Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Sweet 'n Knit

There was knitting, sweets, and holiday cheer at Chez Arrow this weekend...the December Sit 'n Knit was a sweet exchange as well, but as soon as guests arrived, I forgot to take out the camera...so no pictures of the gingerbread peoples, toffee grahams, cranberry muffins, pretty sugar cookies, mocha cookies, and other delectable treats.

Here are the party favors...mitten clip magnets, candy cane knitting needles, and sock point protectors...with pom-poms!

Party favors

I made chocolate cupcakes, with a bit of mint in the chocolate ganache frosting.

Candy cane cupcakes

And peppermint bark, with an additional layer of dark chocolate beneath the white.

Peppermint bark

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2005

Bit-o-craft

What a lovely weekend...it just flew by! Dan and I went to our first holiday party of the season, so I made a set of wine charms for the hostess. I also made a set for Dan's sister-in-law, whose birthday we celebrated on Saturday...it was also his mother's birthday...lots of festivities!

Wine charms and coasters

The origami coasters will be part of a Christmas present, I think. I am limiting myself to a few simple crafts that are easy on the hands...how I wish I could knit!

On Sunday we went to the zoo with friends, where we saw reindeer! I like the giraffes...we saw one lower itself down to get a drink of water, and another chewing the leaves and bark from a branch.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Tidbits

Dan made rice pudding on St. Nicholas day. Yummy! No marzipan pig though. Since there is no photo of the rice pudding, how about Santa Paws yawning?

Santa Paws yawns

Make your own penguin! We finally watched March of the Penguins.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

St. Nicholas Day

Today is the feast of St. Nicholas, and I found a plate of lovely cookies this morning. Plus breakfast yummies and little oranges.

Goodies from St. Nicholas

It seems Sinterklaas is also a fan of Tartine Bakery, or at least knew that I am...hm...or perhaps it was Santa Paws?

Santa Paws curled up by the tree
Santa Paws in repose by the Christmas tree

Via not martha: 2005 advent calendar from Leslie Harpold Presents! Make St. Nicholas Bread or try some decorations...a new surprise each day!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Cupcake surprise

Joanne came over last night with a most exciting surprise...cupcake presents! It was as if Christmas had come early...I could barely contain my excitement....she gave me a cupcake pouch, a cupcake doorknob hanger that says "Cupcake sleeps here" and warm fuzzy cupcake slippers...thanks Joanne!

Cupcake goodies

In other (not-so-good) news, I am on a knitting hiatus to rest the hands. So I guess I'll be doing some holiday shopping in the coming weeks, since the handmade gifts I was planning to make may not work out...wahh!