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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Pink Friday - 12/05/008

We are coming down to the wire for shopping on the internet! Can you believe how fast time is flying? The crowds up here, even in my rural area, are horrific. You cannot get through the mall area for beans! Every time I have to go to that area to take my hubby to doctor or dialysis, there's an accident. I am so not a crowd person and traffic makes me shake. I like click and shop, thank you very much!
The theme for this week's Make Mine Pink Pink Friday is Last Minute Gifts. Don't miss out on the special sales, I have marked down selected items 15%, there are a few new items, and have I got the answer for that person who has everything! Check out our brand new Potpourri Club. Receive a generous portion of high quality Patricia Rose Potpourri every other month in a vintage or themed container. Check out the website for more details,
Here is one of the new items, a fragranced silk covered 100 page journal, 5inches by 7 inches. The twist is the fragrance. There is beautiful lavender buds in between the batting to keep your journal fragranced for years. If the fragrance starts to fade, just squeeze a bit and the fragrance is refreshed. Lavender is the most amazing fragrant herb! (Edited to say, Blogger is acting up and will not let me load a picture, please check out the website, sorry)
Now, as promised, here is a cookie recipe from my family's repertoire. It is old fashioned, but buttery and yummy. It would simply not be Christmas for us if these cookies did not make an appearance. We call them, so aptly and imaginatively,
Christmas Cookies
1-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup soft butter (unsalted)
1 cup sugar
4 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbl. Cinnamon
3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
candied red cherries
a few extra tbl. sugar in a saucer
Sift together first three ingredients. Then mix butter with rest until fluffy. (this used to be done by hand, feel free to use mixer unless you want the workout!). Then add in flour mixture. Form dough into 1-inch balls (I use the large end of a melon baller to measure out the dough)
In a small dish, mix the Cinnamon and walnuts. Roll each ball in mixture to coat.
(Okay, here's the tricky part that the grandchildren love to do) Take a drinking glass, wrap a napkin or piece of muslin which has been moistened with water over bottom and up sides of glass. This can be held in place with an elastic band or just hold it in place while you use it. Place a few tablespoons of sugar in a saucer, dip bottom of fabric covered glass into the sugar and flatted the cookie dough balls to about a quarter to an eight of an inch thick. Take the candied cherries and cut in half, gently press one half a cherry into center of each cookie. Bake for 11 minutes ,or until edges just start to turn golden, at 350 degrees. Cool on rack.
Hope you enjoy our family recipe.


Pat Winter Gatherings said...

Thank you for stopping by my website and for the wonderful comments. I too am not a crowd person and the swarms of shoppers are enough to keep me home. I am so glad I did most of my shopping early.
Thanks for the recipe!
Back to browsing your lovely blog!

Deb said...

Hi Patricia.....thanks for your nice comment about my new website. I'll go check out your website for some patchouli rose potpourri...yum! Your Christmas cookies sound yummy, too!

Happy Holidays!

gail said...

Hi Pat, thanks for stopping by my blog! This cookie recipe is looking really good :) I hope your holidays are special, happy and healthy... luv and hugs, gail

Carolee Crafts said...

The journal is beautiful. I don't like crowds either and will avoid the shops nearer Christmas.

Thank you for sharing the cookie recipe

Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Pat I love that journal! It's just gorgeous!

Marie said...

Hi Pat,
Mmmmm Mmm. That cookie recipe sounds delicious.

Anonymous said...

Cookies sound yummy...wish I could eat them! I make sugar cookies to take to auction, but they have baking soda and I can't eat...they always smell soooo good baking! But I "bribe" the auctioneers so I get a fast gavel :-)
Susan *dutchrose*

Lilli Blue said...

Sorry I'm late on posting a comment. I went to look at the journals and never got back to make a comment. The journal is lovely. What a great idea to put the lavender in the batting.
I also like the rose bud ball. So pretty. Merry Christmas! Lilli

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Well Pat dearheart I have been busy with that new assistant you found for me....ummmmm hmmmmmm...can't thank you enough sigh.

Now send me some of those cookies honey and I might lend him back to you.... (())

Ati said...

Hi Pat, I don't know the meaning of painting hands in India, I have seen it on TV when a girl was dressed up for a wedding. A shihsa is a little mirror, I have used a large sequin to make one. It's in the top left corner.
I am forced to use this as a mailbox, sorry, I don't have you email address to answer you.