Monday, November 17, 2014
applesauce cinnamon gingerbread men. I ordered the little pillow through Etsy from Valley Primitives. It's the third little pillow I've ordered from Kim. I just love her work! Plus, each ordered has included a piece of Ghiradelli chocolate in the package - can't beat that!
Monday, November 10, 2014
Many craft projects look better in my head than when they're actually done, but this is one that turned out even better than I'd hoped! And rolling out the dough every afternoon was a lot like playing with Play-Doh. Not bad therapy after a day of work!
I started with the same basic salt dough for each shape:
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water
For the stars, I added about a quarter cup cinnamon to the salt/flour before adding the water. For the gingerbread men, I didn't add any cinnamon to the dough, but rubbed cinnamon, cloves, and or nutmeg onto them after they were cut out, before baking. For the candy canes, I added cinnamon after the dough was mixed, so they have a few veins of cinnamon running through, but it's not mixed thoroughly. The gingerbread men have clove eyes, and the red stripes for the candy canes were added with a barn red craft paint once they were dry.
After baking for an hour at 200, I left them to dry on racks for a few days before putting them in the jar.
Don't feel too bad for David...I did finally make a batch of real cookies for him last night.
I'm posting this on Anderson + Grant's Your Time to Shine link party. Click over to see lots of great projects!
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
I'm blaming Pinterest for my early approach to Christmas this year. Pinterest, late Thanksgiving, and vacation plans are encouraging me to get a jump start.
here, but added about a quarter of a cup of cinnamon to the dough. They smelled wonderful while drying in the oven, but now their cinnamon smell isn't so strong.
Yesterday when I got home, I made the same salt dough, but left out the cinnamon. Using a gingerbread man cookie cutter that I found at Dollar Tree, I cut out the little men then sprinkled cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves on top and rubbed it in a little bit. They have clove eyes and buttons from the clove stems. I like their quirky shape and think they turned out pretty well.
Next up...a couple more recipes. One is applesauce and cinnamon, which I have done before, and then another for non-edible gingerbread men. When I figure out my favorite, I'll post it on the Fremont Kitchen blog.