Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Craft Sale Find

 My friend and our dd's went to a local annual craft sale - Our Best To You.

I didn't think I would end up buying anything, and then I saw this angel. I was actually on a mission that day to pick one up on sale at Zeller's. Well one look at these handmade angel tree toppers and I was quickly re-thinking my purchase of a manufactured in china tree topper. She was actually only a few dollars more than the sale price of the tree topper I was going to purchase. I can't wait to put her on our tree this Sunday!

Here is a spoon ring, a ring made out of an old silver spoon. I love these. I actually had one gifted to me a few years back from my sister, that one has sunflowers on the front. What a neat idea.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Preparations

I know it's been so long since I posted, I must get back in the swing of things.

I've been busy baking and decorating the house. I want to have a stress free Advent.

Homemade butter tarts - a family favorite. I tried a new recipe this year from All Recipes and the filling is so delicious!
 Whipped shortbread, literally melts in your mouth!
 Amazing Gingersnaps - I'll post the recipe below. The nice thing is they crackle like they're supposed to, leave them out so they get nice and hard like a good gingersnap should be.
Easy decorating idea, mason jar, epsom salts and tea lights as well as a bit of ribbon if you like.
These are recycled mason jars from Classico sauces, a great size. I put the Epsom salts in the bottom and use a pair of tongs to drop the tea light in, wrap a bit of ribbon around the rim and you have a nice festive candle holder for a really reasonable price.

Amazing Gingersnaps
3/4 cup hard margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup fancy (mild) molasses
2 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp.salt
1/4 cup sugar

Cream margarine and first amount of sugar together in a large bowl. Add egg. Beat well. Add molasses, beat until smooth.

Combine next 5 ingredients in medium bowl. Add to margarine mixture in 2 additions, mixing well after each addition, until no dry flour remains. Roll into 1" balls. Roll each ball into the second amount of sugar until coated. Arrange 2" apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, or until firm. Cool on wire racks.
Yield: Approx 7 1/2 dozen.