Christmas make & bake

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We’ve celebrated two birthdays here in the past 3 days so it was a good excuse to make more cupcakes. This is a Duncan Hines Red Velvet Mix with Wilton Buttercream, the decoration inspiration comes from Pinterest.

I have a tea ring in the oven at the moment, trying out a dough recipe for Christmas cinnamon rolls.

I’m also finishing up a pair of red Christmas mittens.

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Happy Christmas to you!

O Christmas Tree….

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and baaaad kitty!

Merry Christmas!

Share a link to your tree in comments! Hope your Holidays are coming together sweetly.

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Christmas make & bake

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Another little stitched addition for the tree, which I have just begun to decorate. This one is from the newest JCS ornament issue. Of course there are oodles of ornaments in there that I’d love to see on the tree but I chose this one for what I thought would be a quick project and if I could count properly it would have been. I added some sparkly bits as you can see.

The cookies are a new recipe to me. Brown Sugar Cookies from this WS book. It’s just possible the recipe may be missing a few ingredients but I went ahead anyway. They don’t look like the photo (at all) but they are pretty yummy and extremely rich. You can also find this recipe at the WS website where others express their concern about missing ingredients, some of them are pretty grumpy about it!

We have 2 birthdays to celebrate this week so more baking is planned, not sure if I have time for more making however!

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PS – my ornament was stitched with random red and green threads I found in my left overs box

a little webshop special

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I’ve been trying to get some things organized and have decided to create a webshop special each weekend through the end of the year, perhaps beyond that. Sales run Thursday thru Monday. Everything is in stock and ready to ship.

This weekend’s special is for Fig Tree patterns. They are all so adorable, I can’t pick a favorite!

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Rocky Mountain Wednesdays

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Cold and snowy. These are some of my older photos that look very like what we’ve been experiencing lately. Warmer weather is on the way.

I’ve been keeping warm at home trying to be very productive. Some days feel like I’m really making progress and others… My ‘to do’ list never seems to get any smaller and I’ve been beating myself up a bit lately. It is quite possible my lists aren’t exactly practical in real life and I have unreasonable expectations but that doesn’t stop me for a minute from adding more things to the list and being unhappy with myself if it doesn’t get done.

I think I’ll go unwrap a few Dove chocolates and read the nice little messages inside…they don’t really help but eating the chocolate does.

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Christmas make & bake 1

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A little Christmas crafting & cooking. I did the actual stitching of this ornament quite some time ago but just got around to finishing it for the tree in recent days. It’s from Midnight Stitching’s Quaker Inspirations. I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the thread I used, it was something from my left overs box. I think it will be a nice addition to this year’s tree, that is when I get this year’s tree up and decorated…it’s on this week’s list!

A Christmas baking favorite here – super yummy and easy as can be Old World Raspberry Bars! I love one of these with a cup of coffee.

Just for fun here’s a bunny or more like an old man rabbit that was hopping around my yard, I wonder if he was one of my Summer visitors?

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snow birds

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and a squirrel…

Like many people here in the USA we’re experiencing some Extra Wintry Weather. I’m keeping the feeders full and making good use of my camera and knitted apparel.

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Happy Weekend!

blocked & baked

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I finished up my green mittens and gave them a nice blocking. I also baked some yummy molasses cookies. Winter weather is on the way! Jane is here because she ‘helped’ with the mitten blocking, and Ethan because he helped take mitten pictures while I was wearing them.

Happy Tuesday!

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PS – you can see how sunny and warm the weather was yesterday in Ethan’s picture, it looks a bit different today.

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PPS – thank you for your Cyber Monday Orders!! They are all being shipped today, just ahead of the snow storm :0)

PPPS – the cookie recipe is on my food page (tab at the top here) and the mitten pattern/yarn info is here .