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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Apple Cider Cookies and Christmas Crafts

We are just two days away from the busiest and best month of the year. Christmas gatherings are about to start filling up calendars and decorations are about to adorn homes in full glory of the season. With temperatures dropping and a surprising snowfall in parts of Tennessee, I'm feeling the Christmas spirit already. I came home from my Thanksgiving holiday and decorated my tree only in silver and gold and kept things sparkly and neutral this year. I had trouble parting with a handful of beautiful red ornaments, but I packed them away for next year and embraced my sparkly tree (post to come).
After our Thanksgiving meal, we always do a little Christmas craft. In the past we have made countless gingerbread houses, gingerbread ornaments and Christmas gift tags. This year we opted for some Christmas ball ornaments that we each personalized. My mom had the idea and, even though we all grumbled about putting paint on our hands, they turned out really cute.
The idea is to create snowmen out of your painted handprint. All you have to do is get a set of colored ornaments, paint your hand white and grasp the ornament. Let the paint dry (acrylic is best and dries within minutes) then using Sharpie markers or paint pens, decorate your snowmen as you please. Here is how ours turned out:

All of our ornaments together.

Please let me call attention to the lone finger snowman on the left ornament. He's wearing a blue cap and bears a striking resemblance to an angry Yankee baseball player...this is my grandfather's creation. I had to include it in the photo lineup.

My ornament is on the left!

I promise you will love these cookies. Unless you don't like apple cider, caramel, or which case, how do you live with yourself? These are so perfect for fall/Christmas. I still love apple cider well into the Christmas season and caramel never goes out of style. I found the recipe on Pinterest and made it with my mom last weekend. I'm going to have to make another batch very soon. These were a hit. You can find the recipe here.

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