Month: December 2012

Dark Chocolate Ginger Cookies with Candied Orange Slices

Well, that’s a mouthful! In the best kind of way. I just made these and they are ridiculously good, so I just had to share.

If you are absolutely done making Christmas cookies this year (and really, I won’t blame you. It’s only 5 days away!!) these would also make excellent cookies for a New Year’s party.

What I love about these cookies is that they’re still festive while being significantly different (and much less sweet) than most Christmas cookies. (more…)

Gift Tag Idea

Hey, I’m just putting up a super quick idea that I’m using for gifts this year. I know that there are some of you out there who have all of your gifts already wrapped, so you can just tuck this idea away for next year. I also know there are just as many of you that have not wrapped a single present, and who maybe even haven’t finished (or started!) buying them.

I like to make my gifts look lovely all wrapped up, but I’m also all about saving myself some time. Last year I told you I’d started using craft paper instead of Christmas wrapping paper, and I still love doing that, since it saves me money & headaches. Last year I bought some really cute gift tags for each gift. This year I didn’t have enough tags and I was not excited about having to make yet another trip to yet another store, so I decided to use stamps.

I just used the first initial of the recipient’s name, since we don’t really have any repeats in our family. You could do whole names or initials if you do. This way I’m not writing up lots of tags & tying them on, or making little flaps out of paper to stick on. I just have a few stamps and stamp them right on. I’ll still use tags for the presents from Little Man, since he loves to try to write his name, and that way they’ll be easier to tell who they’re from. But for the ones from Hubs & I, just initials. It makes my life easier and I think it’s super cute.

Try it!

Christmas Cookies 2012

Oh my goodness, guys. Can you believe I haven’t made any decorated cookies since May?? That’s crazy. I’m not sure I’ve gone that long between cookie batches since I started decorating cookies. I mean, seriously decorating cookies. Decorated sugar cookies have been a Christmas tradition in my family since I was in high school (or maybe before.)

Anywho.

I’m not going to say much in this post because it’s already my bedtime and I’m pretty much just desperate to get some kind of Christmas-related post on here, since it’s ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!! Goodness. Where does my life go?

So here are a bunch of pretty cookies. Sorry, no tutorials, but the techniques aren’t really any different than other ones I’ve shown you. They’re not drastically different than last year’s. We were running out of creativity. (more…)

Thoughts on a Somber Friday

I was planning a much different post today.

I was at the grocery store with Little Man this morning when I heard another shopper tell the person he was with that there had been another shooting, this time at an Elementary School.

It feels like nearly every day this month I’ve heard about some shooting. Some accidental, some not. But in all cases, tragic. This one today seems especially unthinkable. What kind of person opens fire in an elementary school?

Happening at this time of year seems to make it worse as well. At a time when most people in this country are making preparations for  what should be a joyous celebration, losing a child feels especially awful. And knowing that every year, Christmastime will bring painful memories.

This afternoon there are lyrics that keep running through my head, of Christmas songs. Like this verse from “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day,”

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

I sit here, writing, weeping for those who have tragically lost their children today in the most senseless of acts. I know that I have never felt that pain, but the mere thought of it tears my heart out of my chest.

These are my rambling thoughts today.

Most of the posts on Twitter relating to this event today have related to tighter restrictions on gun control. While I don’t disagree that it should be harder for people to get ahold of guns, I’ll tell you that it won’t solve it. A lack of guns won’t bring peace. Tighter restrictions won’t fix whatever brokenness in people’s hearts allows them to kill 18 (as they’re currently reporting) elementary school children and 8 adults.

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