Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas In The Kitchen of Quill Cottage and Give Away Winners...

Welcome! Come on in. Would you like a cupcake? Or a candy cane?A cookie?Or perhaps a chocolate jungle bell?How about the two cent tour of the kitchen of Quill Cottage? If you have been a visitor before, just scroll on past this little leg of the journey. I am posting my kitchen as per a request from one of my dear readers. Remember, I live in a cottage and my spaces are itty bitty compared to most standards today. We have had to make the most of our small space so everything has to be really functional. This is almost the whole enchilada in one shot!My stove, that I love, love, love!!! It is my favorite flea market find. Above is a piece antique ceiling tin that I finished out in a nickle finish and Handy Hubby framed for me. Copper pieces accent the pot rack and a set of vintage pots rest on top.The sink where I can see the deer graze at the edge of the woods, cardinals in the bushes, or a perfect circle in the tree canopy to the sky.Here is my pantry, which used to be a hallway that we converted. I started to remove all the useful stuff like brooms and such, but I thought not, this is how we really live. The walls are fifteen light panel doors that I decoupaged recipes from the 1920's and 1930's over the glass panes.Back when my daughter was in youth group we used to have large gatherings here. One of the girls loved to hang out in our kitchen and especially the pantry. She would swing open the spice cabinet and inhale deeply. She said that this is her favorite room in my house. It smelled like home.This is the nook where the washer and dryer rest under the counter top. Here you can see that it is all decked out for entertaining.Swinging back around and there is my refrigerator. I hope you enjoyed the two cent tour!What is that, you only got a peek at the nook and its entertaining look? Sure, we can take a closer look. In this corner Nesting Santa's stand at the ready to guard the goodies that will soon fill the tired trays!In this corner Santa has filled his sleigh with a tiny tree full or white twinkle lights and tiny ornaments.In the center of the top shelf rests a little vignette of gingerbread men and a framed Christmas card of Santa napping. To the right and left of this display are framed pieces of handmade art.A festive garland filled with mini red and white kitchen utensils and gingerbread man stocking ornaments rings the counter top set off with a twinkling glow of white lights.Here is the whole thing!Now that we have taken a tour of the kitchen, why don't we make something! How about some of Miss Sandy's Christmas Candies and Cookies AND some of those cute little Gingerbread Men Stocking Ornaments? Sound good? Grab an apron and let's go!GINGERBREAD MAN STOCKING ORNAMENT TUTORIAL:
MATERIALS:
*Cotton Fabric
*Fiber Fill
*Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
*Scissor
*Paint ~ Red, White, Black
*Baby Booties
*Misc. embellishments and trims
*Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun

INSTRUCTIONS:

*Draw or trace a gingerbread man head, arms, and body onto the wrong side of a 4" x 5" piece of fabric. Place over identical piece of fabric, right sides together.
*Sew over trace lines by hand or with a sewing machine.*Trim away excess edges and snip at all corners to prevent puckering.*Turn and stuff with fiber fill.*Paint on eyes, nose, mouth, and frosting as shown in photo OR glue on beads, buttons, etc. as you desire.*Stuff fiber fill into the foot of baby bootie.*Place gingerbread man in bootie as shown in photo. On front and back, roll back bootie cuff and run a bead of hot glue along body, press bottie back in place.*Glue or stitch on a ribbon loop for hanging.*Add any extra embellishments that you desire. I bow ties added tiny cookies to the hands of mine. (Darling Daughter asked if that would be considered canibalism) Some have bells on the tips of the toes and I also added some vintage silver garland for a bit of sparkle.

This would be a great way to preserve a special memory of your child or grandchild by turning one of their little booties into an ornament for the tree!

Now that we are through crafting, let's get cooking!

FANTASY FUDGE

3/4 Cups butter
3 Cups sugar
2/3 Cups evaporated milk
1 pkg. (12 oz) chocolate chips
1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme
1 Cup chopped nuts
1 tsp. vanilla

Microwave butter in 4 quart bowl on high for 1 minutes or until melted. Add sugar and milk, mix well.

Microwave on high 5 minutes or until begins to boil, stirring after 3 minutes. Mix well. Scrape bowl. Continue microwaving 5 1/2 minutes, stir after 3 minutes. Stir in chips until melted. Add remaining ingredients, mix well.

Pour into greased 9" square pan for thick fudge or 9" x 13" pan for thinner fudge. Cool at room temp. then cut into squares. Makes 3 lbs.

PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

1 lb. margarine
2 Cups peanut butter
2 1/2 to 3 lb. confectioners sugar
3 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips (you may need a bit more than called for)
1/4 lb. paraffin

Cream margarine and peanut butter. Add sugar until the consistency to form into balls the size of large marbles. Add vanilla. Mix thoroughly using hands. Melt chocolate and paraffin in small double boiler. Dip balls in chocolate, using a toothpick. Place on waxed paper to cool. Remove toothpick and dab chocolate over hole. NOTE: candy freezes well. Yields 125 pieces.

CHOCOLATE COATED COCONUT BALLS

1 stick butter or margarine
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 boxes powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 small bag flaked coconut
2 pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cake paraffin

Melt butter; add milk. Stir in sugar and salt. Add coconut. Chill until it can be easily handled. Roll into balls; insert toothpick in each ball. Refrigerate until firm. Melt chocolate and paraffin in a double boiler. Dip each candy into chocolate. Place on waxed paper to cool. Remove toothpick and dab hole with chocolate. Yields 70 pieces.

PECAN THIMBLE COOKIES

2 Cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 Cups chopped pecans
1 Cup butter, softened
1/4 Cup granulated sugar
1/4 Cup firmly packed brown sugar

Process flour and pecans in food processor or blender until very fine. In a medium bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Stir in flour mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill overnight.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, use a floured rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness. Use a thimble to cut our cookies. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until very lightly browned. Yields about 50 dozen cookies.

VARIATION: Cookies may be rolled out as directed above and cut out using regular size cookie cutters in any shape you desire. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Yields about 5 dozen 2 1/2" cookies.

I hope that you enjoy some of these family favorites!

Now on to the last bit of goodness I have tucked away for you here at the Quill, the winners of the Gingerbread Man Give Away!

#4 ~ Pattie of The Joy of Nesting! (time stamp: Dec. 18, 2008 10:26AM)
#6 ~ Vee of A Haven for Vee! (time stamp: Dec. 18, 2008 11:55AM)
#18 ~ Marmee of Things I Love! (time stamp: Dec. 19, 2008 7:19PM)

Congrats to you all! Please email me your addresses and I will get your package in the mail on Monday morning! Thank you to all who have visited during this holiday celebration here at the Quill. I hope you have enjoyed this month long celebration as much as I have.

I invite you to join me tomorrow for the last installment of our families Advent celebration. I have decided to postpone the winter table setting until after the holidays so be sure and pop over between Christmas and New Years to see what happened to those snowmen and mittens we made earlier. I will have a bit of something up for you on Christmas Eve if you should decide to drop by. I will be taking a one week break most of Christmas week. This little elf needs to get herself in gear to spread a little holiday cheer right here at home! I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

15 comments:

Susie said...

That was a most pleasant tour! I feel like I have gone home for a visit. Everything looks so comfy Sandy! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Thanks for the recipes too!

Congrats to the lucky winners!

Sandy I hope you have a wonderful Merry Christmas!

Susie

marmee said...

love your rwe quote. thank you so much for letting me be a part of your giveaway and to win is wonderful. i will treasure my gift. i can tell you put a lot of love into what you do in your home, crafts, the way you live your life. i appreciate you sharing!
merry christmas

Mildred said...

Sandy, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all your festive decorations. The pantry is just spectacular. I lived in a 60 yr. old home once with an original built in spice cabinet and it did smell heavenly after all those years! Thanks for the tutorial and recipes too. Merry Christmas and congrats to the latest winners of your giveaway.

kathy said...

OH Sandy - Thank you !!! Thank YOU !!!!! for the tour -- It was wonderful -- you are so special to take the time at my request -
I live in a turn of the century
farmhouse - on 8 1/2acres in the deep south -- we put a new kitchen in 30 yrs ago - so time to update -- mine is small also --while the dining room and all other rooms are large -- we were renovating the whole house at the time and boy was that a lot of cash !- It had only light bulbs hanging down - one outlet in each room , the kitchen had an old rusted sink -- and no cabinets to speak of , totally rewired and replumbed--so Hub who is a carpenter- and I did lots of work and friends gave us a break on electrical etc and plumbing --- we only had one child at the time - 3 miscarriages after and then 12 years after our daughter two sons 3 years apart -- Don't tell me God doesn't have a sense of humor - our 1st son was born on APRIL 1st -- I love it !!! --
So now it is ready for a redo-- and yikes who knows about this economy -- God has truly blessed his business - does a lot of work for repeat customers - in the Buckhead area of Atlanta - near the Governor's mansion -- but they too feel the pinch and some lost lots of money - and have multiple kids in college -- but God will provide - money has never been our happiness - as we have had little and then a little more -- God is our rock and our salvation .
and I know many are hurting now --
SO - decided not to enlarge -- since - all kids grown, and married and grands -and children will more than fit in the diningroom and the rest of the house when they visit - just not the kitchen lol - love the recipes and the decorations -- so cute -- I am wanting to make one of everything -- and the kids ideas are much needed for next, year will file away -- Hub and I work with a Mission for 10 yrs . mainly geared toward Children --( our large church has
two services so we go to early service then the misison -service- Hub is the Pastor -teacher ,
and I have provided a craft idea for the lesson plan - Wow sometimes a little hard ,50 ideas a year lol 2 days off - I guess for good behavior lol - really Easter lunch and a Christmas one also . So thanks again you made my day and gave me ideas -- kathy - GA p.s . now I have to go look for a second time LOl

Flower said...

I had to come back and look at everything from the previous post and found this one! A tour and what a fun time I had!! Your pantry is the cutest I've ever seen! Mine looks quite different..but there is potential...I'm off to consider some changes!
Thanks so much for all you go to share!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Fun, fun! What a great tour. I love your kitchen and that stove is wonderful. A flea market find? Have you talked about this before?

Yes, it's definitely cannibalism! ROFL! Your daughter has a fun sense of humor.

All this and I won, too. Wow! What's not to love. Thank you so much!

Monica said...

All I can say is WOW, it's beautiful. Well done, and thanks for sharing it with us. Your kitchen isn't even that small- our house is 100 years old and our kitchen is only half the size of yours! Anyway, you've really made the most of what space you have and it's very inspiring.

Wanita said...

Thanks for the tour. You have a great kitchen, and I love your pantry. And your stove ~ what a great find!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Blessings,
Wanita

Lady Farmer said...

I love your homey kitchen. Some day I would like to redo ours and I definately hope to have a walk in pantry. I especially love your wood floors. Would that be hickory I am drooling on? :~}
Thanks for the tour.
Christmas Blessings!

The Feathered Nest said...

Dear sweet Sandy, your kitchen is BEAUTIFUL!!! I just love seeing your home...your recipes all sound divine too ~ I'm thinking I need to try the fudge! I do wish you a blessed Christmas sweet friend ~ hugs and love to you, xxoo, Dawn

Vintage Tea said...

What a wonderful and homely kitchen you have!

Thank you for the tutuorial and all the wonderful recipes

Victoria xx

Vintage Tea said...

What a wonderful and homely kitchen you have!

Thank you for the tutuorial and all the wonderful recipes

Victoria xx

vikki said...

what a grand tour! makes one want to cozy right in! love the vintage stove & the pantry with the recipes! how fun! will have to try the recipes. thank*u for sharing your loves & joys with us. hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Southern Fried Gal said...

Everything looks so sweet! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Catherine Holman said...

I love your sweet cozy kitchen. I can just smell the aroma of homemade cookies coming from that wonderful oven! My kitchen is small too, but I wouldn't have any other.
Hugs and Happy New Year!
Cathie

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