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?Decorating a little at a time. No matter your budget, you can make your house a home.?
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Scandinavian Cookies

I love the way the kitchen smells when cookies are being baked….I remember being a little girl and my mom would be baking all her Christmas cookies and the smell of the kitchen, well, the whole house really, smelled heavenly.   Here’s one of the cookies I have baked this year, the Scandinavian cookie.  Quite simple yet delicious.  I’ll be baking two other different ones too but for now I’ll share this one.

Preheat oven to 325* (full recipe listed at bottom of post)

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, soften your butter in blender then add the sugar until fluffy….do not over blend.

Add one egg and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and blend well.

Add the flour mixture little by little and blend well.

The mixture will be a little crumbly, that’s ok.. Just remove to a working surface and press together to form a ball.  Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.  I use a knife and cut vertically and horizontally.  Form a 12 inch log like this for each of the four parts and placed on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I placed two rolls on each cookie sheet.

Then you flatten this roll to about 3 inches wide.

Brush each flatten roll with milk

And add the slivered almonds on top.  The milk helps the almonds stick to the top. 

Now bake in a 325* oven for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.  Out of the oven and still warm, cut crosswise on the diagonal into 1 inch strips

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Stir the icing ingredients together and drizzle over cooled strips and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy them…Now to my next cookie… The Mexican wedding cookie, or Russian tea cakes or snowball cookies….however you call it, they are pretty yummy too!  Here’s the complete recipe listed below.

Complete recipe for Scandinavian Cookies:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Baking powder 

1/2 cup of butter

1 cup Sugar

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. Almond extract

Milk 

1/2 cup sliced almonds 

Icing

1 cup confectioners sugar

1/4 tsp. Almond extract

Preheat oven to 325*

Stir together flour, salt, baking powder.

In bowl beat butter until softened.

Add sugar and beat till fluffy.

Add egg and the 1/2 tsp. of almond extract and beat well.

Add flour mixture and mix well.

Divide dough into fourths and form each portion into a 12 inch roll.

Place two rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 4 inches apart

Flatten each roll about 3 inches wide.

Brush each flatten section with milk and sprinkle about a tablespoon of the sliced almonds.

Bake for about 14 minutes or till edges are lightly brown.

While still warm, cut each section diagonally into 1 inch strips.

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Stir together the powdered sugar and almond extract and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency, about 3-4 teaspoons.

Drizzle over the cool strips.

??Christmas Tablescape #1

??So how do you create a tablescape with things you have or are unexpected!….. Let me show you some useful ideas.

 

??Use an all year chalkboard from Target and change the noting depending on the occasion.  I am using this for Thanksgiving but yet using it again for a Xmas table… I think it works don’t you?

??I used a shower curtain, yes a shower curtain from PotteryBarn as a tablecloth.  Don’t let a nowhere-to-be-found tablecloth stop you from creating what you want….look for shower curtains, bedroom sheets, towels, scarfs and blankets.

 

??I used a dollar checkered little sack from TargetOne-Spot and filled it with kisses and placed it on each serving….just a little something for our guest to take with them….or a treat for a family member to enjoy.  These chalkboard placemats were also found there.  Target has great things in that dollar or $3 spot…. Always look in there! And get them as you see them, because they disappear pretty fast!

??I hope you were inspired…. Now go create your table using some of the ideas here…. And I would love to see what you create!

?Thanksgiving Tablescape?

?Creating a simple yet beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape can be accomplished with a small budget.

?The tablecloth is a Home Depot dropcloth and the main focus is a picnic basket found at a thrift shop for $5 dollars.

?The flower arrangement was made by using 80% marked down fall foliage from Michael’s at a $1 a piece … So truly it cost me just a few dollars.

?The placemats are from Ikea at $3.99 each, the napkins from HomeGoods at $6.99 for 10. These darling h’orderves plates were $2.99 from Tuesday Morning. And the votives are from Walmart at around $6 for 12.  And I added the baby boos for $.88 each.

?I hope I have inspired you to create a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape and not feel like you are breaking the bank while doing it.   Let’s now focus on the important things, like the menu.  I’m going to need some help on that…Any room for an extra guest at your table?… Ha ha ha                       

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?Adding Texture to your Home

I think most of us can say that we love getting home from having a hectic day…..but do you love your surroundings once you get home?….do you wish your house was more homey or comfortable….just your style?  I’m hoping I can inspire you by my pictures and texture ideas to make your home more cozy and welcoming.  So here are a few ideas to add texture to your surroundings.

?Include wood in your decor and it will warm up the space. This vintage French chair with rush seat was the key to add some texture to a corner of my home.

            Chair

?Adding greenery to your space will add the natural texture of the outdoors.

            

?A blanket spread over your favorite chair will welcome you and make you feel at home….this is my favorite texture.

            

?The addition of some metal like this clock and this rustic bird will invite you in. Mixing textures is key.

            

?Lastly, by adding baskets to your decor, you will bring texture & organization into your space.

            

All of these ideas are here to help you to love the home you have, wether your house is a mansion, a farm house, an apartment or a studio. Just remember that with a little love and inspiration, you can accomplish much and make the house you have, the best home you’ve own. I’m hoping this will inspire you in bringing texture to your home.

?I am participating in The Inspired Room tour, celebrating the launch of this new book by Melissa Michaels.  She has helped me love my house and create the best home for our family….go take a look at her book and learn how to fall in love with the home you already have.  Go get your copy at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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