From our hearts to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
I've been a good girl, Santa... yeah right!
She wouldn't pose for me! and would turn her head the other way on purpose! I had to keep a piece of cheese in my mouth so she would face me! lol (tricks of a dog photographer)
Waiting for Santa..
I made this little dress for her today and I felt kind of bad, because every time I would try it on her, for measurments, poor Daisy, thought I was taking her out on a walk..
we love you ! xoxo
I can still smell the honey while I write this post! I was extra careful with measuring and baking times so I can pass this on to you, as a way to thank you for following my blog and for your support :) December marks my blog's second birthday.
1. 1 1/2 CUPS OIL ( 1CUP CORN OIL 1/2 CUP OLIVE OIL)
2. 1/2 CUP SHORTENING
3. 1 CUP SUGAR
4. 3/4 CUP ORANGE JUICE
5. 1/4 CUP BRANDY COGNAC
6. 2TBS. ORANGE PEEL
7. 2 TSP BAKING POWDER
8. 1 TSP BAKING SODA
9. 6.5 CUPS FLOUR
10. 1.5 TBS GROUND CINAMMON AND GR. CLOVES
11. 1/2 CUP FINELY GROUND WALNUTS
Beat first 6 ingredients on high speed for about 7minutes. Slowly add flour, baking soda, baking powder,cinnamon and clove mixt. one cup at a time and knead for about 7 min. Do not over knead, the mixture has to be soft. Take about 1 1/2 tbs of mixture and shape into oval shapes. Place onto baking pan, one inch apart. Don't use flat baking sheets. You will probably need about two large pans and one small one.
Press down with a fork to make criss cross design on top of cookies. Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for 30- 35 min. The cookies will turn dark golden brown.
2 CUPS HONEY
2 CUPS SUGAR
1 CUP WATER
1 CINAMMON STICK
In a medium size sauce pan, on medium heat, boil all ingredients for 5 min. Skim off any froth. Please
do not leave unattended! clean up is messy if it over boils :( turn off burner and keep pan syrup hot.
As soon as the cookies are done, take the ones from the small pan and place in larger baking pan.( I do this so I don't waste the syrup)
With a soup ladle, pour syrup over each cookie slowly. Do this twice. Let the cookies sit in the syrup for a couple of hours or more. That way the cookies absorb most of the syrup. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Makes about 64.
I'd love to hear how you liked them:)
Fa la la la...this is what I've been up to since I got back from N.Y. I know it's silly stuff, but seeing that little "yellow" guy on the tree, next to Daisy, makes me smile :)
Hope you are having a great holiday season. It's so inspiring to see everyone's art and Xmas baking!! I will be baking Greek traditional Christmas cookies next week and want to share the recipe with you, so stay tuned.
Back home again, and I still can't believe I was able to visit my family in the US! It was the most fabulous vacation! even the weather was great! unusual for NYC in Dec. Saying goodbye was hard..and tearful but I promised that I would be back real soon :)
This is my little makeup artist at her work, in Soho. I went to pick her up and she took me to this hip bar, where I had a St. Germain martini with a real orchid in my drink! ( I saved it for my passport journal)
I ate really great food and overdosed on cheeseburgers and hot dogs! lol and chinese food! I tried El Salvadorian cuisine for the first time and fell in love!! oh yes and lots of roast beef sandwiches!
Thank god for all the walking, because I weighed myself this morning and I actually lost a couple of lbs! lol ! wow was I surprised!
oh and all those NY doggies!! Daisy would've have been real busy meeting so many friends.
This is the subway stop for the Musuem of Natural History.
and this last photo is for my little blog friend, Kendra, future paleontologist :))
My trip included a visit to Wash. DC, to see my dad and my little one, who is staying with him until she goes back to Parson's Art School (NYC) in Feb. I also swung by my old house..some mixed feelings there..but no regrets. Maybe my life would be way more comfortable and easier in the US.. but I am a dreamer and like a good challenge! time will tell.
Ok, won't bore you anymore, I have been working on some fun stuff since I returned and will share on my next post.
I must go and catch up on everyone's blog. missed you lots!!