Happy Holidays

Holiday Traditions

Happy Holidays to all my readers! Can you believe it is only two days until Christmas. I’m sure everyone is rushing around at the last minute buying gifts, baking goodies, etc. So just slow down some and enjoy the Holidays! I will start posting again after the first of the year.

Places I have been

Thrift Shopping Adventure!

The other day my husband and I made a list of all the thrift stores in town to see what treasures we could find. I can remember years back how cheap thrift stores were but that’s not so true today. Looking at some of the prices, I said to myself “they must be really proud of these items”. We found out through some conversation with one of the clerks that today’s thrift stores are looking up the value of the items on the internet. This lessens the possibility of getting a real bargain. When returning from our adventure I had a chance to look up some of the items that I came across and you could buy the item online for what they were wanting in the store.

Vintage Patterns and Box

I was able to find a small treasure at the last store on our list. My husband pointed out a vintage pattern box that was full of old patterns. The old patterns were in a booklet which I thought was kind of neat.


The Friday Night Sew-in was a blast

Christmas Placemats

Last night was the Sew-in Friday night and it was hosted by Handmade by Heidi. It was just one of those nights when you are trying to get things done and it just does not work out. I was in a hurry and bought some cheap thread, but never again will I do that.  Word of advice, do not buy cheap thread. I was having to stop every few minutes due to the thread knotting and, of course, the thread that I purchased was the main color needed to complete my project. After a bit of extra work, I finally did get the Christmas place mats finished and on the dining room table.

I went shopping the other day and came across some charger plates that are festive and colorful and decided the plates would add color and texture to my table. After purchasing the plates, I decided that I needed to make some place mats to go with the charger plates. I went to Jo-Ann’s Fabric and bought Christmas fabric to make the place mats. Once everything was finished the table looked very festive and colorful. Try making your own place mats for your table. They aren’t hard to make but be sure to remember to get good thread!


Virtual Cookie Exchange

Today I was able to participate in a virtual cookie exchange and I brought Chocolate Chip Cookies. There are all kinds of wonderful homemade cookies so be sure to check out all the choices at Pleasant Home.


Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

The recipe I am sharing with you today is very simple to make. No baking just mix all the ingredients together and you will have chocolate peanut butter balls.

Peanut Butter Balls Yummy!

You will need:

2 cups crunchy peanut butter

1 stick butter, melted

1 lb box powdered sugar

3 1/2 cups Rice Krispies

2 packages semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 package milk chocolate chips

Mix first 3 ingredients. Add cereal. Mix. Form into small balls (size of walnuts). Refrigerate at least three hours. Melt the chocolate in the microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir. Heat for one additional minute until melted. Stir. (Only melt 1/2 the chocolate at a time, otherwise it starts to harden before you are done dipping.) Dip balls in chocolate. Place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate tray to harden. Store in air tight container with wax paper between layers.

Hint: I did not put my chocolate chips in the microwave. I melted the chocolate chips in a sauce pan on top of the stove low heat and kept stirring until the chocolate was completely melted. Then I removed from heat and dipped the balls into the chocolate.


Peanut Blossoms

It is cold here on this Wednesday morning and we even had frost on the ground this morning! So I guess you are wondering what we will be baking today. The house is smelling of Peanut Blossom cookies!

Peanut Butter Blossoms!

You will need:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 48 Hershey’s chocolate kisses

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl except candy. Mix on lowest speed until dough forms. Shape cookie dough into balls, using a rounded teaspoonful. Roll the balls in sugar, place on a ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in oven, 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven and top each cookie immediately with a Hershey kiss and press firmly so cookie cracks around the edge.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chips Cookies!

Its Tuesday morning and it is cold here. So I think I will fire up the oven and do some baking. So grab your apron and come along with me to my kitchen to make some Chocolate Chip cookies. Here we go!

Note: Like my Shortbread Sugar Cookie, these are not very sweet!

You will need:

  • 1 cup Crisco (Crisco in a can or the sticks)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cream Tater
  • 4 cups sifted flour (All Purpose Flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 packages of Semi-Sweet chips

Blend Crisco,sugar, eggs. In another bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. Combine the dry ingredients with the Crisco,sugar, eggs. Add the milk slowly and don’t forget to add the vanilla. Then stir in the Chocolate chips. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool a little before removing from the cookie sheets.

Cooking tips: Freezing the chocolate chips will prevent the cookies from turning so brown. The chocolate chips are also easier to mix into the cookie dough. I also have a friend that helps me scoop up the cookie dough to place on the cookie sheet. His name is “Cookie Scooper” and I found him in Target. He helps me scoop up the cookie dough and place on cookie sheets so the cookies will all be the same size and cook evenly.

My friend, Cookie Scooper