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Oh Christmas Tree…

crochet Christmas tree crochet Christmas tree ornaments - owl

Hi friends!

I am stopping by to tell you a quick hi and ask how you’re doing. Hopefully everything is fine in your world. Here in our family we are slowly starting to tick off the items on our Christmas to do list – the shopping, the baking, the cleaning, listening to sweet Christmas songs. Lovely, lovely time indeed. Oh, and what I wanted to show today you is a thing that’s made me very happy a couple of days ago – my little white office Christmas tree got decorated, this time it even has a few of my crocheted ornaments to display. Yay!! Cheeeeeerful!

 

crochet Christmas tree ornaments - bell

crochet Christmas tree ornaments bell

crochet Christmas tree ornaments - slippers

crochet Christmas tree ornaments bell

crochet Christmas tree ornaments - owl

crochet Christmas tree ornaments - tree

crochet Christmas tree ornaments - mosaic circle

crochet Christmas tree

Wishing you a very lovely festive time!

With lots of love,

Petra

(The crochet ornaments were made following these patterns: Crochet Christmas Ball – Owl, Big Crochet Christmas Party, Crochet Bells and Mini Crochet Slippers – Free Pattern).

 

Spiced White Hot Chocolate

spiced white hot chocolate

If you’re in the mood for something festive, delicious and spicy, then I think you might really like this recipe.

 

spiced white hot chocolate

I invite you to celebrate the most beautiful time of year with a super-indulgent cup of cinnamon infused white hot chocolate. Yum!

 

spiced white hot chocolate

Cheers to all of you!

Love,
Petra

(This recipe was inspired by www.momontimeout.com.)

Spiced White Hot Chocolate
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Serves: 6.5 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 6 oz (170 grams) white chocolate
  • 1¾ cups (400 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups (950 ml) milk
  • 10 oz (300 grams) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil and let simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Serve hot. Remove cinnamon sticks before serving.

 

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Visiting the annual Christmas market here in Bratislava, Slovakia has become one of the highlights of my year. The colors, the smells, the happy people, the cheerful atmosphere – what a delightful experience it is indeed. It definitely is one of my most favorite traditions.

Today I would like to share a few of my favorite snaps from this year’s market with you.

Enjoy!

 

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Christmas Market 2014

Thank you for letting me share!

With lots of love,
Petra

Huggy Bear Cookies

huggy bear cookie recipe

Yesterday I found myself in the mood for some festive baking.

Wanting to do so, I remembered a picture that I accidentally found in the deep deep waters of the internet a couple of weeks ago. It was a picture of cute bear cookies with each little bear holding a treat in its arms. How adorable!

To replicate the cookies I used a very simple sugar cookie dough that does not change the shape that much while baking. As an item for the bears to hug :) I chose almonds and golden jumbo raisins (I have to admit that I liked the latter a little better).

Here’s all that followed…

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).

2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.

4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about 1/8 inch
(0.3 cm) thickness.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you’ve lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
 

huggy bear cookie recipe

Here’s a selection of the treats I’ve chosen – almonds and golden jumbo raisins.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

7. Finally fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don’t open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.

 

huggy bear cookie recipe

8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.

Enjoy!

And cheers to Holiday baking!

With love,
Petra

(This amazing recipe was inspired by www.neol.jp and www.inkatrinaskitchen.com.)

Huggy Bear Cookies
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Serves: 60 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup (226 grams) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups (420 grams) all-purpose flour
  • almonds and jumbo raisins
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C).
  2. In the bowl of your mixer cream butter and sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract and egg.
  4. In a separate bowl combine baking powder with flour and add a little at a time to the wet ingredients. The dough will be rather stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn out the dough onto a countertop surface. Wet your hands and finish off kneading the dough by hand.
  5. Divide into workable batches, roll out onto a floured surface into about ⅛ inch (0.3 cm) thickness.
  6. Cut out bear cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet that you've lined with parchment paper. Insert an almond or a raisin on top of each cookie.
  7. Fold the arms into a hugging position (press the arms firmer so they don't open while baking). You can use a wooden skewer to indent eyes and nose for each bear.
  8. Bake at 350 °F (175 °C) for 6-8 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to a cooling rack.