Finally! Some Christmas cookies!

Although the snow has yet to really fly this Christmas season for us, I couldn’t wait to break out the snowflake and mitten cutters. The boundless options for snowflakes are always appealing.  So many designs – all unique!  Also, there’s a simplicity to making snowflake cookies.  Usually, I decorate with white on white, with a little snow shimmer to finish.  The cookies are flooded in white the night before and the next night, creativity can step right in without a stop at the icing color mixing station. The mittens didn’t take too much more thinking, just a bit of red
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The winter cookies a/k/a holiday stragglers post

There were times in December, when I felt like a piping machine, accompanied by powdered sugar puffs all over my kitchen (and self) and an arthritic future to boot. While I was definitely dreaming in cookies, I could barely get them baked, frosted and dried before it was time to send them off to their little holiday destinations. Sometimes, I’m amazed I ever get pictures at all, because I usually allow no more than 10 minutes to find the camera, pick some good ones and shove the plate as close to a south facing window as possible. Just thinking about
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Santa on the half shell with a cupcake for dessert and a reindeer chaser

I really should be asleep now, preparing for a day full of children  and…well, I guess that’s enough. The thing is, I have Christmas cookies on the brain, including these Santa cookies that wedged their little Christmas personas onto some unlikely cutters (as if I didn’t already have enough Santa cutters). Santa on the half shell, of course. Followed by a sweetheart of a guy, his cupcake cousin. And, finally, Cupid and Vixen.  Are they feuding again? Merry Christmas, everyone! Kristina

Christmas ornament odds n’ ends

I’m currently sitting pretty in my in-laws home, enjoying some of the best parts of the season:  leisure time with family. The rush of cookie projects, cards and present wrapping is behind me and all that’s left to do is monitor my kids’ candy cane intake and make important Saturday night movie decisions, like Elf or Santa Claus 2. Elf is the clear winner for me. Before I landed on this easy chair, I spent some time with these roll outs: Silly star ornaments with dazzling lights. Wreaths. Shamrock baubles… and cross cookies for the best little Irish Catholic family
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Scandinavian Santas and some socks

Early this December, like many before, I traveled to a Scandinavian Christmas shop with my relatives, to pick something that reminded me of my Swedish (but not real blonde) roots. (; The shop is full of red and white decorations in simple, bold designs. The tomte (or tomten), the little Swedish elf that brings presents on Christmas eve, is one of my favorites. Some of the crafted tomtes I’ve seen, including the ones my Swedish Grandma used to bring to me, are made of wooden balls painted red and dotted with black for buttons. On top is another ball, dabbed with a
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