Besides reading, I've been keeping busy with a bit of this and that to get ready for Christmas. Yesterday I finished up some more felt birds from the patterns I printed at the Down East Thunder Farms website. It's nice to simply print a pattern, cut and stitch it without having to invent something or figure it out. Plus it's relaxing to do a little hand stitching, and the results are pretty cute! Here are are some of the ornament gifts I made:
The eastern bluebird,
the snowy owl,
the ruby-throated hummingbied (with a toothpick beak)
the common crow,
and the chickadee!
I've done a little baking as well. One thing I decided to try is this recipe for homemade dog treats, one of the first things I ever pinned on Pinterest. There are only 4 ingredients and the dough mixes up and rolls out very easily. The neighbors on both sides of us are multiple-dog households, so I thought I'd share them. I can't testify to how they taste, but they've got a nice cup of peanut butter in them and Cassie just loves them!
I also made a pan of this 5-ingredient Graham cracker toffee:
I topped it with chopped almonds and coconut and they are rich and scrumptious! If you like toffee and need an easy-to-make party contribution or gift, they are perfect. Try not to eat them all yourself!
They are the classic Jewel brooch cookies, gingerbread (from a box mix), white chocolate-dipped pretzels, and coconut macaroons. We have enough to pick on ourselves and some to give away, so I think that'll be it for me as far as holiday baking goes (except for maybe a cheesecake for dessert Christmas day).
Most of the shopping and even wrapping are done, so now all I have to do is the Christmas cards. They're going out a little late this year, but better late than never!