Sunday, December 4, 2011

Farmhouse Porch Walnut Meltaway Cookies

These simple, inexpensive, beautiful cookies have a rustic homemade look. They look like snowballs don't they? The best part is that they taste a-ma-zing. I guess if you roll anything in powdered sugar it tastes amazing.

I made this "recipe" up, sort of. Hardly a recipe since I used the sugar cookie mix, but I added the ground walnuts because thet is what I had in the freezer. I know this "recipe" already exists somewhere in all kinds of variations. Here's my version

Farmhouse Porch Walnut Meltaway Cookies

You will need..

*sugar cookie dough (I used two snack size packets which calls for 1 stick of butter and some water...EASY!!!)
*A small bag of walnuts
*Powdered sugar

Grind up the walnuts in a food processor and set aside

Preheat the oven to 375.

Make your dough. Add in the walnuts and mix by hand into a ball of dough. Make little tiny balls of dough and line them up on your cookie sheet. Bake until the edges of the cookies start to brown slightly. Let cool for a few minutes.

Pour about 1/2 cup powdered sugar into a medium bowl. Coat the cookies in the sugar a few at a time by gently rolling them in the sugar.

Display on your favorite holiday cakeplate and enjoy!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Handmade Christmas Cards

I had all of the materials on hand so I decided to make my own Christmas cards this year.

I found the large crown stamp at Micheal's in the dollar bin. I also have hundreds of rhinestones. All it took was a little creativity to combine these materials into a christmas creation. A king is born popped into my head and I love the message, because that is the reason for the season, after all.

The one thing I splurge on is the Jim Holtz ink. If you aren't familiar with Jim Holtz crafting supplies you need to head over to Micheal's or Hobby Lobby and check it out! Lots of vintage and steampunk themed items and his inkpads are mottled and aged colors.

I also tried to make some gift tags. they came out so-so. They look better when on a prairie chic-ish gift...

I think the trick is keeping the process simple yet elegant. If you're making gobs of cards you don't want each one to be too tedious.

I hope my friends and family enjoy getting a card that was made with love!


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Got the tree up...PICS!

Last night Mimi and Grandad watched the girls while hubby and I had a date night. It was so great to be alone without the ankle biters! We had an excellent steakhouse meal and then stopped by Academy to get "the" bicycle which will be from Santa.

Then I made the hubbs stop at Tutti Fruiti Frozen Yogurt. Have you guys tried these frozen yogurt bars with the zillions of toppings? So fun...but SOOO expensive in my opinion. I paid over $5 for my yogurt. :?

Mr. FP got down all of the xmas stuff and even put up the tree. Now that's a great date night!

I have about 200 icicles...all from the dollar store! In fact everything on this tree is "thrifty" or homemade.

I can't find my white tree skirt...but other than that it is DONE!
I only put about half the ornaments on this year. It's just getting to be too much, and it's taking the fun out of it. Not to mention 3 year old looove to disassemble and destroy.♥ are just a few shots. I still have more to do. We are having the big Christmas at our house with lots of visitors. I want to get the new house looking blingy for her first Christmas! can see the reflection of my little DIY $10 snow village back here to see that post FARMHOUSE PORCH: Homemade Snow Village!

Can't wait to see what the rest of you girls are doing. I love your inspiration!


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Thursday, November 24, 2011

HaPpY ThAnKsGiViNg Bloggy Buddies!!!

Raise your hand if this is how you feel after Thanksgiving dinner?

Make sure to go for a walk after the big dig (as if that's gonna put a dent in the 5 million calories you just consumed). LOL

But that is what today is for. Family, football and Food, and most of thanks to God for the gift of life and the blessings and bounty we all have.
I'm grateful for my friends and followers in blogland-


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Tried my hand at making an old sign...

I think I need to sand it once it dries...maybe put some wax or a brownish glaze on it.

Very homemade looking, I know, but I figured the old farm signs were homemade anyways!



Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Natural Christmas

Colorful storebought Christmas decor is amazing. Believe me...I drool over the ornaments section at Garden Ridge! But there is something to be said for a "country" Christmas theme of handmade crafty crafts.

I'm really into the idea of a natural Christmas theme this year. Something about the whites and neutrals,the burlaps, textures, twiggy nature themed found objects strung together with twine and paper and glitter feels so homey and farmhouse to me. It brings the family girls smiling as they stand at the dining table with me helping me glitter our "treasures" and going for walks with me, baskets in hand, as we gather interesting twigs and pinecones.

Knowing that I didn't buy something from China but instead took the time to make it myself. A little messy looking is OK. When I take it out of the attic next year a flood of memories will come back to me. Not memories of standing in line at Micheal's, but of making something imperfectly wonderful with my own two hands ... something magical to my children because we found it on the ground under the trees and turned it into treasure.

Did I mention budget friendly? : )

*For comparison here is the Ballard Designs glittered pinecone ornament. I love Ballard...but 3 for $15 plus tax & shipping???

vs. free...

*Some things are store bought, yet still budget friendly. These little paper churches were $1.97 each at Walmart!


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