December 28, 2013 by Jenn
This year Patrick and I went to his parents cabin in upstate New York. First of all, it’s GORGEOUS. Second, it’s so quiet. We had to put on a white noise app so we could sleep. We were there for 4 days and we actually had a white Christmas. (Then on the last day we all got the stomach flu that was going around but we won’t talk about that.) Highlights only.
We saw a spooky graveyard, LOTS of snow, I got new Minnetonka boots for christmas, and I got to shoot a crossbow!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Category Life | Tags: christmas, new york, upstate
December 9, 2013 by Emily
This weekend my older sister came to visit and help me decorate my christmas tree. Our day consisted of the pandora christmas stations, watching The Nightmare Before Christmas and drinking a little — ok a lot– of wine. But we also needed nibbles! So before the decorating extravaganza started we made some roll out cookies , and since the season demands it… they were gingerbread!
This recipe is a good balance between a firm roll out cookie and a chewy gingerbread cookie… just the way I like ‘em!
What you’ll need to make about 3 dozen 4 inch cookies:
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons ground ginger
5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 medium eggs
12 oz molasses
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt and spices together in a large bowl. set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugar together at medium speed with the paddle attachment until fluffy. Add the eggs and molasses, mixing until combined.
Lower your mixers speed and add the flour and spice mixture mixing until combined. Make sure to stop and scrape the bowl down every so often to ensure everything is getting mixed nicely.
Divide dough in 2, flatten into disks, wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
When you’re ready for cookies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll your dough on a heavily floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out your cookies and place onto the baking sheet, leaving 1/2 inch between each cookie. Bake 12-14 minutes until firm, remove from the pan and cool on a rack.
I used royal icing to add some decoration and expression to my gingerbread men, but if you don’t have the patience for that, don’t worry! They’re super yummy sans icing too!
Category Baking, Recipes, Uncategorized | Tags: baking, christmas, christmas cookies, cookies, gingerbread, gingerbread cookies, gingerbread men, recipe, roll out cookies
December 4, 2013 by Jenn
Unfortunately like so many other people, I do not have a working fireplace. I don’t even have a mantle. I do, however, have a really big chalkboard wall. No fireplace? No problem. I decided to draw my own!
ALl you need is chalkboard paint! I used a bunch of different fonts in chalk and silver card stock on top of yellow felt for the “Merry” banner. Now our stockings are hung up in from of the fire.
Category DIY | Tags: chalkboard, christmas, DIY, fireplace, PAINT, stockings, wall
December 1, 2013 by Jenn
It’s about that time to start counting down to Christmas! This year I decided to make an entire wall my advent calendar. It’s really easy and inexpensive too. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 25 pages from any old book you don’t care for anymore
- gold pray paint
- white paper
First you’ll need to spray paint your clothes pins.
Next draw numbers 1 through 25, one number on each page.
Next comes the fun part, decide on 24 fun holiday ideas to do during december. Ours included buying a tree, decorating it, watching Elf, making hot chocolate from scratch, putting lights on the house, and making CHristmas cookies. Once you have your ideas, write them onto the white paper. I used double stick tape to attach the white paper to the book pages.
The last step is to find a good spot in your home and hang the twine. Clip the numbered pages onto the twine with the gold clothespins. Everyday turn over the corresponding number and enjoy that holiday activity.
Start the countdown!
Category Home, Life | Tags: advent, book pages, calendar, christmas, DIY, traditions