Knitmas time is here!!

Ho ho ho!!! If you celebrate, hope you are busy chowing down on sweet tasty treats and spending time with those you love!

This past year was full of new and exciting adventures for me, one of which was finally learning to KNIT! I started last December, but the year got away from me and didn’t pick up my needles as much as I really wanted to.

I found a pattern for Christmas tree ornaments, and was able to give them away as gifts this year. 🙂

The pattern is very easy. Just two tree shaped layers done in a simple relaxing garter stitch and sewn together. Plus SEQUINS and other bits of happiness! They took me about an hour and a half each (including a couple of froggings!!)

You can find the pattern here on Ravelry for free!

I had a big plan to squeeze in many more Christmassy knitting projects, but ran out of time! Never to early to start for next year I guess!

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Day 18 of the 30 day blog challenge!

Day 18 – A Photograph of Yourself

Ever since I was pretty young, I hated having my photo taken. I was always very shy and self-conscious and just didn’t want people to pay attention to me. It’s a bit of a trait in most of my family that people would see a camera and then SCREAM and run in fear!

I don’t really take many selfies either, which is too bad because it would be fun to look back on myself and who I was at certain times (perhaps a new challenge for myself!!) So I don’t have a whole lot of photos of myself to share.

Found this adorable one which is a picture of me, my brother, and my bunny rabbit Thumper (yep, from Bambi!) from Christmas 1994. Christmas time fills me with such happiness as I always had great childhood memories.

I also love that I dress exactly the same now a days haha!

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Lets whip up some SHORTBREAD COOKIES!

There are just TWO WEEKS until Christmas! I am both SO EXCITED and SO RUSHED because I have so much to squeeze in. Bake exchange at work, baking for family dinners, baking my favourites for ME to snack on! Shortbread is my all time favourite Christmastime snack, especially because it’s so easy to make on a whim with ingredients you almost certainly already have!

And with chocolate chips and sprinkles, even happier!

What you need:
1 cup of Butter – room temperature
1/2 cup Icing Sugar – sifted
1 1/2 cup of Flour
1/4 cup Cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla
1/2 cup of Chocolate Chips and/or Sprinkles (I choose to add both for extra colour!)

How to make them:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F and grease cookie sheets
2. With an electric blender mix the butter and icing sugar until quite fluffy. Then add in the flour, cornstarch, salt, and vanilla until everything is combined. Hand mix your chocolate chips and sprinkles.
3. Scoop your dough out with a spoon (balls should be about golf ball sized) onto your greased cookie sheets, and flatten with a fork. Add extra sprinkles to the top. The recipe makes ~36 cookies
4. Bake for 15 minutes. Cookies just be just barely golden when you pull them out of the oven. Let them cool (if you can!)

These cookies are so fluffy and yummy. I personally like to throw them in the freezer and think they taste even better somehow when they are chilly. Enjoy! xox

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