Saturday, December 29, 2012

Almost the end

Not the end of 2012 but the end of my Christmas vacation. I'm not in the mountain anymore, so I have access to Internet again and I'm able to share my thoughts with you again. Beginning with a picture of the way to my mountain's house :

This last week was perfect : snow, fire in the chimney, skiing, real cream and cheese and sausage... So sad we have to go back in two days.

The good thing is we gonna see our dog after 15 days, probably too big to be recognized. And I will scrap again !

I hope you had a wonderful holidays time....

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas cookies

As I told you, I'm cooking a lot of cookies as teacher's gift for Christmas. Few boxes are already on their way, few more are ready to go and two are still in the oven.

I was planning to customize old tin box, but I was short on time, so I went to Michaels instead two days ago, where all the christmas paper products by Martha Stewart were 70% off. So I grabbed 3 packages of 6 complete boxes. I will have few left for next year. But I'm very pleased with the result.

If you want to cook some for yourself, follow this recipe :

You need :
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup and half of sugar
- 3 or 4 cups of flour
- 2 cup of almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
- few drops of almond extract

Mix eggs, sugar, extract and baking powder together then add flour cup by cup. The result should be very thick. Add the almonds.
On a cooking sheet cover with parchment paper, make long loafs, not too thick. 
Cook in a preheat oven (360F) during 40mn. Cut the loafs in slices and put back in the oven for 3 more minutes.
Let them cool and enjoy.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas decoration

As a challenge for my french Cricut forum, I asked everyone to create a Christmas decoration  to hang on the tree. I was a little late to show mine, but here we are :

I used a picture of Damask decor cartridge with blackout.

Today, I'm cooking again. This time I'm making French cookies for my daughter's teachers. It's like biscotti but better. Maybe you will have the recipe tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

White chocolate and rasperry cake

Ok. I'm leaving in few days now, I need to empty the fridge. Too much eggs and rasperry in the bottom fridge, I'm doing a cake. It's a really easy one, I will put the recipe under the picture.

You will need :

- 1 lb of white chocolate chips
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 lb of butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 lbs of rasperries
- 1/3 cup of heavy whipped cream

Reserve 1/4 of the chocolate chips and few  rasperries for decoration.
Melt chocolate chips and butter in microwave. Add sugar, stir, thenadd flour, stir. Add eggs one by one and stir. In a grease mold, put half of the batter. Add rasperries in one layer and cover with the rest of batter.
Cook for 40mn in the oven (350F). Let it cool.
Melt the chips (except few) with cream in a pan, medium heat. Pour on the cake and decorate.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Snowy Christmas

I'm a week away from my Christmas vacation, and I'm so excited I'm checking the weather and the local webcam there everyday ! We're going to a small village in the French Alps, already cover with snow (more than two feet).

Can you see the church ? There is a big house on the right of the church. Our house is behind it. I can't wait ! Here is a picture of the front view :

By the way, if you want to rent it, here is the link :

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Once more...

Yeah me ! I'm proud to announce that another of my projects was choose to be published by Northridge Publishing. So I remove all the pictures of it in my french blog and Pinterest board, and I sent it today to Utah...
I can't wait to see the book !

If you curious, you maybe notice my tiny picture on my blog. This was taken in Vegas, near the treasure Island. My daughter took this picture, and I like it very much. I choose it for a challenge last year. Subject : all about me.

Can't remember the brand for the paper. I used an embossing pen with clear embossing powder on the red flower and the flourish (even if you cannot see it, it's there), blue crystal beads, few flowers and my Cricut for almost all the letters and the frame.

Don't bother to look in older post into Scrapbooks etc... website, I didn't win. But I'm very satisfied with this layout. I should do more scrapbook page about me.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas box

You surely have a bunch of old Christmas thing you don't know what to do with. Here is a idea to upgrade a simple candlelighted wood box.

I painted the box in sliver then glue a Christmas ribbon inside the box. I cut a rectangle in a acrylic sheet a little larger than the box on one side, and cut a rectangle of ribbon larger on one side also. I glue the ribbon with two side brimming over the acrylic, then adhere one side of the ribbon on the backof the acrylic rectangle, the other side on the inside of the box.

You could put a electric candelight in it, it's very pretty.
Happy Holidays season !