Saturday, January 5, 2013

Scrumptious Cookies!

My husband stumbled upon a SCRUMPTIOUS cookie recipe online for Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies.  Well, I made them and they were absolutely delicious!  I made the larger version of the cookie (a variation noted in the recipe) and told my husband that one cookie is a gift in itself.  So, I decided to create a little gift tag for packaging these jumbo morsels... 

A Few Notes:
  • The recipe calls for a stand mixer.  I used a regular electric mixer and my extra large Tupperware bowl.  I followed the recipe as noted using the same mixer settings.
  • I made the larger cookie version by using my Pampered Chef ice cream scoop which yielded approximately 1/4 cup sized cookies.  I baked for 7 minutes, turned, and baked an additional 8 minutes.
  • The cookies were wonderful when eaten shortly after removing from the oven.  I simply microwaved a cookie for 7-10 seconds to get that same "just from the oven" taste days after they were made.
Individually Wrapped Cookies
You Will Need:
card stock of desired color (see photo for sample of white and kraft)
cookie tag printable (several versions provided)
paper cutter or scissors
4" x 6" clear, cello bags
How to Make:
1.  Download and print cookie tag printable.  Make sure to select ACTUAL SIZE when printing PDF. Choose desired tag for printing, as several options are included.  Also, a blank tag is included if you would like to use it with other cookie varieties.  Print and hand-write.
2.  Cut tags by simply cutting the printed page in half vertically and horizontally.  Tags will measure 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
3. Fold tags. 
4. Place one cookie in each bag.
5. Turn over top of bag several times and affix a tag with stapler.
6.  Give cookies as little gifts!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paper Globe Ornaments or Bowl Fillers

What fun to make, and EASY!  Follow these simple step-by-step directions to create your own paper globe ornaments or bowl fillers.  I adore the mini version!
You Will Need:
*two-sided scrapbook paper
**regular or mini sized scrapbooking brads
paper cutter
small hole punch (I used 1/8")

*I buy an abundance of two-sided scrapbook paper each season.  Mine are all purchased at Michael's.  The two brands I have found most often are K&Company (28 sheet, 12 x 12" pads) and Recollections Signature (24 sheet, 6" x 6" pads).  See photo below.
**I used Spare Parts by the Paper Studio brads (50 round brads, assorted metallics) and Making Memories brads (metallic basics, mini circle #23539).

How to Make:
1. Cut 3/8" strips of paper.  The number of strips will depend on the size of globe you choose to make. 
Size Guidelines: 
Mini (as shown in photo on hanging on tree) -- 8, 3/8" x 3 1/2" strips
Small -- 10, 3/8" x 4" strips
Medium -- 12, 3/8" x 5" strips
Large -- 12, 3/8" x 6" strips
2. Punch a hole in each end of the stips.  Make sure to punch holes in the same place.  I stacked 4 strips at a time and used one as a guide for all others.
3. Stack strips so designs alternate.

4. Place a brad in each end making sure to pass through all strips. Affix tightly, as this will help strips to stay in place once "fanned" out to make globe.
5.  Slightly bend stack as shown.  Do not fold. This simply helps to form the spherical shape as strips are "fanned" out.
6.  Carefully "fan" out strips into desired positions forming a sphere/globe.
7.  Use as bowl fillers or make a hanger with plastic threads or fish line.  I simply tied plastic thread around/under the brad and knotted the ends to make a loop for hanging.
With the wide selection of two-sided paper colors and designs, you are sure to find those that will match your taste and decorating needs.