Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Smell of Cookies Wafting Through the Air ...

Let me just say that my husband loves the smell of cookies when he walks in that door after a day at work...

Today it's going to be *Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies*, the recipe being from Epicurious.


I have to put a good word in for my wonderful Kitchen Aid Mixer :).

(Thank you Great Aunt Claire!) I had always thought it would be easier to get a bowl out and use a hand-held mixer... but then I discovered why everyone loves a Kitchen Aid so much--- you don't have to stand there doing the work- it does it for you (pardon my slang but--- DUH....).

The ingredients were basic--- nothing fancy here :). Everything went smoothly... it just took quite a while to bake all the cookies- I have a very small oven and I can only get 8 cookies on my one and only baking sheet.

The cookies were described as being soft in the middle and crunchy on the outside. I discovered this to be true- when the cookies were fresh from the oven. Though, over time they ended up crunchy all the way through. I was hoping for a Peanut Butter Cookie that stayed gooey... Good thing Andrew will eat anytyhing that's made out of sugar and peanut butter :).

The end result:


Christmas Cookies I made in 2006... Can't wait till this holiday season! :)

I'm still taking ideas for a good cookie business name! :)

ChristmasTime Brainstormers

For some reason, I've lately been stuck on searching out good Christmas ideas: recipes, decoration ideas, candy crafts., etc. Here are some brainstorming photos I found:

I'd love to find a recipe for making soft peppermint candy trees, such as these. The garland is rather cute, too. (What do you think about the grass green backdrop?! :) I love it <3)>

Circus Sticks would be cute in a glass jar.

Peppermints, Peppermints, and More Peppermints....

I'd definitely say that this a MerryMags style hat! :)

I'd love to add the English tradition of Christmas Crackers to our own Christmas.

I grew up with sugared candy garland just like this. I was devestated, to say the least, when I found out that my family had cleared out old Christmas decorations and this one went :(.... My first married Christmas, though, I bought up about 6 packages of this though! Gotta keep it in stock :).

Color :).

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

The Start of Something New

Welcome to MerryMags Homemaking! This is the start of something new for me. I've recently become a full-time homemaker... and with no children in our family, I've got plenty of time to spare. I came to the realization that I should seek to put that extra time to use... So now you have MerryMags Homemaking: My Journey Into the Art of Creating a Happy Nest.

I considered just having one large blog to contain my daily posts and also those simply relating to homemaking... then I decided I'd like a blog dedicated to the art of creating that happy nest :).

Warning: This blog will most likely be an unorganized smorgasbord :)...

Hopefully eveyone that visits "my little spot on the web" will be able to take away something happy and useful from MerryMags Homemaking.