A Christmas Giveaway

December 8, 2008

I’ve spent most of the day recovering from the holiday bazaar and all the preparation that went into it. Aside from some stupid work obligations, I did fine some time to rest, knit and update my shop. There’s still more to post, but I’m going to give myself a couple of days to get it done.

I really enjoy having an etsy shop, but the listing of items is my least favorite part. I don’t mind taking the photos, I do not like the cropping and resizing and color adjusting and writing copy, etc. Usually I have help but I was on my own this time. And when I say I don’t like it, it’s more that it’s my least favorite part. And usually because I am rushing to get it done. But I enjoy everything else about having an etsy shop.

Anyway, I was supposed to go up to Philly to bake cookies with Bill’s family today but that didn’t work out. (boo!) But it did get me to start thinking about my favorite Christmas cookie. I have to say that Nut Cups are probably my all-time favorite. They are like little bite size pecan pies. But there’s so many that I like. I LOVE Jeanne’s sugar cookies with the icing. And her oatmeal scotchies which Bill and I have had a lot of trouble making ourselves. My mom’s kolacky cookies are awesome too. Oh, and snickerdoodles are up there too… It’s hard to pick one favorite.

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and I remember my mom doing tons of baking. She would make about 7 different kinds of cookies and she would double and triple recipes. I would help, but she stayed up until 2 or 3 am baking, and she would do this for days. All the cookies would get put in boxes, and then stored in the trunk of her car. A makeshift freezer of sorts. I remember going out to the car with various plates while mom opened up boxes and created plates for my teachers, dad’s coworkers, the neighbors, a party she was attending. I’m not sure you can still use your trunk as a freezer what with global warming.

Anyway, this is a long way to introduce my giveaway. I’m pretty sure there aren’t many of you reading out there so it makes your changes of winning pretty good! Leave a comment with your favorite Christmas cookie recipe (or link) by Sunday, December 14th and I’ll pick a winner on Monday. The winner will have his/her choice of one of my pouches with a flower pin.

I look forward to reading your comments!!


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5 Responses to “A Christmas Giveaway”

  1. Jeanne
    December 8th, 2008 | 12:30 pm

    By far Gingerbread Men are my favorite – and the most labor intensive. Definitely not a one person job.

  2. Alice
    December 8th, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    I remember baking until 3am, doing so a couple nights a week. Ah, those were the days. I remember one night (it was actually around 2am) when Aunt Peggy came to visit. The doors that separated the kitchen to the basement rattled so much that Maxine our German Shepherd growled and barked as she backed away from the doors. I had been thinking of Aunt Peggy as I baked (my daughter, Margaret is named after Aunt Peggy). Maxine woke up the hubby with her barking, I with my shouts. He was very annoyed. There was no Aunt Peggy at the door as she had been deceased for a year.

  3. Jeanne
    December 8th, 2008 | 5:29 pm

    And here’s the recipe:
    Molasses Gingerbread Men
    Mix thoroughly: 1 cups soft shortening (Crisco)
    2 cups packed brown sugar.
    2 eggs
    cup molasses
    Stir in: 5 cups flour (not necessary to sift)
    4 teaspoons baking soda
    teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon cloves
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 teaspoons ginger

    Chill dough for 15 minutes (optional step may be omitted). Heat oven to 375?. Grease baking sheet.
    Roll dough on floured surface and cut out gingerbread men carefully. Roll small portions of dough at a time, then add more.
    It may be necessary to lift men to baking sheet with a spatula. Note: If one breaks, you can repair it on the baking sheet before it goes in the oven.
    Makes 20-30 large (6 in.) gingerbread men.
    Bake 10-12 minutes, just until set but not hard. Cool, then frost.
    1 box confectioners sugar
    stick margarine (softened)
    5-7 Tablespoons hot water
    1 teaspoons vanilla
    Use electric mixer, if possible, to mix the above ingredients. If mixing by hand, sift the confectioners sugar.
    Spread frosting over the gingerbread men, then decorate with small candies, nonpareils, colored sugar, etc.
    This frosting recipe makes plenty for all the above gingerbread men

  4. December 10th, 2008 | 12:56 am

    @Jeanne (mom):

    Thank you Mr. Peyton (5th grade teacher) for the ginger bread men. Geesh, has it really been 20 years?

  5. December 15th, 2008 | 12:35 pm

    I know I’m probably too late for the giveaway but I wanted to chime in and say that your bags are so pretty! I love the little flower detail!

    My favorite recipe is the candy cane cookie (http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,187,159186-231195,00.html)

    Ooh! That reminds me I need to make some! =)

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