Ho, ho, ho…Merry Christmas! For the past year the most visited and pinned post on my blog has been my ever-popular Jell-O Cookies. We’re at 92,000+ pins and that has been amazing! Sharing the recipe I had acquired in my early married days has been a lot of fun. But I have been adapting the ingredients a bit, tweaking it to accommodate the supplies I have on hand, making it more appealing visually and amping up the flavor. So, since Jell-O cookies were part of my holiday cookie baking this year, I’ve decided to share the updated info. First, rather than make you go back to revisit the first posted recipe, I’ll just repeat it…with the changes, of course! Ho Ho Ho…Merry Christmas Jell-O Cookies (* indicates changes – this is for one batch, one color at a time!) *3/4 cup butter 1/2 cup granulated sugar *1/2 cup Jell-O ( I used raspberry and lime flavor – I buy the big restaurant size now so that I can add just a little extra to the 3oz amount in the small package of Jell-O. ) Cream the above ingredients. Add: 2 eggs *1 teaspoon lemon extract Cream the eggs and vanilla into the sugar mixture. Add: 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt Gel or paste food color – I don’t need it for the raspberry…the color is strong enough.
It’s the 6th day of December…Christmas time and that means I’ve got to get busy on my cards – I’m seriously behind schedule! There are always oodles of new Christmas papers, but I have been trying to cut back on my hoard of paper, while still trying to keep current with the styles. All things trend and Christmas is no stranger to change. But for this season, I’m going to try to keep it simple. In my last post, I talked about a cute store that we found at the mall – Typo. There were lots of great things that we found for gifts, but one of our favorite finds was a small tin of 50 mini Christmas-themed polaroids in a “Message In A Box”. The vintage-style photos all create a bit of nostalgia. I just love the little faded photos! The pictures aren’t complicated, so I kept the sentiments simple. I also kept the embellishments to a minimum: baker’s twine, buttons, red clothespins and old dictionary pages accentuate the photos without overwhelming the clean lines. A few small dots of glue, with glitter sprinkled on top, gives the illusion of falling “flakes” to the snowy scene. Inking the edges with black StazOn distresses and adds definition. I stapled the photos before I added the foam mounting tape to the back – the staples are just for looks – I don’t like the look of
typo [tahy-poh] noun, plural ty-pos. Informal . 1. a typographical error; misprint 2. cute Australian concept stationery store For someone who has spent the last decade acquiring a broad expanse of scrapbooking and paper art supplies, the introduction to this cute little store in the Fashion Valley Mall, San Diego, should not have brought such delight. But with the coming of Christmas, I broke my normal rule of staying away from malls. I didn’t go to shop but to see what fun fashion color trends and pattern combinations are available for the season. When what to my wonder eyes should appear but a miniature corner store…okay, I’d better stop before I hurt my brain trying to carry on with that theme! But a great find, nonetheless! The walls of the store are lined with journals and fun spiral-bound notebooks, knickknacks, stationary, cards and office supplies. For the holidays, there are decorations, small trees, wrapping paper, ribbons and twines. I didn’t take a bunch of pictures inside the store…I always feel kinda funny about doing that without getting permission. But what a fun time we had window shopping! Lots of great products (although there were a few items that needed to be censored because of the verbal content!) that offered some great inspiration and embellishment. If you get one in your area, go check it out. If you aren’t so lucky and you want to see their “stuff”, check out
My little Christmas report for you!
Aren't these just the cutest little faces ever? This is what happens when you don't have little kids at your house anymore...you start making cute faces to hang around!
I love Disneyland at Christmas time!
We actually have one…hanging in our kitchen. But I should have had one that I personally pay attention to. Maybe if I had made one myself…maybe then I would have been paying more attention to where the time had been escaping to. It always happens like this, and I, by the sin of omission, have let Christmas sneak up on me. You would think that after 55 years I would be accustomed to the routine, but noooooooo! I now have less than two weeks before my time is up and Christmas has been reduced to little more than a happy memory. We have big things planned this week. Tomorrow, Megan, Jake and I are going to Disneyland to get swallowed up into the Disney Christmas Spirit. We have passes, Jake is in town and we haven’t been there since before Halloween. All day Wednesday – and probably into Thursday – I will be wrapping presents…for someone else. Friday we start our baking madness, which will continue through Saturday afternoon, with a brief intermission for me to go usher at “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego. I’m so excited for that! Sunday is time for “Sister Friendly” during sharing time in Primary. My Primary kids are absolutely wonderful! I need to bake or make them some sort of special treat. Note to self: make treats
Oh what fun it is to work with October Afternoon's Holiday Style product line!
Making flowers with rayon seam binding is really quick and easy!
Helped a friend, washed my car, did some laundry and went to my Relief Society activity. The lights at the Temple were a great ending to a very regular day!