Monday, November 26, 2018

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop And A Giveaway Too!

Today, I'm delighted to be participating in the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  If this is your first time visiting me, welcome.  This is my personal blog, which I have plans to simply use to share a variety of forms of creativity that I work on and personally enjoy.  I'll confess I need to do more sharing on this blog and do I have plans to do so shortly (all the holiday projects I'm working on).  To clarify, you may know me as QuiltShopGal (or ages ago as SewCalGal).  As QuiltShopGal moved from a self hosted blog to a free wordpress blog last year, I sadly lost a lot of followers.  While I hope you'll follow me at my personal blog (Creative Latitude), I'm also hopeful you will follow me at QuiltShopGal - www.quiltshopgal2.wordpress.com


This year I added a Christmas themed wallhanging as a table topper.  Even my DH likes it!  Definitely getting me into the holiday spirit. It was gifted to me via a Quilter's Christmas party, gift exchange, several years ago and I do enjoy it. I'm looking forward to putting out more holiday decorations, but I really don't put up that many decorations. For the most part, what Christmas decorations I will put out this year will be quilted items, many of which have been given to me by friends. They really help to provide a simple touch to help capture the spirit of the holidays, as well as provide good quilty hugs.

I also enjoy Christmas music and Christmas movies, but refuse to listen or watch until after Thanksgiving.  What about you?  

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is baking Christmas Cookies and sharing with family, friends and neighbors.  I'll often make little gift baskets that include not just cookies, but some handmade items (e.g. embroidered dishtowels, table runners, etc.).  I like to bake a variety of cookies to share, but today I want to share a light cookie which I think is perfect for the holidays and certainly goes well with a cup of hot tea.  

I'm addicted to shortbread and still on the search for the perfect shortbread recipe.  The recipe that I'm sharing today has the combination of cranberries and orange in these cookies to create a cookie that is not overly sweet, but tasty for the holidays.  This is the only type of cookie I've made so far, this year, but as mentioned, I do plan on baking more types of cookies to fill these aluminum tins that are currently filled with my Cranberry Orange Shortbread Cookies:


I also plan on making handmade gift tags for these aluminum tins, as inspired by this photo I found on Pinterest.   



Here is the recipe for my Cranberry Orange Shortbreak Cookies:





DID I MENTION A GIVEAWAY?

Martingale Publishing is sponsoring this giveaway, where one lucky winner will receive a copy of Simple Reflections - A Journal For Memories and Musings, by Kim Diehl.  This fun new journal is perfect for quilters, as well as those that appreciate quilts.  And, as a journal it offers a fun way
 for you to capture memories, musings, project planning and/or project progress notes, cooking notes, sketching, logging your dreams,  thoughts about your kids (or gkids). or whatever you may want to log in a journal.  The possibilities are endless.    It is also packed with yummy recipes.


To enter simply leave a comment on this post saying anything you wish.  Maybe you want to share what your favorite Christmas Cookie is, or if you bake any treats to give to family & friends.  If so, when do you typically give them away?  I'll be randomly selecting the winner on Monday, December 3rd and I'll email the winner to let them know.  Due to postage expenses, I can afford to ship this prize to someone in the US/Canada, but if you live elsewhere if you are willing to pay for postage I will happily ship to you.

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT:


Sue is the lucky winner, but sadly, Sue is what is called a no-reply blogger (her Google account settings are at the default status, which does not provide the ability to contact via email).  I will leave this up for 10 days, in hopes that she will see this and contact me.  If I don't hear back, I will randomly draw another name.






DID I MENTION A BLOG HOP?  Here is the lineup where you can find more yummy cookie recipes, inspirational quilts, and even some giveaways along the way:


Time flies by so fast.  Thus, I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I'm happy to have you pop by today.  Of course, I hope you'll also consider following me at Creative Latitude and come back to see what #CreativeGoodness I do in 2019.

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48 comments:

Susan said...

That is my kind of cookie! I love anything with orange and cranberry in it. I will definitely have to try this one. Thank you for sharing it. Your new tabletopper looks very festive. I don't watch or listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, though I do have one Mannheim Steamroller CD that is in my player a lot because it helps me to go to sleep all year. It has Christmas music, but it is not the typical renditions, and it doesn't make me sing the words. =) Your gifting idea is great, too! Thanks to you and to Martingale for the journal giveaway. That sounds like a great volume. I like writing my thoughts, so it would be perfect.

Barb said...

I don't know that I have ever had short bread. You are always so creative with your handmade gifts with the tag. Love your Christmas decor.

Carol S. said...

I love shortbread and adding orange and cranberry sounds even more yummy than the regular kind. I have to try these! Your tabletopper looks beautiful and will definitely add some Christmas spirit to your home. I don't decorate for Christmas nearly as much as I used to, but this year I'm in the mood to be a bit more festive. Thanks for being a part of my virtual cookie exchange! xo

Beth@IHaveANotion.com said...

One of my favorite flavor combos.... orange and cranberry! Sadly no cookie baking for me... this year. Not even the family favorite... Biscotti! Although today would be a great day to bake... very cold outside 22F/-5C windchill makes it worse! I am going to try and visit the other pages... too.

Bonnie58 said...

Shortbread is one of my favourites. I have wonderful memories of making shortbread with my mom for christmas meals. Thanks so much for sharing

Dorian said...

Sounds like an interesting cookie, thanks for the recipe.

Carol said...

I like your table topper--good idea to use it! The shortbread recipe looks good--orange and cranberry--how can you go wrong?! I used to bake a lot when the kids were home, but anymore, I don't do too much since they don't come until after Christmas and do their own baking before. That's ok--probably healthier. :) My favorite cookie is probably oatmeal chocolate chip with coconut and pecans added in. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Sandra Dennison said...

Oh -- I love the bright flavors of cranberry and orange together. Thanks for the recipe. I love your table topper!

Jan Snell said...

I look forward to trying your recipe as I love cranberry and orange together. For me Christmas is not Christmas without shortbread cookies. Growing up we had a Scottish neighbour who was a second grandmother to us. She made ‘simple shortbread with three ingredients’ and made them plentiful. We only enjoyed these only at Christmas. Throughout my adult life I tried to find and replicate her simple recipe but was unable until I bought a shortbread mold. Now every year my friends look forward to receiving a shortbread from me as my token of spreading love. Janice.snell@gmail.com

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Your cookie recipe sounds great! I love orange and cranberries together! Thanks for sharing your recipe ... and your beautiful table topper! Love it!

sam said...

Thanks for this recipe. It looks yummy and simple enough even for me. I have been invited to a cookie exchange this season and I think this will be my choice.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

This is a fabulous recipe! I still have some yummy cranberries left in the fridge and I am the only one that eats them... yippee! more cookies for me when I use this recipe! The shortbread recipe reminds me of the cranberry bread I make, again, only I eat it...so I do have to make the traditional chocolate chip for everyone else. Wink....

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I always make Lefse which is a Norwegian flat bread. It is made with cold mashed potatoes and flour, rolled thin & cooked on a hot grill/pan. Lefse is like flour tortillas. My mom & sister are anxious to slap butter on it, roll it up and down the hatch it goes. rozz0atcoxdotnet

eileen said...

I always make thumbprint cookies filled with dark chocolate, but I will definitely try your recipe ! Christmastime is cookies time in my house!

Denise L said...

MMM this sounds so good. Thank you for sharing. Denise@fortheloveofgeese

piecefulwendy said...

Sometimes simple touches are the best, and it's so much easier to put them away when the season is over! One traditional recipe we make each year is a cranberry punch that has been used in my family since I was a kid. It's easy to make and the whole house smells good while it's cooking. Your recipe sounds delicious!

Needled Mom said...

That does sound like a good recipe. I also like that festive table topper. I can see why DH likes it.

Tracy It's a T-Sweets Day said...

I’m so excited to try your shortbread recipe! The flavors sound festive and light:). -Tracy@ itsatswetsday.blog

Calicojoan said...

I absolutely love shortbread cookies, and this one with cranberries and orange really sounds good. That table topper is perfect for getting anyone into the spirit. Have a very blessed holiday season.

MissPat said...

I wondered where you disappeared to, Darlene. Nice to hear from you again. I've cut way back on decorating (no tree or outdoor lights). Your shortbread cookies sounds good. My favorite Christmas cookie is Russian tea cakes made with pecans or walnuts and rolled in confectioner's sugar.
Pat

Karen McMahon said...

Your recipe sounds delicious. I will have to try it. Thank you for the recipe!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Sounds like a great shortbread cookie recipe Darlene! Thanks for sharing.

rosemaryschild said...

Thank you for your recipe! I make microwave peanut brittle for Christmas to gift & enjoy for snacking after dinner! So easy & diliciously buttery! Thank you, Susan

Karen said...

I love the combination of Orange and cranberry. I especially like it with white chocolate, but I do want to try your shortbread.

Beatrice said...

I love cranberries and I love shortbread! This sounds awesome, thank you for sharing.

Carol Andrews said...

What a great recipe! Thank You! It might be the only cookie I make for the holidays. DH is a grinch so I don’t get to decorate like I used to. I was always Mrs. Claus with decor everywhere! Now I have a few treasured Quilty things I put out for my pleasure. I also don’t bake much anymore. My kids, grands and great grands live too far away for us to see and as I said hubby is a Grinch. If I bake a lot he eats it all! Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. So enjoyed your post.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Good Morning! That journal by Kim Diehl (I think the "L" is left off her name) looks very interesting. I will follow you on your WordPress website - hopping over there as soon as I finish this comment. Those cookies look delicious, and your pile of cookie goodness to share is very impressive. We gather together on 12/15 for a cookie bake at our house. Otherwise, all the cookies would be gone by Christmas Eve, I fear. ~smile~ Roseanne

Sharon Aurora said...

Orange and cranberry? Sounds scrumptious! Cookie baking was one of my favorite holiday times with the kids when they were growing up.

Sheila said...

I usually make shortbread cookies at Christmas but chocolate chip cookies usually make an appearance too. Your cookies sound yummy .

Farm Quilter said...

Your cookies look and sound delicious!! Thank you for sharing the recipe! I always love new cookie recipes because cookies are my favorite treat, any time!! Your table topper is great - I may need to make one. Thank you for the opportunity to win Kim's book. May your family have a blessed Christmas!

Mary said...

Thanks for the recipe! Our family's favorite for Christmas is what we call "Dough Gobs" (really Russian Tea Cakes without the nuts:)

Carla said...

Your recipe looks and sounds delish. It's so fun to see all this Christmas inspiration. Thank you!

Melva said...

Your shortbread recipe sounds yummy. I love the cranberry/orange combination. I will be sharing a gluten-free shortbread recipe tomorrow. The hop today has been fun and inspiring. Thanks for sharing. :) Blessings.

Jocelyn said...

I have never made shortbread before, but your recipe sounds yummy. I love your table runner. The colors are so cheerful.

Suze said...

I think a cookie exchange (virtual or real) in a great way to celebrate the holidays. It's fun to include family and/or friends in the process of making the homemade cookies and then exchanging the cookies with friends helps to make the holidays special. Thanks yoooou. Sharing and receiving with love is always a winning combination.

tink's mom said...

Your table topper is lovely but looses out to those yummy shortbread cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

LJ said...

Me, too. I'd love to find the perfect shortbread cookie recipe. This one sounds so good and I like that it might not be quite so sweet. Good luck with filling your baking tins with lots of goodies.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Those cookies sound yummy!!! It must be the orange and cranberry combination. Thanks for the recipe. I, too, give goodies to my neighbors and friends.
kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

teachpany said...

Recipe looks good, but I like a plain shortbread. Not into berries for cookies, lol. I love frosted sugar cookies, and Spritz cookies. I double the Spritz recipe (the one from the cookie gun box) and then split the dough. Half is not colored, and pressed into flower or circle shape. Those get about 1/2 dipped in melted chocolate chips and sprinkles. The other half has green food coloring, pressed into trees, and then I add sprinkles or sugar or other easy things. I did get new cookie cutters that make the tree, so I'm hoping to get that done, too. Thanks for the fun.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Home made cookies as a gift are a sweet package to receive for sure. My SIL is the cookie baker and makes enough thru the month of Dec to feed the entire valley - really! She delivers to homes, shares at pot lucks and luncheons, meals on wheels, you name it. And always a huge tray for the family.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Looks like a yummy cookie. I love shortbread too. I agree no decorating or Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.

sue said...

Shortbread cookies are my favorites but I am an eater not so much of a baker. I will give these a try. Thanks!

Alycia Quiltygirl.com said...

Your cookie sounds yummy!! I like oranges and never though about cranberries too! yumm!

wendy said...

Homemade cookies are my favorite food! I would eat them 24/7 if I could. I am really enjoying this cookie hop. I love shortbread cookies, am looking forward to trying these. Thanks!

Theresa said...

Cranberries and oranges are a great combo. Thanks for sharing.

treen said...

We bake a lot of sugar cookies at our house because my kids like to decorate them, and then we give them away immediately. Otherwise they'd all be eaten. Journals are great - thanks for the give-away opportunity!

Susan-Sharon Passmore said...

Those shortbread cookies sound fabulous! Thanks for sharing. Love your quilted table topper too.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I love to watch Christmas movies in the summer, when it is hot. It seems to cool things off a bit.