Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Nor'Easter Sunday!!

Good Sunday morning, for the Arctic North! We are in the midst of our first HUGE snowstorm of the season, but our 5th (I think) overall..So I thought this would be a great time to update my poor, neglected blog! In my defense, I have been working feverishly on a Buzz and Bloom project, as well as Christmas presents that I was hired to make, or decided to make for gifts to give to family! I just finished my Christmas cards, and the first batch went out yesterday! So here is a little bit of what Christmas is like at our house!

Berry Shortbread Dreams

Here is a batch of divine cookies I made for a church exchange a while ago. They went over very well!
1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
Mix and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Roll refrigerated dough into one inch balls, make an indentation with your thumb, and fill with seedless raspberry jam. Bake at 350 for 14-18 minutes or until edges are golden brown. When cookies have cooled, drizzle glaze over them, and store in air tight container! They will melt in your mouth!
**I believe you could substitute vanilla for almond extract without any problem..**

Here is our newest Christmas tree, in our newest room!! It isn't a great shot, but you get the idea. It is a 9 foot tree I got at Lowes, UNLIT-with pine cones already attached. I added the clear lights, some 6 inch grapevine wreaths, some bows and bells, and even laid some large pinecones on some of the branches. I got the angel from LTD..her little primitive candle lights up!! For the bows, I took some tan/red and tan/green fabric and cut strips long enough to tie a bow. I threaded a large rusty jingle bell on the strip, and tied it on the end of a branch. I also pulled threads out of the strips to make them look frayed.




I hope to be back later with some more Christmas photos! Have a great day! Keri

5 comments:

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Yeah!!!! You are back! Your tree sounds wonderful - love the vintage look with the bows and bells!!!

Show us those projects!!!! And, stay cozy...

Lisa Renéa said...

Yeah! Glad your surviving the cold!
I had to go get a blanket just to read this post! LOL I love the tree!
I so thought of you yesterday when I seen a western tree on HGTV! Lil pieces of fence & rope decorated it. Oh, and the topper was a cowboy hat!
Love it! PS. Why are good photos so hard to take of trees?

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Hey girl!
I have a Christmas card for you, but need your address!!! Please email me at andisexton@cascadeaccess.com with your info!!!

Have a great day!

Speedystamper said...

Thanks so much so sharing your cookie recipe! I printed it off and I am very excited to try it out. I love the flavors of almond and raspberry! TFS!!!

Sue McGettigan said...

Keri those cookies look absolutely delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)