Friday, December 14, 2007

Yikes! I've been tagged!

My friend, Ellen, of the very generous speculaasplank give-away, tagged me this morning. I am supposed to come up with five things that aren't normally known about me and then tag five other friends. This game of tag is a great way of getting more people to visit our blogs, it gives us all a sort of community feel and introduces us to blogs we may not have otherwise found.

Okay, so let me give this some thought...

  1. I hate my toes! I have short, chubby toes and I hate them! I didn't wear a pair of sandals until I was over 50 because growing up my mother and sisters always made fun of my toes.
  2. I have trouble letting go of things. I've saved Christmas cards every year since we were married (1971), all neatly packaged in zip lock baggies.
  3. I'm an avid reader. I love books and I read every night before bed and probably read 8 to 10 books a month. I love humorous novels, psychological thrillers, murder mysteries and series novels where I can get to know the characters from book to book and can't wait til the next book is published.
  4. I would love to be more productive, creative, talented, organized, and, my husband would add, a better housekeeper.
  5. I won a baby beauty contest when I was 3 months old and received a trophy and a little silk cape and crown.

So now it's my turn to tag five others so You Are It:

Charlotte of Charlotte's Creative Web

Lynette of Fred-I-Bears

Penney of Seamore Collectibles who was my recent swap partner so if you've read my blog, you know one thing about her already.

Shantell of Apple Dumpling Bears

Pauline of Valewood Bears

I've tried to get those artists who haven't been recently tagged or who haven't posted for a while so get busy and tell us about yourselves and then tag five other favorite bloggers.

The rules are:

  • Share 5 random facts about yourself on your blog
  • Link to your tagger (that's me!) in your "random fact" post
  • Include these rules in your post
  • Tag 5 people by including both their names and links to their blogs in your post
  • Let those you've tagged know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog

Monday, December 10, 2007

I Won a Speculaasplank!

What a great surprise I had this morning when I checked my e-mail and found a message from Ellen Borggreve of Ellen Borggreve Designs saying that I won the speculaasplank from her blog give-away.

Ellen lives in The Netherlands and her blog has a wonderful explanation about Sinterklaas and these wooden molds for making treats for good girls and boys. Please visit her blog to find her story as she tells it so much better than I possibly could.

She was able to find two of these special molds, kept one for herself and very generously held a give-away on her blog for the other one. And I was the lucky winner!

She makes the most beautiful award-winning bears and other critters. Her work is amazing. Take a look at her blog and see if you don't think so, too. I aspire to own one of her bears one of these days.

Thank you so much, Ellen!

Friday, December 7, 2007

New Site Added to Roundup

This just in...

A new Roundup "hostess" has been added to the fun. To get to her site, Click Here. But first scroll down to see my cookie recipes.

Okay...get ready, get set, go bake!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Christmas Cookie Recipe Roundup

The Roundup is here and it's time to share some favorite recipes with you. If you got here by just blog surfing, you need to begin with Lisa at qdPatooties and she'll get you started with her favorite yummy Christmas Cookie recipes. She'll then send you on your way to more recipes by giving you a link to the next Roundup "hostess."

This should be lots of fun and you'll gather at least a dozen cookie recipes...maybe more.

Thumbprint Cookies
Makes 4 Dozen Cookies
This recipe came from my mother's recipe box.
I have no idea where she got the recipe.

1-1/2 Cups of your favorite nuts, finely chopped
1 Cup Shortening
1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
2 Eggs, separated
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2 Cups flour
1/2 Tsp. Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix shortening, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla thoroughly. Measure flour, add salt and blend together. Mix flour and shortening mixtures together. Roll dough into balls using about 1 Tsp. per ball. Beat egg whites slightly with a fork. Dip balls in egg whites, then roll balls in finely chopped nuts. Place on a cookie sheet about 1" apart. Bake 5 minutes and remove from oven. Press your thumb into each cookie. (These cookies are hot so you'll want to use a small spoon on melon baller to press into the cookies.) Fill indention with jelly or jam and return the cookies to the oven and bake an additional 8 minutes.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge
Makes 36 1-1/2 inch squares
The note on this card indicates it came from Opal S.
Combine in large sauce pan:
2 Cups Sugar
2/3 Cup Milk
1/4 Cup Cocoa
2 Tbsp. Light Corn Syrup
1/8 Tsp. Salt
2 Tbsp. Butter
3/4 Cup of your favorite coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

Stir over medium heat until chocolate melts and sugar dissolves. Cook at 234 degrees or until a little dropped in cold water forms a soft ball. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat. Add butter. Beat until thick and not glossy. Quickly stir in nuts and pour into a buttered 8- or 9-inch pans. When cool, cute into squares.

Russian Tea Cakes
Makes about 4 Dozen one-inch cookies
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sifted Confectioner's Sugar
1 Tsp. Vanilla
2 1/4 Cups Flour
1/4 Tsp. Salt
3/4 Cup of your favorite finely chopped nuts

Mix butter, sugar and vanilla thoroughly. Stir flour and salt together; add to butter mixture and stir in nuts. Chill dough. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until set but not brown. While still warm, roll in confectioner's sugar. Cool. Roll in confectioner's sugar again.
I'm your last stop so gather those recipes and start baking.
And have a very Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Glorious Impossible - A Christmas Animation

I found this on a fellow Teddy Talk-er's blog. I enjoyed it alot; thought maybe you would, too. Thanks, Chrissi.

Christmas Swap

This is what I received from Penney at Seamore Collectibles. Our Teddy Talk forum offered a Swap for something we made ourselves other than teddy bears or other soft sculptures.Penney designed and hand painted this Christmas set because she knows we have three Scotties. The plate is quite large, the wine glasses with snowmen and Scotties even have little snow flakes on the base of the glass, and the little ornament has another Scottie. It's just a beautiful set. My swap to Penney was a delicate sterling silver and pearl bracelet and earring set. Sorry...I didn't take any pictures. Allyn said I got the better end of the deal.

Two Christmas Bears without Homes

Tommy and Peppermint have not yet found homes for Christmas. Sadly, no one wanted to take them home when they were at the Boutique after Thanksgiving.

Of course, you can tell right away that this guy is Peppermint.

And this is Tommy wearing his Christmas jammies (which is part of his design).

But you just never know. Santa still has time to find them a home before Christmas.

Two Days to Christmas Cookie Recipe Roundup

Only two days until we begin Lisa's Christmas Cookie Recipe Roundup. Lisa's qd Patooties starts the Roundup, or just click the graphic at the top of the page and you'll be directed to her site. She'll direct you to another site and another cookie recipe...and so on. Waggle Bears will be your last stop and you should have picked up 12 great Christmas cookie recipes by the end of the Roundup.

Sounds like fun and who can resist Christmas cookies!