|Lights on Wisconsin Ave. looking east from 6th St.|
I have now knocked out two of the seven (or eight?) gifts I have on my to-do list. Will I finish in time? Probably. Although I'm sure I'll spend some late nights next week in my craft corner putting on the finishing touches. How does Santa do it? After taking Vera to see the new Muppet movie recently, she was excited about Kermit the Frog. I took a well-worn Kermit T-shirt (probably another relic resuscitated from my brother's crusty college dwelling), cut the print from it and turned it into a pillow. It's very basic, but she's going to love it. I even found some green piping in my stash to decorate the edges. So here's where I insert (hoping for a chuckle) "It's Not Easy Being Green." After the above paragraph, I reiterate that it certainly isn't easy. But I know it's the right thing for me to do and I think Vera will be happy with this novelty gift.
|Perfect green piping from my stash|
|And plenty of matching material on hand for the back|
Though my husband claims I seem more stressed this holiday season, I actually feel fairly at peace. I just disguise it well as I walk around looking dazed, disgruntled, or desperate for a nap. We've had a chance to check out some cool holiday events this month--a circle tour of downtown Milwaukee to check out the Milwaukee Holiday Lights, the MATC Culinary Student Gingerbread Houses at the Milwaukee Public Market...
|Kremlin (?) Gingerbread House|
|An Homage to my hometown--Paris...Illinois|
|Holiday Sparkle at St. Paul Fish Market--"Goldfish Tree"|
|My friends' amazing hors d'oeuvres spread for the Wine and Cheese party|
|Wine for the Tastin'|
|Karen's lovely mantle|
Gretel’s Gingerbread Cookies (Gluten-free, Dairy-free Soy-free, White sugar in icing only)
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies
This is a very easy dough to work with. It’s not too sticky and therefore fun for kids to play and shape/cut/roll while mom/dad is punching out cookies…of course the kids can do this as well!
1 t. water
1/4 c. honey
1/2 t. ground allspice
2 t. ground ginger
1/2 t. ground cloves
1/2 t. cinnamon powder
1/8 t. peeled and grated fresh ginger (optional…but might want to add a little extra ground ginger)
1 t. baking soda
3 c. blanched almond flour, or more as needed (I ended up using 3 1/2 c. approx.)
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease or line a cookie sheet. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, until the dough is dry enough and not sticky to work with. Add more almond flour, if necessary. Roll dough (use a little extra almond flour to “dust” the rolling surface, as needed) and cut out shapes. Place cutouts on cookie sheet and bake 10-12 min, or until edges turn golden.
1 egg white
1/2 lb. organic powdered sugar, sifted
1 T. water
1 t. cream of tartar
Combine all ingredients in an electric mixer (or use electric beaters). Beat on high for 2-3 min. until glossy. Spread onto cookies or put in decorating bag to use for piping.
|Ready for the Swap|
|Othr Gluten-Free goodies for the cookie exchange|
|Chocolate Drizzled Peanut Butter No-Bakes|