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I'm never bored. If I'm not knitting or spinning, I'm gardening or reading. Always up to something!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Peacefully Sleeping

Wishing Everyone a Peaceful Christmas

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Make One Change

Evil visited Connecticut last Friday. It's been visiting all around the country - so why wouldn't it visit us? If we can't take care of our mentally ill adult family members until they commit a crime. If we believe we need semi-automatic weapons in our homes. If playing "games" and being a "gamer" means pretending to kill others on a virtually realistic 3-D computer screen. If we accept violence as "normal" in our society. If talking about out faith in God means that people think you're a "bible thumper"... then we can reasonably expect evil to visit again. We shouldn't be surprised and shocked when it does. I'm not a pessimist - far from it. I wouldn't be on my feet, healthy enough to baby-sit my beautiful grandchildren if I believed we're doomed only to the cards we're dealt. Make one change. If you own dangerous weapons, get rid of them. Limit screen time in your home. Boycott violent movies. Go to church and take your kids. Pray for yourselves, your country and the families in Newtown who are grieving tonight.  

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Gingerbread Boys

I made a baker's dozen of these little guys for our church Christmas boutique.  After searching the internet for a recipe for cinnamon salt dough, I mixed some up and let it chill.  Then I cut them out, poked a hole for hanging them with a drinking straw and baked them off.
They are sealed with a glittery varnish. I probably should have used a couple more coats but I ran out of time.  The eyes and buttons are little balls of dough that baked in place and then painted with dark purple for raisins. I painted on highlights and white icing. Then I added snowy glitter to their heads, shoulders and feet.
The ribbon was from Michael's and was exactly what I was looking for.

And I made a few extra for a kitchen wreath.  I used a wooden embroidery hoop for the base, which I wrapped with the red ribbon.  I hot glued the little guys and the fake greens to the hoop.  I'd found the rolling pin in Target a couple of years ago for a dollar.  You never know when you'll need a miniature rolling pin.  I was hoping they'd have a cinnamon fragrance but they don't.  The recipe only called for 5 teaspoons of cinnamon and I think the purpose of that was to color the dough.

Here's the recipe for the Salt Dough:

1 Cup salt
5 teaspoons cinnamon
2 Cups flour
3/4 - 1 cup water

Knead until smooth.  Chill 30 minutes.  Bake 1 to 1 1/2 hours until dry at 325 degrees.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Advent means Waiting

Adventus is Latin for "coming". We are waiting for expectantly for Christmas to come...

Joyfully preparing...
Cookie-baking begins. I haven't made these since I was in high school - My mother's Sesame Thins...

2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter (softened)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 jar sesame seeds (from spice section in grocery store)
Whip together butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla.  Gradually add dry ingredients.  Chill for 1 hour.  Roll into small balls and coat with sesame seeds.  Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

And a visit from two of my little elves.