Monday, December 6, 2010

Home for the Holiday Blog Day #11

Welcome to Day #11 of the Home for the Holiday Blog Hop!!! There is much excitement in the air with the Christmas Season upon!! Christmas songs are being played.....decorations are going up....cookies are being baked.....the shopping is coming along......and the wind is blowing!! The wind is a true sign here in Troutdale, Oregon that winter is here!! It is the time we hold onto our hats and make sure that everything outside is put away or buttoned down....otherwise you may never see it again!!

I truly welcome you to my blog and hope that you enjoy your time here!!  It has been so much fun visiting each designers blog, reading about their holiday fun, printing out their recipes, and making plans to start the special projects they have shared!!
Now if I only had more time to get them all done!!

If you have enjoyed this blog hop make sure to give a special THANK YOU to Stacy West of Buttermilk Basin for putting this Home for the Holidays Blog Hop and Cookie Swap together!!
Thank you Stacy!!

Making frosted sugar cookies has always been a favorite of my family's, along with rice crispy treats, fudge, and butterscotch Chinese noodle clusters. My mom used to make the best date log candy. I know that dates just don't sound appealing but this candy was so good!! My dad would help her stir and stir the candy until it was so thick you could pour it onto wet cloths, roll it into a log, chill it and cut it into thin slices!!

As I was choosing a cookie recipe to share with you I wanted to find one that was different, easy, and yummy....so I chose a recipe, submitted it, and low and behold out of all the cookies recipes in the world, and 12 designers, two of us chose the same one!!! So you know it must be good!! Renee Plains from Liberty Star shared the recipe called Gooey Butter Cookies!! They melt in your mouth!!


After going through my recipes again....
I figured that any time is a good time for chocolate!!
  CHOCOLATE CRINKLES
are the recipe of the day!!
I first had these cookies when I was in high school. The high school  band that I was a part of was on a "band trip" visiting and playing out of town and the home that was hosting me served them!
I instantly fell in love with them and have been making them ever since!! I hope you try them and add them to your Christmas goody tray!!!
There are so many fun family traditions that many of us share. Some go on for years....others change as our kids grow and our families change. Over the years, as we celebrate the holidays, we find that there are loved family members who are gone and new little ones that are born.
 I encourage you to treasure the memories of the past, share them with the new little ones, and celebrate the making of new memories today.


I have fond memories of the stocking we hung from wherever we could...not always having a fireplace. They were my dads wool boot socks....gray with red toes and heals!! Stretched so long after being filled with an orange and nuts to crack!!! I really don't remember what else we got in them except those two things....I sure love that memory!! Maybe that's where my love for wool began!!!???
Other favorite memories for me growing up were matching dresses made by my mom, homemade toys made by my dad and shiny tinsel on the tree!!
Christmas 1960....
I'm on the left age 5,  my sister Arlene in the middle, & on the far right is my sister Janice
 (sister Mary Ann was not born yet)
After having a family on my own, one of my favorite things to do is to hang the mistletoe in a doorway, wait to find someone under it, and surprise them with a hug & kiss!!
So my project I created to share with you is:
  
Wooly Mistletoe with Button Berries!!
A special treat!!! ....there will be a drawing on
Thursday December 9th at midnight for all of my followers!!!
If your name is drawn I will send you a kit for the Wooly Mistletoe and Button Berries!!

 From my family to yours...
may you have a very merry and memory filled Christmas with lots hugs and kisses from family and friends!!
Olivia, Lincoln, Addison, Hailey, Emma

79 comments:

Michelle said...

Debbie, thank you for sharing! What a cute Mistletoe wool project! And congrats on the new addition! I wish I could have made it to Holly Days on Saturday but just could not make it this year.

Michelle

Robyn said...

love your pattern & the cookie recipe too. I'm in Australia........... what's powdered sugar? We don't have that here ????

Martina said...

So lovely! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely pattern! And I have to try those cookies!Mmh!

crystal said...

I love reading your blog and keeping up with your children. What a treasure! The 1 year birthday party pictures are priceless. Thank you for the pattern and the cookie recipe.

Ellen S said...

Debbie,
Thank you so much for the pattern and cookie recipe...love what you and all the designers have done!! It has given me something to look forward to every Tuesday and Friday!!

Ellen

suz said...

I love this mistletoe project! It's so unique and really beautiful. I also love the picture of you and your sisters. It so reminds me of my childhood. My mom made my sister's and my matching dresses as well - at what is a Christmas tree without tons of tinsel! I'm looking forward to following your blog and have added a couple of your patterns to my "need" list.

Kathy B. said...

Thanks for the great design. Can't wait to get stitching! Your Christmas picture from 1960 brought back memories (we're the same age!) A favorite picture of mine is from the same time period with my sisters, brother and cousins gathered around my grandparents and their tree.

SueB said...

This blog hop has been great. The cookie recipes have been wonder and the patterns have just been the best.

Vickie said...

Thank you so much for sharing, Debbie! What a great post! Thanks! The cookies are one of our favorites! I love the mistletoe! Can't wait to make it!
Happy Holidays!

Gretchen said...

Thanks for the great project!

Cheryl said...

This is my favorite project of the hop so far!! Love it, love it and plan to make it, hopefully with your kit!

Anonymous said...

The mistletoe is so cute and so clever! I can't wait to make it up! Thank you!
julie z

Jodi said...

Oh how I remember Dad's wool socks on the wall on Christmas Eve, his feet were probably pretty cold since there were 6 of us that needed his socks. I wonder how many holes are in that wall, I am going to have to check to see if they are patched up! Sweet project - might have time for that one yet. Thanks.

Maggey and Jim said...

Thanks for the lovely story, this has truly been fun hearing from all of you.I absolutely love that mistletoe project... REally cute and so pretty.. I love wool too and the warmth it has..
Happy Holidays,
Maggey

Pat said...

Thanks for the mistletoe project, can't wait to make it! Mmmmm and the cookies look so good!
Pat

Vicki said...

Thanks for sharing your Christmas stories, your cute wool recipe and yummy-looking cookie recipe. This blog hop has been a lot of fun. Thanks for participating.

The Wooden Acorn said...

I love your family story. Thank you for sharing all. Very heart warming.

soper@reddoorquilting.com said...

Adorable, how creative. I may have to try this pattern!

imagrandma2five said...

I absolutely love the mistletoe wool project. It is so unique! I am going to start on one today. And as for the chocolate crinkles, the lady I babysat for when I was in high school (many Christmases ago!) kept these in her cookie jar. And she was kind enough to give me the recipe. They are a staple here at my house.
Thanks a bunch for the project and the recipe.

my3Kitties said...

love your wool pattern, just too creative - can't wait to make one for myself!~ Happy Holidays, Tammy

WoolenSails said...

I love the idea of making mistletoe and have seen holly done with wool, would be fun to make and hang a round the house.

Debbie

paulette said...

Thanks for the pattern and cookie recipe!! Thanks so much!
Paulette

Sue said...

What a fantastic post! I am following the 'blog hop' and so glad I came to yours.

Your cookies looking wonderful.

Love the photo of you and your sisters by the tree. Precious.

Merry Christmas!
Sue

Lee said...

What an adorable project! thanks for sharing!

Christie said...

Chocolate Crinkles!!! A favorite from my childhood - I don't make them very often, will have to this Christmas. Love the Wooly Mistletoe - it is so adorable. Thanks for sharing. Glad I found your blog thru this hop! HUGS... and stitches

Patti said...

I LOVE THIS MISTLETOE!!!
I've been in a mistletoe mood this holiday and am working on designing mistletoe in wool applique. This is so unigue and I just can't wait to find some time to sit with a Christmas movie and make this. Thank you ever so much for sharing! I am off to become a follower ~ I bet I'll be stopping by daily from now on ;)
Blessings, Patti

Mary said...

Thanks for the adorable mistletoe pattern. I so hope I'll get at least one cluster made before Christmas. What fun. Can't wait to see you and all your fabulous treasures at Road2CA in January!

Kathy H said...

Thanks for sharing your story and pattern. I had been looking for a recipe for the chocolate crinkles and there was yours. Hope you all have a merry CHristmas.

Suejean said...

Thank-you for the darling project. I was just introduced to wool appliqué in October and Love It!! I want to make everything. So happy I found your website.

Karen said...

What a unique wool pattern

Criterion Ranch said...

Dear Debbie, I live 12 miles south of Maupin and we seem to be the source of our WIND !! I have been a felter for a long time ~ where I knit bags and then felt them. I just finished a fall wall hanging and it was my first wool yardage felting... I LOVE IT... Thank you so much for the cutiest new idea !! Stay warm Loretta

Rejchrts said...

Yummy cookies and what a good idea for a project......it will be fun to have mistletoe to hang every year and not worry about it dying and looking sad!!! Can't wait for you to make me one! Love you mom, so proud of you!!!

Marya L said...

Wow! I have never had mistletoe! This pattern is perfect - thanks so much! I can't wait to try the cookies too! Yum!

Linda said...

I love this project. Thanks so much! Those cookies were always on my mother's cooky plate at Christmas. This blog hop has been a treasure trove of ideas!

Shebandowan said...

What a unique pattern and giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win the kit. Happy holidays.

Janet

allcounty said...

Mistletoe is fantastic,cute. What a clever idea. Can't wait to pull some wool and make it.
Thank you:) Chocolate Crinkles are my son's favorite. Merry Christmas. Karin E :)

Shakerwood said...

How adorable is that?! The grandkids and the mistletoe project. Can't beat a wool project! Thanks so much.

Darlene B said...

What a cute project! That would be such a fun conversation piece to have hung up at the family parties, and to see who forgets about it and gets caught! Thanks for the great cookie recipe also.
dsb448@att.net

Anonymous said...

Cute project. Thank you.

Darlis

Marcia said...

The Mistletoe wool project is cute and chocolate cookies look tasty. For the Robyn from Australia - powdered sugar is also called confectioner's sugar. Thanks for the giveaway and hosting this stop on the buttermilk hop.

~Kathleen said...

Debbie, I love Chocolate Crinkle cookies! Thank you for the recipe and adorable Wooly Mistletoe with Button Berries project. Please include me in the drawing for the kit. I have never made anything out of wool but really would like to try it. ~Kathleen

Jan PATEK said...

Absolutely awesome little girl dresses. Brought back such neat memories. Thank you. And the project and cookies look great too. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Debbie, Such a cute & unique mistletoe!!! YOU really were thinking "out side the box". I love it, along with your family stories and yummy cookie recipe. Thanks for being part of the blog-hop. Happy Holidays, Debby (WI)

kathy said...

Your post brought back a lot of wonderful memories for me. I, too, remember the homemade dresses, plaid of course and the tinsel on the trees. It must have taken mom forever to clean up that tinsel. Loved your pattern and the chocolate cookie recipe. Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Karen said...

I just love the mistletoe wool project. Thank you so much for the wonderful pattern. I really enjoy your blog and wish so much I could take classes with you at Hollyhill Quilt Shoppe. I love working with wool, it is my favorite part of quilting right now. Thanks too for the cookie recipe too. Happy Holidays! Karen M

Carrie P. said...

Such fun to read your blog. Thanks for sharing the pattern.
Oh, what a lovely family you have. Merry Christmas.

Sandy said...

What a darling pattern. Thank you so much for sharing and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the drawing.

Cindi P. said...

I love working with wool and can hardly wait to make the mistletoe and buttons project! thanks

aztel2000 said...

Thanks for the cute project. I love your photos from Christmas past with you and your sisters in matching dresses--adorable!
Karen in Breezy Point

Jeff said...

This is the best blog yet!!!!! Especially since I got to eat the cookies you made for the picture you took for the blog.......

Annette S said...

Great idea for mistletoe. Will surely need to make. Thank you. Have got to try the gooey butter cookies since that was your first thought for a recipe.
Happy Holidays!

schmidt1016 said...

That picture with the matching dresses and the tinsel on the tree looks so like what my Christmases were like! I'm a few years older than you, but we always got the orange and the nuts in the stocking, too! Great memories and I love the felt mistletoe. Thanks so much!

Leslie S. in MN
esclante at comcast dot net

Briarside Lane said...

What a cute project! And I have never worked with wool so a kit would be perfect! (But thanks so much for sharing the pattern, too.) ...Karen

AllisonK said...

I have never had mistletoe in our home because I've never found any that I've liked until now! DARLING, DARLING, DARLING! Thank you.

Terri said...

Great post Debbie! I love the mistletoe project! So cute, my favorite of the hop. I'll be stitching some up for next year.

Was fun teaching with you at Homespun and Holly Days on Saturday!

I wish you and yours a very special and meaningful Christmas.

Love ~ Terri

gmp said...

I love your wool Mistletoe project. What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing this project and your cookie recipe. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

Anonymous said...

love the wooly mistletoe! and Congratulations on the new baby! Christmas will be extra special!
HM

Sharon said...

Very cute mistletoe project! Thanks for sharing!

Debra @ Life is a Stitch said...

THanks so much for the great Wooly mistletoe idea!!! and of course, I would love the kit if I should happen to win! Thanks for participating in the Home for the holidays hop. I am lovin' it!
I have regularly visited your blog, but am a recent follower. thanks again, and Merry Christmas!

Pamie said...

Thank you for your beautiful project. Looking forward to making it for my holiday decorated home!!

Kathy said...

I am so glad I found your blog! I can't wait to make the mistletoe ball. So original! I remember meeting you at Road 2 CA, I think it was, and you had just received the beautiful gift of triplet granddaughters! I also have triplet granddaughters that turned 3 this last week. Isn't it a blessing? Hope to see you at Road again!
Kathy

Michelle said...

Thanks for the great pattern and the recipe! I love chocolate crinkles!

Rebecka said...

Thanks for sharing your Mistletoe project. I love it. The cookie recipe it wonderful. Have a very Merry Christmas.

Marsha said...

Very cute project and I love the pictures from your childhood. They look a lot like some of mine!

old crow said...

Debbie, thank you for sharing such a sweet Mistletoe pattern!! Cookies sound yummy too!! I will have to try them both!!

Merry Christmas!!
Mona

The Michigonians said...

Going to be a fun project to add to my Christmas collection. Probably will start the Mistletoe tradition as well...I know my hubby will like it too. Can't wait until I see you on Wooly Wednesday...another fun day to spend with a special friend. Thanks for sharing your life with us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the free pattern. I've never seen anything like this before as a pattern. How unique. Deb Austin

Jan said...

Simply wonderful and sew unique. Can't wait to make it!

Anonymous said...

I am new to your site--found you through the Home for the Holidays blog. Love your mistletoe project and wonder if I could order a kit. Also LOVE the wooly acorn pin cushion and would like to order a kit and/or pattern for it if possible--couldn't find it on your website.

PLEASE HELP!

Beth said...

Great blog. I just became a follower. Can't wait to check out more of your patterns.
Love the holiday pictures. I remember matching dresses.

Karen in Tucson said...

Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories. My sister and I were also dressed alike - we are 22 months apart. My dad also made toys for us. What wonderful memories I have of family Christmas both then and now with all our children, grands and greats!

Patty Nordahl said...

Great project I hope I'll have time to make it before Christmas. I am saving all the cookie receipes for after the holidays then we'll have "the cookie of the month" at our house in 2011.

Candace said...

Hi Debbie! My friend Cyndy at Prim-Point told me I should come over and so glad I did! Oh how I love Chocolate Crinkles, and your fantastic Mistletoe project! Thanks for making my day!
Cheers!

Cathy said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful project. I think I still have time to make it up!!

Quiltingmama said...

Debbie: Darling misletoe project, thanks so much for sharing! This blog hop has been so much fun! Angela

Carol said...

What a great post Debbie...yummy cookies and the grandchildren Christmas picture is wonderful! Love the mistletoe!

bairdmtn said...

Love the mistletoe and berries! Now we can be guaranteed a smooch every year without looking frantically for mistletoe! Thank you for the pattern d the yummy cookie recipe!

Calico Rabbit said...

Debbie,
I am late getting to read all the posts from the blog hop, but I wanted to tell you how AWESOME this project is and to say thank you so much for sharing it!

Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Hugs,
Kerri
thecalicorabbit.blogspot.com

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