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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Some of you have inquired about a few of this year’s Christmas decorations.  While I’ve been utterly consumed by the new course that I’m currently teaching, I did eek out time for some fun Christmas projects.  Thank you Pinterest!!!

The subway art came from the Mod Podge blog, you can download the free print HERE.   We had ours mounted on foam core, which kept the cost down and makes for versatile placement.

While I kept most things simple, I did spend a lot of time on my balls.  Felted balls, that is.  Following this tutorial from the Pickles blog, I hand felted 45 colorful balls from roving wool.  This video is also very helpful. My garland is about eight feet long, with two inches of space between each felt ball.  I struggled with whether  or not I should glue or knot them into place, but ultimately I did not.  I’m glad that I didn’t as the felt is “grabby” and they don’t move once you have them in place.

Here’s a close-up shot of my balls.  I heart them.  I found the bright colors at my favorite shop,  Knot Another Hat,  in Hood River.

We also visited these guys from Foothills Yarn & Fiber, near Odell.  I now want my very own alpaca for Christmas.

I’ve managed to keep everything else cheap & easy, just how I like it.  I love to display my cards every year, and found this peppermint striped ribbon in the half-off bin at Michael’s.  Using Krylon’s “Blue Ocean Breeze”, I spray painted clothespins to hang the cards with.

My mason jar obsession continues…


And I’m loving my candles with sugar and cranberries:


I hope that you are enjoying the season with your loved ones.  Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!  xoxo

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HOLIDAY COOKIES

The past few weeks have been hectic in the Klee house, but I finally managed to make my favorite Christmas cookies yesterday.  For as long as I can remember, my mom and I have made these together.  It doesn’t quite feel like the holidays until I sink my teeth into one of these little lovelies.

We’re not even sure where the original recipes came from, but there are many variations floating around out there.  These are our favorites for Thumbprint and Russian Tea Cake (aka Mexican Wedding Cake) Cookies….Merry Christmas!!!

THUMB PRINT COOKIES
1 c butter
1 c shortening
1 c packed brown sugar
4 eggs separated
3 tsp vanilla
4 c flour
1 tsp salt
1 ½ c finely chopped walnuts
Mix butter, shortening, sugar, yolks & vanilla.  Work in flour and salt until dough holds.  Shape with teaspoons into 1 inch balls.  Slightly beat egg whites.  Dip each ball, roll in walnuts.  Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.  Press thumb into center.  Bake approx 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Remove immediately. Fill with favorite jam before serving.  Yields approximately 4 dozen.
RUSSIAN TEA CAKE COOKIES
1 c butter
½ c powdered sugar, plus extra for decorating
1 tsp vanilla
2 ¼ c flour
¼ tsp salt
¾  c finely chopped walnuts
Mix butter, sugar, vanilla.  Work in flour, salt, nuts until dough holds. Shape into 1 inch balls, bake on ungreased sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes at 375 degrees until set but not brown.  While warm, roll in powdered sugar.  Cool, roll again.   Yields approximately 2 dozen.
As a side note, I also made this INSANE chocolate-peanut butter-pretzel tart from the Pictures & Pancakes blog.  Chocolate + Peanut Butter + Pretzels???  Yes, please!  I’ll be making this again….

Now it’s time to hit the treadmill….  Happy & healthy 2011, everyone!!!
(photo credit: pictures & pancakes)

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