A Passion For Creativity

Unleash Your Creativity, by Mary Sara Pipia

A December Weekend December 14, 2009

Where is the month of December going?  I took Friday off to get some things done and it was extremely cold so it slowed me down a bit.   Saturday, I ended up staying in and worked on decorating my home and finished decorating my Christmas tree.  I went out to find tinsel for the tree, like we used when I was growing up and can’t find it.  Does anyone use tinsel any more?  Not sure where to find it, any one have suggestions? 

Sunday was a fun day spent at my cousin’s.  We made chocolate covered pretzels and peppermint bark and this fun party mix that we had at Thanksgiving and that I have to stop eating.   We learned that white chocolate is very temperamental and doesn’t like to be combined with peppermint oil.  It was a fun day and my cousin’s four-year old son was very helpful with decorating the chocolate covered pretzels.  He had a lot of fun and was so excited to share with his nursery school class today.  

Tonight, I tried to make  Ghiradelli English Toffee for the first time as it’s one of my favorite treats and a good present, but not sure that I cooked it long enough even though the candy thermometer registered  the correct temperature.  It looks good, so I’ll see what it tastes like tomorrow.  I’m going to be packaging it up for gifts this year. 

This weekend, I’ll start baking as well, in between a dinner party, wrapping presents and an Open House.  What are your favorite recipes at the holidays?  My dad’s mother baked at the holidays and a lot of my holiday cookie recipes come from her.  This is one tradition that I do every year.  Sometimes I make as many as eight or ten different cookies.  I still have the recipes written in my grandmother’s handwriting even though it’s starting to fade and is well-loved and used.  I’ll be making chocolate chips, brownies, toffee cookies (my mother’s favorites) and will see after that. 

While, off to finish Christmas cards so please leave a comment and let me know what you’re doing to get ready for Christmas and your favorite holiday tradition.


December – Where did you come from? December 9, 2009

I can’t believe that it is already December 9th.  Where is the time going?  I know it’s December because here in Boston/New England, last week it was 70 degrees and today some areas North and West of Boston and New England got walloped with snow.  It’s been just crazy weather. 

Once again, it’s been a while since I posted anything of real substance.  I caught a virus in mid-November before Thanksgiving, it wasn’t the flu, but it’s been dragging on.  So my best laid plans to share ideas with you for this Christmas season have gone a bit astray.  I love this time of the year, but not when I’m still a tad under the weather.   I did get my tree up on Monday evening and the lights are working and decorating it this weekend.

I hope to finish the Christmas cards that I started this weekend.  I will post them after I have mailed them out as I wouldn’t want someone to see the card before they get it.   I actually did a couple of different ones and really enjoy designing them.   I have also enjoyed looking at Tim Holtz’s 12 Tags of Christmas.  He does an amazing job each day and I encourage you to go and check them out and find some inspiration in them.  

I just wanted to give you a quick  update of what’s been going on and promise that I will post again in the next week with some ideas and pictures of projects I’m working on.  Hoping to make some gift tags this weekend, finish some Christmas presents and I’m going over to my cousin’s on Saturday and we’re going to have a fun time making some candy for presents.  YUMMY!

What do you like to do this time of the year?  Where do you find inspiration?  What’s your favorite holiday memory?  Post a comment here to let me know.   I will try and post over the weekend and let you know how the candy making goes, so I hope that you come back and visit again.  Until then, have a great night and do something creative this weekend and enjoy the Christmas season.