Making Woven Paper Heart Baskets to Celebrate Santa Lucia Day

 

I have been wanting to learn to make Danish woven paper heart baskets for years, but always felt intimidated by the instructions available to me. So this Fall, Diane and I spent the day together figuring out how to make them. (Of couse, SHE caught on right away and by the time I had finished my first practice basket, she was already in the middle of constructing a 5-strip basket with variations in the strip widths.) Sigh!

I thought I'd share the process of making a basic three-strip basket with you...

Catching up with holiday craftiness

I just have to share some holiday cheer, crafty beauties, and edible art!

 

I spent most of the Thanksgiving weekend helping my friend Heidi make her very first gingerbread house. My part was strictly instructional - an extra pair of hands when needed for wall support, and a bit of assist with piping on frosting. She chose and applied all the candy and cookie decorations. Notice the little kitty faces in all of the windows - one little candy face to represent each of the four members of her kitty family.

St. Nicholas Day has arrived!

Did Sinterklaas visit you last night? Did you put carrots and a little hay in your shoe for his horse, and did you find gold coin candy in your shoe this morning? I hope so!

 

Cookies to celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas

It is almost December 5th - the celebration day of the Feast of St. Nicholas! To get into the spirit, and to learn all about the very first "Santa", visit the Saint Nicholas Center. You will learn about St. Nicholas (who was the Bishop of Myra during the third century) and how families around the world celebrate his feast day.

I wish you could smell my kitchen! Holiday Breads Are Baking!

I have been baking all day, and the fragrance of spices and dried fruit and brandy and almond have turned my kitchen into the most heavenly-scented place on earth. Today I am baking the most delicious almond filled Stollen because Stollen is my husband's favorite. And I am baking a beautiful, dried fruit studded Panettoni because ... well ... Panettoni is my favorite! And... I have mixed up 5 diffrent batches of cookie dough - but more about that tomorrow!

 

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