The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

10 Christmas Cookie Recipes & Weekly Link Party

It's the busiest baking season of the year, and cookies are on the list! Bake an impressive variety of Christmas cookies to savor and share during the holdiay season with this collection of delectable cookie recipes.

From shortbread to chocolate chip, this list has all the classics along with a few unique surprises mixed in. Whether you're attending a cookie exchange, baking homemade gifts for others, or just mixing up something to serve at your holiday festivities, you're sure to find a recipe below that will dazzle and delight this Christmas! Happy baking!
1. Christmas Shortbread Cookies / Somewhat Simple
A list of Christmas cookie recipes just wouldn't be complete without shortbread. My favorite part about these is that with a drizzle of icing and a dash of sprinkles they've been made to look like little Christmas trees! Oh so cute and delicious!

2. Chocolate Star Cookies / Artful Homemaking
Don't these look amazing? And with their sweet chocolate stars, they're perfect for the holidays!

3. Raspberry White Chocolate Cookies Bars / Housewife How Tos
Want something a little different than traditional cookies? Try cookies bars instead! These look and sound wonderful with their decadent flavor combination of raspberry and white chocolate.

4. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies / Crafting A Family
Peanut butter and chocolate are always a winning combination! Kids will love getting involved with this recipe. I bet a favorite part is popping chocolate kisses right on top of the warm cookies.

5. Snowball Russian Tea Cake Cookies / Brooklyn Farm Girl
These bring back so many memories for me. When I was a child, my mother would make these every year at Christmas. One taste and you'll know why. And Pamela's look like perfection! Click on over to grab the recipe. Perhaps they'll become a new tradition for your sweet family.

6. Old-Fashioned Christmas Cookies Little House Living
Visit here for three old-fashioned recipes that have been passed down and lovingly preserved in this blogger's recipe collection. NOTHING beats a tried and true recipe that carries with it the kitchen memories of multiple generations.

7. Chocolate Chip Celebration Cookies / Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
You can't go wrong with a classic! With both chocolate chips and festive chocolate candies, these cookies are bursting with chocolate goodness.

8. Black and White Chocolate Shortbread / Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
These chocolate shortbread cookies have been dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with festive toppings. They're a fun holiday cookie to prepare, wrap, and give to others.

9. Snickerdoodle Cookies / Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen
Here's another holiday classic! And the cinnamon will have your whole house smelling like Christmas.

10. Simple Pie Crust Cookies / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
With just a few scraps of pie crust and a little fruit jam, you can bake a batch of unique cookies that are sure to delight the pie loving members of your family.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Homemade Scrubs & Soaks and Weekly Link Party

Tis the season for handmade gifts! Does anyone else love making simple, thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

Homemade sugar scrubs and soaks are one of the easiest handmade gift ideas. One batch can yield enough for several containers making it quick and easy to put multiple gifts together all at once. The recipes being featured at this week's link party all make fantastic gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends and even sweet-smelling stocking stuffers for family.

Don't forget to pamper yourself a little during this busy holiday season. Hold a few portions back of these homemade scrubs and soaks to give yourself a spa-like treatment after a hectic day. Your skin will thank you!

Winter weather can be harsh on skin. Homemade scrubs and soaks to the rescue! Theses recipes have amazing health benefits without the artificial ingredients found in similar store-bought versions. Go ahead pamper yourself and those you love this holiday season with a batch of one of these fantastic recipes!
1. Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub / Natural Beach Living
It might be cold outside, but this scrub will have you daydreaming of tropical destiantions with it's combination of coconut and lime. Click on over for the full recipe!

2. Mint Lavender Mineral Bath / Life-N-Reflection
This bath soak turns your bath at home into a spa-like retreat. And your going to love the little containers that Kristy chose to store it in! These really would make perfect stocking stuffers!

3. Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub / See Vanessa Craft
Here's a scrub that's perfect for the holidays! With cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla I'm sure this one smells good enough to eat. Both your nose and your skin will thank you!

4. Lavender Sugar Scrub / The Life of Jennifer Dawn
Who loves the relaxing scent of lavender? This scrub is perfect for you! Go ahead! Mix up a batch. You deserve some pampering.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

DIY Stamped Clay Ornaments

Disclaimer: Affiliate links have been included to help guide you to the perfect products for making these stamped clay Christmas ornaments.

These stamped clay ornaments inspired by the book Winter Days in the Big Woods are a fun and unique handmade craft to make with the kids this holiday season. Each one features a snowy scene that you and your child can stamp and design. Gather the kids for a crafting session because this is a Christmas ornament craft you aren't going to want to pass by!
Each year the kids and I have a BIG crafting session where we make a new handmade ornament inspired by a children's book. It's become a tradition I look forward to year after year. Of course, we make other crafts and ornaments throughout the holiday season, but there is always one that's dubbed the special ornament of the year. I must be in a mood for all things woodsy and rustic because not only did I decorate our Christmas tree in a rustic farmhouse theme, but it also seems to be the direction our handmade ornaments took this year. I love these little ornaments so much that I dove right in with the kids and made a few for myself. You won't be able to resist making some too--right along with your sweet kiddos!
Have you seen the My First Little House Books? There are several in the series including A Little Prairie House, Christmas in the Big Woods, Going to Town, and Winter in the Big Woods which inspired these clay stamped ornaments. Laura Ingalls Wilder's classic books are able to be enjoyed by a younger audience with these beautifully illustrated storybooks. They collectively tell the story of a little pioneer girl whose family traveled across the Midwest. Each one also shares stories of friendship, family, and love. They're sweet tales to cuddle up with and read to the kids during the cold months of winter..or anytime!
"Outside it was cold and snowy, but the little log cabin was snug and cozy. Pa, Ma, Laura, Mary, and Baby Carrie were comfortable and happy in their little house in the Big Woods."

Can't you just see it?! That cozy house sitting among the tall trees and drifts of snow! That's exactly the image that plays out on these sweet clay ornaments. Twigs and stamps create the scenes on an oven-bake white clay. You and your kids create the memories as you mold, stamp, cut, and bake snowy white clay into beautiful ornaments that you'll cherish for years.

Ready to make one? Awesome! But I have to give you fair warning. You won't be able to stop at just one. Let's get started...

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Creative Christmas Tree Crafts & Weekly Link Party

O Christmas tree! O Christmas tree! How lovely are these Christmas crafts!

The tree is up and the ornaments are hung. Now it's time for some Christmas crafting. Celebrate the season with these cute Christmas Tree Crafts! They are perfect for both kids and adults alike. Whether you're hosting a craft party for a group of friends or just getting creative on your own at home, these fun ideas are sure to put you in the holly jolly spirit!
1. Felt Christmas Trees / The Country Chic Cottage
How cute are these?! This whimsical craft is perfect for holiday decorating!

2. Faux Stained Glass Ornament / Resin Crafts
This adorable ornament uses a technique I can't wait to try! And why stop at just trees? The possibilities are endless!

3. DIY Advent Calendar / Just Measuring Up
Looking for a creative advent calendar idea? Here's one of the most creative ones that I've ever seen! And the best part is that it can be reused year after year.

4. Wood Spool Christmas Tree Ornament / Live Craft Love
With just a few simple supplies you can create charming ornaments for the tree. Click on over to see how this was assembled out of little wooden spools. So neat!

5. Christmas Tree Serving Tray / Hazel + Gold Designs
Various cuts of wood all come together to make this wonderfully designed serving tray. So impressive!

You might also like these Painted Wood Slice Ornaments! Happy crafting!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Potato Corn Chowder

Made with generous portions of potatoes and corn, this chowder is the perfect comfort food for a cold day.
Brrr! The first day of winter is still a few weeks away, but temperatures have already dropped. Warm up with a large bowl of this Potato Corn Chowder. As a starter or a meal on its own, this soup is a hearty, delicious dish that's a cinch to pull together.