cookie swaps

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.


What’s a favorite Christmas treat you love? Something that, as soon as you smell Mama or Granny baking away, you come running for some goodies. For me, it’s all about the cookies. :-)

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

When I think of Christmas, I think of oranges filling the toes of stockings. After all, I was raised on “Farmer Boy” and the rest of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series “Little House on the Prairie.” Somewhere in recent years, however, the Christmas orange has been given a makeover, and now these special chocolate oranges adorn the seasonal shelves of every grocery store. In fact, a holiday chocolate orange is one of my mom’s favorite Christmastime treats, and they were the basic inspiration behind my new cookie recipe this year:

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

And folks, they are scrumptious & rich, and if you wanted to, you could wrap ‘em up & pop them into the toe of a Christmas stocking. (Or you could share this recipe with Santa, in case HE’s the stocking-filler in your house. *wink*) But the part you’ll love the very most? These are the most delicious, yet easy-peasy, recipe you can make this holiday season!

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St. Patrick’s Day Treats & Green Buttercream.


I’m still eeking this one out on St. Patrick’s Day, but only because PST and Hawaii have the grace to be so many hours behind me. ;-)

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, my friends!

Tatted Clover.
This shamrock was my first piece in my return to tatting back in 2007. I was surprised I could even remember how to hold a shuttle, as I hadn’t made lace in over 10 years!)

My mom is a beautiful redhead with pale, creamy, lightly-freckled skin, but alas, I don’t have the Irish look about me. In fact, the one (and only!) time I ever dyed my hair, my BFF and husband teamed up together to choose the most garish shade of red. There are no pictures of this day because – TRUST ME – it was not a moment to be remembered. I simply have to be content having a gorgeous, Julie-Andrews-look-a-like for a mom, and allow her to sport the brilliant red tresses for our family. ♥

I’ll just make the green sweets instead. ;-) Like these cookies, for example:

St. Patrick's Day Cookies.

These were made for a handful of my most special “Sugar Sisters,” as my offering in our St. Paddy’s Day Cookie Swap. I used Georganne’s famous fancy square cutter as my starting point, and I kept things very simple. I made my first “real” royal icing transfers (I’d done small dots once before, but nothing of any true size), and in the process, I developed an even greater awe of Paula’s skill, as she works with RI transfers to a means I cannot ever comprehend!

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