Are these fun, or what??!! Kissing Balls!! I know!! Sort of a funky and modern take on a traditional holiday decoration. I'm going to show you how to do it...and here's my secret...you know all of those skinny little strips you get after you've rotary cut stacks of fabrics for quilt blocks? These are the leftovers! The step-by-step project is on the left sidebar, under "Toot-toot-tutorials".
Since I work during the day, and I made my samples up at night earlier this week, I took my Kissing Balls to the gallery where I work, so I could photograph them in the daylight. This is our window there...we get such great light that I might have to schedule more photo shoots for the gallery. Even on a rainy day, the shots turned out well.
I don't know about you, but the holidays rev up my sweet tooth into a high-pitched warble! What is it about this time of year that makes me say, "oh, just one more...it's the holidays, after all." And before I know it, another chin is sneaking it's way in. Egads.
Well, these Egg Nog Sugar Cookies are a Gilley Family Favorite. I promised you a recipe for Handmade Wednesday, and this is the one. Super easy to whip up, super tasty going down.
Egg Nog Sugar Cookies
Makes 4 dozen (which is never enough, btw)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
Mix butter, salt, lemon zest, nutmeg, sugar, eggs, and milk together with electric mixer. Add dry ingredients and mix thouroughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown.
While cookies are cooling, mix together:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
Beat until fluffy. When cookies are cool, frost with buttercream frosting and sprinkle with festive holiday cookie sprinkles. Pop one in your mouth...you know, to make sure they're okay for everyone else to eat. If uncertain, try a few more until you're satisfied. Have a glass of milk.
I've uploaded all of my new products to my Etsy shop. You'll find not only my original paintings, but fine art prints in two sizes, my Think Good Thoughts cards, boxed notecards, and Art Under Glass pendants. Anything purchased from my Etsy shop today is guaranteed to arrive at your doorstep in time for Christmas. You have my word. Oh, and something new for me: gift certificates. Not sure what to buy? A gift certificate is the perfect gift...let them select their favorite artwork from my shop. Easy peasy.
And, to give those gift certificates the right send off, I think I'll give one of them away. That's right, some lucky winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to my Etsy shop. Stay tuned, I'm going to tell you how you can win.
(Please use your best Oprah voice here) I'm also going to give away a box of notecards! Yes!! You will be championing the art of the handwritten note. No texting. No emailing. Actual pen to the paper, baby!
So, how do you win all these fabulous prizes? All you need to do is this: leave a comment here today, and tell us one of your favorite Christmas memories, or share a holiday anecdote, or tell us your favorite part of Handmade Wednesday and why you're here. Tomorrow I will randomly select the winners. And, it will be so much fun to read everyone's comments today! I know, right? I like to think of us all in one big room, eating Egg Nog Sugar Cookies and crafting little Kissing Balls, while listening to Andy Williams belt out "Happy Holidays". Happy, happy, holiday bliss.
Thanks so much for taking time out of your crazy holiday schedule to be here today. Can't think of a nicer way to spend a few minutes. Hope you'll find a little time to whip up some cookies and catch someone under the kissing ball. The merriest of merry and the happiest of happy to you! xo