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Christmas in July Day 14

Posted 07-14-2008 at 06:41 AM by Gingerbug (Seasonal Celebrations)

It's Day 14 and today's focus is GIFTS...wow that can be a big chore at Christmas. That's why the members at MHH and myself...try to work on our gift closet all year long.

The gift closet doesn't have to be an actual closet...it can be a drawer, a cabinet, a storage tote or any number of places...just an organized location for tucking away gifts as they are purchased through out the year!

So today we are hosting a virtual project over at MHH and it is to clean and organize the gift closet. Label gifts, add to your lists, pull all those gifts that have already been purchased together in some logical way so we know what else we need and do not end up over buying! That's what I'll be doing forn 8-12 CENTRAL TIME today...Today is Part One with Part Two scheduled for Wednesday from 4-8 pm CENTRAL TIME

So....after today hopefully chaos will become order in the gift closet!!!
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Christmas in July Day 13

Posted 07-13-2008 at 05:17 PM by Gingerbug (Seasonal Celebrations)

Thought I'd highlight some things from the Rudolph Day blogs today.

Cathy's Pumpkins and Reindeer blog is awesome. You really have to check out the cute carriers/gift boxes she created from some scrap paper and some Sonic drink carriers. You can see them: HERE

A Quilter's Christmas has up the cutest little wall hanger decoration that she put together....it's adorable.

Over at Christmas Whimsy there are some good tips for putting together a cookie exchange...you can read them: HERE

And you can find a good list of ideas for Christmas in July or to do on Rudolph Days over at Hey Rudolph.

There are tons of craft ideas, recipes, and things to make you think on the Rudolph Day blogs...enjoy!!!
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DIBS Recipe Number Two

Posted 07-12-2008 at 01:54 PM by christmascreations

Just a recap below you will find the explanation of DIBS and my recipe for Banana Bread which is the biggest DIBS item in my house.

Snack size bag filled with 1 cup sugar
Quart size bag filled with 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 Tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 3/4 tsp baking soda

The next recipe selected for my DIBS is my Grandmother's recipe for Dream Cookies also known by others as Thumbprint Cookies.

DREAM COOKIES

PreHeat oven to 300 degrees

2 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 c. shortening
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
favorite jelly or hersey kisses

DIBS setup
snack size bag- 1 c. sugar
quart size bag- 2 c. flour and 1 tsp baking powder

Cream together shortening and sugar then add vanilla extract. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients (premixed in the quart size DIBS bag) until mixed through. Roll into small dough balls, place on an ungreased cookie...
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"PRE"paring for DIBS....

Posted 07-12-2008 at 01:53 PM by christmascreations

DIBS is "Dry Ingredient Bags Setup". These are the dry ingredients of your favorite recipes premeasured and stored in ziploc bags.

This storage method enables you to prepare many recipes months in advance. It does not take long to do and yet will save you precious time during the MOST HECTIC time of the year. I will be using my BANANA BREAD recipe as an example throughout each step.

BANANA BREAD---Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla or banana extract
3 or 4 large, very ripe bananas
pinch of cinnamon (optional)

Cream the butter and sugar; add the egg. slowly add the dry ingredients (DIBS). mash the 3 or 4 ripe bananas with a fork in a bowl. Add the extract of choice and sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Slowly add the banana mix to the batter and mix...
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Christmas in July Day 12

Posted 07-12-2008 at 07:20 AM by Gingerbug (Seasonal Celebrations)

Ho Ho Ho...it's Day 12 and my focus for today is the Kitchen and Baking....

I will work on some DIBS set ups today for cookies. I am also planning to make Hidden Treasures (cookies) from a new recipe I found and see how they turn out. I might make a few No Bakes too...stretch the food budget with a few "from scratch items" rather than buying premade.

While I play around with baking stuff I will keep my Christmas notebook in the kitchen so when things "pop into my mind" I will have it handy for jotting notes. It won't be all fun and games though because I have some Kitchen cleaning, organizing and decluttering to do. But I'm looking forward to getting the kitchen in shape and creating a warm welcoming environment...as so often happens,....the kitchen is the hub of our home and I need to continue working toward making it comfortable and functional!!

Othe MHH Christmas in July News....

1. This week is the duo: Mickey's...
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