Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Bless the Birds.........
Spread peanut butter on pinecones, roll in birdseed, and hang from a tree branch...or slice oranges and tie slices on branches with brightly colored waterproof ribbon...and of course..don't forget to decorate the trees with strings of cranberries and popcorn...the birdies will LOVE you!
Finally! I finished this theme card for my Creative Journeys Group. This is the 4 of Diamonds...theme is (to use a photograph that we have taken...or like)...I chose this photograph of my parents in the 40's....I love the clothes they are wearing....especially my Mom's hat and shoes....I have 2 more theme cards to do....then I'm caught up....
I've been doing lots of puttering around the house...brought in lots of my outdoor plants for the Winter...which is defintely here today! It's been raining and windy....and cold! It is snowing right up the road from us...I do have a nice fire in the fireplace...and it's been perfect to bake cookies and work on some art...I'm getting ready to start on a few sewing projects....(Christmas surprises)!
Festive Fruited White Chip Blondies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
(I always use BUTTER in my cookies)
1 2/3 cups (10oz. package) white chocolate chips, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup orange juice
3/4 cup cranberries, chopped
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts
1/4 cup light brown sugar
Heat oven to 325. Grease and flour 9-inch square pan.
Melt butter in med. saucepan; stir in 1 cup white chips. Beat eggs in large bowl until foamy. Add granulated sugar; beat until thick and pale yellow in color. Add flour, orange juice and white chip mixture; beat just until combined. Spread 1/2 of batter, (about 1 1/4 cups), into prepared pan.
Bake 15 min. or until edges are lightly browned; remove from oven.
Stir cranberries, apricots and remaining 2/3 cup white chips into remaining 1/2 of batter; spread over top of hot baked mixture. Stir together nuts and brown sugar; sprinkle over top.
Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until edges are light brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. or diamonds. Makes about 16 bars.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Molded Scotch Shortbread
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
Preheat oven to temp. recommended by shortbread mold manufacturer. Spray 10-inch ceramic shortbread mold with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until well blended.
Press dough firmly into mold. Bake, cool and remove from mold according to manufacturer's directions.
Note: If shortbread mold is not available, preheat oven to 350...Shape Tab. of dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets; press with fork to flatten. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let cookies stand on cookie sheets 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
The Cookie Molds are Found!
Christmas Countdown !!!!!!!!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Have a Whale of a Time this Thanksgiving Week......
A friend sent me this story, and I want to share it with all of you for Thanksgiving.
If you read the front page of the SF Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.
She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.
A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farralone Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for help.
Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her
-a very dangerous proposition.
One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer.
They worked for hours with curved knifes and eventually freed her.
When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles.
She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed gently around-she thanked them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lifes.
The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same.
May you, and those you love, be so blessed and fortunate.....to be surrounded by people
who will help you get untangled
from the things that are binding you.
And, may you always know the joy
of giving and receiving gratitude.
I pass this on to you, my friends and fellow bloggers, in the same spirit.
May all of you have a most wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving...full of thanks and hope, and PEACE..........Love, Vicci
Saturday, November 18, 2006
My Christmas Card
No-Bake Gingersnap Balls
3 Tablespoons dark corn syrup
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar
Place cookies in large resealable plastic food storage bag; crush finely with rolling pin or meat mallet.
Combine corn syrup and peanut butter in medium bowl. Add crushed gingersnaps; mix well. (mixture should hold together without being sticky. If mixture is too dry, stir in additional 1 or 2 Tablespoons corn syrup.)
Shape mixture into 24 (1-inch) balls; roll in powdered sugar. Makes 2 dozen cookies.
NOTE: Some gingersnaps are crisper than others, so you might need to add an extra 1 to 2 Tab. of corn syrup to the crumb mixture in order to hold together.
People have asked me what I do with all these cookies!!!!!! Some of them I freeze...(which I will write about soon) and others disappear so fast! Family and friends are in and out of this house all the time...cookies do not and I repeat....DO NOT last long around here....at Christmas I put trays of all different kinds of cookies out...and everyone gets to take a tray home. PLUS....I LOVE COOKIES!!!! they have always been my favorite...I have been known to eat a few!
(I am careful about how many I eat...really!)
Friday, November 17, 2006
Icicle Ornament Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teas. salt
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, soft
2 squares (1 oz. each) white chocolate, melted
1 teas. vanilla
Coarse white decorating sugar, colored sugars and decors
Combine flour and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in melted white chocolate, egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat until well blended. Shape dough into disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease cookie sheets. Shape heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into 10-inch ropes. Fold each rope in half; twist to make the icicle shape, leaving opening at top and tapering ends. Roll in coarse sugar; sprinkle with colored sugars and decors as desired. Place 1-inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes. (do not brown). Cool on cookie sheets. 1 minute. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Pull ribbon through opening in top of each icicle; tie small knot in ribbon ends. Makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.
Yes....you EAT these....they look pretty on a small tree on the table...especially nice if you are having a cookie party or entertaining.
A Happy Thankful Friday!!!!!
1. puttering around the house
2. crayolas plus imagination
4. the company of a mountain
5. animals of intelligence: porpoise, fox, pig, chimpanzee, orangutan, elephant, gorilla, dog, beaver, horse, sea lion, bear, and cat
6. chicken pot pie
7. lines from favorite movies or poems.
8. singing to the radio when you drive
9. Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Kanga, Baby Roo, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet
10. musty old books
11. postcards from friends dear and far
12. not being too grown up for anything.
13. a thick mattress pad, soft feather pillows, fresh flowered sheets, cotton comforter, and lace bed skirt.
14. the giving of gifts
15. love and kisses
16. learning to fly
17. singing in the rain
18. soft, worn jeans
19. holiday cookies
20. a village street c. 1890, with old bricks, wrought iron, bay windows, and antique stained glass at the entrance of stores.
The secret is ......read every single one of these "happy" things....and IMAGINE them in your mind.....they will no doubt bring a SMILE to your face!!!!!!!
I am especially happy today for being able to bake cookies all week...work on homemade Christmas ornaments....that everyone in my family is healthy....meeting new friends on my blog...swapping art with friends....and being surrounded by beauty....(the mirror in the photo above is one of my favorite things and hangs on the wall in the bedroom).
I am also HAPPY about being able to plan another WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING with my family and friends....there was once a time..when I didn't know if I would ever get to see another Thanksgiving....or see the bright shiny faces of the people I love....or...be able to create the art that I LOVE so much....YES...today I am full of a GREAT BIG THANK-YOU!!!!!!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
A Little Christmas Fairy
Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons
2/3 cup sugar
6 Tablespoons flour
1/4 teas. salt
4 egg whites
1 teas. almond extract
1 pack. (8 squares) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Mix coconut, sugar, flour and salt in large bowl. Add egg whites and almond extract; mix well. Drop by Tablespoons onto greased and floured baking sheets.
Bake at 325 for 20 minutes or until edges of cookies are golden brown. Immediately remove from baking sheets to wire racks. Cool completely.
Dip cookies halfway into melted chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is firm. Store lightly covered at room temp. up to 1 week. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
A Long MeMe....
Your boss tells you he/she will give you a 20.00 raise if you'll do your job naked. Do you stay and take the raise?
I just might!
Put yourself in a nutshell?
fun-loving...artistic...cool-mom..spoiler of animals!
Ever seen a ghost?
Yes...I saw the ghost of my Mom..she was sitting on the fireplace hearth. It was the 1st Christmas after her death (she adored the holidays)...She told me everything was going to be okay...and that she was fine! The rest of that Christmas day was very dream-like for me....my sister's wanted to see her too!
Happy with your body??
Sometimes...I'd like to loose a few pounds. But..mostly YES!
A reason to move to Iceland??
Only if my family told me they were moving there...then I would too! I would like to visit though.
A place you've lived that you miss????
My hometown of Lancaster PA. I miss the country-side of beautiful Amish farms...all my Italian relatives...and the food!
A job you'd never do, no matter what the pay was?
A mortician...or a police officer in Oakland California.
A band/group you thought was cool when you were 13?
I had a crush on Dino Martin from Dino Desi and Billy....Herman's Hermits...(Peter Noone)...Ricky Nelson..and the Everly Brothers...I also loved Dean martin and Frank Sinatra.
You have a nightmare, who's the first person you call?
Wanna have kids before you are thirty?
Already did.....I had just turned 21.....when my Son was born.
A memory from High School?
Painting a mural on the high school hallway...and Sadie Hawkins Day...
Ever had a crush on a friend's parent?
Do you look like your Mom or Dad????
EXACTLY like my MOM.
Something you've always wanted to learn to do?
to sing...to knit...and to make Panetonne.
How you would like your life to be in 10 years?
Full of Art....Love.....and Peace....
Something you learned this year?
something new on the computer...how to make CD's...a new art technique....
What do you want for your birthday?
to go camping.
Name 4 things you did yesterday?
went to the store
worked on art
made rice pudding
made a tuna casserole
Last item you bought for yourself?
a pair of earrings and good amber soap
What did you have for breakfast?
Name a celeb you have a crush on?
Mr. Dave Navarro
Name the last 3 songs you heard?
Love me when I'm gone by Nickelback
I'd Take a Bullet for You by Mat Kearney
Fly Me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
How many hours of sleep do you get each night?
between 5 and 6...and sometimes 7 if I'm very lucky!
What do you wish you were doing right now?
relaxing on a white sandy beach on the islands off of the gulf of Siam...sipping an ice cold drink...and swimming in the emerald blue clear water...with a good book and An!
Who's the first person in your phone book or your cell?
my sister Tina
Last time you witnessed a fight?
Can't remember....I hate fighting...makes me physically sick.
Name 3 places you'd like to travel to?
Do you know how to ice skate?
Name something you like that's out of the ordinary?
Dave Navarro Ha! and rap music!
Is bigger really better?
What do you think of Brad Pitt?
I don't think of Brad Pitt.
What color are your toe-nails?
no color...just plain old toe-nails.
Do you own anything with a skull on it?
Traveled in Europe?
Last movie you watched?
All Boats Away...(old movie)
Where were you when you had your first kiss?
This is going to sound very strange..but I was in the cemetery.
Last board game you played?
Leather or Lace?
I like both!!!
Ever had a black eye?
Yes..I've had 2 black eyes at the same time.
Have you ever worn fishnet stockings?
Yes....with go-go boots in the early seventies.
Wow!!!! This took a long time! Fun! Anyone who wants to do this should...it's interesting to see your answers!
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Here comes the little train...but look closer!
Pumpkin Spiced and Iced Cookies
1 1/2 teas. pumpkin pie spice
1 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. salt
1 cup (2 sticks butter) soft
1 cup sugar
1 can pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 teas. vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
vanilla glaze ( recipe follows )
Preheat oven to 375..Grease baking sheets
Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, soda and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl until creamy. Beat in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract. Graually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chips and nuts. Drop by Tablespoon onto prepared sheet.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool . Spread or drizzle with vanilla glaze. (makes about 5 1/2 dozen cookies)
VANILLA GLAZE: 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 to 1 1/2 T milk and 1/2 teas. vanilla. Mix well. These are sooooooo good!
I have been back and forth today from working on more ornaments...to laundry....to baking...I guess you could call it "multi-tasking"....I never get bored just doing one thing! It's been dismal...foggy...and misty outside...but I see the sun trying to peek through the clouds...I did have to take a quick break and run to get (still) more boxes for the little ornaments...but I wanted something a little bigger than a matchbox....finally I spotted them!!! Raisin boxes!!!! they work perfect!
Monday, November 13, 2006
Collage on Canvas
Rainy Day Monday...Cranberry Tea
1 package (12oz.) fresh cranberries
juice of 3 oranges
juice of 2 lemons
1 cup sugar
2 sticks cinnamon
1 teas. whole cloves
In large saucepan cook cranberries until the berries pop. Add remaining ingrediants, and simmer at least 30 minutes. Strain...and enjoy!
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
1/2 cup oil
2 teas. vanilla
2 bars (4oz) unsweetened baking chocolate (melted and cooled)
2 cups flour
2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. salt
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
Mix sugar, oil, vanilla and chocolate in large bowl. Blend in eggs. Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours until chilled. Set oven to 350..grease sheets..drop dough by balls that you have rolled in confectioners sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes. Remove and cool.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Wood Carving 101
1 cup sugar
1 cup persimmom pulp
1 cup flour
1/2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
1/2 teas. cinnamon
1/2 teas. cloves
1/2 teas salt
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 350. Grease cookie sheets.
In large bowl cream together the shortening and sugar. Beat in the egg and persimmon pulp. Combine the flour, baking soda,cinnamon, cloves and salt; stir into the persimmon mixture. Fold in raisins and walnuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are firm. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup crisco (shortening)
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
2 teas. vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teas. baking soda
1 teas. salt
1 (11oz.) package milk chocolate chips.
preheat oven to 375
Cream together sugar, brown sugar, 1 cup shortening and peanut butter. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well.
Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to peanut butter mixture. Beat well. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in additional sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 8 min. Remove from oven. Press 1 milk chocolate candy into center of each warm cookie. Return to oven; bake 3 min. longer. Makes 6 to 7 dozen cookies.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Cookie for the Day
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teas. vanilla
3 cups uncooked quick oats
1 cup smisweet chocolate chip
1/2 cup crunchy or creamy peanut butter
Grease 9-inch square baking pan. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar and vanilla; mix well. Stir in oats. Cook over low heat 2-3 minutes or until well blended. Press half of mixture into prepared pan. Use back of large spoon to spread mixture evenly.
Meanwhile, melt choc. chips over low heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in peanut butter. Pour chocolate mixture over oat mixture in pan; spread evenly with knife or back of spoon. Crumble remaining oat mixture over the choc. layer, pressing down gently. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temp. before cutting into bars. (bars can be frozen; let thaw at least 10 minutes before serving.) Makes 32 bars.
This is a yummy recipe......enjoy!