Sunday, June 24, 2012

More Baking and Gift Bags

Yesterday while I was in the kitchen, I decided to bake up another batch of shortbread.  This time, instead of jam centers, I added chopped pecans to the mix, filled the center with melted chocolate and then coated them with powdered sugar after they had cooled.  My family may not like all my food experimentation in the kitchen, but they certainly never complain where sweet treats are concerned.
 Astri at Apple Blossom Dreams wrote a post the other day entitled Shortbread Cookie Monster in which she shares her different takes on shortbread (lemon poppyseed and chocolate dipped orange).  Oh my!  You can bet I'll be trying out even more combinations in the future.

All those fringed flowers I've been making with leftover yarn needed to be used for something so I crocheted some gift bags with cotton yarn and then attached the flowers to the front.   It's always nice to give a gift bag that is a gift of its own.
 “Happiness . . . it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Wishing you a happy, creative day!


Mereknits said...

Okay once again, YUM! Love your gift bags. DO not fret over your son. The only thing that has kept my son anchored is swimming. Without it I think he would be lost and in a lot of trouble. He does not have a major, or know what he wants to do. That is okay because as I learned 60% of students change their majors. Basic classes are perfect for a Freshman. Basic classes with a tutor are great for a freshman in our case. your boy will be fine, but that doe not make your worry any less. Notice my gray hair and wrinkles, all from worry.
Hugs to you sweet friend,

Anonymous said...

I've been in the kitchen too! Baking and cooking up some awesome veggetarian delights! I just popped a whole wheat lasagna into the oven. Made it with sauteed mushrooms, spinach, onions and garlic. Sliced zucchini and Parm cheese..and two hard boiled chopped is smelling delicious, can't wait to eat it.

Your kids are off? My son is done his last exam tomorrow morning, and my daughter has one week left.

Ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

Becca said...

Oh my gosh! Those look yummy! AND what cute crocheted gift bags. Awesome idea...too bad I don't live closer to you. LOL

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Now you got me wanting some of these Tammy. They sure look good.
I can just taste them right now. lol
Love those gift bags too. You amaze me with all that you find time to do.
Please rub off your energy on me.

GwendolynKay said...

Hi, remember me.... ? email me if you do. :0}

Mrs. Micawber said...

Mmmmmmmm. :)

Astri said...

Thanks for the link Tammy. Your cookies are a combination I am going to have to try. Super yummy looking!

The gift bags are so cute and what a good idea to give two gifts in one. :)

Tammy's in Love said...

Pecans and chocolate in shortbread! What is NOT to like about that!


Privet and Holly said...

Your bags are lovely
and some recipient will
be very lucky, Tammy!

I tried a new recipe last
month for Lavender Shortbread
that was amazing! Only
a tiny bit of lavender but
it makes it so delicious.
I love all variations!

Happy Monday,
xo Suzanne

val said...

I've never made shortbread but Dean loves it so I need to try it soon. I love your gift bags!

Createology said...

I have missed so much however I went back and caught up. I love your butterflies and flowers that you have been crocheting and the can covers. Your cooking sounds delicious. I agree with anything sweet and I will eat it up. Good to see you are enjoying your vacation so far. I suppose Jingles prefers the garden greens to the shortbread...

Fruitful Fusion said...

Yum! They look delicious! And those bags are gorgeous too!

Mistea said...

Sweet bags - lucky recipients.
Delicious shortbread too.

Helen Philipps said...

Hello Tammy I would just love one of those shortbread cookies with my coffee right now! Your crochet bags are so pretty, what lovely gifts they make....and the quotation is perfect. Have a happy crafty week.
Helen x

Elna said...

Cookies with chocolate mmmm and I just love your gift bags. They are so cute.


ElisabethAndrée said...

Gosh, it looks all soooooo delicious! What a sweet crochet creations:) they would be a lovely gift to someone. Nice thougth!

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh my goodness, Tammy--those sound divine! I love shortbread in all its forms...and these sound so good!

Love your sweet crocheted bags, too. I've been looking for ways to use up my scads of left-overs--think I'll have to copy your beautiful idea!

Wishing you a wonderful day, dear friend!

P.S. Just START your art journal--you will LOVE it! Don't worry about it being perfect or anything, just have fun!!!


Dagmar said...

I love the idea of the gift bags..I have lots of squares and it would be so easy to make them into little bags...yours look lovely❤

Kathleen said...

Your pecan shortbread sounds and looks delicious. Your crochet gift bags looks lovely. They'd be ideal as lavender holders in the wardrobe.

Diane said...

Well, I don't blame your family - these cookies look scrumptions! Cute bags, too, I like that they're so color coordinated. Blessings. Diane

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Tammy, I would love ANY of your cooking... sweets to whatever. Your food always looks so good! And, I just lovin' those cute little flowers. Well done!! blessings ~ tanna

peli said...

your shortbread cookies look so yummy! i wish i could have some!!!
and the idea of the gift bags is just lovely!! great job! have a nice week xxxx

Anni - Fabric and Mixed Media Art said...

Tammy thanks for sweet comment on my blog, wow these crochet gift bags are so beautiful, your cakes looks delicious.

angeliki said...

Gift bags? I love them! Do you have a pattern for them?
The shortbread with melted chocolate sounds perfect (I love chocolate!)
Have a nice day,

Sam I Am...... said...

Yes, you can hardly go wrong in the sweet department! Those look and sound delicious and the chocolate orange version also. I love chocolate and orange together. I think it stems from chocolate covered orange rinds I used to have when I was a child.
I meant to tell you, your coffee cans are really looking great with the flowers on them. Just put a butterfly in between each flower and that should take care of the "empty space". Your bags are such a nice gift and now with the bloom on the front...precious!

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