Third Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

After another busy day of packing, I did another cheater snack. Instead of making traditional rugelach, I made present rolls. I made cheese, by adding 1/2 a mozzarella cheese stick. I made s’more, by adding mini marshmallows and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I made strawberry chocolate with strawberry jam and more mini chocolate chips. The winner of the night was the ones loaded with cinnamon sugar and an apple wedge. The cinnamon sugar caramelized and the apple got so soft and yummy! Next time we will make all of them that way:)

Love,

b

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Second Night of Hanukkah

Dear Sis,

We started packing today, so I didn’t have a lot of time to make a special treat. I made refrigerated cookie dough and sprinkled a lot of blue sugar on the sugar cookies to make them more festive.

Love,

b

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Baby’s Produce

Hi Sis,

As you know, I have been having fun entering the world of amigurumi, otherwise known as crochet or knit miniatures…. which, is something I never saw a purpose in. But, when you asked for some stuffed toys for Mr. Baby, I ended up making a collection. I can’t  wait to give it to him after you guys move!

Love,

Jamiegoof

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Daddy’s Creation for Mr. Baby

Dear Sis,

This morning Josh had an epiphany, “I know what to give Mr. Baby for Christmas,” he exclaimed. Shortly after his declaration, he and Mr. Baby left to run some errands. Although, Josh highlighted their stop to price check rental moving trucks to me… it was also a materials run for his mysterious gift.

Throughout the afternoon, Josh stepped outside for ten to twenty minutes at a time. He was inside when Mr. Baby awoke from his afternoon nap. They cuddled for a bit, then Josh went outside again. Mr. Baby crawled to the door, stood himself up as tall as he could manage, and gave a good effort to opening the door. When he realized his attempts were in vain, he broke down into tears. I had pity on him. We shoed up and went out to find Daddy. We found him in the shed hovering over a piece of lumber, fitting a blade into the circular saw. When I asked what he was fixing, he replied that he was not fixing anything, he was making Mr. Baby something.

Mr. Baby felt better setting eyes on the Daddy, but now that we were outside he was taken in by his new surroundings. We set off for a stroll so the Daddy could work in peace.

We returned home to see this on Mr. Baby’s play mat:

Mr. Baby crawled right over to his new toy and got busy flicking his new shiny door stoppers. Door stoppers are one of Mr. Baby’s favorite things with which to play. Daddy’s creation is a show stopping winner in Mr. Baby’s book!!! 

Love,

b

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

Dear Sis,

I found 6 cups of cranberries in our freezer. With the move just weeks away, I am working hard to clear it out! I decided to make an old Thanksgiving favorite. It will work nicely has a holiday gift for library teachers and neighbors.

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c granulated sugar
  2. 2/4 c orange juice
  3. 2 T avocado oil
  4. 1 egg, beaten
  5. zest of one orange
  6. 2 t vanilla bean paste
  7. 2 c unbleached flour
  8. 2 t pumpkin pie spice
  9. 1 1/2 t baking powder
  10. 1 t table salt
  11. 1/2 t baking soda
  12. 1 1/2 c cranberries
  13. 1/2 c crushed walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour loaf pans.
  2. Beat together sugar, juice, oil, egg, zest, and vanilla.
  3. Combine dry ingredients. Beat into liquid mixture.
  4. Fold in berries and nuts.
  5. Pour into prepared pans. Bake approx. 30 minutes; till cake tester comes out clean.
Notes
  1. Makes 2 loaves or 4 mini loaves.
  2. Working with frozen berries increases baking time.
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Love,

b

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D.I.Y. Triangle Box

Dear Sis,

Today I made small holiday ornaments featuring Mr. Baby for some of the grandparents. I also had some chocolate gelt I wanted to package up as Hanukkah gifts. Small boxes were ideal for both, so I went on a hunt and found a helpful video. I’ve learned to do a few things by video, but I much prefer step by step pictorial instruction, so I’ve made some as a reference for next time.

Directions

Cut an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of card stock down to 7″ x 9 3/4″Score long side at 1 3/4″, 4 1/4″, and 7 1/4″Score short side at 2″ and 5″Cut away un-needed sections as depicted.Mark the center of each 3″ side flap.Score diagonal fold lines on both side flaps.  Cut 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ mat in contrasting card stock. Corner punch as desired. Adhere mat to right side of closure flap.Crease back diagonal scoring lines and adhere to back flap. Crease other scores. Fill as desired and adhere box at closure. 

Happy Crafting,

b

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Cookie Cutter Holiday Gift

Dear Sis,

This year Texas inspired my holiday gift for my sewing circle and OEV friends back home. Cinnamon Chip Shortbread Cut-Outs are so yummy! I hope some of the ladies try them:)

Cinnamon Chip Shortbread
Yields 24
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Ingredients
  1. 1 c unsalted butter
  2. 1/2 c powdered sugar
  3. 1 t vanilla extract
  4. 1 3/4 c unbleached flour
  5. 1/2 c cornstarch
  6. 1/4 t table salt
  7. 1 c cinnamon chips
Glaze
  1. 1/2 c powdered sugar
  2. 2 t milk
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla.
  2. Combine dry ingredients. Stir into creamed mixture. Fold in chips. Chill dough.
  3. Preheat oven to 350. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick, cut out, and place on baking sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
Glaze
  1. Thin sugar with milk. Brush over cookies. Return to oven 4 minutes more. Cool.
Adapted from Barbara Bakes
Adapted from Barbara Bakes
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This recipe was a hit during our holiday baking in 2013, and adorable heart shaped for Cindy’s and Our Wedding in 2014. 

Love,

b

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