Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Creative Cuts & More Mega Apron Holiday Treats Blog Hop

Welcome, today is the second day of the Creative Cuts & More Mega Recipe Blog Hop which features the Apron Holiday Treats Recipe Kit. We have 24 designers who will be showcasing wonderful pages and yummy Holiday Treat recipes. Hopefully you just came from Jen Johnson’s blog. If not, here is the start of this mega recipe blog hop: http://www.diecutdiva.com

Here is what is included in the kit: chipboard aprons, bazzill candy apple cs aprons, doubleMates Grassy Green cs aprons, Doodlebuge Sugar & Spice paper aprons, Doodlebug Goody Goody Gumdrops paper aprons, Doodlebug Ribbon Candy Spot glittered cs aprons, book rings, red silk ribbon – 18in, extra sugar & spice doodlebug paper, Goody Goody Gumdrops Doodlebug cs, Candy Apple Bazzill Criss Cross textured cs, Grassy Green DoubleMates Linen textured dc, Miscellaneous die cuts & gingerbread/misc buttons. I also used Gingerbread Fun, Crafty Sparkles & SparklyFluff from Our Craft Lounge, rhinestones, lace and Helmar adhesives on the aprons.

This would be a cute project for a Christmas Cookie Exchange. Just think of all the recipes you’d come home with. Your little apron would be filled. As for my apron, I filled it with a couple of drinks that sounded yummy, our favorite cookies and candies I like to make during the holiday season. I’ll have to admit I wanted to go bake some gingersnaps while I was getting my apron album done!

Used oval punches for title and scallop oval nestibilities for the ‘rug’.

I wanted the recipe cards to be attached somehow to the aprons so I poked holes in the papers and threaded floss through them. Cutout a mini gingerbread man or girl from Gingerbread Fun by Our Craft Lounge and attached them over the hole with Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots. The other end of the floss is then attached to the card. There is some give to the floss so the card can dangle onto the counter.

Brown Sugar Sparkly Fluff from Our Craft Lounge was attached to the spoon with Helmar Premium Craft Glue. Helmar 450 glue was used to attach the ‘cookie cutters’ that come with the apron kit. Oval punches were used for the sentiment which can be found in the Gingerbread Fun from Our Craft Lounge. I went over the “icing” on the word LOVE with a white gel pen.

Yellow Fluff and red Crafty Sparkles from Our Craft Lounge were used on the “cookies”. The red oval is from the bowl that comes with the apron kit. The little gingerbread man is from Our Craft Lounge’s stamp set Gingerbread Fun. The ‘cutting board’ was from the kit. The lace is from my stash and glued on with Helmar Premium Glue.

More SparklyFluff was used on the gingerbread men below. The heart is from Our Craft Lounge’s “Lola Love”. The row of gingerbread men from Gingerbread Fun are on Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots and the candy on the recipe card is also from that set.

My apron will not be staying in my house but will be going home with someone on Dec.7th when they bid (and win) on a basket filled with cards, altered items and the album of course. Yes, I’m talking about my post here, Cards for Paula request. (and yes, I’m still taking cards, still have time to get them to me by Dec.1st) I thought it would be neat to add my album to the basket and give someone a little helping hand in the tasty treats section of their Holiday baking.

You can find a few of the recipes that I put in my apron already on my blog! Dipped Gingersnaps and 5 Day Coconut Cake. Here is another favorite of ours that I included in the album:

Mountain Cookies

1c butter, softened 1c powder sugar 2tsp vanilla
2c flour 1/2tsp salt

FILLING: 1 (3oz) cream cheese 1c powder sugar
2T flour 1tsp vanilla 1/2c finely chopped pecans
1/2c flaked coconut

TOPPING: 1/2c semisweet chocolate chips 2T butter
2T water 1/2c powder sugar

In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar & vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into 1-in balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Make a deep indentation in the center of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 mins or until the edges just start to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. For the filling, beat cream cheese, sugar, flour and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Add pecans and coconut; mix well. Scoop 1/2tsp into each cookie. For topping, heat chocolate chips, butter and water in a small saucepan until melted. Stir in sugar. Drizzle over cookies.

Yield: 4 dz

As part of the celebration CC&M will be having a great sale. For the next six days, we will offer 20% off the entire store. But act quickly, it is only for six days – this sale will end on Nov 14th. Make sure you enter this code recipebloghop2009 during checkout.

As a continuing part of the celebration CC&M will of course give away great gifts. Each day we will give away one kit. Here is the twist – go through the blog hop, leave wonderful comments for the great designers. After you have finished the blog hop, return to www.diecutdiva.com and instead of leaving a comment, you need to share a recipe to have a chance at winning the kit. Share the recipe on your blog and link it back and get another chance to win the kit. Help us also make this a great recipe swap. Now head on over to Carla Mayfield to see her apron album and what yummy recipe she has to share.


Dawn said...

cute,cute,cute! love the eyelet and all the OCL images!!

Noelle Reese said...

I LOVE the eyelet lace! That is super cute! All of your aprons are darling!

Pamela Smerker said...

Very cute...love all those cookies spilling out of the cookie jar...or maybe they are trying to escape!

Holly said...

Ack!!!!!!! This is too cute!!!!!! I love all the tiny little gingerbread cookies and that eyelet apron on the front gingerbread lady is TOOOOO much! I love it!!!

rozie640 said...

love your little book, you ginger girl is precious in her white eyelet skirt with the tools of the trade close to hand. I love all the beautiful trims and extra details.

junqueandroses said...

Oh man, those mountain cookies sound delicious. I LOVE YOUR RUFFLED APRON!!!!so cute. Thanks for sharing

Aunt T said...

I love it. Adorable!

JenMarie said...

Oh this is just great...LOVE his apron!!!!!

Aunt T said...

Those Mountain Cookies sound so good! Great project and how cool that you are giving it away!


Ingunn said...

Oh, nice one!
I love the gingerbread-man's apron!

Hugs from Norway!

nancy said...

LOVE, LOVE LOVE the eyelet. Super cute

Jeri said...

What a great idea to attach your recipe cards to the album, because what a shame it would be to lose one on the counter and have it accidently thrown away. Your album is wayyyyy cute.

Starla said...

CUTE!! This would make a great gift for teacher's for the upcoming holidays

aud1inok said...

Thanks for sharing.

Cambria Turnbow said...

TOO CUTE!! LOVE it Amber!! :)

Gingerbread Gal said...

Yummy Recipe! Love the apron on your gingerbread! Adorable!
:) Rachel

Vijaya Siddharth said...

Super Cute! Love the Lace ! And the cookies look yummmm....

Deb said...

Amber, this is so CUTE! I love the eyelet lace and all the darling little accents! She is a gorgeous blingy gingergirl!