Homemade Goodness For The Season

Contributor Post by Sheila and Shannon of BeadyEyedBird

If you’re like me, now is the time of year you get that irresistible urge to buy, make (and eat) special treats not common at other times of the year. For me, it’s Christmas cookies and candies, ‘comfort soups’, fancy pastries and pies….well, you get the idea.

What are your treasured homemade treats of the holiday season? Our teamies shared some of their favorites and also some items from their shops related to holiday baking, cooking, candy-making, or eating!!

Melissa R from missy69 said:
My Grandma used to make the best Magic Cookie Bars, and they are still my favorite She made something called Jumbo cookies too, but I can not find a proper recipe anywhere for them. The recipe for Magic Cookie Bars, is www.eaglebrand.com/recipe-detail/magiccookiebars-3934 here. Of course you will need a giving plate to give them to friends and family. I am glad to help you there.
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Believe Nativity Christmas Painted Plate the Giving Plate Faith Beautiful Gift Idea Friend Hostess Church Party Plate Luke 2 Bible

willowvalleyvintage from WillowValleyVintage said:

This recipe is a family favorite! Makes a great hostess gift too!

Candy-Coated Pecans

1 egg white
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 dash vanilla extract
4 cups whole pecans

Preheat over to 275 degrees

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.

Beat egg white until stiff. Stir in brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Mix in pecans and stir until coated. Pour nuts onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake until browned, about 10-15 min.

Store in a tin to keep fresh.

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Chef Figurine Hanging Yellow Scoop Wall Pocket Vintage 50s Kitchen Hollywood Ceramic Art Pottery Planter Kitschy Decor Retro Gag Gift

Tanya from socksandmittens said:

My friend gave me this recipe several years ago. These are simple hazelnut butter cookies but they taste so good. We bake them every Christmas since then.

Here is a recipe or if you’d like to see the full version with photographs please visit my blog socksandmittens.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-butter-cookies.html

Hazelnut butter cookies:

Ingredients:
1 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 tea-spoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped hazelnuts
Powdered sugar for dusting

Cream butter and sugar. Add vanilla, flour and salt. Fold in nuts. Knead a dough to make it smooth. Place the dough ball in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350’F. Line the baking sheet with foil. If your dough is too hard cut it with knife to form a strips and then cut it to even pieces. Roll the pieces into balls about the same size and place on ungreased foil about 1″ apart.

Bake at 350’F for about 15 minutes or until golden brown on the bottom. Let them cool completely and dust them with the powdered sugar.

One item from my second shop related to baking is this vintage glass rolling-pin.

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Vintage glass Roll-Rite baker’s rolling-pin Good Housekeeping USA collectible baking memorabilia

Bevan Blackshaw from TimberDimensions said:

Cheese biscuits are a favourite between courses in my house. I think the clean the palate in preparation for the next delicious dish.

Cheese Biscuits

1 Cup plain flour
2 tablespoons self-raising flour
1 teaspoon curry powder
125 gram butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
20 gram blue cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup parmesan extra

Preheat oven to 200C / 400F

place flours curry powder and butter in a food processor till crumbly
Stir in cheeses
Bring mixture together into a ball
Roll into a log. Chill for 1 hr
Cut 5 mm slices and arrange on tray lined with baking paper leaving room between.
Sprinkle with extra cheese.
Bake for 15 min
Enjoy

Here is something to serve them on.

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Serving Platter. wooden, Queensland Walnut

Sue and Misty from shabbyshopgirls said:

We love to make homemade gifts for Christmas and include the recipes! This gorgeous Angel Shortbread mold is perfect for making shortbread or cookies to give as gifts AND it comes with its own recipe book! Whether you make your own gift or want to give a gift to someone who likes to bake – this is the perfect Holiday themed present!

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Vintage Flying Angel Shortbread Cookie Mold by Brown Bag Cookie Art – 1987 Design Cookie Cutter – Wall Art Plaque – Baking Crafts Supplies

Many thanks for all the great shares! Happy Noshing & Holidays, Everyone!

Until Next Time,

Sheila

The Big Game

Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsByCnC

Starting in late summer, the anticipation begins to build as we anxiously await for the opening season kickoff of our favorite National Football League (NFL) team.  The different teams of the (NFL) belong to two different conferences, The National Football Conference (NFC) and The American Football Conference (AFC).

All season long, the teams battle it out to see if the NFC Champions or the AFC Champions will reign supreme in the ultimate showdown, The Big Game.  This game is the most watched television broadcast of the year and is now considered by some an unofficial American national holiday.  Big Game Sunday is the second-largest day for U.S. food consumption, after Thanksgiving Day.

This annual sporting event celebrates football, food and fun.  Some of our team members at Christmas In July share their game day recipes for celebrating the Big Game in style.

 

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Melissa from missy69 shared this dip recipe:

Ingredients

16 ounces sour cream
Real bacon bits
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 package ranch dry dip seasoning mix
Ritz crackers

Instructions

Mix the sour cream, bacon bits, cheddar cheese and ranch seasoning mix.  Let it chill and serve with crackers.

 

 

 


 

Alicia at AliciasFindings said:

My family always does cheese,meats and such.

One of our favorites is a Baked Brie!

Ingredients

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 round brie cheese (8 to 12 ounces, 5- to 7-inch diameter)
1 large egg, beaten
Instructions

Warm oven to 400 F
Roll out the puff pastry and wrap the brie in it
Brush the pastry with egg
Bake for 35-40 minutes and you have ooey gooey Goodness!


 

Jessica of SummerStarsMasonJars says:

Here is a really good super easy buffalo chicken dip!

Ingredients

• 2 halves chicken breast (or 3 small cans of chicken)
• 3/4 cup hot sauce (I use Franks)
• 2 blocks 1/3 less fat cream cheese
• 1 cup ranch dressing
• 1 bag Mexican cheese blend

Instructions

Stir together all ingredients until well-combined in crock pot. Cook on low for 1½ hours or until cheese is melted and dip starts to bubble on edges. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking. Serve with tostitos!

 

#CIJParty 2015 – Welcome To The Christmas In July Party

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Good morning everyone! Welcome to the #CIJParty here on the CIJ blog! We wanted a way to party with all of our team members and followers around the globe during #EtsyCIJ 2015, so we are taking this party virtual. Besides, what better way to attend classes, enjoy guest blog articles and get swag bags, than from the comfort of your deck, patio, or swimming pool in July?

Sit back, relax and enjoy the party!CIJFacebookAviGood

Classes

We’ll be having new classes posted all day for your crafting and learning convenience and excitement! Here’s the schedule – all times in Eastern Standard Time:

5:00 am – Christmas In Soviet Latvia by Pauls and Daiga of ThreadandPaintStudio

5:30 am – Tutorial: Plastic Bottle Cuff Bracelet by Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns

6:00 am – Leather Bags and Accessories Designer Rina by Rina of RinartsAtelier

6:30 am – Summer Trends  by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

7:00 am – Christmas In July Team Member Blogs by Alicia of AliciasFindings

7:30 am – Collage Artist Lin by Lin of rhodyart

8:00 am – Tutorial: Shaun The Sheep by Megha of byTheArtBug

8:30 am – Jewelry Artist Betty by Betty of LadySnooks

9:00 am – Scuba Blue Pantone Fashion Color For Spring 2015 by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

9:30 am – 4 Amazing Free Publicity Opportunities For Your Business by Gail of Atttention Getting

10:00 am – Tutorial: Motif Blanket by Becky of fantasticmio

10:30 am – Christ kindle Markt:  Christmas Markets the German Way by Mary of StockLaneStudio

11:00 am – Marsala by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

11:30 am – Social Media Tips by Alicia of AliciasFindings

12:00 pm – Tutorial: Shabby Mermaid Bust by Patricia and Rebecca of northandsouthshabby

12:30 pm – Vintage Decorations Continue Christmas Traditions by Molly of MollyFinds

1:00 pm – Designer Wendy by Wendy of WJDesigns

1:30 pm – Heartfelt Christmas Memories On Etsy by Kristy Jo of KrystalKlarityBeads

2:00 pm – Five Minute Fireworks by Christina of lebeauchaton

2:30 pm – Creator And Designer Becky by Becky of LollysCubbyHole

3:00 – Tutorial: Turn Old Crayons Into New Fun by Angie of CraftyMom75

3:30 – Photographer Amanada by Amanda of AlphabetArtPrints

Swag Bags

Let’s face it, besides the food and the friends, the best part of the party is the goodie bag! We’ve pulled together a fun download bundle of projects and printables as a ‘thank you’ for stopping by today.

Thank you Jen from CaffeinatedPapercuts for providing our swag bags today! Jen is a member of the CIJ leadership team, writes for our blog, and is a swag bag expert!

Click here for your Swag Bag!

Tell Your Friends

The official hashtag for this year’s party is #CIJParty and if you’re partying with us today, we’d love to see! Be sure to use Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc. Are you new to social media? Don’t be shy! We look forward to getting to know you! Being at a party is all about interacting and developing relationships!

Go Shopping

Many of our Christmas in July members are partying along with us by offering some sweet sales. Think of this as our version of hitting the snack bar!

When you use the Etsy search bar simply put in Christmasinjuly (23,329 items) or CIJ (71,803 items). So many fantastic deals from fantastic shops during #EtsyCIJ 2015.

We are excited to share unique items directly from creative people around the world!

Popular Items For Christmas In July

Many shops are using the universal coupon code – EtsyCIJ15 – so please watch for coupon codes before you check out.

Other shops have already reduced their prices and their items are as marked.

Now, LET’S PARTY!

Michelle-

Memories Of A Lifetime – #CIJCookieExchange

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the months of November and December sharing holiday recipes during the first Christmas In July Cookie Exchange! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJCookieExchange right here on our blog!

The Cookie Exchange began on Wednesday – November 19th, 2014 and concluded on Tuesday – December 23rd. As I mentioned the team is international and we received recipes from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative bakers!

Each team member shared with us their recipe, as well as a little bit about their memories of holiday baking. I personally made a few of these new recipes this season! I added them to the assortment I bake each year! Please join me as we conclude the #CIJCookieExchange!ChristmasCookies_12.24.14

Here are the recipes:

1. November 19 – Struffoli /Ghirlandiamo – Lia
2. November 21 – Buns / fifirixtra – Ifigeneia
3. December 4  – Pumpkin Tikvenik / ElegantJewelryRMM – Rositza
4. December 9 – Pecan Nugget Cookies / Corkycrafts
5. December 10 – Habichuelas Con Dulce / TheLarimarShop – Angie
6. December 11 – Four Way Fudge / CrochetNature – Jessica
7. December 12 – Roasted Almonds: Bavarian Style / MermaidsHatBox – Barbara
8. December 16 – Saint Lucie Cats / Vamperstein – Kristin
9. December 17 – Stained Glass Cookies / StockLaneStudio
10. December 18 – Peanut Butter & Honey Dog Cookies (For your Furry Friends) / NauticoCreations
11. December 18 – Seven Layer Bars / designbcb – Beverly
12. December 19 – Traditional Greek Melomakarona /AJRusticCreations – Andrea
13. December 22 – Soft Gingerbread / ReDesignedandRecycled – Linda
14. December 23 – Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti /LollysCubbyHole – Becky
15. December 23 – Chocolate Dings / PlethoraGifts – Cindy

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the Cookie Exchange!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Jessica from CrochetNature
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJCookieExchange on social media as you visit all the delicious recipes we shared with you!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJCookieExchange!

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#CIJCookieExchange – Chocolate Dings

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make Chocolate Dings
– Recipe from Cindy of PlethoraGifts

1. What is your recipe?

“Chocolate Dings”
Recipe from Cindy – USA

Chocolate Dings (this is my grama’s recipe and as a kid I misread the name….it was really Chocolate Drops, but the “Ding” stuck)
1 c. peanut butter (smooth)
2 Tablespoon butter
1 c. icing sugar, sifted
1 c. chopped walnuts
3/4 to 1 c. dates, chopped fine

Coating:
4 to 5 sq. semi-sweet chocolate
1 piece paraffin wax (size of a “walnut”…that’s about 1 Tablespoon)

Mix first 5 ingredients together and form into balls. (Size is up to you) Melt chocolate and wax together. Sitr well. Dip balls in chocolate and place on waxed paper to cool. Keep in closed container in refrigerator. I know it may seem weird to put wax in the recipe but it makes the chocolate harden. You can find this in the baking section.ChocolateDings (640x480)

2. What is it about this cookie that you love?

These are amazing. How can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate?!

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?

My Grama used to make these so I have wonderful memories visiting her at Christmas time in Southampton, a town on Lake Huron in Ontario, Canada.

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.

I’ve been making them since I was a little girl and as a mother of 2, they have been our family’s favorite Christmas cookie which were always left for Santa.

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/PlethoraGifts
www.facebook.com/plethoraoccasions

Marsala Burgundy Ribbed Neckwarmer From PlethoraGifts

Marsala Burgundy Ribbed Neckwarmer From PlethoraGifts

 

#CIJCookieExchange – Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Let’s make Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti – Recipe from LollysCubbyHole

1. What is your recipe?

Recipe – Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti

1/4 C. Light Olive Oil ( only use the light, regular doesn’t work)
3/4 C. white sugar
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp. Almond Extract
2 eggs
1 3/4 C. All Purpose Flour
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 C dried Cranberries
1 1/2 C. Pistachio Nuts ( shelled)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F ( 150 degrees C.)

1) In a large bowl, mix together oil & sugar until well blended.

2) Mix in the vanilla & almond extracts, then beat in the eggs.

3) Combine flour, salt, & baking powder; gradually stir into egg mixture.

4) Mix in cranberries & pistachio nuts by hand.

5) Divide dough in half. Form two logs ( 12 x 2 inches on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Dough may be sticky; so wet your hands with cool water to handle dough more easily.

6) Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the logs are light brown. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

7) Reduce oven heat to 275 degrees F ( 135 degrees C).

8) Cut logs on the diagonal into 3/4 inch thick slices. Lay flat on sides on the parchment covered cookie sheet.

9) Bake approximately 8 – 10 minutes or until dry. ( I sometimes flip the slices during that time period.)

10) Cool on a baking rack. Enjoy!

Once they are completely cool, you can store in a canister or zip lock bag. In the refrigerator, they will last for weeks.B (250x250)

2. What is it about this cookie that you love?

I love this recipe because it is easy, children can help and it is so festive with the red of the cranberries, and the green of the pistachios!

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?

I made these after purchasing commercial grade biscotti and decided I wanted to try making them myself!

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.

My mother still asks about these “cookies” and just recently told me she would really like some! So I guess I should keep the recipe on the counter and get some made and shipped out to her for a
pre- holiday surprise! I will send a photo when I get a batch made!

5. What are your social media sites?

www.facebook.com/lollyscubby
www.pinterest.com/beckybsb
twitter.com/LollysCubbyHole

Felt Hearts From LollysCubbyHole

Felt Hearts From LollysCubbyHole

#CIJCookieExchange – Soft Gingerbread

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s Make Soft Gingerbread
– Recipe from Linda of ReDesignandReCycled

1. What is your recipe?

“Soft Gingerbread”
Recipe from Linda – Sweden

1 packet of brown sugar (5 dl)
200g butter
4 eggs
3 dl sour cream
6 dl flour
2 tablespoons cinnamon
2 tsp cloves
2 tsp ginger
2 tsp bicarbonate

Grease and brothel the two baking tins. Melt the butter. Whip the sugar and eggs until fluffy. Add the rest. Bake the cake in the bottom of the oven for about 40 minutes at 175 degrees.SoftGingerbread

3. How did you learn to make this cookie?

This is my grandmas recipe.  It´s in Swedish measures cause I don’t know how to translate them, but there are conversion sites on the internet!

4. Please share a story or memory to go along with the cookie.

I love this recipe because it´s very simple and makes me think of Christmas. It´s my grandmas recipe and she taught me how to make it when I was little and now the tradition lives on.

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/ReThinkDesign

twitter:
twitter.com/ReThinkDesign

instagram
instagram.com/rethinkdesign

Saddle Cover Made Of Recycled Oilcloth From ReDesignandReCycled

Saddle Cover Made Of Recycled Oilcloth From ReDesignandReCycled