Cookies and Snow globes!

A truly strong and sound mind is the mind that can equally embrace great things and small. -Samuel Johnson

Hello my dear readers! Looks like another apologetic post…sigh! I said I would post something yesterday and never got around to it for many reasons and I apologize for that. However, I am here now with the promised holiday recipes and a DIY project! Let’s get starts, shall we?

DIY Snow Globe:

Snow globes are magical; watching the snow fall in the world inside the globe is captivating. This is a fun DIY project you can use as a gift idea, get kids involved, or a cheap but very adorable way to make your home more festive.

What you need:

  • Any empty and clean glass jar + lid
  • Plastic or ceramic figurines (you can find them at most hobby shops)
  • Oil based enamel paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Glycerin
  • Epoxy
  • Glitter (for the snow)
  • Distilled water

What to do:

  1. Paint the jar lids with the paint in a festive pattern, you can paint a message for someone, or even  a favorite quote.
  2. Creating the snow globe world: Sand the inside of the lid until it is rough. Then use the clear-drying epoxy (be careful with this adhesive) to stick the figurines to the sanded lid in any arrangement you prefer. Set aside and let it dry completely .
  3. Fill your jar almost to the top with with distilled water (leaving some space for the water to slosh around). Then add your a bit of glycerin …don’t be heavy handed with the glycerin or your glitter with stick to the bottom of the snow globe. Toss in some glitter and then screw the jar lid on as tightly as possible.
  4. Give your “snow jar” a testing flip and watch the whimsy.

On to the recipes!

I honestly don’t know a single person who doesn’t love the holiday season simply for the delicious food. Lets see what we can cook up…

How about some festive coconut macaroons…

  • 3 cups moist shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 or 2 stiffly beaten egg whites

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Put the coconut in a bowl. Add the vanilla extract and the salt, then add the condensed milk and mix until well combined to make a thick paste.
  3. Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter.
  4. Roll the batter into balls and place on a well greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake the macaroons for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  5. Let them cool completely before serving.

…and ginger cookies.

There’s gingerbread, gingerbread people, and gingerbread homes. But, I am going to share with you a recipe for simple soft and very tasty ginger cookies. Perfect with a cup of eggnog!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons water
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Sift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together in a large bowl and set it aside.
  3. In another large bowl, cream together the margarine and 1 cup of the sugar then beat in the egg. Stir in water and molasses. Gradually stir the sifted dry ingredients into the molasses mixture.
  4. Shape dough into half tablespoon sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and flatten slightly.
  5. Bake the cookies for around 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.  If you are reserving some for a later time, store cookies in an airtight container.
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