I spent a lot of this past weekend doing Christmas crafty things – baking and, believe it or not, sewing! I hadn’t pulled out my sewing machine since before DragonCon, so waaaaay back in August. I even got a lot of the sewing aspects of the craft room situated.
What inspired me to sew again? Well, I found a bunch of fantastic flannel on sale at Jo Ann’s on Black Friday, and it seemed like a good time for a round of pajama pants! I have finished pre-washing and cutting all of the pajamas, here are my piles of prepped fabric.
Pink turtle, chemistry / science print, hearts and birdies, penguins with scarves, purple & lime floral on white, purple and pink floral, doggies on blue, and finally, a non-flannel pair – the wiener dogs in rain boots that I bought for no good reason ages ago. I sewed the penguin print ones this weekend, figuring they were festive for the holidays. Here they are:
Sigh, I love pajama pants. Most of you probably knew that. I am sure I will never have enough of them.
Anyway, I also did some baking. I made:
3) Hello Dollies
The top two I found on Pinterest. The last one is a recipe my family has made for a long time. It is super easy and delicious. It’s very similar to the “Magic Cookie Bars” recipe on the back of the Keebler Graham Cracker Crumbs box. You basically take 2 cups of graham cracker crumbs and combine them with 1 stick of melted butter. Mix them and pat them tightly into a layer at the bottom. Sprinkle 6 oz of butterscotch chips on top. Then sprinkle 6 oz of chocolate chips (I used the festive colorful ones here) on top. Throw some coconut on top of all that (I just eyeball this, you want a light layer). Pour a can of sweetened condensed milk on top, drizzling the edges and then in a criss-cross pattern all over the top. Bake these at 350 for 25-30 min, until the coconut on top is golden brown. Cut them up after they have cooled and you have a really easy, yummy treat.
The final thing I did this weekend, was sterilize some glass bottles I have so that I could pour in the cranberry vodka I prepped over 3 weeks ago. I used the boiling method to sterilize. My largest pot is not really all that large, so I could only do three bottles at a time. The water level was so high in this pot that it bubble over a bit before I turned the flame down.
Regardless, it worked. I removed the bottles with tongs, and let them air dry for a while. Then I strained the vodka a bit, and funneled it into the 6 bottles (these hold about 8 oz of liquid). I dropped some of the cranberries back in for decor purposes, and corked the bottles. I’ll add ribbon before I give them away I think.
My husband and I did have to taste test the vodka, of course. For quality assurance purposes. While it smelled like vodka and we had our trepidations, the taste was actually good. Shots of this stuff are pretty tasty. Three weeks of sitting, shaking, and more sitting, and this was a pretty easy little project.
I have plans for lots more baked goodies over the next few weeks. Not really sure why, but in a baking mood this season. I doubt I will do any candy making, though. Too time consuming. Have any good Christmas baking recipes I should try out? Let me know so I can add them to my list! 😀