With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 11/14/10 - 11/21/10

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Autumn Leaf Spritz Cookies

These colorful cookies will be cute on the dessert table this Autumn Season.
They are easy to make, buttery, tender and not overly sweet.
Just combine the ingredients, fill cookie sheet with dough from a cookie press, sprinkle with colored sugar and bake.  We ate some and the rest are packed in air-tight containers in the freezer.
This recipe came with the Pampered Chef cookie press.

Classic Spritz Cookies

1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter or margarine, softened (do not substitute vegetable oil spread)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (14 ounces)
Colored sugar or sprinkles (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In Classic Batter Bowl, beat butter on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, 1 cup at a time; mix well. Dough will be soft; do not refrigerate.
2. Fill Cookie Press, fitted with disk of your choice, with dough using Medium Scoop. Press dough onto flat Baking Stone 1 inch apart. Decorate cookies with colored sugar or sprinkles, if desired.
3. Bake 10-12 minutes or until firm but not brown. Cool 2 minutes on flat Baking Stone; remove to cooling Rack. Repeat with remaining dough.
Yield: 6-7 dozen cookies (I got less). Nutrients per serving: (2 cookies): Calories 120
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pilgrim Centerpiece


For food in a world where many walk in hunger
For friends in a world where many walk alone
For faith in a world where many walk in fear
We give you thanks, O Lord. 

Cranberry Lime Galette ~ TWD

Cranberry Lime Galette.
With a look of casual elegance, this colorful galette is both tart and delicious.
I think I could have devoured it all by myself!  It did require a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to balance it perfectly and it scored real high with my taste buds.  John thought it a bit too tart and puckered with each bite.  But, it didn't stop him from finishing his slice.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Give Thanks!

As soon as I saw this
Give Thanks!
embroidery at Flamingo Toes, I commented to Bev to say I would be making one for...
 I already had the fame that I had painted a few years ago and just knew it would be perfect for this project.
The pattern is designed for an 8x10 frame but mine is larger to fill my larger frame.
I love the font ~ it looks scratchy like writing with a quill pen.  Flamingo Toes has generously provided a PDF download so all you have to do is print it out, trace it onto a piece of fabric (I used a tight weave counted cross stitch fabric held over a light box) and do the stitching.
I used 5 threads of a length of embroidery floss for the wider parts of each letter/number and 2 threads for the thinner lines.
Covered with glass, you can use dry erase markers to express your thankful heart over and over again.
Flamingo Toes has stitching photos as well as photos and directions as to how she turned an old frame she had into a lovely one to finish her beautiful piece.
For many years, I had the following Scripture printed and framed and on my bathroom vanity so I could read it every morning:

Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything, by prayer and petition,
present your requests to God.
And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7


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