December 24, 2010

Stars in your eyes and in your heart.

May this happy time of Christmas bring you the joy of  spending precious moments with those  dear to your heart.

Happiness also for  sharing a  smile with someone you don’t know.

May the light of Christmas shine in your heart long after this  celebration.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you and yours !

Just enough time to bake a few more cookies… Those I love : with  spices and molasses.

Here is the recipe of these delicious cookies as shared by Cindy, thanks a lot Cin ! Merry Christmas to you and yours !

¾ cup butter and 1 cup sugar, beaten until fluffy.

Add in and beat well:

2 cups flour, ½ tsp salt, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 large egg, ¼ cup molasses, 1 tsp baking powder.

You’re left with a soft dough, refrigerate for an hour until firm and workable, then form into small balls and coat with sugar.  Set on a baking tray an inch apart and bake at 180C for 10 minutes.  The biscuits will harden on cooling.

The Christmas Tree quilt, decorated with sweets, hangs on a wall near our entrance door. Everyone visiting  is welcome to try and taste a chocolate or  a biscuit as they visit. Some days are more busy than others… and the   tree looks less colourful. No need to worry though since replacement is at hand in case you want to drop in ! Welcome 🙂

“In the silent night of a white Winter

The angels will come and sing

In praise of the sleeping child.

In the middle of the night

Light is shining

In the silent night.

Peace on Earth.”

by lesmotsdelle


39 Responses to “Christmas”

  1. Cindy said

    Thank you, Isa, my best wishes to your for a blessed Christmas. xxx

  2. Karma said

    Merry Christmas, Isa! I love your Christmas tree quilt!

  3. Gerry said

    What a warm and welcoming Christmas, Isa. Joy to you and yours this season.

  4. Happy Christmas, hope you have a lovely time

    All things nice…

  5. Merry Christmas Isa. This post contains all of the wonderful things that I think of when I think of you and your blog – lovely images, a beautiful quilt, and warmth. It is a pleasure to have found your blog this year.

    • Tammy, I appreciate your comments a lot. I can honestly say the same about your blog; you have brought much awareness on essential questions and problems one should think of nowadays. Thanks for all the experience you share as well as the delicious recipes along the seasons. Happy holidays !

  6. Yano said

    Tres joli blog, très doux et agréable.
    Merci pour ta visite sur mon blog qui m’a ouvert une fenêtre sur ton univers
    Joyeux noël.

    • Ravie de ta visite, Yano et merci pour tes mots chaleureux. Je suis un peu absente ces temps-ci mais je reviendrai “chez toi” avec plaisir. Bonne et belle fin d’année et tous mes voeux pour 2011.

  7. montucky said

    Have a very Merry Christmas, Isa! Your Christmas quilt is very special!

  8. sartenada said

    Merry Christmas Isa.

    I love that photo from the Christmas Tree quilt too. I have never seen a quilt which presents a Christmas tree. So special and well done. Thank You.

  9. truels said

    Isa, what a nice and beautiful Christmas post! I think those cookies are tasting good – Maybe I should try baking them – this year I have made 2 of the 3 kinds of cookies that my mother were baking every year for more than 50 years! And they taste good too!!
    And your Christmas quilt looks SO beautiful – and I would like to taste those decorations one day 😉 Merry Christmas – and Happy New ear!

    • Hello truels ! you are most welcome to taste those chocolates if you visit us in Winter ;)try baking those molasses cookies some day, they taste really good if one likes spices. Family recipes are so special, aren’t they ? Your mother would be happy if she knew (she might) you are enjoying her own biscuits. Happy New Year truels, it is very nice to have “met” you.

  10. Giiid said

    How cozy to have a Christmas quilt with sweets. You have time for baking cookies at the 24, – I am impressed! Merry Christmas to all of you, I wish you a happy holiday. 🙂

    • Thank you giiid. Just between you and me…I did not have time to bake those cookies on the 24th… they were made earlier but almost all eaten by Christmas. Fortunately I had others when the whole family got together on Christmas Day. Have a very Happy New Year, dear giiid. Thanks for everything.

  11. Isa!!!
    I am so glad to have found your blog!
    I am going to spend some time here reading and enjoying the beauty!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Your friend from Flickr,

    • Oh ! You are Rangoli on flickr ? How wonderful ! I so admire your quilting, it is very inspiring for me. Thanks a lot for visiting here too. We will be in touch again 🙂 Happy New Year, a year filled with more beautiful quilts.

  12. Kathy said

    Merry Christmas, Isa! And I echo your last words, “Peace on earth…”

  13. Carsten said

    Merry Christmas Isabelle.
    Maybe it is your Mothers star that shines so beautifully theese days.
    I wish you a joyful new year.

    • Carsten, how did you remember ? This is so touching, thank you with all my heart. Yes, she was very present, like your own mother, I imagine. Stars shining over us and forever within us. Happy New Year to you and your family:)A first New Year for a dear little one…

  14. Catching up after a busy holiday weekend. Hope your Christmas was as good as those molasses cookies look! My Grandmother made those and I would grab a large glass of milk as a kid and eat’em up!

    • :)) I can totally understand you doing this, Scott. These molasses cookies tasted delicious (alas ! the tin box is empty). Hope you have a few relaxing days before entering the New Year. All the best to you and yours and thanks for all you shared with everyone.

  15. aubrey said

    I love your lively and multi-dimensional quilt. It takes part in the holidays as much as the people who celebrate it. In a way, it reminds me of an advent calendar, made of fabric and embroidery.

    • Hello Aubrey, you are quite right about the quilt. It was not meant to but the Christmas tree quilt soon became an Advent calendar. Every year different. All sorts of decorations from all over the world with a constant though ; chocolates ! Thanks for your visit, wish you a Very Happy New Year !

  16. Roy knocks on your door to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Very happy new year to you and your loved ones. Let’s see, hmm..I like this chocolate…actually, can I have all of them? 🙂 LOVE IT Isa.

    The Christmas tree quilt is extremely pretty!

    I love your header too. Its so artistic. It doesn’t snow here you know 😦 Very nice header.

    • Nice to see you at my door Rukmini 😉 come in and hurry to choose a chocolate, they are almost all gone ! Thanks for the visit and encouraging words. Wish you a lovely, creative, happy, healthy New Year !

  17. ancientcloth said

    What a beautiful post.
    Those cookies look delicious and how lucky your visitors are : )
    Everything looks so cozy and warm and filled with love.

  18. Janice said

    I don’t know how I missed this but I followed the link from Rukmini’s and came over to see your beautiful quilted tree. Before reaching that I found the cookie recipe which I shall try – that combination of spices is SO lovely and just right for Christmas. And your tree, with all those hanging sweets! Well, Isa, let me just say that I’ll be coming to visit next Christmas!
    Janice. x

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