Saturday, December 12, 2009

Her Majesty

I made this little dress for our niece Rachel for Christmas - I aptly named it 'Her Majesty' - for it is a wonderful majestic purple colour, the colour of royalty - and alas she is the youngest of four sisters and I think she will soon rule the roost :).

This was a fun knit, one thing though weaving in ends was I thought good and after I gave it a quick handwash and blocked it I noticed two had popped out - how frustrating. I've tucked them back in with a crochet hook. I don't know why it happened.

I am probably going to try making the adult version for one of my older nieces or use a thicker yarn and bigger needles to make her one. I think something other than sock yarn would be nicer for an 8 year old's top.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas Cookies

Here are my Jam Jam`s - just like Granny used to make! My mom gave me a little tip that I had never tried before, chilling the dough. This is a very soft dough. I made the dough yesterday evening and made the cookies tonight, wow what a fabulous difference it made! Usually I am pulling my hair out from the dough sticking to the table.

I think these will be a big hit! I`m taking some tomorrow to share with the Friday group and I have some set aside for DH and DD when they get home this evening. The rest will be tucked away in the freezer until needed. I`m very good about tucking stuff away.

I linked this recipe in my earlier Macaroon post - my sister has it up in case you want to try them. They are the best sandwich cookie, hands down!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A little bit of pretty for the everyday

Here are the completed set of Tea Towels that I embroidered for a Christmas gift this year. I had a lot of fun doing this. I did a lot of embroidery years ago. I think I embroidered any material I could get my hands on. I think my DH was hiding his undershirts from me at one point lol :o).

I think a lot of people are going back to the old fashioned things and this definitely is right up there in that category. I think I'll be doing more of this in the next little bit. I've actually had other requests from other family members and I myself am in need of a new set of weekday towels.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009


These Coconut Macaroons are to die for! This recipe was given to me by my sister. Tonight was baking night. I got the jam jam dough made and it's chilling in the fridge to be rolled out and baked tomorrow, see how they turn out by visiting my sister's blog. She even has the recipe up to tempt you to bake a batch. Just like our Granny used to make. Granny must be reaching to us from Heaven as both my sister, Mom and I have all decided to bake these. They were a staple at Granny' house at Christmas.

1/3 cup flour
2 1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/8 tsp salt
2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 250F. Grease a cookie sheet well.
Mix coconut, flour and salt together in a bowl. Pour in condensed milk and vanilla and stir well to make a batter.

Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the cookie sheet allowing one inch of space between cookies. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans and cool on racks.