Friday, December 30, 2011

And a Happy New Year!

I hope all of you, your families, and your friends have a wonderful New Year!  

The pictures I'd intended to post this week are still in the camera.  Haven't even gotten them downloaded yet.  

That's my goal for the New Year - download pictures. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas

With thanks to Dover for their ecards.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Almond Cake and Chai Tea




Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas ornaments

Every year, I try to make a new ornament for my girls.  I saw the directions for this over on Julia's blog and thought they'd be perfect this year.  Obviously, I changed the colors.  Also, the list of necessities doesn't give how many of each we need.  I got a small bag of seed beads and it barely made two baubles so if you want to do more than two, buy a bigger bag.  And there are twelve sections so that's handy to know, too.  Julia showed 24 drops but I didn't have enough end beads so made 12 drops.  

Obviously, the top photo is better.  I don't have a tree so had to come up with a way to 'hang' them!  The beading is the same pattern but I used different beads on the drops.

I also wanted to make some Spritz cookies.  They just taste like Christmas to me!  I have a press but the dough wouldn't stick to the parchment (or the cookie sheet) so I removed the die and piped out a log, wrapped it, and refrigerated it overnight, then I sliced and baked them this morning.  They aren't as pretty but they taste just right - very yummy!