Sunday, December 25, 2011

Glad Tidings of Joy!

"'8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. 12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'" Luke: 8-14 from the King James Version

Just popping in to wish everyone a very Blessed Christmas and hope that your morning was filled with fun suprises, laughter, and much love! 

For me, the days leading up to this special day were filled with a lot of chaos and stress—not at all the peaceful days of Advent that I had been looking forward to. But in the end, everything worked out… the house is clean (relatively speaking), my roots are no longer gray, and the kids and hubby were thrilled with their gifts (as was I!)—so I can finally breath a big sigh of relief and meditate better on the REAL reason for the season, which is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

I'm hoping and praying that you will be able to do the same and that you'll join me in celebrating today and the rest of this special season with much JOY! *Ü*

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sweet Swedish Treats

I know, I know… I've been woefully neglectful of my blog lately, haven't I? The good news is that my Etsy shop has been busier than ever these past several months—especially since November to the present—due to what I'm sure is the Christmas shopping rush. The "bad" news is that most of these orders have been custom or made-to-order beads, so I've been torching like a fiend almost every day and still have orders piling up on my desk! :-o

I know I can't really complain… but my Christmas decorating is only about halfway finished, my gray roots have needed a serious touch up for weeks, I've had to resort to catching up on all my favorite TV shows on TiVo at very odd hours of the night, and I haven't even begun to do my own gift shopping (EEK!!!!). But in the midst of all this chaos, I managed to find a little time the other day to bake one of my favorite cookie recipes (come on, a girl needs to keep her sugar levels up when she's on the run, right?!).

I adore these Swedish Tea Cakes (also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes) and thought I'd share my recipe, for those of you who might be looking for a great new holiday dessert for your own friends and family? So if you love buttery shortbread and/or powdered donuts—this is a recipe I'm sure you'll enjoy as much as I do!

Swedish Tea Cakes
Recipe from the Pillsbury Kitchens' Family Cookbook





1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour or unbleached flour
1 cup finely chopped or ground almonds or pecans
1/4 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 325°F. In large bowl, combine first 3 ingredients; blend well. Stir in remaining ingredients until dough holds together. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 325°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until set, but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Cool slightly; roll in powdered sugar. Cool completely; roll again in powdered sugar. Yields 60 cookies.

Now I confess, I cook mine a little longer towards the 20 minute time frame because I actually like to have the bottoms of my cookies reach a golden brown for a more "baked" taste. *Ü*

What are some of your favorite cookies to make for over the Christmas holidays? I'd love to hear them! *Ü*

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