Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays!

The house is decorated, the cards are sent, the cookies are baked and the gifts are wrapped.  
The hubs is on vacation until January 2nd so I'm signing off until then.  I may pop in one or two days, we'll see how it goes.

Thank you for stopping in to visit every day, I really appreciate it.

I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Looks like we will be having a white Christmas after all!


Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sachertorte Christmas Cookies

Yes that's right only 3 more days until the big day!  Are you ready?  I'm not.  Still have gifts to wrap.  I work better under pressure.

I did manage to get some cookies baked yesterday and thought I would share that with you.
These are my hubby's favorite cookies.  The recipe is from Pillsbury's America's 30th Bake-Off cookbook, that I purchased for $1.98 in 1982.  Been making 'em every year since.

It's a very simple recipe.  The dough is just 4 ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine
1 small package of instant chocolate pudding
1 egg
2 cups of flour
Oh yeah, roll them into 1 inch balls before you roll them in the sugar.  I used gourmet or sanding sugar, it has bigger granules and I like it because it's sparkly.
Using your thumb make an imprint in the center of each cookie before baking.
While cookies are cooling melt 3 tablespoons butter or margarine and 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I used my homemade strawberry freezer jam, but you could use any flavor you like.  Next year I think I'm going to try putting a cherry in each one.  It would be like a chocolate covered cherry candy. Yum!
Spoon the chocolate over each cookie making sure to cover the preserves.  Once they set up, eat them!
Recipe makes approximately 48 cookies, depending on how big you make them.  I hope you try them!  Thanks for stopping in.

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Friday, December 16, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Song

I have been so busy this week shopping, baking, wrapping, cleaning.  Somewhere in there I did find time to sleep.  SLEEP! What a waste of time.  So much more could be accomplished if I didn't have to sleep!

Since I don't really have anything to show you, I thought I would share my favorite Christmas song with you.  I hope you enjoy it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Our Christmas Tree

On Saturday the hubs and I went to get our Christmas Tree.  Every year we, meaning him, cut down our own.  We've been going to this local tree farm for a long time now.
There are so many to choose from.
We got closer and closer to the one we were looking for.
This is how we tagged the first one that was in the running.  That's the hubs hat.
In the end that one didn't get picked.  Here's the one we brought home
It spent the night in the garage while the snow melted off.  On Sunday it was time to get this baby up and decorated.
We have a homemade tree stand that was fashioned from a metal tree stand and an old vintage sled.
The sled sits on an old piece of carpeting so that the runners don't mar the floor and because I'm very sloppy when I water the tree.
Here it is after about an hour and a half of decorating while listening to holiday music.
This little guy was a gift from my hubs one year for Valentine's.  I added the Santa hat.  He's been driving the sled ever since.
Here's a night time shot with the lights on.

To end, here are a few of my favorite decorations.

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