Monday, December 22, 2008

Cookie Decorating

Andrea and her sister Jamie came over for sugar decorating night.
They were very creative!

This is a ladies mitt that Jamie created, so cute!
We had a great time watching Christmas movies, visiting, and decorating cookies.
I have been busy at work... this is our busiest time of year. And I still need to finish my Christmas cookie platters. More baking for the next couple of nights.

Thursday, December 11, 2008


This shortbread recipe comes from the owner of the kitchen store, Lorraine Hitchcock. It is one of the fabulous recipes in our cookbook. We have featured it in one of our classes, "gifts from your kitchen". It really is a good cookie recipe for your cookie platters. This shortbread is easy, uses only 4 ingredients, it keeps well, and it makes a lot. Did I mention it's the most delicious shortbread I have ever tasted???


1 lb. unsalted butter, room temperature

4 cups all purpose flour

1 cup superfine sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

Sift flour, sugar and salt over top of butter. Knead until mixture forms a smooth ball. Press into an ungreased 10x15 inch jelly-roll pan, and prick the dough with a fork. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven. Check the shortbread after 20 minutes (mine took about 30 minutes). You're looking for a very light golden brown. Cut while warm, and cool in the pan. Makes about 48.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Kitchen Inspiration

I wanted to take a little break from Christmas decor for a little kitchen inspiration
image: southern accents

image: cottage living
ok, a little holiday.

image: sunset magazine
Love this retro kitchen

image: sunset magazine

image: sunset magazine

image: coastal living

image: coastal living

image: cottage living
Classic, I could make myself at home here.
And now back to our regular scheduled programing...

The Sugar Cookie Package Giveaway Winner is...

Debbilou from Taking one day at a time. Congratulations! Please send me an Email with your address so I can get it mailed to you.
Thanks everyone for entering my first giveaway. Keep an eye out for future giveaways.
Happy Baking!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Christmas Inspiration

image: contry living

image: BHG

Just some random Christmas inspiration.

I love white and green Christmas decor, but don't know if I could actually use it in my home. It wouldn't be the same without the traditional red and green.

images: country living

image: BHG

How fun is this apron from City Girl Aprons ?

Don't forget to leave a comment on the previous post for a chance to win my first giveaway.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Some Christmas Decor and My First Giveaway

I am having my first giveaway! And I thought it would be fun to pick something from the kitchen store. We put together these cute little packages of Stonewall's sugar cookie mix, some green sanding sugar, and a little Christmas tree cookie cutter. Just in time for your holiday baking. Or it would make a cute little hostess gift all wrapped up and ready to go. To enter to win just leave a comment on this post and if you would like to be entered twice let me know that you have mentioned my giveaway on your blog with a link to my blog. I will randomly pick a winner on Sunday, December 7th.

And now on to some decorating! I have slowly but surely been getting out my Christmas decor. Just wanted to share a few things that I have done so far. We haven't gotten the tree yet (hopefully tonight)

This is a hand-made bear that a friend's mother made. Some people are so talented!

My mantel

My pastry tree in the kitchen area

Just a few things that I have collected over the years.