Wednesday, November 24, 2010

On the Third Day of Christmas

Welcome to our third day of Christmas.

Today we give you an opportunity to meet with two of our team members: Pixel8ed and myhandboundbooks.

Nadine is the talented Canadian behind Pixel8ed. Located in St John, New Brunswick, her shop features pretty cards and gorgeous marble coasters.

Nadine shares this treasured Christmas memory.

One of my favorite Christmas traditions was started by my Mom. I had little experience with death, however when I was 12 my cousin of the same age passed. As Christmas drew nearer I realized how hard it was going to be to pass the first season without him around. My Mom, being the smart woman she is, went out and purchased a small angel ornament, which she hung on the tree and said would represent him and look down on us as we celebrated. Such a small gesture that meant a lot to a young girl. As the years passed and we lost other loved ones we slowly added to the angels on the tree. They are stored in their own special box and they are the first ornaments to be added. Since I've moved out I've continued the tradition myself and I have a special box of carefully selected angel ornaments that are the first to grace the branches of the tree.

ItalicWhat a beautiful Christmas tradition. Thank you for sharing this with us, Nadine.

Next we meet Rhonda of myhandboundbooks and mymarbledpapers. Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, myhandboundbooks is home to a collection of wonderfully constructed journals, many of which feature Rhonda's own marbled papers.

Today, Rhonda shares both a tradition and a recipe for gingerbread cookies.
1/2 c shortening
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c molasses
1/4 c water
2 1/2 c flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp baking soda

Cream shortening and sugar. Blend in molasses, water, flour, salt, soda, and spices. Cover and chill for a couple hours. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough to 1/4" thick. Cut cookie shapes and place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes.

And this is my mother's standby recipe for gingerbread cookies and it is the one that I have used for several years for making gingerbread houses. It makes very tasty cookies and it makes very sturdy building material too. I plan out the houses using paper cutouts and when the dough is rolled out, use the paper templates to cut the walls, turrets, balconies, roof tiles, etc. If you want to try this, roll the dough directly onto the baking sheet, cut the large walls and simply remove the extra bits from around the edges - so you don't have to actually try to transfer large floppy wall pieces up from the counter onto your baking sheet! And when they come out of the oven, if you think you might have to trim it to accommodate for any malformations caused during baking, do the trimming while it is still warm (if you wait until it's cold, you might crack the whole wall!)

Rhonda was even kind enough to share photos of past Gingerbread creations:

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Tune in again tomorrow to meet two more of our participating shops.


Ashley- OffTheHooks said...

thanks for sharing :)

Brigitte said...

Beautiful memories and tasty treats. How fantastic.

I think I might have to try those cookies out. I love gingerbread!

Penelope said...

Lovely angel tradition.