Saturday, December 5, 2009

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

This is it. Today we bring you our final two team members. Please meet paisleybaby and fiveforty.

is a mother-daughter duo from the Montreal area of Quebec. Together, they create gorgeous fabric accessories for babies and children such as bibs, towels and blankets. They also make a variety of accessories that are perfect for all ages.

Maria (the daughter), shares her holiday memory.

I loved that every year my mother made me a new dress or outfit to wear on Christmas day. My mother has two sisters and every year our dinner rotated from family to family. This was the one day a year I was allowed to have a soft drink! It was exciting for me to have guests in our house and also to go visiting. Now I am working on creating traditions with my own family. And my daughter seems to be following in my footsteps - she loves the social aspect of the holidays!

Now, we meet Pegg of fiveforty. Pegg comes from Terrace Bay, Ontario which is way up north of Lake Superior. Pegg makes one of a kind handwoven rugs made from upcycled sweaters and t-shirts. You might remember that Pegg was the creator of the T-shirt rug that was given away during our summer promo. Fiveforty is also home to unique jewelry.

Pegg is (and isn't) sharing with us a very special recipe:

I have quite a few holiday traditions! The biggest, most treasured is an old family recipe from my dad's side of the family. It is for a pork meatball that we eat with toast every Christmas morning, however the recipe is a family secret so I cannot share it with you, it is yummy! Sorry, haha..... I will however share this recipe! Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie Recipe With Christmas soon upon us, coming faster than I can believe, it is time for me to dig out some old favourite Christmas cookie recipes. I found this recipe when my kids were very little and I have baked these gingerbread cookies every year since. They are a family favourite and a tradition! I hope you will enjoy them too! Chocolate Gingerbread 2 cups light brown sugar 1 tbsp. each of cinnamon and ground ginger 1/2 tsp. each of allspice and salt 1/4 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 cup cocoa 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 cup boiling water 1 cup butter 1/2 cup molasses 4 1/2 cups flour Measure sugar, spices, cocoa and baking soad into a very large bowl. Add boiling water and stir until sugar is dissolved and spices are evenly distributed. Then, stir in butter until melted. Stir in molasses. Gradually stir in about 3 1/2 cups flour. Then, stir in remaining flour, about 1/4 cup at a time. When dough becomes too stiff to stir, flour your hands and sprinkle flour over dough. Knead in remaining flour until dough is firm enough for rolling out. Dough can be rolled right away, or wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for several weeks. Or you may freeze it if you wish. Rolling and Cutting: Bring dough to room temperature. Preheat oven to 300° F. Cut off 2 cups of dough and place on a lightly floured board. Roll out dough to 1/4" thickness. Use your favourite cookie cutters and cut out dough. Place cookie cutouts on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake gingerbreads in centre of preheated 300° F. oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until they feel firm to the touch. Remove baking sheet from oven. Leave cookies on sheet for 5 to 10 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely. When cool, you may decorate them with royal icing. Store cookies in a tightly covered container in a cool place or refrigerate or freeze. Enjoy!

Sounds delicious. Pegg is also offering a special discount until the end of Dec 6th: 10% off everything in her shop (excludes shipping; refund will be through paypal).

Just because we have finished meeting individual team members doesn't mean that there isn't more to learn. Come back tomorrow to learn a little bit about what the team is all about. And remember that you have until the end of Sunday to earn ballots for the fantastic team goodie bag prize. Click the badge below to find out how.


Enthral said...

:) I love reading these!

Pegg said...

Thank you Carol, you have done a wonderful job with the artisan profiles!

I agree Brandi I have enjoyed reading them too!

Sea Glass Designs said...

I will definitely be trying the chocolate giingerbread recipe, mmmmm.