December in Review

Well, hello again! I can’t believe it’s been a month since the last time I posted. Between getting ready for the holidays and coming down with the flu a couple weeks ago, I just couldn’t seem to find the time or energy to get a post together. So here’s a look at what I’ve been up to in the last month.

For the gift exchange at my work’s holiday party, I decided to do a bottle of wine and some homemade treats. As my friend and co-worker has Celiac disease, all the treats had to be gluten-free – i.e. flourless or with easily substituted ingredients (like g-free pretzels and oreos).

Candied Pecans from Aimee over on Shugary Sweets

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Soooo good! And the house smells like Christmas while they’re baking!

Christmas Cookie Bark I found at Keeping up with the Kitchen Mom

Christmas Bark

Very good and very sweet! Satisfies your sweet tooth with just a couple pieces.

Christmas Crunch from Cooking Classy

Christmas Crunch

Quite possibly my favorite of the bunch. So addicting!

Chocolate Covered Peanuts from Steph at Plain Chicken

Chocolate Covered Peanuts

So simple and easy! And you can’t go wrong with peanuts and chocolate!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies adapted from Brandy at BD Design

G-free Peanut Butter Cookies

Since I didn’t have sea salt on hand, I added just under 1/2 tsp of table salt to the dough. I also found I had to press the dough balls flat prior to baking, and baked them between 8 and 10 minutes. These were a big hit!

Gluten-free Mocha Hazelnut Cookies from ifood.tv

G-Free Mocha Hazelnut Cookies

These use G-free Bisquick. Ingenious! And so much easier than trying to use specialized flours and xanthan gum.

Some friends of mine hosted their 2nd Annual Christmas Movie Marathon Party this month, and in addition to the obvious watching of movies, we did some Christmas crafting as well. We made glittered ornaments using pledge floor finish (more info here), candy cane-filled ornaments, and finger print canvas art.

We used ribbons and scrapbook stickers to jazz up the ornaments.

We used ribbons and scrapbook stickers to jazz up the ornaments.

The bulbs on the light strands are thumb prints of the party-goers, and the lights on the tree are finger prints (sort-of lol). I think we may need some practice, but I love the idea of everyone contributing to a keepsake from the party.

The bulbs on the light strands are thumb prints of the party-goers, and the lights on the tree are finger prints (sort-of lol). I think we may need some practice, but I love the idea of everyone contributing to a keepsake from the party.

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I love the “Let it Snow” and “OSU” ornaments! So cute!

I also mentioned in a previous post that I had been knitting some hats for the babies of the family. I used Justyna Lorkowska’s “I Heart Cables” pattern on Ravelry. This pattern is also on Petite Purls, but there are errors in the cable instructions, so be sure to go to Ravelry for the correct pattern. This hat turned out so cute for both the babies! And my older niece seemed to like my test hat.

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Natalie's Hat

Aren’t they just so adorable?!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful December! As always, questions and comments are welcome! I’d love to hear from you! Have a Happy New Year!