Monday, December 7, 2020

Small Ways To Celebrate The Days This Christmas

I've decided that this year, rather than creating my own publications and seasonal resources, to direct you to the wealth of ideas and inspiration that already exist.  I've curated a fairly large database that I continuously add to, and I think you might enjoy it, too!  And with that, here's the first edition.

❈ Air Dried Lace Snowflake Ornaments
Aren't these air dried clay ornaments just lovely?  Although the instructions appear to be in German, you can find a recipe for air dried modeling clay, here, that would likely produce the same results, and this is a nice set of snowflake cookie cutters in various sizes that would make a lovely ornament.

❈ Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies
This is my all time favorite sugar cookie recipe! It has the best flavor and the shapes hold up as well!

2 cup vegetable shortening 2 1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 eggs
1/4 cup orange juice
6 cups all purpose flour
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

Cream together shortening, sugar, orange zest and vanilla. Add eggs to creamed mixture; mix well. Add orange juice and mix. Sift flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and blend. Chill for 2 hours, covered. Once chilled, roll dough to 1/8 to 1/4” thick on lightly floured surface. Cut out with favorite cutters. Use floured spatula to pick up cut-out cookies and put on uncreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375° for 7-10 minutes. Cool before removing from cookie sheet; ice when cool.

Sugar Cookie Frosting
3 cups powdered sugar
3-4 Tablespoons milk
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Gel food coloring (optional)
Additional candies and sprinkles for decorating

Combine sugar, 2 Tablespoons of milk, corn syrup, and vanilla extract in a medium-sized bowl and stir until combined. If frosting is too thick, add more milk, about a teaspoon at a time, until the frosting is thick but pipeable. If you accidentally add too much milk, add powdered sugar until desired texture is reached.
  
If coloring the frosting, divide into bowls and color as desired at this point.
 Transfer frosting to a piping bag with a Wilton 5 piping tip Pipe frosting on cookies and decorate with decorative candies, if desired.
 Allow frosting to harden before enjoying (this could take several hours and may vary for you depending on the consistency of your frosting)
 Keep uneaten cookies sealed in an airtight container at room temperature.  

❈ Advent Hymns and Carols
This past Sunday marked the second Sunday of Advent, so this is a little late, but there's still time to enjoy this lovely resource! Maybe double up a few nights to enjoy them all.

❈ Cultivating Christmas
The Christmas edition of The Cultivating Project is up! This is one of my favorite websites and their Christmas edition does not disappoint!

❈ Old Time Radio - Christmas Episodes
Here's something fun, old time radio shows from days gone by. This link will take you to a number of Christmas episodes.

 Gooseberry Patch Comfort and Joy: Cozy Christmas Recipes
Do you love Gooseberry Patch recipe books as much as I do? This is one of my favorite Christmas editions , and its FREE to borrow at the Internet Archives!

And that's a wrap for now, my friends! I'll be back another day with more to entice you!

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