Friday, July 01, 2016

Chocolate Orange Cookies

Photo from Ice Cream Inspiration
It's a cool July morning -- about 57º when I got up just after five.  A perfect morning to try out a Christmas cookie recipe to kick off Christmas in July!  I found this recipe for Chocolate Orange Cookies on Pinterest recently, and immediately pinned it to my Christmas Cookie Exchange! board.

The flavors of chocolate and orange together are so festive!  They bring to mind those nifty chocolate oranges that are to be unwrapped and eaten a wedge at a time.  And these yummy chocolate dipped orange smiles that I make each Christmas and that are so delightful on cookie trays.

So if it's cool where you are this morning, why not step into the kitchen and try out a new recipe?  It's warming up fast here, so I probably won't bake, but I just might dip some candy orange slices in chocolate to take to Christmas Club at the library!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Thinking ahead to Christmas in July ...

What am I thinking?  Am I even thinking?  Well, yes, I am.  Once again, I am hoping to celebrate Christmas in July here in my Christmas kitchen.  Life is pretty busy for me right now, but Christmas in July feels as if it could be a nice mental health break.  I may not get here every single day (though I certainly hope to) but I will plan to be here as often as I can with ideas, links, recipes, cards, and so on.  Stay tuned!

Monday, June 27, 2016

A new-to-me mailbox card!

If you've read my Christmas blog for long, you know how very much I enjoy Christmas card scenes depicting mailboxes.  Today I was emptying out a cardboard box I found in a closet and came upon this beauty from the mid-1980s.  It's funny ... sometimes cards don't look like much when you first look at them, but once you scan them and get them on the computer you see all sorts of details.

I think the artist used some real artistic license with this scene, because, while the lights are on in the house and the shadows on the snow have the blue look they get at twilight, the flag is up on the mailbox, indicating the mail in the box is outgoing mail.  No true country person would ever put the outgoing mail in the box at night and leave the mailbox door open.  What if it snowed overnight?

So the picture isn't very accurate, but it is surely a pretty scene.  I love the log post the mailbox sits on, the cardinal perched on a snowy branch, and the smoke wafting up from the chimney.  There's even a lighted lamppost at the end of the driveway.  Charming!  This is a lovely addition to my collection of mailbox cards.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Win an adorable doll for Christmas gifting!

Photo from Pixie Faire.
If you have young daughters or granddaughters on your Christmas gift list, you will want to check out this fabulous giveaway I just entered.  It's a giveaway for a sweet new doll from the American Girl® line.  The Wellie Wishers dolls are 14.5 inches tall, rather than 18" like the American Girls®.  The Wellie Wishers all wear "wellies" -- rubber boots.  Several of my grandkids practically live in their rubber boots, so I know my granddaughter would enjoy these dolls.  There are five different ones -- Willa, Ashlyn, Camille, Emerson, and Kendall.  You can read about them here: Wellie Wishers.  They are completely adorable, and Liberty Jane is adapting patterns to fit them.  Some of the patterns offered by Pixie Faire for 14" dolls like the Hearts for Hearts dolls will also fit these Wellie Wisher girls.

This giveaway is sponsored by Pixie Faire and
Liberty Jane -- and it seems as if this is only the first of five giveaways for these adorable dolls.

You can enter this week's giveaway here: Willa Doll Giveaway.  I hope that one of my readers wins!

And, if you enjoy sewing for dolls, take notice -- Pixie Faire has Freebie Friday every week in which they offer one pattern for a free download.  A fantastic way to build your pattern library!  Their site also offers wonderful free tutorials for doll accessories and sewing techniques.  Have fun!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Snowflakes on a warm day

snowflake-frame scene with church
In hopes of making myself feel a little bit cooler on a ridiculously hot day, I am going to post scans of some gorgeous vintage snowflake cards.  It's hot enough so that the weather service has posted a "special weather statement" concerning the dangerous heat.  It's about 90º but feels much, much warmer to me.  Very humid too. 

So I found these beautiful cards tucked into a box of assorted leftover Christmas cards at my parents' home.  I'm going to simply share the remaining four scenes and call it good.  It's very hot in this computer room.  So here goes:
A little girl with forest creatures -- fawn, bunny, squirrel
Shepherds and Bethlehem.  This one is my least favorite because snowflakes just don't seem to fit with palm trees.
Forest scene with deer
And a festive front door!
Hope you've enjoyed these lovely cards as much as I did!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

At long last! Just in time for Rudolph Day ...

Don't faint, anyone!  Yes, I am here. Better late than never, right?  I thought May's Rudolph Day might be a nice time to share a quick post. 

Isn't the above Christmas card gorgeous?  It's a find from my mother's stationery cupboard.  She apparently sent these to friends one year, for there are five of these alike, with accompanying envelopes.  Inside the card is the following quote from Peter Marshall:

"I thank God for Christmas.  Would that it lasted all year.  For on Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, all the world is a better place, and men and women are more lovable.  Love itself seeps into every heart, and miracles happen ...".

The back of the card says that this is quoted from Catherine Marshall's book Let's Keep Christmas

This is such a pretty scene.  I love the leafless birch tree ... something one doesn't often see on a Christmas card, but very true to life for December here in New England.  The color of the card, focusing on the evening sky, is also unusual and striking.  Notice the people walking to the lighted church.  This card was such a nice find.

Today on Rudy Day, this post is probably the one Christmasy thing I'll do.  I've barely thought ahead to any handmade Christmas gifts, much less found time to work on any. 

My life has become intensely busy with eldercare responsibilities, but I do hope to get here to post more often in my Christmas kitchen.  I have many more vintage cards to share, and some gift ideas for kids, and oh ... so many other things.  I'm even hoping to be able to do Christmas in July here again.  We will see!

Friday, February 05, 2016

Two tiny vintage treasures

Recently I was cleaning some old papers out of a cabinet at my parents' home.   For years, my mother saved each year's Christmas cards (the ones they received) in stuffed-full ziplock bags marked with that year's date.  But in this cupboard there was a stuffed-full paper bag labeled "old Christmas cards."  This one, apparently from Christmas 1976, obviously predated ziplock bags!

I will be sharing more finds from this bag in the days ahead, but meanwhile I just want to share two tiny treasures.  The first one is this little enclosure card, seen at the top of the post.  It's from Marian Heath, and the artist is Molly Brett.  How beautifully she has captured the squirrel!

And here is the second one:

This tiny card was a thank-you from the wife of our family doctor "for remembering the doctor's birthday".  I imagine his birthday was remembered with some of my mother's Maple Fudge!

As you might guess, this exquisite little card is also from Marian Heath.  The red and white design is striking, and the quote is from Charles Dickens.  Lovely, isn't it?

More treasures to follow on another day ...