This is actually a project that went a little bit different than my original plans. I knew I wanted to bring a bag of 'coal' to a friend of mine as a hostess gift (last Christmas). I found a chocolate cookie recipe, and to call it a complete failure would be too kind.
I was tired, and I wasn't going to try that recipe again, nor did I have any ideas regarding what I should try INSTEAD, BUT I had already sewed the bag together using a few pieces of felt I cut out and stitched together (I doubled the white thread to make it thicker).
I decided to get over my failures as a cookie connoisseur on this particular day, and I dipped some oreos and chocolate and sprinkled them with black sprinkles. This turned into a no bake Coal Cookies project. I can live with this, I've had much worse days in my life, and it was still an easy, and funny gift to present to one of the gals on Santa's Naughty list.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Neiman Marcus Cookie Recipe
Ingredients: 1/2 c. stick butter (softened), 1 c. light brown sugar, 3 T. sugar, 1 egg, 2 t. vanilla, 1 3/4 c. flour, 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/2 t. baking soda, 1/2 t. salt, 1 1/2 t. instant expresso coffee powder, 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter with sugars.
7. Bake 20 minutes.
Monday, November 28, 2011
I photographed every cookie with it's recipe, and then took a bite off each recipe, and sorted the recipes into love, like, and sweet memories from friends. It took me all night, and one really awful stomach ache, but when there is a will...there's a way.
I won't be getting rid of any recipe, recipes are some of my favorite things from friends, and there were a lot of really yummy ones, but these are (just a FEW) of my top, in no particular order...
Click on the pictures to enlarge them and read the recipes if they interest you.
Rochelle's Black and White Cookie
(These were so soft and tasty.)
*These are soft, and just DELICIOUS! She said she made these weeks before and froze them with wax paper between the cookie layers. Incidentally, this is about the 25th recipe I've tried, and blogged about from Debbie. She is just the BEST chef, cook, baker, and co-worker!
Cream together: 1 1/2 c. soft margarine, 2 c. firmly packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup dark molasses, and 2 eggs.
Sift together: 4 1/2 c. flour, 3 t. baking soda, 2 t. cinnamon, 2 t. ginger, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. ground cloves. Add this to the above creamed mixture.
Chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour or longer. Roll into small balls. Dip into cold water, then into sugar. (Can just roll into sugar without the water!)
Bake for aboug 10-12 minutes in 350 degree oven on greased cookie sheets.
Remove from oven, and let cookies cool on wax paper.
As I began this post, I realized I have well over 50 different cookie recipes. Below are this week's recipes, but if you click the label at the bottom of this post, 'cookies', it will weed through all the recipes and pull out the cookie recipes. Links to each project, how to's and recipes, and any tutorials or printables will be attached as the week goes by, and post pop up each day.
I also have a few past post that include things like the below gift set I've made for some little friends in my life to bake their own cookies for Santa.
Linking To: Tip Junkie Making the World Cuter CraftOManiac Dittle Dattle Crafty Soiree Tatortots and Jello Funky Junk Be Different Act Normal
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Posted by Christy Robbins at 11:07 AM
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
I'm headed to GMT today (yay). It's always a neat experience, and it's always different. I've been fortunate that I don't have as many travel needs this year, and I'm able to take a few half days from my job to enjoy this new experience (my days are usually eaten up with travel to see friends for their festivities, my friends have been kind enough to schedule the birth of their children, and marriages during long school breaks...not in that order). I'm learning a lot from these experiences! Not sure what I'm going to do with that knowledge, but....I always enjoy the adventures God takes me on. I'll be sharing one of my favorite crafts ever....which I didn't do. This is my friend Mary's table cloth. She began it in 1977, the first year of her marriage. Her family signs it each year. She grew up with 12 brothers and sisters, and has 4 kids (now grown), and 2 grand kids that have been signing this beauty for years. She let me borrow it for the show. If you never read another post, go check out the link to this with close ups of some AMAZINGLY touching signatures and pictures....
Side note, if you don't embroider, they also sell pens at the craft store that are washable permanant you can use instead.
Next up are these gratitude rolls. The link these came from, and instructions can be found below. I love these because they are really easy, and it's like a fortune cookie, except....seasonal....and probably lacking lucky lottery numbers, but still, what a fun tradition...
I did these little Trailmix Filled Favors I put together last year (again, original links below to printable).
Trail Mix Favors
The year before I made Teepee Cake favors.
I have a ton of Thanksgiving recipes, if you want to explore, hit on the link below this, or the one on the right hand side of this page that says 'Thanksgiving.' If not.....well, then don't do that.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
I usually hate patterns and avoid them as much as possible, so when I share one....it must have been completely doable and fun. I'm lining up therapy appointments for all the failed attempts at following a pattern. All this to say, this is an easy one, and has lots of possibilities for super cute dresses. The original pattern actually uses an old tshirt for the dress portion.
So....here's the pattern printed....for free. Whoop whoop.