Category Archives: holidays

Happy New Year! … And A Photo #1

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I wish you all a blessed and peaceful New Year!

I would also like to thank you for your kind support over the past year! I’ve said it a few times before but I am probably never going to stop saying it – you are simply the BEST!

 

And now about the New Year’s resolutions… I usually only have a few, if any, but for this year I thought it would be fine to start a little everyday online photo diary. In other words, I would like to attempt to post one photo of my everyday life a day. Here on my blog. One photo for each day of this year. 365 photos altogether. It sounds great to me. Challenging though. But very interesting. So let’s see if I can do it…

And what about you, dear friends, do you have any resolutions for this year? Do tell!

Love,

Petra

 

New Pattern ~ Crochet Christmas Owl Ornaments

crochet owl Christmas ornaments pattern

Crochet Christmas ornaments are so much fun to make around the holidays.

Crocheters and crafters surely know how incredibly relaxing and satisfying it is to immerse themselves in their projects.

I do know that feeling and I love it!

 

And if you are looking for a simple, cute, and lovely project for the upcoming holidays,
then you surely need to make some of these colorful owls.

They have googly eyes.

And they will make you smile.

All in all, they will definitely make your holiday season even more special.

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Enjoy!

With love,

Petra

Happy Holidays!

 

I am sending my love and warm greetings from my home to yours.

Have the most wonderful Holidays!

 

Melting Moments Cookies

These cookies might possibly be the easiest cookies in the whole universe…

They contain just a few ingredients and are great fun to make.

And let me tell you that they taste just wonderful.

There is also one magical trick involved – Melting Moments Cookies replace some of the flour with cornstarch (corn flour) so they literally “melt-in-your-mouth”.

Yum!

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To prepare the delicious Melting Moments you need :

1 1/2 cup (210 grams) all-purpose flour

1/2 cup (60 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (60 grams) powdered (or confectioner’s or icing) sugar

1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping:

1 cup (110 grams) powdered (or confectioner’s) sugar, sifted

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1. In a bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt.

Set aside.

2. In the bowl of your electric mixer mix the butter and sugar …

… until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes).

Beat in the vanilla extract.

3. Gradually add the flour mixture.

Beat until incorporated.

Cover and refrigerate the dough for about one hour.

4. Preheat an oven to 350 F (175 C).

5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

6. On a lightly floured surface form a log from the dough.

Cut the log into two halves.

And then cut each half into two halves, and then again and again, until you have 36 equal pieces.

7. Form a ball from each piece (it is going to be about 1 inch/2,5 cm in diameter).

(Hey, palm readers, what’s my fortune? Making many cookies, right?)

8. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet spacing them about 1 inch (2,5 cm) apart.

9. Bake for about 12 – 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to brown.

Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes.

10. Now we are going to cover our lovely cookies with some sugar.

Line a baking pan or a tray with parchment paper and sprinkle about half of the confectioner’s sugar onto the bottom of the pan.

Then place the slightly cooled cookies on top of the sugar.

Thus we’ve covered the bottoms of the cookies and we can place them back on the cooling rack.

11. Put the remaining sugar in a strainer or a sieve and sprinkle the tops of the cookies.

Nice!

These delicious cookies store very well (up to two weeks – in airtight containers between sheets of wax paper) so they are very good for those who like to make their Holiday baking in advance.

This lovely recipe was adapted from joyofbaking.com and makes 3 dozen cookies.

Enjoy!

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