Sparkly 2021 Virtual Cookie Exchange Recipe and Giveaway
We are playing along with Carol at Just Let Me Quilt and her yearly blog hop and Virtual Cookie Exchange for the FIFTH time! This is one of my personal favorites as far as blog hops go. Oodles of our friends are playing along, and they always share inspiring projects and stories to go with them, PLUS a recipe to try. Friends, fun, and food – that’s a fabulous combination don’t you think?! The 2021 Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop runs from December 6 through 9. A full list of all the participants is at the end of this post. Today we will share our sparkly snowy shelf liner project.
I shared our usual I Like Thursday post yesterday, in case you’re interested in enjoying our littles and some good loves.
Sparkly Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange
On Christmas Eve we always host a large informal gathering with sub sandwiches, baked beans, appetizers, cookies, and desserts. Back in 2018, I shared the mocha chocolate chip cheesecake recipe which is still a huge hit. Last year, we weren’t able to gather together which was a huge disappointment. Sue and I popped out by our Trevor peeps but it just isn’t the same at all. This year, our littles discovered the charm of sugar cookies and have developed a love for them. Rather than make them, we left that special department to Gamma to cover and chose a different cookie recipe for you. Wanna see our previous posts along with the recipes we’ve shared and some free tutorials?
- 2020 Virtual Cookie Exchange
- 2019 Virtual Cookie Exchange
- 2018 Virtual Cookie Exchange
- 2017 Virtual Cookie Exchange
Sparkly Snow Shelf Liners
Last year, we acquired an A-frame ladder-shaped bookcase (I don’t think of it as a bookcase, though, because books would have nothing to contain them). Sue’s sister helped us put it together – truly, she did almost ALL of the building.
It’s fairly tall and too difficult to take apart to store so we use it for pictures after the holiday season. For the holidays, we setup my village pieces for us to enjoy. I love each and every piece in this village!
After the holidays, I thought it would be a GREAT idea to make a fabric shelf liner for each of the five shelves. Terrific. One side would have a cute Buffalo plaid and the reverse side some sparkly snow-inspired fabric. Easy peasy. I ordered online and had it mailed to us and I enthusiastically made one liner. Here’s a couple of photos from April (!!) showing the top shelf liner with simple straight-line quilting and some family photos. It’s nearly impossible to get a photo showing the sparkly nature of the white fabric – it has a few gray sparkly sprinkles, too.
Is There a Sparkly Point??!!
Fast forward to the end of October and a broken sewing machine. How on earth am I going to get anything complete for the Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange and blog hop?! While I am blessed to have a backup sewing machine, it’s just not the same – you know?! HEY! It’s past time to get the four remaining ladder shelf liners wrapped up so decorating may commence on Thanksgiving. Those four weeks between the holidays go by so quickly – I want to enjoy every moment of our village and decorations. Go ahead and ask why I didn’t work on them at all between April and October!
Measurements were taken (again), and cutting and layering ensued. There was one planned change – the binding has to be in the snowy white fabric instead of the gray. No one wants gray snow on the edges of the village. No one. I used my walking foot this time and quilting was a breeze! I just followed the straight lines – easy peasy.
Here is a snapshot of the liner in use! The reflection on the sparkly “snow” almost looks real, doesn’t it? These will be a welcome addition to the yearly village setup.
A Virtual Cookie Bar – Not Sparkly At All
In an effort to spread the joy and love for cranberries to our littles, I thought I would make something that features them. I adore the tartness of them and how wonderfully they pair with turkey. A forkful of the two together is pure yumminess! What should I make, I thought. Enter my friend, Betty. Betty Crocker that is. She sends me several emails every week and recently she pictured Cranberry Gooey Butter Bars. Since cranberries are fresh now and I always make some cranberry/strawberry sauce for Thanksgiving, it isn’t a stretch to add this to my mental to-make list.
If you check out the ingredient list, you will ascertain quickly that these are not low-calorie or low-fat. I rarely make anything that uses a cake mix but I acquiesced and followed the recipe exactly. I melted the TWO sticks of butter, separately, and let it cool so as not to scramble the eggs. The crust layer, as pictured above comes together nicely as a dough and it is very easy to spread out into all corners of the 13″x9″ pan. Next up is the star of the recipe . . . the cranberry!
My bestie, Sue, the sous chef, washed these fresh puppies for me. I’m pretty sure we didn’t include any twigs . . . <wink>.
Cranberry Goodness Continued
Once they were dry, I folded them into the cream cheese mixture and added layer two to the unbaked first layer.
Nice, huh?!! Ready to see the final, delicious result? Yeah, baby. Betty did not disappoint.
Out of the oven, nice and golden brown although the cranberries migrated to the ends of the pan. I had to take one glamour shot on the holly plate with a dollop of whipped cream. Honestly, the first half-dozen pieces I had, I didn’t bother with whipped cream. Then, when I ate the glamour shot piece, I added a whole LOT more whipped cream! It’s not needed but if you’re going to add it, then ADD it. Sue’s mom said, “Oh, wow. This is delicious.” Take that declaration for what it’s worth! This is a definite make-again in our house.
An Alternate Cookie Recipe
Just in case you don’t like cranberries here is an alternate cookie recipe that all three littles approved last weekend! It is also from Betty – she has never led me astray! Betty made them with M&Ms but I substituted regular Nestle morsels for the M’s. No one complained . . . I think I’m going to make another batch for a custodian that is retiring at the end of the year.
If you’re looking for the coffee stout cookie recipe, I shared the recipe and details in our To-Do Tuesday post earlier this week.
A Small Sparkly Giveaway
The giveaway is now closed – lucky number 9 (Joan) is the winner.
We are NOT giving away cookies although not all that long ago we participated in actual cookie exchanges. How fun are they?! You make a bunch of one cookie and come home with a dozen of many different types of cookies. Anyway . . . I digress. This giveaway is for a couple of small mug rugs or coasters.
Way back in October, I received a spiffy email with a free embroidery design of Happy trees from Heather at the Kreative Kiwi. I’ve been wanting to do more embroidery projects so this was like a sign from above. Needless to say, we have some leftover fabric from our main shelf liners/sparkly snow liner.
Leave a comment if you’d like to be in the running to receive some happy mail. Over the weekend, we’ll select a lucky number and contact the winner.
Our Sparkly Virtual Christmas Cookie Participant Friends
- Creatin’ in the Sticks
- Quilt Schmilt
- Sew Many Yarns
- Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting
- Just Because Quilts
- Treasured Nest
- Cathie’s Craftworks
- Songbird Designs
- Selina Quilts
- Life in the Scrapatch
- Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
- Homespun Hannah’s Blog
- Cynthia’s Creating Ark
- Samelia’s Mum
- For The Love Of Geese
- Days Filled With Joy
- Food for Thought
- Karrin’s Crazy World
- Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel
- Stitchin At Home
- Words & Stitches
- Colletta’s Kitchen Sink
- Just Let Me Quilt
- Home Sewn By Us – that’s us!
- Just Sew Quilter
- Ms P Designs USA
- Texas Quilt Gal
- Creative Latitude
- That Fabric Feeling
We hope you have a minute to check out all of the sparkly participants. You will surely find something to inspire you plus a delicious recipe or ten (or even more)!
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