Friday, December 4, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop And My Day Too

It's day four of the Virtual Cookie Exchange and Christmas Blog Hop and I get to share the day with some amazingly creative bloggers...lucky me! It's been a fabulous blog hop and I know I've gained at least 10 pounds checking out the recipes and my project list has grown and grown from all the ideas. Loving it!

This year has been a bit crazy for me with selling a house in Utah, moving to a condo in Nevada (just as Covid was hitting the world), selling the condo, and moving to a house. The house needed a lot of repairs and updating, so of course we had to move everything out that we'd just moved in so we could replace the floors. It was crazy!

In the middle of it all, I had deadlines for sewing and masked repair people working in my home. It was a huge balancing act, but it's finally getting close to the big stuff being done.

One good thing about the house is the lovely backyard that includes a lemon tree full of lemons. I've never had a lemon tree so I was in awe at how many were on it. Some were really big!

With most of them changing into a beautiful yellow color, I went looking for a recipe to use them in for this blog hop.

I found a lot of recipes and ended up combining a few to get just what I wanted and use ingredients I already had.

They are soft on the inside and taste so yummy! I used my medium sized cookie scoop to make them so they weren't tiny.

Lemon Cookies
Makes about 30 cookies - Click HERE for a PDF of the recipe

 1 cup butter

2 cups sugar

1 ½ teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

4 teaspoons lemon zest

2 tablespoons lemon juice

3 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup powdered sugar (for rolling dough in)

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a cooking sheet. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add and mix vanilla, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder. Mix just until blended.

Use scooper or roll dough into balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar and place a couple inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until barely brown on the bottom of cookies. Let set for 8 minutes on the cookie sheet. Remove from cookie sheet to finish cooling. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar (it makes them prettier if you do!)

I don't think I could ever live at a house without a lemon tree again because I'm in love with that fruit! My neighbors have appreciated the bags of lemons they are getting, too.

Christmas projects have been happening a lot at my house all year, even in the middle of the dust and chaos of moving. 

This gnome table runner is one I made for ThermOWeb and I shared the free pattern HERE.

This gnome table topper pattern (yes, I've been into gnomes this year) can be found in my Etsy store HERE.

This was a panel quilt using Riley Blake Designs pattern HERE.

A Riley Blake Design project..."Midnight Ride With Santa" can be found HERE.

A "Yuletide Frolic" for Riley Blake pattern HERE.

Here's a round gift bag for Christmas pattern HERE.

If you use Crafter's Edge dies, this is an easy Christmas gift bag to can find it HERE.

There are lots of amazing things to see...check them out!

December 1

Creatin' in the Sticks

Doreen – Just Let Me Quilt Guest

Bumbleberry Stitches

Home Sewn By Us

Quilt Schmilt

Food for Thought

Life in the Scrapatch

Ms P Designs USA

Just Sew Quilter

Cathie's Craftworks

Cynthia's Creating Ark

 December 2


Karen's Korner

Sew Many Yarns

Selina Quilts

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Days Filled With Joy

Words & Stitches

Just Because Quilts


 December 3



DayBrook Designs

Karrin’s Crazy World

Samelia's Mum

Songbird Designs

For The Love Of Geese

Stitchin At Home

Dreamworthy Quilts

That Fabric Feeling

 December 4

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

DesertSky Quilting

Seams To Be Sew

Happy Cottage Quilter

Pumpkin Patch Patterns & Quilting

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing


There is a Pinterest page for all the amazing things you'll see during this hop...HERE!

Merry Christmas to you!


  1. Thank you for another great hop Carol. Those lemon cookies look really yummy, and I love your Christmas projects. Merry Christmas!

  2. Wow, Carol....moving sounds busy! Nice to get a nice yard though...enjoy it!

  3. Thanks for hosting a great blog hop! Those cookies look amazing, thanks for the recipe! Love your Christmas project!

  4. Oh, my, those lemon cookies look and sound delicious! I'm going to have to make them for sure. I love seeing all your projects! Thanks for hosting this hop--lots of good recipes and inspiration, as always!

  5. How wonderful to have a lemon tree in your backyard! The cookies look so good, Carol! Thank you for hosting this fun blog hop, too, along with all of your fun quilt projects!

  6. Wow thanks for all the patterns. I have a lemon tree that my hubby gave me last year. It had a lot of lemons but I gave them to my sister in law ;-) But thanks for the recipe. I will keep it in mind for next year.

  7. Thank you so much for the lenon cookies. We too have a lemon tree in our backyard and every year I wonder what am I to do with all this juice? And that is after we give away most of the fruit. The cute free projects are worth a giant THANK YOU! I love Gnomes any time of the year and at Christmas Reindeer and lights are my favorite. The projects are well appreciatd.
    Thanks again, Robin

  8. Oh my goodness, I love lemon anything. You are so lucky to have that gorgeous tree in your yard. Hopefully your home repairs are about done and you can start enjoying it more and more every day. Even as busy as you felt you were, just look at all those beautiful projects you managed to get done. Wonder woman you are! Thanks for hosting us again this year. I love you hops.

  9. Thanks so much for the recipe and pattern! Lovely projects you have made! I need to go out and pick my little dwarf lemon tree and these look like a perfect recipe. Thanks so much for hosting this wonderful blog hop, I love participating and visiting blogs during this one! I save my cookie making list till this one happens!

  10. With everything you just shared I am stuck on the lemon tree. I bet your yard smells glorious. My dad had a place in Tx next to a Ruby Red Grapefruit orchard and I loved staying there. Thank you for the hop.

  11. Your Christmas projects are all wonderful ... but lemon cookies! Oh, yum! Your tree looks like a great producer, too. I will have to plant one when we move back to Arizona ... though the nights in Holbrook get WAY cold. I've been shocked as I followed the weather reports!

  12. I hear you about the moving. We moved from a large rancher on a large lot to a large condo and now to a smallish rancher on a small lot, all in a year. But, we only moved a few miles at a time. New house had already been mostly renovated and we have masked workmen here frequently, too. I love the new place though, partly because we back onto a bird sanctuary. It is definitely a calming place to live.

    Love those lemon cookies. I can see making some soon. I assume they freeze well. Being lemon I won't have to share with my husband as he is not a lemon fan.

    Your Christmas projects are great, as usual.

    Stay safe, and enjoy the lemon tree.

  13. Thank you for the yummy looking cookie recipe and for all the lovely patterns.

  14. I love that midnight ride with santa quit, I don't think I've seen that one before. Your lemon cookies look amazing! I love lemon flavored baked goods. The pastry arts students at the community college where I work sold a holiday baked goods box that picked up on Wednesday--I had a lemon scone with my breakfast today!

  15. Carol you have had a busy year and yet you still managed to organize this hop! Wow! Just amazing. I’m so jealous of your lemon tree, in love with all of your sweet Gnomes and other Christmas projects. Thank you for the incredible recipe. You had me at lemon so now I need to try this one. 😄

  16. I love anything lemon!! I grew up in L.A. and my parents always had a lemon tree in the back yard. We often made lemon squares but this cookie idea sounds great too. My brother, who lives in Burbank, California, has a meyer lemon tree in his backyard. Oh, what a shame when I live clear on the East coast in NJ!!! If only he could send me some. Thank you so much for sharing great projects (that round gift bag is a must make) and always keeping us inspired.

  17. Those cookies look delicious, as do all your quilts! Merry Christmas!

  18. I'm exhausted just reading your blog. Those cookies sound delicious and I love all those projects.

  19. You got me again this year, Carol. These cookies will have to be made - my mouth is watering just thinking about the pictures and the recipe. BTW, your pictures are gorgeous. Real lemon is the key, I think, to lemon tasting awesome. You have done so much this year...I'm in awe. Thank you for all your creativity and work at organizing all the hops. YOU ARE AMAZING.

  20. Yummy! I love lemon cookies/cakes/desserts. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  21. Lucky you to have a lemon tree - and those cookies would be high on my list because I love lemon. Yum! And thank you for all the fun designs too.

  22. Thank you so much for all you do and share with us. Hope you have a safe and Merry Christmas.

  23. Hi Carol! Oh, those fresh lemons. How fabulous is that?! These cookies look fabulous - I am going to have to try them for sure. Everyone here loves the taste of lemon even though we don't have fresh lemons anywhere in sight. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe, for hosting this fabulous hop, and for sharing all these tempting projects. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  24. You are so amazing and all these projects - LOVE!!!!! I love lemon too. You are so lucky to have that tree. Your recipe is a must try. Thank you for another great hop and Merry Christmas!

  25. Merry Christmas, Carol! I'm in love with your lemon tree from afar!! LOL Thanks for sharing your recipe, and projects, and hosting this fun hop again this year!

  26. What a lovely lemon tree! My mom grew one from a seed back in the 80s. We never expected it to have any fruit, Germany just doesn't have the right climate but eventually it did!

    Thank you for another great blog hop.

  27. Can't wait to try that lemon cookie recipe! YUM! Love all your projects. Thank you so much for the free patterns. I have really enjoyed this hop, Carol. Thank you so much for hosting it.

  28. What a great hop! Those lemons and cookies look fabulous. And, of course, your projects are so much fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the hop and your blog always has so much great stuff.

  29. What a fabulous lemon tree and the cookies sound delicious. I love lemon. Thanks for a delicious hop and all you share. Merry Christmas

  30. Here I am, late to the party again! Thank you for a wonderful blog hop. I've found several new recipes to try, along with plenty of inspiration for projects that I'd like to create whenever I find the time.

    I hope that you and your family will have a wonderful Christmas, filled with joy, peace, and love.

    Happy quilting,

  31. Thank you for the wonderful hop! I have spent the morning going through all of the bloggers and making copies of everything I wanted. I think I drooled on my keyboard!

  32. Mmmm lemon cookies, my favourite, or more exact one of my favourites. I've printed the pattern and will make them during the week. Love the Christmas quilts

  33. Carol, everything you make turns to gold
    I love all of your sweet projects.
    And these cookies.... I must make these.

  34. The cookies look delicious! A lemon tree - sounds amazing. Love everything you do.

  35. The cookies look delicious! A lemon tree - sounds amazing. Love everything you do.


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