New Year New Recipe

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends.  We had a house full of our children and their spouses and friends and felt very blessed to have them here.  One of my favorite things about the holiday is cooking with my children.  This year we created a new recipe to add to our Christmas brunch.

Gingerbread French Toast with Eggnog Syrup

We had a blast making this and my goodness....it was so incredibly good to eat.  The syrup was like drinking butter toffee.  I made a large batch this morning to double check the recipe and it was even better the second time around!  I think we will eat this for our first breakfast of the new year!

Gingerbread French Toast

1 loaf of Texas toast
3 eggs
4 cups of Gingerbread Eggnog
1/4 Teas.Nutmeg
Real Vanilla 

Pour eggnog into blender, add eggs, nutmeg and vanilla. Blend until smooth.  Pour into a wide open bowl or pie plate.  Heat griddle to 350 to 400 degrees.  Spray with non stick spray or use butter to keep bread from sticking.  Place a slice of bread into the mixture and coat.  Place on griddle until light golden brown and then flip and repeat for the other side.  

When both sides are golden brown take off griddle and butter.   I keep mine warm in a 200 degree oven in a glass tray until they are all done.

 Eggnog Syrup

1 cup of eggnog
1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons of corn syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla

Heat until butter is melted and all ingredients have blended together.  Simmer on a med to high heat, stirring often until it bubbles for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of baking soda.  This creates a foamy wonderful texture to the sauce.  This is absolutely heavenly!  Enjoy!!!

I hope you enjoy the upcoming New Year weekend!  I am looking forward to a few games, a nap and a couple of movies with my kids before everyone goes home!  I cut out two new Valentine patterns and will be posting them this coming week....but for now I'm enjoying the time with my kids.  It goes way too quick.  Happy New Year!
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Wise Men Still Seek Him

As Christmas day draws near I try to take a few minutes to find peace and remember why we celebrate this time of year.  I heard this saying in a song that is my favorite Christmas song called Christmastime by Hillary Weeks.

Wise Men Still Seek Him

One of the lines of the chorus is "Wise men still follow him each day of their lives."  It is a beautiful song with a profound message.  I had to stitch this, as I do most things that come to my heart.  The pattern is available at http://www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.  

I hope you are enjoying this week of celebration and are able to find a few minutes to breathe and feel the peace that comes this time of year.  Merry Christmas!

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"Christmastime" by Hilary Weeks

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Here Comes Santa Clause

Ho Ho Ho...Merry Christmas one and all!  I hope you have a wonderful week with your family and friends.  My house is full of family and everyone is in anticipation of the night that Santa will come down the chimney.  That is if he can get down the chimney with the 22 inches of snow that has fallen in the last 24 hours! 

Ho Ho Ho

Dear Santa

 He'll Fill Your Stockings

All this week all Santa patterns are on sale for 25% off!  They can be found at the http://www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com site and are ready to be shipped. May you have a wonderful week with your family and friends celebrating the most wonderful time of the year!  Merry Christmas to all!
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Happiness Is Making Friends

Day three of snowmen week and this is the third pattern to be listed on sale!  Happiness Is Making Friends is my favorite friend stitch....one snowman making a friend.  I have stitched so many of these for my friends....it always warms a heart!  

 Happiness Is Making Friends

I am working on an embroidered quilt with nine blocks of these two friends having all sorts of winter mischief.   For now this pattern is on sale until December 30th for 25% off the list price.  You can find it at http://www,tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com.  Orders will be shipped the next day so you will have it in time for Christmas!
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Starry Night Holy Night Sale

Starry Night Holy Night is now 25% off through the end of December!  You know how much I love snowmen and wool...so this design warmed my heart in more ways than one!  I made mine in an evening!  I am all about instant gratification!!!

Starry Night Holy Night

I spent last night I took Tina and Adam to the Riverwoods Shopping Center to have them get their "Brother Sister" gifts.  Every Thanksgiving night the kids draw names for their siblings to give a gift to on Christmas Eve.  They have been doing this for each other since they were babies...and it is their favorite part of Christmas.  The key is to keep who you got a secret and find something their sibling would really want.  

We went to Blickenstaff's and WOW was it busy!  It is the funnest toy store next to FAO Shwartz!  Mrs. Clause found a bunch of unique and super fun stocking stuffers.  There must have been a million kids in there...well not a million but a ton of happy kids.  Go check them out and all of the new lights and courtyards they have built at the Riverwoods.  Santa's house and the hot scones were fabulous!

So come down to Provo and see Utah Counties newest winter wonderland! 

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Tis The Season For Snowflakes On Sale

Tis the Season For Snowflakes for 25% off now through December 31st!  It is a simple wool Applique that is super easy to stitch and uses white buttons for one of a kind snowflakes....

Tis The Season For Snowflakes

You can find this pattern and all my other "snowmen" patterns at http://www.tweetledeedesignco.blogspot.com.  Orders ship daily so you can get it in time for Christmas.  The fun thing about snowmen is they can stay for a few months after the tree is packed away.

I thought I would share a warm drink...one of my favorites for you to enjoy while you curl up with your favorite needlework....

Snow Cocoa

2 Cups Whipping Cream
6 Cups of Milk
1 Teaspoon of Real Vanilla
12 oz. Package of White Chocolate Chips

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low settings for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until chocolate is melted and the mixture is hot.  Stir well to combine before serving.  Makes 10 servings.  You can spice this up with a few sprinkles of fresh grated nutmeg or a peppermint stick.

I hope your day went well and you are having a peaceful night.

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Little Miracles

This weekend we had our family Christmas party at our home in Woodland Hills.  It was planned months ago as a sledding party.  Two weeks ago we had two and a half feet of snow and then it became 6 inches and melting with the 40 degree feet.

Little Miracles

So we began praying for snow.  On Friday it rained all day....snow was melting and I was afraid we would be "ice blocking" instead of sledding! But Friday night a few prayers were answered and we had snow falling at our home and woke up to a two inch dusting on everything.  Hurray!!!

So, in celebration of the little miracle we had...this week everyday I am going to list one of my "snow" patterns 25% off.  To start the week off I have to begin with my simple sweet pattern Little Miracles.  You can find the pattern at http://www.tweetledeedesignco.blogspot.com. It is a simple pattern that uses your favorite white and cream buttons to create one of a kind "snowflakes" to celebrate the miracle that each flake is....perfectly created and one of a kind.

Every family brought a couple dozen cookies for the cookie exchange and I made one of my daughters favorites Snowballs.  So I thought I would post the recipe for all to share.  Again...it's super easy and fun to do with little ones.


1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Powder Sugar
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Mix Together

2 1/4 Cup Flour
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans

Add and Blend

Shape into balls...

....and roll in powdered sugar.

Place on parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

When they cool slightly dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!

We had a wonderful family party...72 people together for food and fun in the snow.  I thought I would post a few of the pictures, my favorite is the one of Dad with a few of his grandchildren sliding down the hill.  It was priceless!  I am very grateful for the little miracle that those snowflakes were for me this weekend...and I hope you enjoy a week full of my snowflake patterns!

Dad and his grandchildren

My husband landing off the jump!

Little Addie and Emmie

Melissa and McKenzie

Grace, Becca and Addie making their hot cocoa....so cute!

The boys heading up the hill

Amber and Braydon

Graceful landing

Jess and Grace

Patti and Addie

Sherry and DJ

Rob, Jess and Grace

My girl Tina

Seth getting taken out by the girls

Peaceful moments...

Seth the fire tender!

See you tomorrow!
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Run Run As Fast As You Can

One of our favorite Christmas traditions is to build our own gingerbread house and men.  This year with our move to the mountains we wanted to make a cabin in the trees.

Run Run As Fast As You Can

This week I am featuring my gingerbread stitch patterns 25% off and sharing our gingerbread recipe, so you and your little ones can have something fun to do on these cold evenings!  It looks for complicated than it is.  It is easy enough that our young children can help and I will give you a few tips we have learned over the years.  

Gingerbread Recipe

1/2 Cup Softened Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Molasses
1 egg
3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder

Beat butter and brown sugar until fluffy in a large bowl.  Beat in molasses and egg.  Combine remaining ingredients in another large bowl.  Stir dry ingredients into butter mixture.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap, chill one hour.

Roll out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.  Cut out pieces of house or gingerbread men and transfer to an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.  Lift off pan to cool.  Makes 2 dozen men.  To build a house you will need to double the recipe.

We draw out two rectangles on paper and two ends using a strait edge we use a paring knife to cut the dough to create the house pieces.  The roof we make out of cardboard.  We have built large two story homes and learned through a few cave ins that if you use cardboard for the roof your house will set up very quickly.  You'll see later how we cover it.

To assemble pieces we take a large cardboard piece and use royal icing (it takes four batches) to frost the "ground" and put the house together.  

Royal Icing

2 Cups Powdered Sugar
3 Tablespoons Warm Water
1 1/2 Teaspoons Meringue Powder 

Beat powdered sugar, water, and meringue powder in  medium bowl at high speed in a mixer using a whisk on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until stiff.  Keep icing tightly covered when not using, to prevent it from setting up/

Put the sides together using a pastry bag to pipe the corners with icing.  Hold in place for a few minutes until they set.  You can also use a glass to hold it in place.  Pipe the roof edges and  put the roof pieces on.  I cover the roof with frosted mini wheats because it give the roof a thatched snow covered look.  You can glue them on with the royal icing. 

Pipe the edges to cover the exposed cardboard.  Create ice sickles by pulling down some icing from the edges and twisting into points.  Let this all dry for a few hours.  While you are waiting you can frost the ground.  We create a ice skating pond with a piece of mirror or tin foil covered with blue transparent film.

Adam creates pine trees by taking sugar ice cream cones and frosting them with green royal icing and rolling or sprinkling them with snowflakes and cinnamon hots.  Press them into the frosted snow and  whala...you have a landscaped home.

 Our Cabin in the Woods

 Our Boys

Gingerbread Boy and His Girlfriend

Run Run As Fast As You Can

So go to http://www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com to order your gingerbread patterns at 25% off.  They are super easy and fun.  I had my 12 year old daughter stitch a set of these for her teacher along with a gift basket of gingerbread men.  It's amazing what cold weather and time will inspire young kids to do.  I hope this helps get you into the kitchen with your family to create something yummy and fun for the holidays.
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Merry Christmas

It's December 1st and officially the start of the "most wonderful time of the year"!  All this month I will be posting a different Christmas pattern every few days for 25% off!

Merry Christmas Wool Applique

This weeks pattern is my super easy Merry Christmas Wool Applique.  I am stitching a cotton  sample tonight and will post pictures on Saturday.  Super fun to play with and add different embellishments.  

So go to www.tweetledeedesignco.etsy.com to find the pattern for $6.00!  I will be adding the frames in the next couple of days.  

Here's to a a month of celebrations!

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