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Cookies For Santa

I have been busy making, baking, frosting and decorating cookies today.

This fussing in the kitchen is so soothing to my soul, and as I have been working on these

cookie making duties, I was taken back in my mind to the wonderful anticipation of

Santa Claus as a youngster.

Such a lovely whimsical thought and even found myself wondering which of these cookies

 might be Santa's favorite?

Then, that led to sharing with you this recipe that seems to have been pinned on a good many

cookie boards on Pinterest.

Using a basic sugar cookie dough and adding Andes Chocolate Mints to the batter...yum....

I am normally a rather plain sort of cookie gal, you know, the usual

chocolate chip,

peanut butter,

and yes sugar cookie.

But yesterday while finishing up my Christmas shopping I overheard two woman talking about how

great the combination of sugar dough infused with these little chocolate mints can truly be.

A true confirmation, that I needed, or Santa needed to give these a try.

So, I gave them a whirl, but added a little homemade cream cheese frosting to the top of

each one of these darlings.

Just for me, I split the sugar cookie dough in half

so I could have my all time favorite plain and simple sugar cookie..smiles...

Tada- the sugar cookie dough infused with chocolate and mint.

I suppose this cookie is not the prettiest cookie on the block, but appearances can be

deceiving, because this cookie packs one tasty punch of goodness.

Below is a good sugar cookie recipe-a little crisp but not flat.

Mary's Sugar Cookies 

Chill: 2 hr * Bake: 7 to 8 min per Sheet *Preheat oven: to 350


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar

Beat powdered sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed. 

Stir in vanilla, almond extract and egg.  Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Separate dough in half and to one half of the dough add 1- 28 piece package of

 Andes Mints, broken in pieces.

(NOTE:If using the entire sugar cookie recipe to make Andes Mint Cookies, use 2 packages of mints and use entire sugar cookie batch of dough.)

Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.

(Dough may be refrigerated up to 4 days(and can be frozen, too)

 Roll half of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-surface or, lightly floured 

parchment paper.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased 

cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown. 

Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Cool and frost if you like!

This recipe from me to you just in time for Santa Claus Coming To Town!

Merry Christmas!


An Irish Christmas Blessing

Knowing that it is just a few days away from Christmas,

Thinking of all the last minute preparations, 

Wondering how you are all doing.

Then I found this Irish Blessing.

Just wanting you to know...

This is one of my Christmas

wishes for



Traditional Red Christmas

We were blessed to have most of our family together for Thanksgiving this year, it was sort

of a mixed celebration of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

As well as a send off for our middle daughter and her family, as they relocate to California.

In anticipation of this send off  I decorated our formal areas and the guest room for Christmas before

Thanksgiving using traditional red and green.

As much as I have fallen in love with incorporating white into Christmas decorating.

There is something so timeless, warm and welcoming about adding red and green to our

home during the Holidays.

Poinsettias are such a glorious plant and I enjoy the shape of their "blossoms,"

many people also refer to them as the Christmas flower or Christmas star.

I have used them as a theme throughout our home.

You will see them in various spots of my formal areas- my dough bowl, Christmas Tree, mantle,

chandelier and front door wreath.

A few gold stars and ornaments combined with red deco mesh, red ornaments,

red and white poinsettias,  make our wreath and Christmas Tree full and abundant.

This is one of our bright stars that has moved away, his sweet spirit, and his keen mind

brought much joy to our household.

Oh, and he so enjoyed smelling the tulips and paper whites, to be two - is so precious.

We made Gingerbread and sugar cookies and I ordered this adorable gnome from

Rustic Spoonful on ETSY.

They are the sweetest folks to work with, so if you have the chance stop by their shop-

their merchandise is amazing.

Of course, every house needs at least one snowman to watch over things.

My daughter Samantha, who is the creator of  Crafty Texas Girls, made this Christmas sign

which I love ! She has a tutorial on how to make this project as well as tons of inspiration.

Drop on by to see her, she'd love your visit.

I have always wanted to decorate our dining room chandelier with garland, so this year

seemed like the perfect year to do it.

I even added little trumpets and you know what... they are actually napkin rings...

I have had the best luck with fresh flowers this Christmas Season.

From tulips to poinsettias and roses.

My tulips wilted away before their stem did, so I clipped the stems off and added them

to the rose bouquet.

I like the lighter green of the tulip stem mixed in with the darker shade of the rose stem.

I suppose these roses are not a deep red, but I was taken with the variegated blossom and thought

they were well suited to the white urn, white bead board and checked quilt.

So, Christmas is now just a week away, all of our homes are decorated, much baking has already

been done and we all wait in anticipation of the celebration of the greatest gift in human history.

Have a lovely weekend, my dears!

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The Art of Making Snowflakes

You know, I so loved making snowflakes growing up.

I do believe, that I may have looked a bit like a version of Edward Scissor Hands.

Busily fashioning snowflake after snowflake and then taping them on doors, walls, windows

or wherever Mom would let me.

(She was a bit of a stickler about tape on the walls-back then when the tape was pulled off the walls,

some of the paint seemed to come off with it-not good.)

As the children came along I made snowflakes with them too.

But, children grow up-childhood crafts are no long made and sadly enough some of these

wonderful childhood crafting skills are forgotten.

But I was rescued, resuscitated, saved by these unfortunate lapses of memory by a very

gracious and talented granddaughter, and her little sister.

Little granddaughter opted out of snowflake making and went straight to the Nativity

scene to play with baby Jesus.

Fortunate for me, our oldest granddaughter graciously shared with me her artistic

technique on how to create the perfectly wonderful and wondrous snowflake...


You see, there truly is a certain amount of celestial charm this time of the year,

when love is given generously,

lights glow extra bright,

tiffs are forgotten,

and if you are blessed to have children around you,

the magic of the season is around each and every corner of the house.

And then she sat down and with such ease, such patience.

She drew a circle on a solid piece of white paper, smiling and talking and instructing.

With nimble little fingers she cut the circle out and proceeded to fold the circle,

until it was every so tiny.

Then snip, snip, snip....

Swiftly, and creatively she created three beautiful snowflakes.

I think these will be a beautiful addition to some Christmas packages with ribbon and bows.

Thank you sweet granddaughter, this was fun!

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Little Women Christmas Vignette

Each Christmas I try to make one or two projects from scratch.

Most of the time they are very simple to make.

Sometimes they involve various family members and sometimes they do not.

This Christmas I was all on my own, and I really didn't want to spend too much time or money.

Styrofoam balls, rick-rack, Christmas, decorating,  handmade

So, I began the search of finding out exactly what I had in my craft cubbies.

Well I found out that Mother Hubbard had pretty bare cupboards.

Easy tutorial and decorating tips for creating a nostalgic Christmas

I found these leftover styrofoam balls from last years project Styrofoam Christmas Ornaments,

which I made using hot glue and thumbtacks.

DIY, craft, Christmas, decorating, kid friendly craft,red, white Christmas ornament

So I used them again this year, but switched up the materials and used bias tape, rick-rack and

hot glue.

candy canes, red deco-mesh, handmade styrofoam Christmas ornaments

I hung a few on a Christmas Tree.

Candles, amaryllis, garland, red and white added to blue

And then incorporated the rest of them in to my Vintage Christmas Vignette.

DIY, garland, Christmas

My middle daughter mentioned to me that this vignette reminds her of a scene

out of the book Little Women.

And so, this vignette has a new name...

Little Women Christmas Vignette.

Little Women was a favorite book of my Mom's, and a favorite movie of my three girls and myself.

Sort of a tradition for us to watch this movie every year during the Christmas Season.

It always made us laugh and always made us cry.

decorating, home, bedroom, mirror, dresser, for Christmas

I made some garland for the mirror out of greens, lights, my hand made ornaments and these

precious vintage tags

My youngest daughter brought me these tags this past Thanksgiving and I am super happy to be

able to use use them in this Vignette.

add a red and cream runner, galvanized planter and garland to a dresser mirror

My son-in-law gave me this tablecloth when he was deployed a few years ago, I folded it

over several times and now it gives the appearance of a table runner.

I love the design and muted cranberry hue which complements our blue room.

charming, vintage Christmas vignette with crystal hurricane lantern, cranberry red runner and white candles

The soft glow of candles against my tin planter gives a rustic, cozy and relaxing charm to our room.

amaryllis, antirrhinum, candles and galvanized container create a vintage Christmas vignette

You might remember the Amaryllis Bulbs  I planted in November, well here they are

just on the brink of blooming!

I am not sure they will be blooming on Christmas day but I am sure hoping!

Easy and fun tips for adding Christmas to a bedroom

I think a new tradition has been started this year, I feel as though I will always have a

Little Women Christmas Vignette.

My way of remembering the very special women in my life.

Any special Traditions in your home?

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White Christmas Vignette

Such a precious time of the year.

So sweet, so inspiring, so tender.

It is as though there is an effervescent glow and pure calmness in the heavens.

So, I am striving to create Christmas calmness in our home. through various vignettes

and centerpieces.

Embracing the joy, beauty and gratitude of the season in our hearts and home.

I have put together a peaceful White Christmas vignette in our kitchen.

Using a few baskets, fresh white tulips from the market, some paper whites and

white Christmas trees I created a little vignette on our chippy kitchen table.

This table was my parent's dining room table growing up, I have since sanded it and made my

own  concoction of paint and glaze to create a well loved appearance.

Along with white tulips I have combined a petite porcelain white cake stand,

an oval mirror, a few white mini ornaments and one lone reindeer to make my

White Christmas vignette dimensional and interesting.

These sweet and simple goodies came from one of my Christmas boxes which added to the joy of

creating this vignette.

I tend to challenge myself to make something out of something that I might have tossed out.

Are you like that too...

Since there is not a single snowflake coasting through the air, or a glorious frosty mountain out

my back door and, not even a smidgen of a chance that Jack Frost may make an appearance.

I am striving to create our own White Christmas, while enjoying the mix of white tulips,

homegrown sweet heavenly scents of paper whites and nurturing the dearness of the season.


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Christmas Kitchen Window

This is the first year that I have decorated my Kitchen window for the Christmas season.

I was hesitant at first, but when I found these twine, and pine cone swags at Michael's I felt

I had the inspiration I needed to get started.

I knew I wanted white and simple as my focus.

So lucky for me I have this gorgeous white coffee filter, which my youngest daughter made for me.

Just a simple window with some sweet and simple Christmas decorations.

I added this precious Angel from my Mother's Christmas collection.

An aged, cracked and interesting terracotta pot.

With a pine cone tucked among the moss.

I am using candles all about my home this year, and enjoying all types, shapes and sizes.

I even found these two flame less battery operated luminaries in a box from ages ago,

put some batteries in them and presto they still work!

I enjoy the warm afternoon sunlight that filters through these billowy white curtains on sunny days.

I am so glad I took the plunge and decorated my Kitchen window for Christmas this year.

Do you have any new spots in your home that you are decorating for Christmas?


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