November 26, 2014

Say Hello to the Holidays: Colleen's Spritz Cookie Recipe



A special thanks Colleen for sharing a fun family cookie recipe today!  I've been reading Colleen's blog for a couple of years now, and believe me--her recipes never disappoint!!! 

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My favorite part of the holidays are the memories, the making of news ones to be treasured, and recreating old family traditions. When I think about holidays when I was growing up I have warm memories of our cozy home, my loving parents, and all the things we enjoyed doing together...helping my mom in the kitchen to prepare for a family gathering, the way she would prepare our home for visitors, helping my dad hang the lights on the house and volunteering with him at the Lion's Club tree lot.

Since meeting Keith over ten years ago I've come to love and enjoy some if his family's traditions as well, including a Day After Thanksgiving visit to the tree farm to cut down trees and a pre-Christmas cookie baking day where we all gather at Keith's mom's house to bake dozens and dozens of cookies alllll day long. It's quite exhausting but even more fun!

I'm sure if asked, most everyone in my husband's family would say that the Spritz Cookies their grandma would make jars full of are everyone's very favorite. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, they've become a favorite cookie of mine too. They're simple to make, cute and delicious!

So, if you're looking for some tasty cookies to bake this Christmas please consider these!


This is the cookie press I use every year. Keith's mom gave it to me the first Christmas he and I were dating. I've heard of other people making savory crackers with the press as well, although I've never tried it myself.


I used the Wilton recipe for this batch and added green food coloring to some of it to make the Christmas tree cookies. Makes 7-8 dozen cookies.

Ingredients
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon no-color almond extract

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.

2. In bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat until combined. Do not chill. Fill cookie press with dough and with desired disks, press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet on cooling rack. Remove from sheet; cool completely.



They fit well piled up into a mason jar, and with the addition of a cute tag and ribbon, they make a sweet little gift for someone dear to you.




What are your family's favorite Christmas cookies?

November 19, 2014

Say Hello to the Holidays: Erin's Candy Corn Turkey



Meet Erin and the always adorable Lex! Oh, and Lex's hair...that hair :)

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Crafts are a way of life in our house. We went from 0 to 60 in the craft department and I've had to embrace the master-mess while masterpeices are being created- especially when paint gets used on a daily basis. I'm always trying to come up with fancy new themed crafts that are easy, don't require crazy ingredients, and are adorable.

bonus points for ones that help me use up halloween candy.

All you need for this candy corn turkey craft are a few sheets of construction paper, candy corn, and glue.

Cut out all the shapes for your toddler. Because no toddler with hair should be allowed to hold scissors.



glue all the pieces onto the paper to make your turkey.



then go crazy gluing on the candy corn to make his tail.



once your done stand back and let your turkey strut his adorable self.


November 17, 2014

Nash's Nursery


Excited...overwhelmed...totally confused...in love.
Those feelings, in that order, are pretty much what I experienced in the process of planning Nash's nursery.

I knew right off the bat that I wanted to do a farm theme.  The challenge was to keep it from being too hokey, or something that would eventually give my child a farm animal phobia.  Well, that may still happen...but he'll get through it, I'm sure ;)  And with Arden's big-girl room on the horizon, I've realized the importance of designing a nursery that they can grow into.  Especially with a boy, I don't want a room that is too "babyish"--only to have to replace it all in a few years.  (Don't tell Chris that I'll probably want to replace it all by then anyway!!)

Interior designer, I am not...but one thing I've learned in my decorating journey is that you need a few great pieces to start a room.  A few things that make your heart pitter patter.  I'm a loser, I know...but for me, those pieces were: the mounted cow head, the tribal crib sheet, the Hank poster (inspired by artwork at our beloved So Long Saloon!), and the antlers we used to tie back the curtains.  And probably the boldest decoration of them all--the navy walls.
Once I had all those things,  everything else just kind of fell into place.  With many late nights scouring the internet...and Mother's Day Out days spent at Homegoods, Target, and antique store...Nash's "farm chic" nursery came to life.  {Yes, he's going to love me some day for using the word chic to describe his room! Ha!}

This room is everything I'd hoped it would be and more.  I love that it's rustic and kind of masculine--but still cozy and sweet.
If I ever let Nash leave our bedroom, I hope he'll love it too :)

































Sources:

Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
Crib: Amazon
Crib Sheet: bbylab
Mustard Crib Pillow: World Market
Cowhide Crib Pillow: World Market
Mounted Cow Head: Decor Steals (sold out)
Wreath: Target
Dresser: Ikea (white stain)
Glider: Best Home Furnishings
End Table: Target
Lamp: Target
Changing Pad: RH Baby
Bookshelves: Ikea
Faux Fur Pouf: Restoration Baby
Hank Williams Print: Mojohand.com
Rooster Plate: West Elm
Piglet Picture: The Animal Print Shop
'Grow Where You are Planted' Print: Society6
'You Are So Loved' Print: Sweet Peony Press
Curtains: We already owned these (for the life of me, I can't remember where they're from!) and I added navy pom pom fringe from M&J Trimming
Wire Magazine Rack: Homegoods
Diaper Rack: Homegoods
Gold Longhorn Mount: Homegoods
Navy Trellis Pillow: Homegoods
Mustard Rug: Homegoods
Antler Tie-Backs: Antique store antlers that we simply drilled into window trim
Name Embroidery: DIY with a little coaching from my mom! ;)
Hello sign: DIY using old barnwood from our wedding
Vintage Kansas Postcard: Ebay
Most everything else is from antique stores!