Showing posts with the label WINTER HOLIDAYS

Chonky Boys: The Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches that Scream Summer!

Featuring my thick and nuggy Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookies, these ice cream sandwiches are the stuff that summer dreams are made of.  If you've ever had the Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich at Disneyland , you are going to LOVE these!  These big and bold chocolate chip cookies are based on a recipe from my culinary school studies at Auguste Escoffier, but with a few modifications to give them that Jennuine touch.  They make the perfectas book for a fat slice of real vanilla bean ice cream.  And those mini chips?  You just gotta have that extra cronch! Thank goodness this recipe only makes 8 sandwiches, otherwise I would be eating them for breakfast lunch and dinner.  This way, my big family can help save me from my inner child diet-saboteur.   Print With Image Without Image Chonky Boy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches Yield: 8 Author: Jenn Erickson Loaded with chocolate chips and buttery, brown-sugary vanilla flavor, these mall-sized cookies form a perfect partnership with a

Marzipan Pigs ~ Wishing You a Very Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I am thankful to a good friend for reminding me of the New Year tradition of making marzipan pigs.  Last night our families gathered and after a delicious dinner, a walk in the crisp evening air, and some rollicking conversation, we sat down with our children, got our hands nice and sticky, and created a passel of perfect pink porcines. The tradition of making and giving Glücksschwein (lucky pigs) made from marzipan during the winter holidays dates back to Germany in the Middle Ages, where the pig was a symbol of good fortune and prosperity.  According to German tradition, the "Schwein" (pig) brings good luck over the coming 12 months.  Other traditional symbols of good luck are the toadstool (Fliegenpilze) and four-leaf clover (vierblättrige Kleeblätter). Making the pigs was a fun way to connect with our past and look toward the future with our girls.  The project was easy to do too.  We purchased pre-made marzipan from the grocery sto

New Year Craft: How to Make a Spin Drum Noise Maker

  The New Year is nearly upon us. Here's a festive little project for a mini spin drum ~ The perfect noise maker to help usher in the new year. We made ours with odds and ends from around the house -- a cardboard tube, a paper lunch sack, some silver string, glitter, glue and a handful of beads.  Round up some supplies from around your house and follow the directions below to add some joyful noise to your New Year's celebration! New Year Noise Maker Mini Spin Drum Makes 4 1 cardboard tube cut into 4 1" rings 1 paper lunch bag a pencil and scissors Mod Podge and a paintbrush 4 12" lengths of string or twine 4 1/4" wood dowels Paint (I used silver spray paint) 8 beads  A glue gun or tacky glue 8 print-outs of the New Year Watch Face (download below) Glitter Small hole punch or awl   Step 1:  Use a small hole punch or awl to punch a hole in each cardboard ring.  I used a small hole punch, then used my pencil t

Handmade Gift Idea: Swedish Tea Cake Baking Kit

  This recipe comes from the Swedish side of my husband's family.  The buttery little tea cakes are delicious warm or cold with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee. If you have a set of mini tart tins (Sandbakelser tins) sitting around, this is a recipe that will put them to good use. If you don't have a set, you're going to want to get one! While holiday shopping online this year, I came across a set of  36 Sandbakelser tins on Amazon for less than $14 ( HERE ).  I decided to break up the set to turn our family recipe into a mason jar baking kit for holiday gifts.   I measured and funneled the dry ingredients into a wide-mouth mason jar, set down a flattened baking cup, and inserted a dozen tins on top.  Then, I topped the jar off with a paper doily and a custom label bearing the recipe. Swedish Tea Cake Baking Kits Whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup almond flour (meal) per jar. Funnel into a wide-mout

Holiday Craft: Winter Bird Diorama Ornament

It was a rainy day in December, many years ago, when I rummaged through my crafting bric-a-brac to pull together an impromptu project to do with my girls.  I was inspired by a pair of paper mache ball ornaments and a handful of miniature decorative birds, which the girls and I ended up turning in to diminutive dioramas.  The ornaments never fail to tickle our fancy when they're lovingly unpacked every year. A few weeks ago, the ornaments caught the eye of one of my daughter's friends. She fell in love with the cheery little cardinals inside their tiny winter worlds and convinced me to recreate the project for her next visit.  So that's just what we did last weekend.  The girls, ages 14, 12 and 9 all did a beautiful job with their ornaments, with very  minimal help. Here's a step-by-step tutorial for how to make your own Winter Bird Diorama Ornament:     Winter Bird Diorama Ornament (makes 2) 1 paper mache ball ornament (Mine came from Michael

DIY: Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group ™ and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #StaplesSharpie . I love making holiday magic for my girls!  Every year, we put out a plate of homemade cookies for Santa Claus and the girls leave a short note asking him for his autograph.  This year, I decided to bring the two traditions together.  Using an inexpensive white plate, a set of Sharpie oil-based paint pens and a box of reinforcement labels from Staples, I came up with this simple and inexpensive keepsake DIY project for a " Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate ."   Step 1:  Decorate a plain ceramic plate (tutorial below)  Step 2:  On Christmas Eve, put out cookies for Santa... ...and a Sharpie pen. Old Saint Nick will do the rest. Here's how to transform a regular plate into a Cookies for Santa Autograph Plate with Sharpie: Materials 1 whi