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Christmas Times 2011

I think I’m finally back in the swing of things after four Christmas celebrations, lots of awesome family time and loads of great gifts. Liam survived his second Christmas and we actually did find places for all his new toys (and million books, the kid loves books) in our humble home.

As a tradition I’ve taken to baking goods for my coworkers, but since I work remotely now, I had to wrangle up some old coworkers to take the stuff. I’m sure they complained. A lot. Without further ado, here is the 2011 Shipps Christmas Sampler:



This year the sampler included my famous cream cheese almond butter cookies, chocolate/pecan covered marshmallows, coconut macaroons, Martha Stewart’s white chocolate covered chocolate mint cookies, and mint layered fudge.

In more vintage-y news, Liam sported an awesome vintage vest I found at an estate sale for the Shipps’ Christmas Eve party. Here’s the best picture we came away with, playing with his cousin and bff Lucas (they’re exactly 9 months apart and Liam is starting to catch up, except in the hair department). 🙂 Naturally I had to pair the vest with an equally vintage (looking) turtleneck. I mean what else do you wear with a vest as awesome as that? He was a hit.

In gifts news:

  • I’m happy to announce that I am now the owner of an amazing new camera so this blog will no longer feature fuzzy and/or dark photos! i.e. see sampler photos above.
  • I also received an awesome new set of kitchen knives, which I’m deathly afraid of because they can slice right through my finger, but I also desperately needed to replace my 8-year-old cheap wedding present knives that are falling apart. My soon-to-be-arthritic wrist couldn’t handle cutting up one more sweet potato into fries.
  • There were loads of other presents, too many to note, and I’m happy to have a little money to spend on myself, which rarely happens.
  • My (and the Rock Star’s) present to myself with all my saved up Christmas monies was a new pair of glasses. My old ones lasted a good three years of constant abuse and finally fell apart at Thanksgiving. Imagine my brother and I on the floor at our Grandparents’ house under the table dragging the central vac hose covered with my Grandma’s nylons over the shag green carpet to find one tiny little washer. Too much? The glasses were doomed. So here’s the new me.
  • I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. I feel spoiled rotten, but that’s a rare feeling, so I revel in it. I have one of the best families in the whole world and there’s not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful for each of them. Have a safe and happy new year everyone!

A Jib Jab Christmas

Taking some time out from all the baking, wrapping, finishing up DIY gifts to spread some Christmas cheer…Shipps style. Check it out here. You won’t be disappointed. 😉

Merry Christmas everyone!

Food, Glorious Food!

You may or may not know that in addition to my vintage treasure hunting I have a passionate love affair with baking and all things involving sugar. And while I’m not the greatest culinary chef, I also like to dabble in cooking sometimes. I’m always looking for new recipes to spice up the routine, so I thought I’d share a couple that I recently gave a whirl.

First is my signature pizza. Our friends came over for a pizza party and they all raved about it. I started with my aunt Nada’s pizza crust, which she got at TastyKitchen.com. It’s wonderful and so easy! It has a really simple flavor that goes with any kind of pizza. Plus, you can make it the night before, throw it in the fridge and let it rise until dinner the next day. Really, so easy.

Then, for my signature pizza top with the following:
Alfredo sauce
Spinach
Asiago cheese
Mozzarella cheese
Cooked bacon
Sun-dried tomatoes

The tomatoes add a touch of sweetness to all the salty flavors and the healthy spinach is hidden so kids (and some adults who will remain nameless) barely even notice it’s there. Try it and tell me it’s not the best pizza you’ve ever had.

I also made this cookie pizza for the party.

Next I tried my hand at homemade Pop Tarts. My brother and I love Pop Tarts, so this was a no-brainer. The recipe uses ready-made pie crust, but you could easily substitute your own recipe. Roll out the dough, cut into squares, fill with jam, seal the edges and bake! Then the best part, top with frosting and sprinkles. I love sprinkles. Not too bad for my first try. I made blackberry and strawberry.


Now I’m gearing up for my Christmas baking extravaganza. It’s the one time of year I have an excuse to make a lot of things and give them away. I’ve got my recipes lined up and am excited about a few new things I’m trying. I’ll include all the recipes after the holidays. Here’s a peek at last year’s truffle extravaganza for the girls at the office. They said they looked professional and I think they were impressed. I had a lot of fun making them! From the left are raspberry dark chocolate truffles, orange chocolate truffles and oreo truffles.

I can’t wait to get started on this year’s baking madness and share it all with you. I love this time of year. Family, friends, love, joy, it’s easy to get into. Happy holidays everyone!

P.S. Tell me your favorite holiday recipe below. I’m always in need of new inspiration!

Crazy About: Vintage Yarn Art

Call it crewelwork, call it embroidery, call it something lame and completely unprofessional like yarn art (like me), whatever it is, I’m crazy about it! I’ve picked up a few pieces here and there but lately whenever I see one of these framed beauties, I can’t seem to walk away.

The first pieces I picked up were these lovely birds, which I’m happy to say finally found a home last weekend, in West Virginia.

One of the first items I ever sold from Grandma Great’s Treasure’s Etsy Shop was this set of vegetable yarn art, perfect for any vintage kitchen and so cute!

I also recently sold this adorable owl art, perfect for a nursery. I had this one for a while!

Next I found the piece destined for our bedroom. It’s too big to ship anywhere anyway and looking up from bed at it brings me to a lovely field of flowers, peaceful, restful.

This art comes in all shapes and sizes, though, and this small dainty piece was too cute to pass up at $1.

I picked up another large piece that I fall in love with more every day. I love the colors. It’s currently for sale on Craigslist.

This piece I found without a frame two doors down from my home at an estate sale. It just needs a happy little frame to make it complete. I love the blue background.

This owl wall hanging recently sold in my Etsy shop. Again I love the colors, the mix of the teal and the green. So cute.

And last but not least (actually probably the neatest pieces I’ve found so far) are these two framed scenery art pieces I found at an estate sale over the weekend. The first is so modern, which is different for me. The second is cute as a button and I’m so in love with it. I will sell them, unless I falter long enough to become sentimental with them.

So that’s what I’m crazy about right now. The detail, depth and creativity put into these pieces makes my heart swoon. They are so homey and each are one-of-a-kind!

Now it’s your turn, what are you crazy about right now? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Have a great week everyone!