November 19th, 2010
I'm starting mine: cookies, cards, menus, gifts. I plan on making (and doing) much less this year than I have in the past, but somehow my lists are long anyway. There are always so many new cookies I want to make:
- I've always wanted to try these christmas rainbow cookies.
- these pistachio sandwich cookies look like a royal pain in the ass to make, but they also look freakin delicious.
- I think super crispy gingerbread men sandwiched together with chocolate ganache would be good, do you think?
- alfajores are definitely on the list this year (looks like sandwich cookies are the theme this year)
- I've never made lebekuchen, but I do love it.
- these mexican hot chocolate cookies look simple and really good.
- I could go on and on
Martha somehow roped me in to buying another one of her christmas cookies magazines. And now the list is even longer and it might even have "make cookies that look like little mice" on it. Shesh. This is sort of why I shy away from making lists--I know there are so many of you out there that love them. Mine start out small (laundry, post office) and then quickly get grandiose and undoable (paint the house, rip out kitchen counter). And then when only a few things get crossed off the list I feel awful and lazy and guilty (and, oddly, like the list is watching me).
Enough of my guilt ridden midwesterness. I thought I'd share a few simple ideas from the archives for the holidays. The picture is from a few years ago when I realized I didn't have any thanksgiving decorations, so I slapped together this project. Two years later I still don't have any thanksgiving decorations and clementines on the mantel have become a little tradition.
English toffee is always the first christmasy thing I make every year: it freezes well and travel well and little nibbles sustain me through the season. You can find my recipe and tutorial here.
There is time to sew up this advent calendar before December 1st. Really, there is. I think it looks more complicated than it is: there is some simple machine sewing and then a movies worth of hand sewing. The pattern and tutorial for the string of lights advent calendar is right here. We had an activity in each bulb last year and the kids and I loved it. I put the slip of paper in the night before, so a big project didn't sneak up on me and because I'm last minute like that.
And hey! you guys are awesome! Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to fill out my silly little survey. It was super helpful and makes me want to create more surveys so I can get to know you better. The consensus seemed to be you like the little blog just how it is, but wouldn't mind if I change it up a bit: ads are ok, a recipe or two (if they are good), and more kid's crafts, food, tutorials, and sewing! Thanks to the commenter who said, "no pressure or anything!" And thank you, everyone, for all the kind words. It was unexpected and so incredibly wonderful.