Monday, December 27, 2010


Hope your Christmas was full of Sparkle!!  Here are a few of the treats we enjoyed at our house!!!

So many of my cookies I made during the Christmas season were the traditional red and when I saw this idea from this amazing blog.....I had to try it out for myself.  I think the vintage pink and blues were a fun twist on the traditional Christmas colors!

A few more cookies before the New Year and then....I will be working on plans for my little guy's birthday party.  He is already turning THREE....oh how can that be???????

Monday, December 20, 2010

Reindeer Treats!

Found this idea here and thought this would be a fun treat for Sophia and I to make to celebrate the start of her Christmas vacation.  A little chocolate, marshmallows, pretzels, and hot tamales....couldn't be too hard, right??

Well... putting those antlers on was a bit trickier than I had anticipated...

So...we made a quick change of plans...and while I finished up the reindeer.....Missy made some fabulous chocolate covered pretzels...mmmm!

Here's my silly girl...

While we were making the reindeer...S informed me that she no longer likes marshmallows...that was news to me!  But thankfully....Little J loves them and to my surprise ate every part of his reindeer tonite...right down to that cute red nose!  Wish I had a picture!  Back to the craziness of this week....and trying to nurse everyone back to health at our house before Santa arrives:)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas cookies

A big thank you to all of my fellow cookie bloggers ...Marian, Bridget, Callye, Pam, and Linzy for all of their cookie ideas and inspiration!  I continue to be amazed at the creativity of all of these amazing bakers!!! So grateful for their advice, and their willingness to share ideas! are some of my Christmas cookies I have made thus far.....I loved Bridget's peppermint candy cookies so much...I had to buy the cutter...tsk, tsk...I don't even want to know how many cutters I have added to my collection this year....but I'm thinking it is far too many...since my drawer that houses them....doesn't quite close anymore:(

Hope your homes are filled with the sweet smell of Christmas cookies this holiday season too!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Gingerbread Tradition...

We decided to put a spin on our gingerbread project this year....
Typically we build some walls....add a roof...and go crazy decorating.  But this year... we decided to try something new....a Santa sleigh.

I found this idea for a Santa sleigh in Valerie Peterson's Cookie Craft cookbook last year....and just couldn't resist trying it out.  She designed the sleigh as a centerpiece to hold holiday treats.  And as I was reading again just the other day...she also gave the idea of using it as an Advent calendar.  You could fill the sleigh with tiny cookies...and then a lucky someone gets to pick and eat the day's cookie.  Wish I would have thought of that earlier...but definitely an idea I will use next year!!!

Before I post the picture... I have to give HUGE credit to the hubby....who actually did some "sawing" on my gingerbread sleigh sides in order to make this fit perfectly.  He is definitely the secret behind it's success!!!  Could    Not   Do   It    Without   Him!!!!  (And of course the tuna, green bean and spaghettio cans that we used while it was drying):)

And.... though...the inside is not huge.... I do already have it filled with some Christmas give to special visitors who drop by:)