Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recipes and Sewing Mrs. Claus’ New Bag

Holiday Recipes

All my Christmas preparations are done and all I’m doing now is having some fun in the kitchen, baking a bit here and cooking a bit there. I’m having a lovely, relaxing time.

On a recent trip to Michaels to get some craft supplies since there’s still at least one tiny nook in my house not yet inundated with creative tools, I found holiday recipe boxes on sale. I could make such a box as I did for Halloween a couple of years ago, but the ones at Michaels were cute, cheap, and ready to go.

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Packages of gaily-designed recipe cards were tucked in the $1 bins, so I grabbed a bunch of those along with two of the recipe boxes. One box and packages of recipe cards will go to my daughter Lindsay. Now I’m pulling out holiday recipes from my computer archives to put on my card set to store in my new box.

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Here are a few recipe cards I’ve made in the past in case you’re seeking to add to your own collection. This card was put in use yesterday to make Yule Bread in honor of Winter Solstice.

© June Scroggin, All Rights Reserved. Recipe card graphic purchased from The Vintage Workshop.

Pfeffernuesse—German peppernut cookies are one of my all-time favorites. After living in Germany twice and being spoiled by the glorious Weihnachten traditions there, I cannot survive without these delectable cookies each year.

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Shortbread is my husband’s favorite, so he’s now stocked up with this treat for awhile.

Mrs. Claus’ New Bag

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Mrs. Claus (that would be me) needed a new red-and-white bag, so I’ve made one exactly like the Japanese Knot Bag I made last year for a blog giveaway using the free tutorial at Show Your Workings.

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I’ve been thinking about that bag since my giveaway and wanted one for myself; thank goodness I still had some of the same fabric in my stash. I love that the bag is reversible, so Mrs. Claus can enjoy whichever side makes her happy on any given day.


Thimbleanna said...

What a great idea June. Those recipe boxes would be fun gifts too -- filled with the recipes that each person cherishes. Thanks for the recipes -- can you share your American measurements for the shortbread recipe?

Storybook Woods said...

Oh my gosh I LOVE the fabric for your Christmas bag. I have got to make one of those. It just need a pretty red felt Christmas flower pinned to it. Love it !!!!! Clarice

Lorrie said...

Collecting all the special recipes in one spot is a great idea. I always wander through a dozen cookbooks to find my favourites.

And the bag just might be a project for those days after Christmas when life seems to slow down and my creative spirit can be indulged.

shenry said...

How is "pfeffernuesse" pronounced? That's one wild looking word.

rohanknitter said...

Great idea to have some special recipe box just for the holidays!
And I love your little Christmas bag!

Junie Moon said...

Here are the U.S. measurements Anna (Thimbleanna) requested:

12 tablespoons (¾ cup) flour
8 tablespoons (½ cup) soft butter
4 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch


Yummers! said...

I adore the recipe box and those adorable recipe cards!! I stop at Michael's... half way point between our house in Green Bay and our house in Oshkosh. But Boyd is usually reading in the car and I just don't really take the time to poke around the store. Wish I had!

Did you sign up for the Wellness Journey?? I just got a comment from a blog friend that did. It would be lots of fun to have a support group!! I'm raring to go!!

Holiday Hugs!

Anonymous said...

The recipe box and colorful cards are so festive - a fun gift that is so appropriate for the season.
I can't wait to try the recipes.

The Christmas bag is charming!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

It will be nice to have a recipe box dedicated just to holiday recipes ..very pretty! Thanks for sharing your favorites!

Bridgett said...

Lovely, lovely! As always. :)

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Beautiful pieces, my wife love sewing, must of her free time is used on sewing.

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I have been thinking to start to buy my gifts earlier so I can have more money on december that I projected