Monday, November 30, 2009

Cookie Recipe

These are such good cookies I just have to post this recipe~~

Lemon Cream Filled Cranberry Pecan Sandwich Cookies!!! whew what a mouth full!! Can U say that ten times fast??LOL
Cranberry Lemon Sandwich Cookies
2 cups butter
2 cups shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cup powdered sugar
4 eggs
4 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cream of tartar
3 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chopped dried cranberries

1 1/2 cups chopped pecan pieces

filling: 3/4 cup soft butter, 5 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1/2 cup 1/2 and 1/2 cream, 2 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest, 1/2 tsp lemon extract

cream butter and shortening with sugars, until light and fluffy. add eggs one at a time, beat well after each egg. Beat in van. Combine dry ingredients and mix well, gradually add to butter mix, mix well. Stir in cranberries. Cover and refrigerate until easy to handle.
Roll into 1 in balls (i used a small cookie scoop and used a shot glass bottom dipped in sugar to smoosh down a bit) place 2 in apart on baking sheets, use parchment paper or grease on sheets. Bake 350 for 12-14 min or until edges are lightly browned. In small bowl comine filling ingredients beat until smooth. Spread a dollop onto bottoms of cookies, top with remaining cookies.

This was my favo thing I painted for the show this past weekend!! Which by the way was EXCELLENT!! we had such a great turnout!! and actually did about 1/3 more than last year!!

We were setting up friday and had quite a few customers wander thru we opened from 3pm to 7pm I sold quite a bit of painted things and all my almond toffee and pecan brittle.

The snowmean are painted on a cabinet door I bought and it was the first sale!! Now I am goin to have to paint this week for my show sat and then one more next weekend! YEAH!! plus we are suppossed to get *S*N*O*W* this weeek!!! YEEHAW!!!

Have a super duper monday yall!!



I painted these snowmen on a big ol block and made them into a cute little lamp. Love those snowmen!! LOL


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Tuesday

Wow it is almost TURKEY DAY~~ cant believe how fast things are moving these days! Today will be all about making cookies and lots of chocolate treats
peanut brittle, more chocolate almond tofee, a couple kinds of barks,

chocolate turtles, fudge, truffles, more pretzels and then cakes for on orders for the holiday.

I probably wont be on too much til after this weekend pretty busy gettin thing ready so I want to wish all my bloggin friends and their families a most Blessed Thanksgiving Day!!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Primitive EYE CANDY

Here are some pics from last years show my friends and I put on.
NEWTONS WOODS old town hall was the home to our
CHRISTMAS AT NEWTONS WOODS primitive/country show and guess what??? IT IS THE COMING WEEKEND~~ we had such a great turn out we are doing it FRIDAY SAT SUN
Friday November 26 will be for early buying from 3pm to 7pm Sat open 9-4 and sunday from 10-3. I will be hosting a homemade luncheon featuring homemade soups, hot dogs, polish sausage and lots of deserts~~ ALONG with plenty of goodies to take home and yes SAMPLES of some of my goodies.
My friends have garden accessories, candles, potpourri, homemade soaps and body lotions, essential oils, outdoor stone accents, and the list goes on. STOP ON BY!!
Just minutes from Decatur which has their big school show this sat also!!
Any questions please either leave a comment here or call me 269-543-4658
So the show was really nice yesterday LOTS of people stopped by and it was almost 60 degrees outside PERFECT for the festival!! I sold all my painted signs so have 7 more basecoated outside and I will cut more out for this weekend.
I did sell alot of pretzels and if anyone wants to order some please contact me!! they will arrive packaged individually and also I will wrap them up pretty if they are for a gift. Which they make perfect gifts!! who doesnt love chocolate dressed up!!??LOL
I have the following toppings:
choc covered cherry (pretzel dipped in choc then rolled in chopped andes cherry candies)
german choc (pretzel dipped in choc then rolled in coconut and toasted pecan pieces)
asst sprinkles, honey roasted chopped peanuts, homemade toffee pieces, crushed oreo cookies, and also hershey mint kisses.
Also I have some listed on my etsy shoppe too.
Have a blessed sunday I am off to paint more!!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Lowell Craft Show MI

White chocolate pistachio raspberry bark !! YUMMY

Getting ready for the Christmas thru Lowell show tomorrow. There are over 200 booths of treasures for yall!! IT should be a very pleasant day outside too!! YEAH!!

Another snowman and crow sign done!! Love it!!

Some of the pretzels I did up for show. Love the red with the white choc.


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pics now

Here's the front of the cat book I had to make for 2 special kitties~

These are the yummo cranberry sandwich cookies I told yall about last night.
So today I have baking to do for orders to take to Allegan and then finish up a few signs for the show this weekend.
Christmas Thru Lowell sounds like a great time!!
Have a great day !


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Cranberry Lemon Sandwich COOKIES

Today was a great day for cookie recipe experimentation at the kitchen. I used some locally grown dried cranberries and altered an already great "taste of home" recipe to come up with some cranberry sandwich cookies!! A great combo of tart lemon and sweet cranberries!! WOW I do think they might just be a new favo of mine! I did list them in my etsy shop

Also after taking my wonderful mom out to breakfast this am I worked on a paper bag album order. A cat book for 2 special kitties!! Max and Maddie.
OK well CANT download any pics as something is happening with blogger so I will try to add them later or tomorrow.
Hope yall have a great evening!
Biggest loser tonight at 8.30 pm!!
Sad not to see SHAY or DANIEL tonight though but they are looking great !!! GOOD GOIN GUYS!!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Chick out this giveaway!

Here's a great target gift card giveaway for yall!!
chick it out

PIE RECIPE for Tidymom blog


I use a homemade pie crust for the bottom but you can most certainly use pillsbury already made shells.

4 cups of fresh/frozen/sliced peaches
1 cup fresh/frozen blueberries

Mix 3 tablespoons cornstarch, `1/2 tsp lemon juice, 3/4 cup granular sugar, 1/2 tsp salt add fruit to coat.

Now mix the crumble:
1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats, 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional), 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 4 tablespoons soft butter, 1 tsp almond extract.
mix together til crumbly.
Place fruit mix in pie shell, top with crumble. Bake for 15 min @ 425 degrees then lower oven to 350 degrees and contine baking until fruit is bubbly and top is golden brown. approx 30 min.

Serve warm with ice cream, fresh dairy cream or whip cream
Sorry I cannot find my pic of this pie!!


Back from show

My boys just relaxin!!

Here's a few pics of my booth from sat. IT was a good show!! all the signs went first thing and 2 women were actually bickering over the sign with the crow when it opened. LOL I only had the one guess next year will have to make more. I just dont like to paint the same thing over and over since I dont use patterns they turn out different which I like!

These are the 2 tan one finished!! I like them alot but think I like the green backround a bit better.???

So today I guess it will be more painting to replace them for the next show sat.
I have been accepted in CHRISTMAS THRU LOWELL!! and am really excited there are several several places to shop for handmades thru the town!!
I will be in the United Methodist Church on main street SATURDAY FROM 9-4 and cant wait to see all the decorations. Even folks living in town have opened their homes full of booths and treasures to be found!!!
chick it out on their website
So hubby is heading out to the wood for opening day today!! and I am goin out to the barn to get some signs cut out.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

More painting and more coffee!

While shopping with my mom tues I found these way cool oversized mugs and matching plates. They are so awesome I had to stuff them full of chocolate goodies!! Inside is a pkg of my homemade hot cocoa mix, of cource since hot cocoa is written in brown all around the mug, LOL a pkg of my homemade toffee, a pkg of my white choc pistachio almond cranberry bark, and 2 choc pretzels.

Ok so a pot of strong coffee with some homemade pumpkin spice creamer and this is what I got done since 4.00am!! LOL
The start of 2 tan backround signs>>>love this color too.

Another skate almost ready to be filled with primitive goodies.~~LIVE LIFE JOYFULLY~~and SIMPLY~~
These are 2 of the little double blade skates I found the other day. The back sides are just about painted and then they will be stuffed with mini pine greens and some berries and then a battery tea light. Love that green!! cant u tell!!?? I painted several signs with that same green!!
OK so I am not sure if i will get back on here before I leave for my big show, baking to be done today!! and then I have to get everything else finished up to take with!! SOOOOOOOOOO Mount Pleasant peoples HERE I COME SAT!! West Intermediate School Show sat!! stop on by!! something for everyone!! you can get a preview and info!!
Have a super duper beautiful weekend yall!!
Be back sunday with lots of pics!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Busy Busy days this week

These are packages of my newest chocolate bark. White chocolate bark filled with chopped pistachios and almonds and dried cranberries!! SO YUMMO!
I like the way the little tags turned out too. They are perfect to gift someone like your mail carrier, teacher, friends, coworkers you get my idea!!
These are 4 oz bags and sell for $3.25 a bag. (plus their travel expenses) IF you would like one PLEASE EMAIL ME OR LEAVE ME A COMMENT HERE~

Now on to what I have been doin up at 3.00 am the last few mornings! Cant sleep I am too excited to paint!! LOL
Ok i do have 5 more that just need the finishing touches so will post those pics later or tomorrow!!

The snowmen decorating the tree is my absolute favorite one! BUT i do like the one i am finishing up this am with a snowman and a deer... well no the tree one is my favo!! I am goin to do it with a darker tan backround too i think.

These are all my hp designs, no patterns just paint-n-go!!LOL
I am off to finish signs and then to the kitchen. I signed up for a few more shows. NEXT weekend is the Lowell MI christmas thru Lowell with like over 200 exhibitors!! Will post more on that too. BUT THIS SAT!!! DONT FORGET MOUNT PLEASANT West Intermediate School show!!! SOME GREAT TREASURES THERE! and yours truly will be there with lots of sweet treats and primitives for yall!~
Have a blessed day!!