Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
1/2 oz peppermint schnapps
4 candy canes
cherry balls, if you want
Fill a shaker with crushed ice, vodka and schnapps.
Shake well and pour into glasses.
Garnish with candy canes and cherry balls.
Makes 4 glasses
(Photo by Colin Cooke)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
3/4 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, then add to creamed mixture. Knead into a ball, cover dough, and chill in frig for at least one hour (or overnight).
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.
So this year I wanted to do some handmade gifts for my niece and nephews. Here is what I have going so far. Up at the top is a wee doll with silly proportions (i.e. her legs are giraffe-ish). She sports a corduroy dress, stockings, pink beret, capelet with sweet vintage button, and some teeny felt shoes. I chopped her head off in the photo just in case my sister is reading this. We grown-ups like surprises too! Her little kitty is a mock-up of my niece's real life kitty, Hoppy. Then for my brother's baby, Ashton, I made a little set of custom blocks using the letters of his name. His room is blue and yellow, so that provided my color palette ...then I added a very mini print of each letter from my ABC Collection. They turned out darling, I think. I also made a soft felt tool set for him. He can whack himself with that hammer all day, and it'll never leave a mark. Tomorrow I will tackle something for my other nephew, Avery. He likes rope and ninja turtles, so that's what I'm working with...wish me luck :)
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Quick! Run over to Mer Mag! Merrilee is a fantastic artist who keeps a darling blog, which I enjoy daily. (You should too.) She is hosting a extremely generous giveaway. She is offering a personal portrait drawing (simply comment on her post)....AND if you link back to her giveaway post, you are entered to win an additional drawing of your whole family! She does lovely work, anyone's mug would look fab with Merrilee holding the pen. Seriously. Go enter.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Here are a few things I'm working on at the moment. I hope to have a shop update early next week. This little collection has been inspired by our wintery weather, icy blues, whites, rosy cheeks and metallic accents. Almost everything in this update will be smaller scale and under $50. (Perfect for gifts.)
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
Prepare chocolate cake mix according to package directions, but do not bake. In separate bowl cream together cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg until well blended, then stir in chocolate chips.
Line cupcake tins with cupcake papers. Fill 1/4 full with chocolate cake batter. Add 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture to the center, and top with more cake batter.
Bake according to package directions for cupcakes. Cool overnight and frost with chocolate or cream cheese frosting. (Or vanilla, in my case.)