Friday, December 24, 2010

From my heart to yours ~

May the love and light of Christ my Lord fill your heart and home this Christmas and throughout the new year.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Busy baking and...

~ Looking forward to a Christmas Eve bonfire with our youngest, her boyfriend, and his family. It's a tradition for them and a first for us.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cute as a Button Cookies

Since this is one of my all time favorite Christmas cookie recipes, and Christmas is just around the corner, I thought I'd re-post it just in case you missed it the first time....

I've been a member of the Button Floozies blog for quite awhile, but I think today is the first time I've posted something there. International Button Week seemed like the perfect time to share this recipe there and I thought I'd share it here too, but be sure and check out the Button Floozies blog if you love buttons of the non-edible type! For now, enjoy some of these...

Swedish Wafer Christmas Cookies
(from Marilyn Stender to Rosalind Hose to Debbie Doughty to you!)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 cups sifted flour (I'm not sure if sifting is necessary with our "modern" flour, but I do it because I love using my sifter ;)
  • Plate of granulated sugar, set aside
  • Combine butter and whipping cream in mixing bowl.
  • Mix with an electric mixer, slowly adding flour until well blended.
  • Cover and Chill until firm
  • Roll dough out 1/3 at a time to 1/8" thickness
  • Cut into 1 and 1/2" circles.
  • With fingers or spatula, transfer to plate of granulated sugar and coat each side.
  • Transfer to ungreased cookie sheet. They don't expand much so they can be close.
  • Prick each cookie with a toothpick four times so it resembles a button.
  • Bake @ 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. Watch bottoms closely, they brown before the tops.
  • Cool and fill
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg yolk (you can use dehydrated eggs yolks if you prefer. I tried them for the first time with this batch and they turned out fine)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sifted confectioners sugar
  • Food coloring. I usually make half pink and half light green.
  • Combine butter, egg yolk and vanilla in mixing bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer, slowly adding confectioners sugar until smooth and creamy.
  • Add food coloring drop by drop until you reach desired color.
Makes about 4 dozen cookies

Thursday, December 02, 2010

A fun project for the new year!

I just love Elizabeth's blog, Bluebird Papercrafts. She is so VERY creative and generous with her ideas and images. She also hosts the best swaps. I usually wait too long to join them, or am too intimidated to even try, but not this one, the Happy Homemaker Tag Along. The commitment is for two tags per month for the whole year. Wish me luck!