Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite things about the Christmas holidays is that we get to take a break from our normal routine and spend time with family.  As the kids have gotten older it seems harder than ever to stop the crazy busy schedule.  Yet, it is so important.  It won’t be long until they are gone and out on their own.

Each year we set up two trees. The main family tree is our memory tree. A tradition I picked up from my parents is every time we go someplace new or special we pick up a new ornament.  So decorating the Christmas tree is like a walk down memory lane.  “Remember when we went to __________”  and “Yeah, and ___________, that was so much fun”  Each year we pick up 4 to 6 ornaments. So after seventeen years of marriage it is quite full. It is one of my favorite family traditions.

The other tree in my house is the kids tree. It is full of ornaments that the kids have made.  It is a little scrawny tree that they decorate themselves, from the lights to the decorations.  Each year we take time to craft something new.

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I’ll be “GNOME” for Christmas

The Pioneer and Patriot unit had an ornament exchange at their Unit Christmas Party. Each girl was asked to make an ornament. I found this cute guy and had to make one.

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Can you spell “Pfeffernuesse”?

Not only can I not spell pfeffernuese, some days I have a hard time pronouncing it.

I first learned of pferffernuesse when my dad was stationed in Germany with the Air Force.  I absolutely love these little spice cookies. Unlike the traditional cookies, I dip mine in a glaze. This adds a little extra sweetness.

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White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

This time of year everyone is busy making cookies.  While I like the traditional cookies, I also like to add some not so traditional cookies to my mix. With the help of my hubby, I modified my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe to make White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies. These are a year round hit, but at Christmas time we get to count them as healthy because they have fruit in them.

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Peppermint Marshmallows

Every year I make a ton of Christmas cookies. What my family does not consume goes to the neighbors, my husband’s office or Christmas parties. One of my favorite things to make each year is Peppermint Marshmallows.

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Fudge-a-Mania

No, I’m not talking about the classic children’s book. Wait, does a book that is less than 25 years old count as a “classic”? Ok, back on topic.

Fudge is a Christmas classic. One of the first recipes I shared with you is for Chocolate Fudge. But if you are looking for something a little extra special give these a try.

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Christmas Tree Dishcloth

Here it is three and a half weeks till Christmas, and I have completed the December dishcloth in my series.

Christmas Tree

I was unable to find a pattern that I liked so I designed my own. I hope you find it useful. I used my favorite number 6 needles and half a skein of Peaches and Creme cotton yarn in Forest Green.

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Cranberry Orange Compote

I grew up eating Cranberry Jelly – you know that gelatinous stuff from a can. It was a staple at my house as a kid. Twice a year my mom pulled out a special crystal dish, that was only used for cranberry sauce, and I hated it.

Fast forward some 30 plus years and I’m still serving that same stuff. The only difference is my kids and hubby like it and we have it throughout the year.

But there is a better option! When I can get fresh cranberries I make homemade Cranberry Orange Compote. Not only does it make Thanksgiving a little more special, it does not contain any mystery ingredients that I am happy ignoring on the label of a can of cranberry jelly.

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November Dishcloth

I usually post the dishcloth for the month at the first if the month, but with my hat series I am a little behind. In honor of Thanksgiving day my set includes this adorable turkey.

Turkey discloth

A copy of this free pattern can be found here.

Bucket Hat

Bucket Hat

This hat is one of two hats that I test knitted for Stana’s Critters. It features a wide brim and would be the perfect hat for a cool spring. It keeps the sun out of your eyes, while keeping your head warm. Of course since I live in Florida we do not need hats in the spring, but some climates do. The pattern came in a variety of sizes and knits up quickly, especially after the brim is complete.

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