I'm so excited..... Today we are getting our second snowfall of the Season! The picture above was our first, but today we are supposed to get 4 inches. I still feel like I'm 12 years old when it starts to snow, its like magic falling from the sky. My 3 children ( mostly teenagers ) still get so excited too! We gather at this window and look out at all the beauty as it falls and kisses our homes and streets.....Oh the wonder of it all!
Its the little things in life that make me happy....
and...speaking of little things....I have this thing for miniatures, maybe its that little girl in me that still wants to play with her dollhouse, or maybe its because in smaller form, everything seems cuter and more manageable, or, lol, it could be that its easier to rearrange :) anywho, the pictures below are of my new Christmas ornaments, but I have to say, I am going to keep them out all year on my kitchen shelf because I think they are so sweet....
I take great care of my refrigerator, but I don't think it could ever be this perfect :), or, lol, that sparse either.... :)
I love the Vintage milk bottles on the shelf...
The detail is so amazing to me on these Ornaments, the hot chocolate even has 3 mini marshmallows, how sweet....and if you click and make the picture bigger, you'll see that even the sprinkle for the cookies are multi-color too!
The oven even has a light too! and btw, if Santa wants to know, i'd like this Vintage stove for Christmas in big girl form :)
I've always collected Vintage baking themed items for my kitchen for years, I think it gives such a sense of Nostalgia. When I use all the things I've collected I can almost sense the woman who used them before me ....I always wonder what she was baking when she used them, or who was in her kitchen , or what she was like ....
The Italian in me loves to cook and bake and I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes with you this week. I swear they are so easy it's almost ridiculous :) But the taste is truly Amazing despite the fact that it has only 3 ingredients! They are called Pastizzi's....enjoy friends! ( note: I sprinkle mine with powdered sugar when they are done... to me, its the finishing touch! ) So here's a little something for you...
- 2 lbs. flaky pastry dough
- 2 lbs. ricotta cheese
- salt and pepper
- 2 eggs
- Note: You can substitute Pillsbury Flaky Pastry Dough for home-made flaky pastry dough...if you'd like.
- Mix the ricotta cheese with the two eggs until the eggs are thoroughly mixed into the ricotta cheese.
- Add a bit of salt and pepper to the mixture for taste.
- Roll out the dough (do not make the dough too thin.)
- Cut the dough into three- to four-inch circles. ( I make mine a little bigger )
- Put one tablespoon of the ricotta cheese mix in the middle of each circle.
- Fold each circle from the top and the bottom to the centre and squeeze the edges together so that the pocket is sealed (the horizontal ends should be formed into points.)
- Put the pastizzi on a greased baking sheet.
- Bake in a moderate oven (350-425 degrees) for about one hour. or until golden brown.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar!
“Life itself is the proper binge.”... Julia Child
Then its clean up time....
This is a little tip.... when washing silver and china during the holidays, use a Tupperware bin, I can't tell you how many pieces slipped out of my hands and broke in the sink before I saw that idea!
I just love Gooseberry Patch, such sweet little images and their books have that wonderful nostalgic feel too!
Now its time after we baked and cleaned up , to head into town and finish our shopping!
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.--Hamilton Wright Mabie
Merry Christmas to all , and to all a good weekend!
Love and Hugs ~