Holiday Recipes Blog Blitz — Sand Tarts

Welcome to the Holiday Recipes Blog Blitz hosted by SewCalGal. The recipe I am sharing today has the most fun name because it’s so cold outside and the name reminds me of sunny summer beach days. This is the perfect recipe for the holidays because we bake one pan of these cookies and still have more left to bake on another day. The dough is made into rolls that go in the refrigerator and when it’s time for cookies and milk, we just slice them, add the cinnamon and nut topping and bake them.

Just a little recipe history: I received this recipe from a neighbor over 30 years ago. The recipe was double the one below and written in pounds (my neighbor had previously been stationed in Papua New Guinea). I converted it to cups and halved the recipe. In addition, I added the almond flavoring because we like that flavor in our family, and it allows me to bake them as sugar cookies with no topping or with sprinkles when I’m in a hurry.

SPECIAL NOTE: When you use sprinkles, remember that you can get natural food color sprinkles at food stores like Whole Foods. None of us should be consuming the artificial colors allowed in this country by the USDA. And we should ask for natural food color sprinkles and natural food color at our regular grocery stores too. 

Click the recipe card for a downloadable pdf file that you can save to your computer. I’ll bet you can’t eat just one!

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This year, I have been trying to organize all my recipes as well as reduce that messy shelf that contains not only cookbooks but lots of loose paper (that didn’t get into the loose recipe binder), and all those little recipe books that come with appliances and have great information about how to use them. My solution has been a pdf scanner that scans quickly and creates searchable text so that I can find things easily. Thus my recipe shelf is slowly, but surely becoming a Dropbox recipe folder.

I love this because I have collected several wonderful community cookbooks over the years. Many of them were created before we had computers (my childhood :)) and the recipes were indexed but still very hard to find. By taking these cookbooks apart and scanning them into an OCR text pdf, I now have a way to search for the blueberry cobbler recipe or I can even search by the name of the contributor–like Aunt Abby’s sugar cookies.

And if you’re looking for recipe software, there are a couple of great ones out there. I use Living Cookbook because the most recent version has a way to share recipes in the cloud. This makes for a great way for families and friends to share recipes. What I love most about Living Cookbook is that I can copy and paste into the Capture menu and it converts the recipe into a written recipe in the software. Master Chef also gets great reviews.

Now go visit the other blogs on the tour–and have fun!

SewCalGal
Stitch This (Martingale)
Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting  Project
Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring)
BeaQuilter
Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio)
Jeannette Jones (Inchworm Fabrics)
Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts)
The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)
Hoffman California Fabrics’ Creative Canvas blog

Merry Christmas

 

 
 

It’s Baking Time–with a few Stitches Thrown In

I feel like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland–late, late, late for a very important date. Quilting seemed to interfere with my plans to have a totally unrushed and calm holiday season. Part of the problem is that I just couldn’t say no when people asked me to help them finish their quilts. However, as of yesterday, the packages are shipped, and I can settle down to things like baking cookies and decorating the tree.

Tomorrow–Monday–we’re going to have a great Blog Tour with lots of recipes. SewCalGal has organized this group of stitching cooks, and I think you’ll find some fun recipes. Here’s a list of all the participants. To celebrate, I did a little stitching to accessorize my daughter who always does a lot of baking.

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SewCalGal

Stitch This (Martingale)

Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting  Project

Wendy Sheppard  (Ivory Spring)

BeaQuilter

Marjorie Busby (Blue Feather Quilt Studio)

Jeannette Jones (Inchworm Fabrics)

Barb Gaddy (Bejeweled Quilts)

The Electric Quilt Company (Behind The Mouse – The Electric Quilt Blog)

Hoffman California Fabrics’ Creative Canvas blog

 

The recipient of this apron has three boys and is expecting a fourth any day now. She keeps the boys in line and runs a tight ship. She definitely is a Super Mom. And since those boys are into Superheroes, I thought they should know that Mom fits into that category too.

I digitized this embroidery myself using Art and Stitch software. It was a great experience for me as I learned to manipulate the letters using the various handles that allow one to reshape and respace letters in a lot of different ways. This was the first time I felt that I really could create text the way I wanted it.

And if you want to create something like this, but don’t have the inclination to do the digitizing, Embroidery Library has some great designs for all kinds of stitchers with super powers.

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The Twos Have It!

Winners for the Winter Bliss Machine Embroidery Set are Bobette L. and Sandra S. The numbers generated by my custom random number generator were 2 and 20. I counted comments from the first one to the last and got these winners. I will be emailing you this morning and hope you enjoy the sets.

And this is what I worked on this weekend. I am trying to finish a quilt to send to Gene Black for his Quilt Angels project. I just have to get this one on the frame and quilted.

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And I finished a quilt of Norma’s–it is a Dear Jane. This one is absolutely gorgeous. It’s a gift for her daughter.

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And I finished two embroidery quilts for a customer. Love the way the stippling turned out on the embroidered blocks. I think it looks so nice because the redwork embroidery thread is dark and heavy. While the embroidery was done by hand, it certainly gives me tips as to how I want to digitize redwork for machine embroidery.

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Winter Bliss Birthday Giveaway

Last weekend was a big birthday weekend for friends and family and to celebrate I am giving away two of my newest machine embroidery sets. Winter Bliss was finished a couple of weeks ago, and it is one of my favorites. In fact, every time I have to select pictures to post, I find that every block is a favorite and it is so hard to decide. The blocks designs are by AccuQuilt and the embroidery is digitized by yours truly.

Just leave a comment on this post between now and Friday, December 5 at midnight EST, and two commenters will be chosen at random to receive a downloadable machine embroidery set.

If you win, you can embroider one or two blocks a day and have a beautiful Christmas table runner or wall hanging or throw just in time for Christmas. The embroidery is simple so each block stitches up quickly. This set uses several of the AccuQuilt holiday dies as well as the numbers. Templates are included in the set so that you can trace any shapes for dies that you don’t have or you can cut those extra shapes with a digital craft cutter like a Silhouette or SNC or Cricut. There is an individual template file for each block which will help you organize your cutting and keep the shapes for each block separate.

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