I've been baking. A LOT! Last week I made three batches of rolled cookies - sugar, chocolate, and gingerbread! The chocolate cookie recipe was the best! They didn't spread and taste so yummy. Here's the link to the recipe: Chocolate Cookies. I highly recommend it!
Our girls came over Saturday (plus one son-in-law and sweet Sadie) and we had fun decorating cookies. I made Royal icing and we colored it in a variety of hues. (Don't forget - you can click on the pictures to see them bigger!)
We had such a fun day and this will now be a yearly event! Lots of laughter and smiles! I had a hot chocolate station set up, along with snacks.
The guys and Sadie picked up lunch and after eating we moved on to Diamond Painting. Have you done this? I was familiar with it, but had never tried it. Daughter 1 brought us each a kit. There is a little tool included. The 'canvas' is printed with symbols and is sticky; it's covered with a clear plastic sheet that is peeled back as you go. You dip the tool into a small wax sheet, pick up a 'diamond' and press it into the correct square on the 'canvas'. It's a lot like counted cross stitch. The numbers assigned to the 'diamond' colors are the same as in embroidery floss; i.e., black is 310 in both.
Here's a small section.
Yes, this will take some time, but is very relaxing. I usually put together a puzzle at Christmas, but this will replace the puzzle this year. I have it on the dinette table so I can work on it a few times per day.
I've done a bit of sewing - only handwork though. Almost finished with my latest happy bird. And I'm picking up two more quilts today from my long armer friend. So I should have two more finishes by the end of the year.