Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Whipped Shortbread

Hi :) I thought I would take advantage of a free
afternoon last weekend, and get a little baking done.

Last year you might remember this post,
where we whipped up some shortbread & Yum Yum
for your coffee (recipe is posted).

I had a few ppl comment that their shortbread didn't
work out so well, so Dinnon decided he would demonstrate :)
Doesn't he look SUPER cute in his little hat :)
You will need Butter, Icing Sugar, Vanilla, Cornstarch, and
Flour. If you have a mixmaster, that would be AWESOME.
First : Whip 1 lb. of butter up until it is really light and
fluffy. Make sure your butter is at room temp, and nice
and soft. I left mine out overnight. Whip, whip, whip away
and once it's smooth and creamy, add your vanilla. Once
that is mixed in, slowly add your icing sugar, flour, and
cornstarch about 1 cup at a time. Be sure to mix well
in between each new addition. Scrape the sides of your bowl consistently to make sure you
get all the dry ingredients combined. I let mine whip up for a
good 3 to 4 minutes. You should get awesome light, fluffy
dough. I doubt you can "over whip" this shortbread.
Drop by teaspoonful's onto a ungreased cookie sheet.
And bake for 10 to 12 minutes @ 350 F.
Melt in your mouth.. just like butter :)

Here is the recipe :)

1 lb. Butter
1 tsp Vanilla
1 Cup Icing Sugar
3 cups Flour
1/2 cup Cornstarch

Blend butter to soften. Add vanilla & mix.
Add dry ingredients slowly, about 1 cup at a time,
mixing consistently, scraping down sides.
Once everything is combined, beat well with electric mixer.
Drop by spoonful's onto ungreased cookie sheet,
and bake for 10 to 12 minutes @ 350 F.

You can also check out THIS POST, to find
recipes for : Skor Bar Squares, Cuban Lunch,
and Caramel Popcorn twists!

Wanna make Nuts & Bolts??
THIS recipe is so yummy!

I will be posting a few new recipes this year too,
but not until AFTER this weekend. Where you can find
me at the Red Deer Christmas Bazaar, at the Westerner
on Saturday and Sunday from 10 to 4 pm :)

Have a great week!

Friday, November 26, 2010

This Weekend

Hi :) Happy Friday!!


This is Nixon :) He is at the Festival of Trees this weekend,
in the gift shop :) We are taking the fam tonight and going to
check it out for the very first time! Exciting! I will be sure
to take Dinnon and take lots of pics! If you are in or
around Red Deer, stop by and check it out!

Tomorrow I will also be at the
Lacombe Memorial Center from 10 to 4 pm!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Festival Update

Hi! Brrr! Brrr! Brrr!
+1 by Friday?! I hope the weatherman is right!
A quick update, I have been busy busy sewing away.
And this little pile of monsters will be dropped off
tonight to be put in the Festival of Trees Gift Shop.

All of these sock monsters range in size and charisma,
all falling into a "medium sized" category, and will be selling
for $20 each. Plus 1 large Sweater Monster (Derkinshnaw $40).

30% of ALL proceeds will go towards the Red Deer
Regional Hospital. Funds will help to upgrade and enhance
capacity in cardiopulmonary services.

Over the last 16 years, the Festival has raised
$6,395,513.00 !!

You can check out all the events going on from
November 23th thru 28th by visiting their site here.

Keep Warm!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

38 More Sleeps!

Brrrrr! Happy Wednesday. Winter has finally arrived!
Of course it was coming, it was nice to have no snow
up until now, but I suppose it makes it feel more like
Christmas. I love Christmas. I love shopping, I love
the tree, I LOVE my lego advent calendar. I love
baking with the kids. I love how excited they still get,
& how they still want a little monster popping out
of their stocking :) I also love craft sales. And this year I am BUSY with
sales and recently my etsy got a little busy when my
Geeky Gene made it into "Etsy Finds", an awesome
little etsy newsletter. I have shipped out a handfull of
monsters all over the states in the last week.
SO AWESOME!

So.. this is my "work in progress" from last night.
I hope to get these stitched up, limbs attached tonight.
I had lots of help from my hubby & daughter last night.
SO THANKFUL!
I also managed to get a few Couch Newbies sewn up.
Sometimes they are a way to cute to part with, but I MUST.
Or so I have been told :)

This weekend you can find me at the Carstairs
Community Hall from 10 to 4 pm on SATURDAY ONLY.

Hope you have a great week!

Monday, November 15, 2010

And the Winner Is...

I just wanted to say THANKS again to
all my facebook fans and blog followers!
I had 10 entries for the Free Monster :

- Tamara S
- Amanda
- Rozzie
- Monique
- Tamara C
- Marianne
- Dianne
- Karen
- Katrina
- Derian

All names were put in a bucket,
and Dinnon picked one at random.
And the winner is....

Katrina!

Woo Hoo!

Congratulations! I will be in touch :)
Thanks for all the monster love! xo

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remember


November 11th marks the official end of WWI on that date
in 1918. Major hostilities of WWI were formally ended on
the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month.

The red poppy has become a familiar emblem of
Remembrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Field".
These poppies bloomed across the worst battlefields of
Flanders, in WWI, their bright red color is an appropriate
color for the blood spilt in war.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

500 Fans! Yayayaya!

Hi! I am super excited that I
have reached 500 Facebook Fans,
THANK YOU to everyone who has joined!
As promised, you can enter to win
a FREE monster!
Rules ? Submit your awesome answers, along
with your name to my email : theslagers@shaw.ca
by Sunday November 14th!

If you are a blog follower, or a FB fan, please
note that in your email :)

Ready??

1. What is Dinnon's favorite halloween candy?
2. Where do the poppies blow?
3. Name 2 monsters that are in my etsy shop.
4. Where can you find my monsters
from November 23rd to 28th?
5. Skill Testing Question....What does
Dinnon + Klip + Domo = ?

Good Luck!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Fa La La La La

Hi! Happy Friday!
Tis the season for Christmas Craft Sales! And tomorrow
marks the beginning of a busy busy month to come. On
the right hand bar at the top, I have posted the sales I am
in, with any possible link I could find that gives more
detail. Some communities are smallish, so there is no
"website" for them. Check them out ------>

Tomorrow I will be at the Bentley Community Hall
from 10 - 3 pm!
Maybe I'll see you there! Enjoy your weekend!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Trick or Treat 2010

Hi! Happy November! And.. a warm sunny November so
far! Woo Hoo! Halloween was awesome as always!
Super nice night for all the little trick or treaters :)
We did a little carving... 5 pumpkins to be exact :)
They all turned out super awesome! We even ended up
having a little in house competition. Dinnon was more
interested in the guts, and picking out the seeds.
We made up treat bags with playdough, and pencils.
SUPER fun erasers.. cause every kid wants those on
halloween ;) Dinnon wore his costume all weekend (he's
crazy like that sometimes) and discovered that Kit Kat's
are his most FAVORITE candy every. Perfect for sharing :)
We did a little tricking :)
And made some brainy lemonade...YUM! I hope you all had an awesome halloween!