Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Cookies and Reindeer Days

Like most families, we have certain cookies and other delectables that I have to make each year for Christmas.  One of the cookies that I've baked every year, (I was a December college graduate, and I remember going home from my graduation and baking these) are these fabulous chocolate chip cookies.
When you read the'll see what I mean.

Tomorrow at school is the 11th reindeer day...we are doing one special reindeer day each day of December for our all staff members will get two homemade cookies in their boxes with a note from "Comet" tomorrow. Also, in conjunction with our behavior system, some students have won a "cookie break" with me, and I'll bring these for our break.

In the mixer:
2 C (a whole pound!) of butter (not margarine)
2 C white sugar
2 C brown sugar
4 eggs
2 t. vanilla

In a separate large bowl mix:
4 C flour
5 C oatmeal
1 t. salt
2 t. baking powder
2 t. baking soda

Mix all ingredients together and add:
2 bags of chocolate chips
6 Hershey bars crunched up
3 C chopped nuts

Place golf ball sized balls on cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes.  Cool a minute or two on the cookie sheet before removing them individually to the cookie rack.  The recipe will make close to 8 dozen.

My granddaughter "helped" me make these.  She's getting in on the family traditions at the young age of two.  The house smells heavenly. What fun!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Tablescape

Merry Christmas, everyone!  I love the holidays so much, and I love all of the beautiful tablescapes I've seen posted.  I have had these Christmas dishes for many, many years and love seeing them on the table.
I bought the tea set and the tidbit tray at Target many years ago.  The salad plates came from a dollar store about 20 years ago.  The dishes are from Old Time Pottery and the chargers are from Garden Ridge Pottery. 

Notice the place card star. These are just stars that slide together that I found at Family Dollar. The napkins and napkin rings came from Dollar Tree.

Have a warm and wonderful holiday!

My "Village" Decked for Christmas

In this post "My Village", I shared my little town with you.  Well, we do go all out for Christmas here. This picture is the same courthouse decked with Christmas lights.  My friend, Stephanie Ferguson, gave me permission to use her photograph.  Isn't she good...and have you ever seen anything prettier at Christmas than my courthouse??

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Decorating Details

Here are a few more Christmas decorating details....

This is a new testament with the Christmas story's been on my tree for years.

From my grandmother's tree.  She was born in 1900!

Merry, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gingerbread House Baking

I have a gingerbread house mold and have made many gingerbread houses with nieces or grandchildren over the years.  Well, this year I cheated and bought a kit at Sam's.  It was very inexpensive and I have to say, worth the time it saved me.  Of course, my house didn't smell like gingerbread, so I burned candles...almost as good!

I wish I was comfortable uploading pictures of my precious granddaughters and niece.  They looked adorable in their aprons...anyway, here is the final product of our work!  Messy, but fun!