; Life is like champagne......: 2008-12-14

Friday, December 19, 2008



Several years ago, my Sister-in-Law gave me from Williams Sonoma a 3D Christmas cookie cutter set that I have never attempted to do. It is very cute, and I knew it would be time consuming. The set made trees, snowman, reindeer and a sleigh. This was the year I was going to make my first attempt to trying it out.


The recipe was an easy gingerbread recipe, surprising since I always seem to get ones that are difficult or some ingredient you have to go above and beyond to find. The hardest part about this was baking several parts at different times! You had to coordinate and plan out what you were baking, along with quantity. Don't attempt this with a 2 year old not napping, a dog hovering around you for scraps and a cat trying to do the same! One batch can yield four sets, if you plan it out and use all of the excess. The recipe says only roll out twice, I completely ignored that and used all that I could!! Why would you waste good dough?

All went well, except for a few casualties that hit the floor and taking more time due to the above listed. I got a great icing recipe on line that hardened up quickly and looked good, decorated them that night and wanted ready to give them out to the mom's, one set me and one to my sister-in-law in NYC whom we visited this past weekend. I had made enough for one tree, one snowman, a sleigh and 4 reindeer per set, with a few extra legs in case of breakage. This picture was taken of my set, BEFORE I went out on a few errands. I blocked it from the dog with several dishes and was pushed way back on my server. Well, that does not stop my border collie, if she can smell it, she will get it. I came home to find only a snowman and a tree you see in this picture. Not a crumb left of anything else! I should know better since one year I made a gingerbread house and she ate the roof, windows and all of the yard decorations she could reach. Live and learn. Everyone else got their sets, no dog issues with them.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Speed decorating for the holidays

I can tell you that when I was working full time, I had all of my decorations up the weekend after Thanksgiving along with my Christmas cards written out and mailed two weeks after that. I am not sure if it is just the feeling that the holiday creeped up on me or not, I had NOTHING done until last night.
Went over to my gal pal Suzanne's house and had dinner, let the girls run around to tire themselves out and we both were keeping our fingers crossed that they would be in bed early for some quality "me" time to get a few things done. It worked for me! I made two sets of cookies, will show them off when I download the pictures, put up all of the garland, my "It's a Wonderful Life" village, and completely decorated my main down stairs area.
As for the tree, we had gone to NYC to visit my brother and sister-in-law this past weekend so that delayed a tree. This Saturday is the day, seems so late! In the past years, we have had a Baking Day party on this Saturday, but since a few years ago we have postponed this for a couple of years, kids, babies....call it a break....what ever. So this Saturday night we are having a few friends over for a small gathering, set up my father's train which I am excited to have now and share with my daughter. As for decorating the tree, normally I have many glass ornaments, not this year with both a kitten and a 2 year old! I will let Bugaboo Girl put decorations that are not breakable on her level and for the cat to bat off and the glass will be WAAAAAAYYYY up top!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Rick Rack Queen Lunch Bag Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one. And the random winner is.......


Crochet by Mama J who stated "I like the red polka dot bag!"


Congratulations! Please email me your choice and mailing address asap!

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

And the Winner is.......


Thank you to everyone who entered the Fox Island Fancywork Hat Giveaway and supporting Homemade for the Holidays featuring small businesses like this wonderful one. And the random winner is......
valerie2350 who stated "these are soooo cute - love the brown one with the pink flowers around it!
Congratulations! Please email me your choice and mailing address asap!



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