Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Great Christmas Gift...Free Printable Recipe Cards

Oh, how I adore this time of year.
A time to slow down and enjoy one another.
A time to reflect on the Child born to give us peace.

Our family is trying to focus more on the simple things....not on how much we can buy, but giving thoughtful, meaningful gifts.
I am trying to create a mostly handmade Christmas....which I love!

So, because I love my readers and want to make sure I give you a little something....I am offering free printable recipe cards
I am including these unique little gifts in packages to family and friends:). 



The background is a pale blue with a snowflake motif. 
I liked it because the snowflake pattern is one that almost looks like pretty vintage wallpaper. So, you could easily use this card at other times of the year.



I so hope you all are enjoying the start to this beautiful season!
Thank you for all of your wonderful and encouraging comments...you have made me feel so special this year:)!

Click here for the page to the recipe cards. I can print out three to an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper. 
I use the thickest ultra white card stock that my printer will tolerate, which I believe is an 80 weight.




I have to thank my sweet sister in law, Dani for helping me with this project.
She is so talented and always there to help when I need it!
Thanks Dani! 


Also, look for more sweet recipe cards in my Etsy shop...coming soon!

Happy Holidays!
Enjoy!! 

 I am linked up to these great parties!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Nutmeg Cookies

These cookies are so yummy!

They would make GREAT Christmas goody gifts for neighbors and friends.
I found the original recipe in a Penzey's catalog and made my own little adaptations:).

Here is the recipe.


Cinnamon-Nutmeg Cookies



1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

Sprinkling Mix:

1 tsp. ground nutmeg 
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
 1/2 c. sugar 
6 TBS. red or green sugar


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In two separate small bowls, combine red or green sugar with 1/2 tsp. nutmeg. Set aside. In the other bowl, mix 1/2 c. sugar, 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar, add eggs and vanilla. Mix at low speed until just blended, about three minutes. Gradually mix in dry ingredients at low speed. 

Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in the nutmeg sugar of your choice and place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until the centers of the cookies are firm to the touch. Cool and store in an airtight container. 

You can also package up and give to friends and neighbors:).




Sharing this recipe HERE. 

Early Winter Joys

I hope everyone is having a great week:).

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here...



We woke up to our first dusting of snow this morning!
Just enough for Lily and Jack to make a little snowman.

And...these guys...


Christmas bunnies.


They are about three weeks old and there are five all together.


Timmy will be selling them to earn "bunny money" for Christmas.
Lucy, their Mama, is so proud:).


Have a wonderful weekend!

~Julia

Monday, November 8, 2010

MiniMe Paper Dolls


Lily and I just received the most wonderful package via email this morning!
Have you ever heard of MiniMe Paper Dolls ? Well, you are in for a real treat! They are so reasonably priced and such a lovely Christmas idea for any little girl.

We had lots of squealing while they were printing out!

Best of all, MiniMe is run by a stay at home Mom with an enormous amount of talent!

Here is a little peek at what they offer...

Lily and I received this with the order we placed.
So sweet!


The outfits are absolutely darling. 
I haven't seen anything else like it on the market.
The dolls can be customized and you can even pick out a name. 
We chose Frances:). 

Visit MiniMe Paper Dolls and I am sure a sweet little girl in your life will LOVE the gift!

~Julia







Friday, November 5, 2010

The Little Cottage Coop


The little Cottage Coop is finally finished...thanks to my dear Hubby. He is so very talented and made this for me out of scrap lumber and materials. I think it turned out better than I could have imagined!


We designed the coop around this antique door. I fell in love with the handle. Isn't it sweet?


My Mom was nice enough to give me three of her old windows. Darren framed them in and we made it look like they open.
I added the panes by gluing small wood strips on from the inside.


I love the rustic hardware.




Here are the nesting boxes. We made a slanted roof with tin on it so the girls won't roost on top. They still try, though:).



Gertie seems to enjoy the cozy place to lay her eggs.




On the back, we added a door that the kids can flip down and gather the eggs. If the girls are still busy laying, they can just secretly slip their hands underneath and check. 


Even Lily can do it by herself. 



Hope you enjoyed the tour of the coop!


Have a great day:).

~Julia

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Cinnamon Anise Jelly

I am on the Christmas count down.
I know it is only the beginning of November, but I have to get crackin' if I want a chance at finishing a handmade Christmas.
So, today my house smells divine!
Cinnamon, apples, and anise...oh dear!
My Mom is Dutch and the Dutch LOVE anise and use it in so many creative ways, so this recipe had "me" written all over it.
 I am excited to give it away in sweet packages to neighbors and friends this season.

Picture taken using Lara's techniques at Modern Prairie Girl.

Here is the recipe taken from the Ball Canning Book.

Cinnamon Anise Jelly
Yields about 3 half-pints.

2 cups apple juice
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon anise seed
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 pouch liquid pectin

Put apple juice in a large sauce pot. Tie spices in a spice bag {I just used a piece of light muslin}. Add spice bag to apple juice; simmer 10 minutes. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring to a boil; stirring frequently. Stir in liquid pectin. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Remove spice bag. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Adjust 2 piece caps. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.

I have to tell you that this jelly tastes like no other. It is the PERFECT blend of sweet, tart, and spice! I am thinking about complimenting it with fresh scones. Yum!

~Julia

I am sharing this recipe HERE.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Photography Tutorial


Hello everyone!
Hope you are having a great week:).

I thought I would tell you about a fabulous tutorial for those of us who are beginner photographers. 
Lara Blair of Modern Prairie Girl is giving a great week of tutorials. 
She is a wonderful photographer, so it is a special treat to learn from her.



So, pop on over to Modern Prairie Girl for all of the fun!


~Julia
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