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Christmas Projects

Rob and I were busy this fall making a few items for Christmas gifts.

I made several people these sets of kitchen towels and dishcloths:

picture of Towel Sets

I also made some Christmas themed insulated mats that can be used under casserole dishes:

picture of Christmas Mats

Rob knitted flower headbands for Nora and Megan:

He also knitted a couple of shawls that are going to be worn in a campus production of Fiddler on the Roof this spring. Here's one of them:

I made a jungle themed quilt for Ryan but unfortunately forgot to take a picture of the finished quilt. Here's a picture of the layout:

I made these little fleece sleep sacks for Ryan and the new baby girl:

I made another one of these wreaths from an old hymnal:

Jan, one of my faithful readers from Iowa sent me this delicious cookie recipe in a lovely Christmas card. I had some of the little Christmas cupcake liners which fit into the mini muffin tins and decided to use them even though I did make them after Christmas. These cookies are quite tasty and would also work for Valentine's Day or for a shower or tea.

Cherry Miniatures

1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla (I used almond extract)
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
(plus more for decoration)
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans) (almonds might be good too)

Glaze Ingredients:
3/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
approximately 1 Tbsp. cherry juice

Cream softened cream cheese and butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add combined dry ingredients to creamed mixture. Stir in cherries and nuts. Place rounded teaspoons of dough in miniature muffin pans that have been greased or lined with miniature cupcake papers. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 mins. or until lightly browned. Remove from pans and allow to cool. Make glaze and spread cupcake tops with it. Decorate with cherries. Makes 3 to 4 dozen.

To make glaze:
Combine sifted powdered sugar with enough of the cherry juice to make a glaze.

Keep this in mind for your next event when you need a pretty, dainty little cookie.


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3 Comments on “Christmas Projects”

  1. #1 Ann B.
    on Jan 7th, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Becka – that dishcloth brings back such memories. Even when my grandmother was to the point where she couldn’t do much else, she could still make dishcloths using that pattern and Sugar and Spice yarn. She has been gone for almost 20 years, and I still have one – can’t bring myself to use it! 🙂 Thanks for posting the lovely pictures of your projects.

  2. #2 Carrie
    on Jan 8th, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Your projects are adorable! What will be done with the shawls after the production?

  3. #3 Lesley A Morris
    on Jan 9th, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Loved everything shown!
    Do you have directions on the Wreath?
    Do you sell the dishcloths for those of us you do not have the time but used to make them ourselves!?

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