Folding little Christmas trees - addictive.
Caron Simply Soft yarn - Feels so good running through your fingers. Read the reviews - I am not alone in this opinion.
Loops and Threads Country Loom yarn - I finished two-thirds of an afghan today. No, not kidding. I may finish the rest tonight.
Chainless foundation - These tutorials, here and here, taught me how to make a whole line of single crochets without starting with a long chain stitch. Therefore, the afghan.
The movie Tangled - The scenes featuring Maximus the horse were worth the price of admission. All over the theater I could hear adults as well as children laughing out loud. (We haven't seen Voyage of the Dawn Treader yet, but I'm sure it will be a favorite, too.)
A simple 4-in-1 cookie recipe that has been in my recipe box for years, but I never made it until this year. My favorite version: lemon flavoring with dried Craisins. The recipe originated from McCormick.
Did you discover some new favorites this Christmas?
Vanilla Butter Cookies
4 cookies from one recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 t salt
Preheat 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and beat well. Blend in flavorings and spices. Combine salt with flour; add to creamed mixture. Stir in add-ons.
Drop by rounded teaspoons, or roll into balls. Flatten slightly with bottom of a glass dipped in flour or powdered sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes until slightly golden.
Flavorings and Add-ons:
1. Vanilla Butter: Add 1 T vanilla extract
2. Lemon: Add 2 t lemon extract plus 1-2 t. ground ginger
3. Cranberry Almond: Add 1 t. almond extract. Stir in 1/2 cup driend cranberries ("Craisin") and 1/2 cup chopped toasted almonds. (Note I skip the almond and almond flavor, and make these lemon-cranberry)
4. Chocolate Mint: Add 1 t. mint extract along with 1 T. vanilla. Add 1/2 cup cocoa to flour mixture. Stir in 2/3 cup chocolate chips (I used chocolate mint M&Ms)