Monday, November 17, 2008

This and that

Hi all! I hope your Monday was good! :) I had two sick girls home today, but I think they will be able to go to school tomorrow. They shared their colds with me, bless their hearts, so it will be nice to be able to rest tomorrow. If we get one more cold...

On a different subject, I finally finished a little Thanksgiving project I mentioned earlier this month.

I used white cardstock and gold sticker letters/numbers I found at Michaels, then glued ribbon from the Michaels dollar section for a border. Add a couple felt leaves and some adhesive gems, and it was good to go! A simple project if you don't count the problems I had with framing it! I spray painted a frame gold, then white, then a different frame gold, tried a black one~ NONE of them looked good! I finally found this one at Wal-Mart for two dollars. I haven't shopped there for around four years, even though it's really close to us, but I have been there twice in the last month searching for the very elusive Christmas topiary...I didn't find the topiary, but I found some frames, so I guess it wasn't for nothing! :) I am not a huge Wal-Mart fan, but that's a whole different subject. :)

Oh, and I wanted to share this wonderful pumpkin cookie recipe, because they were a BIG hit at my house! Something about pumpkin, chocolate and icing...

Pumpkin Spiced and Iced Cookies

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
*1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 3/4 cups (15 oz. can) pure pumpkin
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12-ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Vanilla Glaze (recipe follows)

Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in medium bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in pumpkin, eggs and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto greased baking sheets.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. ( I found 15 minutes was perfect.) Let stand for five minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle or spread with Vanilla Glaze. Makes about 5 1/2 dozen.

For Vanilla Glaze:

Combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl; mix well.

These are SO good, and they disappear fast! :)


I also wanted to say a great big thank you to Sandy Toes at Shell in Your Pocket for giving me this sweet award! It's taken me a few weeks, but I hadn't forgotten! I love her blog, and it's one of my "must reads"! :)

I would like to pass this award onto the following bloggers:

1. Angie from The Happy Homebody
2. Carrie from Buzzings of a Queen Bee
3. Tricia Anne from Notes of Sincerity

If you haven't visited these blogs, make sure to check them out! They are so much fun! :)

Well, sorry this post got so long! I hope you all have a great night! :)


the undomesticated wife said...

Very cute! Will you be able to remove the stickers to put on a new date each year? I think it is very sweet!

Will you promptly deliver those cookies to my home? *drool* LOL

Robin Beck said...

Hi there!
Love your little Thanksgiving frame-So cute and the cookies look very very yummy!
I will be having a giveaway on my blog LATER TODAY~♥
Hope you feel better soon!

Elyse said...

Hey you! Im sorry you and your babies are sick :( I hope you get to rest and relax today!!
I LOVE your framed sign! How creative you are!
And those cookies look delicious! I will definitely have to try them soon.
Have a great day :)

Home as Hobby said...

Great post! Very cute picture! Now, don't forget your prize over at my esty shop! No hurry, just don't want you to forget.

Jeni said...

Love the Thanksgiving art...I like how you put the date on there.

Those cookies look YUMMY!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry to hear you guys are sick again. I hope you're feeling better!
Cute Thanksgiving sign!! And your pumpkin cookies look amazing (as usual). You bake such wonderful things. :)

The Berry's Patch said...

Hope your feeling better. Surely those pumpkin cookies made you feel a little better. They look delicious. :-)

cherry said...

love that project. Hope you feel better soon. Is'nt it grand when they share their colds....cherry

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Wow, thank you so much for the sweet award! I am so excited!! :) You are just too sweet...and tempting me with these lovely cookies, too!