Friday, December 28, 2007

Successful Cookie Exchange

The cookie exchange was wonderful this year. We had a wonderful time eating and drinking. Ana made a pork tenderloin and everyone else made the sides and/or appetizers! We had Chicken Pate, Ramen Salad, Fruit Salad, Mushroom Salad, Carrot Souffle, Zucchini Casserole, Corn Casserole plus little smokies and Appetizer Extraordinaire. Some lovely wine and lots and lots of cookies to taste for dessert. Everyone had their cookies done up pretty! It really was a wonderful evening!
These are the cookies:
Dianne - Jan Hagel
Randi - Peanut Blossoms
Yvonne - Biscotti
Renee R - Egg Nog
Ana - Choc. covered Carmel almonds
Paula - Chocolate Yummies(I put my recipe in a safe place! I call them this)
Renee L - Assorted
Marnie - Ricotta
Maybe Dianne will share more pics of the cookies I know she had the camera out! I'll be emailing additional pics to everyone look for them soon!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


Cookie Exchange day! Hopefully everyone is about ready or making last minute touch ups! I know I'm in prep mode for every one's arrival. I finished cleaning up from the party I had Sat. so now I can hostess another one. In case your still in a crunch for ideas check out this Hallmark article on packaging! See you tonight! The wine glasses are ready! Put your party hats on!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ok, Love the idea I found here at the Oh Happy Day Blog! It would be a lot to do it individually for 12 cookies but an envelope filled with cookies would be super cute!

Well the day is almost here!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Scrappers Wrapping!

There are some cute/creative ideas at Rocky Mountain Hobbies gallery for Christmas Wrapping! Some of these could be converted to cookie packaging just add a little food safe/storage product! Run over and take a look you just might find some inspiration!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Starting to Wrap it Up!

Here at Southern Living are some very creative packaging ideas for you cookie exchange cookies!

This wicker bird cage is way toooooooo cute! I also love the tea cup! Maybe for a little nibble?

Chocolate Dipped Post!

So you want a super easy way to make a fabulous cookie? Check out Kraft Foods for instructions how to dip Nutter Butters, Chips Ahoy and Nilla Wafers. I'm sure you could expound upon this list to anything in the cookie isle and have a fabulous looking tray of cookies in no time!

Don't forget only 5 more days until the cookie exchange!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Don't want to bake?

This is my favorite cookie company Dancing Deer. All-Natural you can sometimes find them at Whole Foods around here. They have the best Molasses Clove Cookies chewy and crunchy all at the same time. There is a tin filled with yummy shortbread! Then there is Snickerdoodle, Ginger Almond Cherry and Chocolate Peppermint the list could go on and on! You can't go wrong here! Everything is always beautifully packaged and shipped without delay!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ok my mouth watered!

When I saw this recipe for Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprints! OMG!!!!! I'm sure you've been to All Recipes by now! But I couldn't help but send you back once again it sounds too good!

Now we should be planning our baking if we are in fact baking our treats to be exchanged so here's a link to a great source for kitchen gadgets just in case there is some sepcialty pan you depserately in need of Chefs has a vast collection!

Hope your Holiday Happenings are going well!

Monday, December 10, 2007

30 Days of Cookies

Check out Good Housekeeping's 30 Days of cookie recipes! There are a bunch of good recipes here!

See I would eat them all and my hips would be bigger than my house! YIKES!

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Brownie Thins! YUMMMMMY these are adorable and there packed just beautifully! Makes me very hungry!

Check out the Epicurious site for many more lovelies!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Don't have time to make Cookies?

How about a candy like this Microwave Peanut Brittle? Or Pretzel Turtles! Yummmmm All Recipes has an entire section on Candy as well as Cookies!

You can even finish up some gifts with Homemade Food Gifts they have a section on that!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Online Cookie Swap Great Ideas!

Food Network is hosting an Online Cookie Swap! This is where you share you swap your ideas/pictures online for everyone to partake in. There are some Wonderful ideas! Check it out!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Wrapping Organization

There are some very handy ideas here at this site for wrapping all sorts of gifts. Home Made Simple

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Monday, December 03, 2007

Renee sent me this link! WOW tons of cookie recipes from Mrs. Claus herself!

Creative Cookie Packaging Ideas

Check out this site for creative cookie packaging ideas. I personally love the Martini glass idea! Why didn't I think of that?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Peppermint Fudge Anyone?

Becky Higgins has posted a recipe & Pictures for Peppermint Fudge on her blog that look very very YUMMY! Check it out!

Also Clearbags now sells food grade bags if your in search of envelope type bags and shopping bags etc. etc. They have great prices and quick turn around!

Recipes & Tips

OOOOH I found this website TipNut there are recipes and clever craft creations including an oragami box that might be good for cookies depending on the size!

Check it out!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Banner Issues

So I'm working on the template and banner. I created this banner but can't seem to make the title go away! FAR FAR AWAY!As soon as I figure it out it won't look quite so WONKY! Sorry!

Frugal Cookie Packaging Ideas

Check out this site for some Frugal Packaging ideas for the cookie exchange.

Also check out this cool wine cork wreath! What a great gift idea! Not that that has anything to do with cookies! But it's fun!