This year everyone in the family had a hand (or should I say thumb) in making our cards. We turned our thumbprints into little reindeer; I stamped a little message, embossed it with glitter embossing powder; and used a punch to scallop the edges. Here’s to a very merry 2015!
My French husband laughs at calling these macaroons, after all the French are pretty particular about their meringue macarons. However, my Jewish heritage had me eating these coconut confections during Passover, but today I whipped up a batch as a sweet treat for my husband who adores coconut. The recipe is easy and the outcome is nothing short of delicious. I think they make the perfect end to a meal with a little espresso. I dipped mine in a bit of chocolate mixed with a tad bit of butter, but their perfect all on their own.
We all know moms and dads should be celebrated every day, but what better holiday than Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to go the extra mile by making them a card instead of letting Hallmark do all the work. Here are two ideas that I sent to my parents and parents-in-law.
I found this new adhesive fabric, which I absolutely love and I’m already thinking of all the uses I’ll have for it for my little one. Here, I cut out letters, adhered them and then sewed two pieces of card stock together. In order to hide the stitching I wrapped the top with ribbon. Inside, I used some baker’s twine to create a heart vine and finished it off with a flag that says, “bonne fete.” This one was for my mother-in-law, so it’s in French.
I always find it hard to create cards for men, so for Father’s Day I went with the traditional shirt and tie and I love the way it came out. I cut out some white construction paper in the size that would fit into my envelope and then cut another piece of paper to lay over the top, folded over the corner to resemble a jacket and then added the stitching to the lapel and the pocket, as well as cutting a slot to insert the pocket square. The pocket square is tissue paper, but I also think it would be cute to use a real cloth pocket square. I used double-sided tape to adhere the jacket to the card. Inside I added a cute tie and a message.
Earlier in 2012 I had decided to start making my own cards since I love sending cards and France isn’t really a card making/giving country (they do love their postcards though!). My husband suggested I make our holiday cards and I thought this was a great idea.
What I used for this project:
- Colored card stock (mine came already folded into card form) otherwise use a bone folder
- Stamps: I ordered mine from here and also ordered one personalized with our family name
- Gold stars
They were simple to make and none of them were the same. I already have my 2013 idea ready to go!
What are the holidays without a cookie, or in my case an Italian biscuit known as biscotti. I was first introduced to this recipe about six years ago by a pastry chef I used to represent and thought it was perfect for the holidays since it contained pistachios and cranberries. It’s also a take on a cookie I used to love as a child that my grandmother and aunt used to make known as mandelbrot. I’ve adapted the recipe over the years, but this year I found what I believe to be THE biscotti recipe. If anyone has ever tried to make biscotti you’ll know that the dough is super sticky and often hard to handle. This recipe has dough that is manageable if you just prepare your board and your hands with plenty of flour. I also tend to add chocolate chips, as I love the salty sweet combination, but really you could add any dried fruit, nut, chocolate or spices that you’d like…
Now I needed to package them up! I decided I wanted to bring these to anyone’s house we were invited to during the month of December, as well as of course for my family’s Christmas lunch. I found some relatively cheap preserving jars, which is great for biscotti since it can last several weeks if stored in an air-tight container like this, and adorned them with some festive plaid ribbon and cute mini-ornaments (notice they match my holiday card colors – accident, I think not!). I also decided to personalize each one with either the last name or initials using some gold mini stick-on letters. Et voila, custom holiday gifts!
These were from 2011 when I made them to put at each person’s place setting…