Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Cookies Served Up Ala-Junk Style!

And I have a cookie recipe that was created by Minnesota's own Marjorie Johnson, the famous Marjorie Johnson that has been seen on The Tonight Show and The Today Show.  I'm proud to say she's a local gal from Minnesota.  She's won countless of awards for her cooking and backing and if you've had a chance to see her, she's definitely a hoot!  I've taken her award winning recipe, and I've added my junk twist to display them!  

I was introduced to these little goodies via a friend who anonymously dropped them on my doorstep.  They were gone in no time, and when I finally found out who they had come from I immediately had to make a batch myself.  These are the fifth batch I've made in about two weeks.  We are addicted.  Not great for the waste line, though!

These are the ingredients:  Honey, brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, flour, eggs, salt, baking soda, butter and cloves.  Ooops!  I forgot some ingredients in the picture.   Where's the butter and baking soda?

My daughter Bekah has really gotten into this with me.  She practically can make them blind folded!

She's becoming a pro at it!

I have to be honest.  I've had this mixer for about four years and it hadn't seen much work until recently.  

And of course I have to use a vintage cooling rack!

I used a couple vintage pieces as my display pieces.  First was this antique soapstone bed warmer.  I've always had a soft spot for these pieces and I thought it would be fun to use it as a serving piece.  

The additional embellishment is an old stove burner.  Love how it looks like a flower!  I just added a miniature vintage ornament to it.

This scale was purchased from a sale Sue Whitney of JUNKMARKET had.  She's passed onto me her passion for them and I love using it for serving.  The dishes the cookies sit upon are vintage restaurantware Fire King and they date from the 50's or 60's. 

And just for a little extra to the display, I added these awesome vintage Pyrex lab jars.  I have to say they are quite cool!  And of course adding some "new" is okay, too, so I incorporated this little tree with the bells on.

There you have it!  All done up ala-junk style!  Come and get it!

Thanks, Marjorie, for this awesome recipe!  If you make them, please let me know what you think! 

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chalk It Up to Another Type of Christmas.....Tree!

In past years I've shown you real trees, faux trees, post trees, painted wall trees, a forests of trees....well you get the idea.  But this has got to be the first chalk tree I've ever had.  Nice thing about this tree is it doesn't need water, it doesn't loose needles, and the cats can climb up it or play with the ornaments!  Gotta love that! 

I had a painted tree last year on this wall, but I had since painted it with chalkboard paint.  I wasn't in the mood to repaint it, so this was the next best thing!

It was kind of fun exploring the artistic side of me!

I removed some of the other pieces on the wall, but kept my dustpan chalkholder.  I just added some small vintage Christmas balls to make it look more festive!

I thought about just doing the whole wall in a tree, but I love this little table and thought it would be a shame to put it away.

It has incredible patina!

So I filled it with rock salt, and popped in these limbs from a vintage bottle brush tree, along with the small vintage Christmas balls.

These little diddies were plain ol' clear votive candleholders, but with a little silver spray paint, a little sanding, and some rhinestone snowflakes, wa-la!  

Alongside side I placed this newer silver tinsel tree.  And although it's new, that's okay.  It still has that vintage look.

These perdy little pearl-like strands of garland add a little something to the tree that I like.

I filled the bottom of this planter with some pearlized vasefiller.  It was just enough to keep the tree in the stand and add a little pazzazz.   They fit perfectly with the pearl-like garland!

A vintage scale, an old rusty wheel, a cloche and a little cement bird seems to complete this vignette!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A Bar Everyone Can Join in On!

My sincerest apologies for being so negligent of my blogger duties.  I bad, though the break was kind of nice, and maybe a little deserved.  

But here I am trying to get back into the swing of things.  And after recently having my house featured in once again another local home tour, I thought it would be the perfect time do some posting and share with you some of my holiday decor!  

In the past I'm sure you've seen many a wine bar, but how about something everyone can join in on!  I decided I would feature a hot chocolate bar on the recent tour.  It's something everyone can enjoy, both young and old!  And who's says you can't through in a little additional "spirit" for the adults to enjoy!  Here's my take on the hot chocolate bar!

I've showcased a lot of different serving ideas on my sideboard, but I decided to change it up a little and feature a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings!

I picked up this cute little medical cabinet at a local vintage sale (you know me and my fetish for vintage medical pieces).  It'll work just dandy for holding all the fixin's.  

I love these little frames from Ikea.  A buck a piece....seriously!  What can you get for a buck now a days.  Not even a cup of coffee (okay maybe at McDonalds).    And A little sign was needed just so you know for sure what you'd be gettin'.  Ha!

And of course I need all the goodies to make that hot chocolate even better.  Some carmel, more chocolate, some flavored marshmellows, cinnamon sticks and/or peppermint sticks.  What's ever to your likin'.  Hmmmmm good!

Some gift tags were used to clarify what you're actually putting in those drinks ;-)  But like I said, you could add a little spirit in there if you wish!  It is Christmas-time after all!

And I thought some coffee fixings might work in cocoa as well!  I'm all for trying new things :-)  And the industrial thingamagig (great technical term) and silver tree is an awesome addition to this display.

And of course I need the hot chocolate! 

I already had this awesome beverage dispenser and since there was no need for cold beverages, it'll work as just the right tabletop embellishment, along with the cute little wire tree.   

And some vintage cups (along with a couple new ones) are just what we need to serve up that there hot chocolate! 

Now all I need is the guests!  Who's up for some hot chocolate?

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