookies must be sent by a specific deadline. Today, all participants share their recipes.  I've done blogger swaps before and I've always found them a fun and worthwhile way to create and meet new people.

Here is the recipe for the cookies I sent to Tracy of Pale Yellow, Ruthy of Omeletta, and Susan of ThatSusanWilliams.




Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups packed brown sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 ½ cups all-purpose or unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired

Method:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.  In large bowl, stir brown sugar and butter until blended.  Stir in vanilla and egg until light and fluffy.  Stir in oats, flour, baking soda and salt until well combined.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  2. Onto an ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool slightly, then transfer to wire rack.
Make-ahead instructions:

  • This cookie dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking. 
  • This cookie dough can be frozen in an airtight container for about 9 months.  Thaw prior to baking.

I, in turn, received some really yummy goodies like Zesty Cranberry and Pistaschio Biscotti from Amy Lee Scott of Club Narwhal, Spicy Gingerbread Linzer Cookies with Orange White Chocolate Ganache from Tux of Brooklyn Homemaker, and Peppermint Sugar Cookies from Taylor from Greens & Chocolate.  All links bring you to the recipes on these fabulous blogs.  (I'm feeling a little insecure about my photography skills right now.)

As an unexpected bonus, each participant received some lovely gifts from some of the sponsors like the Oxo Good Grips 8 Piece Baker's Silicon Decorating Bottle Kit, and a Bake It Forward Cookie Tin with coupon for free sugar from the Imperial Sugar Company.


This was fun, and I will certainly be doing this again next year!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Inspiration Sunday



 Title unknown by Ben Anders, found via Desire To Inspire.

 
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Friday, December 12, 2014

13 Days

It’s thirteen days till Christmas!  Thirteen days, people!

Production is at an all-time high here in my household.  Since my last #iMake post, I’ve finished several projects:

Our Christmas tree is up.




The Hot Chocolate Spoons are almost complete.  These are the salted caramel spoons.


I finished my brother’s Winter hat.  I used the Barley pattern from Tin Can Knits.


I listed a new product in my Handmade Love & Joy shop.



These baby ballet slippers are in size 3-6 months. The design is modified from the Bow Buckle Mary Janes pattern from Jay’s Boutique.

Most of our Christmas shopping is done, except for the gifts for our children and each other.  That will be accomplished soon enough.  

Of course, after all is said and done, let’s not forget who the real stars of the season are.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Inspiration Sunday




Loneliness Of The Soul, by Kondakova Tata via http://lensart.ru


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Inspiration Sunday



 Title and Artist Unknown, found on Trish Is Thinking Again.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Inspiration Sunday



 Photo credit: Lamb and Lark found on Bridal Guide's Most Popular Wedding Photo

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