Christmas Cookies

In CategoryFood

Yes!  It’s the holiday season which brings a plethora of delicious baked goodies.  A few days ago, I baked some of my family’s favorites:  Russian Teacakes and sugar cookies.

Enjoy making this cookie recipe with your family!

Russian Teacakes

(Thanks to the 1950’s version of Betty Crocker)


1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp.  vanilla

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup chopped walnuts

powder sugar

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and vanilla.  Mix in flour, salt, and nuts until dough holds together.

Shape dough into 1 -inch balls.  Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until set but not brown, 10-12 minutes.

Roll in powdered sugar while warm/ cool.  Roll in powdered sugar again when cool.  Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Enjoy the festivities of the season!


Slouchy Hat

In CategoryKnitting

Since Christmas is just right around the corner, I’m unable to reveal some of the things I’ve made for gifts.  You’ll need to check back later for that.

A week ago, I went to a homemade, local craft/art fair downtown.   As always, I went home not only inspired, but with oodles of cool crafting ideas to do myself.

At one booth, there was this lovely young woman selling very unique items using gorgeous textiles (fabrics … you know).  The one item that caught my eye was the slouchy hand-knit hat she was wearing, not selling.  Since she was not a knitter, she paid a friend to make it for her.  I thought that hat looked familiar … it was a pattern that I had, and was put in my queue  to knit sometime later after the holidays.  SCORE!

After the craft fair, I drove directly to the yarn store (cuz that’s how I roll) to get some yarn to make me the slouchy hat.  This is what it looks like.  The twisted cables are super interesting, and look much more difficult than they were to knit.  In two short nights, I had a new hat!

convergence of cables

See what I mean about taking crafty diversions to make a few things for me?  Sometimes I think that I’m an ADD crafter/ knitter/ seamstress.  Oh well, I get lots of sh*t done!


P.S.  Once again, lame-o on the ridiculous date stamp!  I think I’ve solved that little problem for future photos.

P.P.S.  Because this hat sits back a bit on the head, my bangs are left untouched.  This is a good thing, because I don’t want to have squashed down bangs like Moe of the “Three Stooges” (been there, done that)!

Thinking Green and Red

In CategorySewing

I’ve been crafting, knitting and sewing like a maniac these days, in preparation for Christmas gift giving.   There were a few things  I was able to sneak in just for me.

Two such items (ahem) were these basket liners in decorator weight, linen toile print fabric.  Now that’s a mouthful to say!   This project allowed me to join two things I heart … organization and fabric.  It was a complete transformation.  Woo hoo!

From drab:

plain jane

To Fab! :  (uptown Julie Brown)

I bought one of these plain, ordinary baskets for a kiss and a promise.  The other one was not so cheap.  It didn’t take all that long to take measurements and construct custom-made, beautiful fabric liners.

You may think that I made these in green and red for the holidays, but you’re wrong.  This sage-like green and cranberry red are two of the warm and cool colors that can be found on the main level of my house. I love that these pretty baskets can organize and even make unsightly items look better. There are many other baskets I’m going to line, and they are just one more thing added onto my “after Christmas to-do list” (which is longer than Santa’s scrolled list).

How do you keep your  junk things organized?


P.S.  Lame-o on the date stamp on the red basket.  Ooops!