Friday, November 30, 2012

Cranberry Coconut Citrus Christmas Cookies

These are my very favorite cookies at Christmas time! They are so light and chewy and perfectly citrus-y. They are also beautiful, with the specs of orange and cranberries contrasting the white cookie. I've never been to a cookie exchange, but I would take these if I were going!
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Cranberry Coconut Citrus Cookies

Ingredients:

1 orange (or 2 clementines)
3 sticks butter (1 1/2 cups)
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
3 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 cups Craisins
1 1/2 cups flaked coconut

Directions:

Finely zest the peel of the orange. Next, cream together butter and sugar in a standing mixer. Beat for about 2 minutes, but not too fast! Add the orange peel and vanilla. (Then I cut the orange in half and squeeze all its juice into the bowl). Next mix in salt and baking powder. Then add the flour. Mix very slowly for about 5 minutes, until it looks like pie crust. Add the dried cranberries and coconut while slowly mixing.

Place the rack on the upper middle setting, and preheat the oven to 350. Pack the cookie dough into a 1 1/2 inch cookie scoop, and slightly flatten with the back of a spoon. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Eat when almost cooled, if you can resist! (Makes appx. 40 cookies)

*These cookies have no eggs- perfect for a person who doesn't tolerate them!


The recipe comes from one of my family's dearest friends in South Dakota. A few years ago she had a special cooking day at her house and invited all my sisters. Sadly I didn't get to because my kids were sick. But here's a picture that my sister Jesse took. Maggie, thank you! xoxo



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Today, I am joining up with 50 other bloggers. We are all sharing our favorite Holiday treats on our blogs. Here is a list of all the treats- feel free to check them out!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Free Sewing Printable: SEW ON AND SEW FORTH

I made these sewing-inspired printables to take with me to the Sewing Summit a few weeks ago. I'm excited to share them with you! Someday, when I have an awesome craft room, I envision framing all of these and hanging them above my sewing table. I hope you will enjoy them too. (They might even make a fun gift)!


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To download, click on the size you want, save to your computer, then upload and order from your favorite photo printing shop! 

***Whoops! I forgot to put the link to the 5x7 and some people are saying the 8x10 doesn't work. I will fix it! I am having a party at my house this weekend and won't have time to fix it til next week. If I haven't done it by Wednesday, please feel free to remind me!!! :)

5x7
11x14

These files do not have the Family Ever After watermark :)
Free for personal use only! These may not be sold. 
Let me know if there are any problems with these links, and I will get it figured out right away.

Here is the entire collection. Check back this week... I will be posting each of these as a separate post, with the links to download, over the next couple of days.

Free Sewing Printable: NEEDLE AND THREAD

I made these sewing-inspired printables to take with me to the Sewing Summit a few weeks ago. I'm excited to share them with you! Someday, when I have an awesome craft room, I envision framing all of these and hanging them above my sewing table. I hope you will enjoy them too. (They might even make a fun gift)!



Before using, all I ask is that you do these two easy things. 
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To download, click on the size you want, save to your computer, then upload and order from your favorite photo printing shop!
5x7
11x14

These files do not have the Family Ever After watermark :)
Free for personal use only! These may not be sold. 
Let me know if there are any problems with these links, and I will get it figured out right away.

Here is the entire collection. Check back this week... I will be posting each of these as a separate post, with the links to download, over the next couple of days.

Guest Posting at Skip to My Lou + Giveaway

Hi friends! I've got a super easy tutorial for an infinity scarf to share with you today. This is the perfect project for a beginner seamstress, and would also be a fantastic gift to share with someone.

Head on over to Skip to My Lou to find the tutorial and an amazing giveaway that I'm helping with!

I am over at Skip to my Lou guest posting today for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along.

I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.
This is one AMAZING giveaway!
We are giving away a fabulous Prize Package worth more than $700!

One lucky winner will receive...
  • Singer ONE Sewing Machine this is Singer's easiest sewing machine! True to SINGER, it is easy to learn on, simple and has basic stitches for crafts. The perfect machine for stitching home made goods or something fun this holiday season!
  • Simplicity SideWinder Quickly and easily fill bobbins without having to un-thread and re-thread your sewing machine. The SideWinder transfers thread from spool to bobbin effortlessly and quickly; works with most bobbins, metal or plastic. An adjustable tension knob accommodates different thicknesses of thread! So cool!
  • Simplicity Bias Tape Maker This Simplicity Bias Tape Maker will Create customized single fold bias tape with the push of a button!
  • and so you have something beautiful to sew, $100.00 of fabric from Riley Blake!
Simply wait for RaffleCopter to load and enter there! Be sure to check out all the fabulous sewing projects shared this month for this Holiday Bake Craft Sew series going on all month long!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Free Sewing Printable: QUILTERS NEVER CUT CORNERS

I made these sewing-inspired printables to take with me to the Sewing Summit a few weeks ago. I'm excited to share them with you! Someday, when I have an awesome craft room, I envision framing all of these and hanging them above my sewing table. I hope you will enjoy them too. (They might even make a fun gift)!



Before using, all I ask is that you do these two easy things. 
 1. Please become a follower of my blog (facebook, pinterest, or rss)
2. Please share this on Pinterest.
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To download, click on the size you want, save to your computer, then upload and order from your favorite photo printing shop!
5x7
11x14

These files do not have the Family Ever After watermark :)
Free for personal use only! These may not be sold. 
Let me know if there are any problems with these links, and I will get it figured out right away.

Here is the entire collection. Check back this week... I will be posting each of these as a separate post, with the links to download, over the next couple of days.

Free Sewing Printable: ALL THE FABRIC I NEED

I made these sewing-inspired printables to take with me to the Sewing Summit a few weeks ago. I'm excited to share them with you! Someday, when I have an awesome craft room, I envision framing all of these and hanging them above my sewing table. I hope you will enjoy them too. (They might even make a fun gift)!



Before using, all I ask is that you do these two easy things. 
 1. Please become a follower of my blog (facebook, pinterest, or rss)
2. Please share this on Pinterest.
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To download, click on the size you want, save to your computer, then upload and order from your favorite photo printing shop!
5x7
11x14

These files do not have the Family Ever After watermark :)
Free for personal use only! These may not be sold. 
Let me know if there are any problems with these links, and I will get it figured out right away.

Here is the entire collection. Check back this week... I will be posting each of these as a separate post, with the links to download, over the next couple of days.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free Sewing Printable: HEM YOUR BLESSINGS

I made these sewing printables to take with me to the Sewing Summit a few weeks ago. I'm excited to share them with you! Someday, when I have an awesome craft room, I envision framing all of these and hanging them above my sewing table. I hope you will enjoy them too. (They might even make a fun gift)!

Before using, all I ask is that you do these two easy things. 
 1. Please become a follower of my blog (facebook, pinterest, or rss)
2. Please share this on Pinterest.
Pin It

To download, click on the size you want, save to your computer, then upload and order from your favorite photo printing shop!

These files do not have the Family Ever After watermark :)
Free for personal use only! These may not be sold. 
Let me know if there are any problems with these links, and I will get it figured out right away.

Here is the entire collection. Check back this week... I will be posting each of these as a separate post, with the links to download, over the next couple of days.