Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Last Day Of The Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange Blog Hop

What a week it has been! My brain has been filled with so many amazing ideas to sew and bake...great way to start the Christmas holidays! Please take the time to visit each blog and leave a comment. It's always a joy to hear from other quilters.

It's my day to share a project along with some incredibly gifted quilters. 
I had a ton of fun creating "Decorating for Christmas."

The Nutcracker

The presents

The bird and star for the tree

A mischievous hand decorating the tree

Decorated homes

Fabrics: Riley Blake Designs "Painter's Watercolor Swirl" by J. Wecker Frisch

You can find "Decorating for Christmas in my Etsy Store HERE.

When we moved into this house, we were excited to have a Meyers lemon tree in our backyard. It was loaded with lemons the first year, but no thanks to a big windstorm, there are fewer this year. There was still enough to make some Lemon Snowball Cookies!

Lemon Snowball Cookies

1 cup butter at room temperature
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons cornstarch
*1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 3 teaspoons lemon zest (for rolling the cookies in)

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Set the aside.
Mix the butter until creamy.
 Mix in 2/3 cup of the powdered sugar. 
Mix in lemon juice, lemon extract, and 3 teaspoons lemon zest. 
Gradually add in flour/cornstarch/salt mixture and mix just until combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll dough into tablespoon sized balls. 
Place balls on baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spacing about 2-inches apart.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes until bottoms of cookies are lightly browned. 
Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool.
Roll them in the mixed 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 3 Tablespoons lemon zest.
Place on wire rack to cool. 
Roll the cookies in the powdered sugar again, generously coating the snowballs. 
Store cookies in an airtight container.

More of this year's stitching of Christmas projects...

Santa and His Dog
Free pattern HERE

Wreath of Joy
Free pattern HERE

Treats for Santa mug rug
Free pattern HERE

It's such a pleasure to blog hop with all of these quilters...check them out!

December 6

There's a Pinterest page for this year's Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange HERE.

There's a giveaway, too!
I love the Quilt Taffy store and one winner will get $20 to shop!

Christmas 1956...can you guess which one is me?

Thank you for stopping by!
Merry Christmas!


Stitchin At Home said...

Where to start, I love lemon flavoured cookies and the snowballs looks yummy! The wreath of Joy is so pretty! Thank You! And a huge thanks for running another very successful blog hop!

Carol said...

All of your projects are amazing, Carol! I love the Wreath of Joy--I think that's my favorite, if I were to pick one... The lemon cookies look and sound amazing. I think I'm going to have to make those. Thanks for sharing and for hosting this hop.

Carol said...

P.S. Are you the youngest? :)

Tamma said...

Your lemon snowball cookies sound amazing! Can’t wait to make some for Christmas 🎄

Linda said...

What a beautiful parade of projects! I love all your quilts and the mug rug. I wish my Mom was still around for me to make her those lemon cookies, but I love lemon too. I miss our Meyer lemon tree - they are SO good aren't they!
I just downloaded your Decorating for Christmas pattern! You had me at the "mischievous hand" - lol! I've not made an applique quilt in years, but I have you "nearby" in Blogland to help me if I get stuck, right?
Wonderful post, Carol, and thank you for letting me participate - it was so much fun!

Linda said...

Oh, and I'm not sure, but are you the little one in the photo?

Inflorescencedesigns said...

All your Christmas makes are wonderful! Your lemon snowball cookies sound so delicious. Thank you for hosting another wonderful blog hop! I have added several cookies to my baking list this year.

Calicojoan said...

Oh my goodness, "Decorating for Christmas" is so awesome. I love those fabulous watercolor fabrics, but even better is all the favorites in the quilt. Even the Grinch hand! LOL I love snowball cookies, and lemon bars, so I am definitely going to have to give your lemon snowball cookies a try. They sound incredible. Thanks for hosting this fun hop, once again. It really is the start of my holiday season.

Daryl @ Patchouli Moon Studio said...

I love all your Christmas projects! Those lemon yummy delights would be gone in a few minutes if I could eat those (but I cannot eat baked goods anymore, which is one reason I didn't participate in this hop). I love lemon, but my daughter is even more of a lemon fanatic. I am going to guess you were the youngest in the photo with your sisters?

piecefulwendy said...

All of your projects are so festive, Carol! Those lemon cookies look so good, I may have to add them to my list of ones to make. Your photo reminds me of one I have tucked away of me and my cousins with our dolls in front of the tree - fun memories! Thanks for hosting yet another fun Hop!

Scrapatches said...

Beautiful quilts! I love lemon cookies. No lemon trees in my backyard, snow today! Thanks for the recipe and for hosting this yummy blog hop ... <3 Pat

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Those cookies sound amazing and I LOVE the nutcracker!! What a great quilt - as are they all, Carol!

Kathy said...

love lemon and these cookies looks delicious - Thanks!

Karrin Hurd said...

Your lemon cookies look yummy. Thanks for the freebies. I had to buy the nutcracker one, because I have a thing for nutcrackers. Thanks so much!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your nutcracker quilt is gorgeous!

Rebecca Smith said...

Your projects are all so cute and the cookies sound amazing!

works4me said...

Those cookies sound amazing. I like lemon and my husband doesn't so I can see making a batch and freezing some for treats for me, and only me. :)

Those quilts are fun. Thankyou for sharing the patterns.

Danette said...

I think the tallest girl is you. Love all of your projects, plus the Lemon cookies. They look so yummy!

Susan L. said...

Mmmmmm!!! I love all things Lemon! Thanks for all the great patterns too!

CyndyL said...

I love the taste of lemons, and thank you for the downloads. I have been on a mug rug craze lately so will be making yours next.

Cynthia's Creating Ark said...

Love your nutcracker quilt. Alway have lemons in the house. They sound delicious.

Lee said...

I love the pictures of the sisters - youngest? Thank you for recipe and cute santa mug rug!

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Carol! Wonderful Christmas wall hanging! I just love the birdie with the star, and even more, that adorable trio of houses. The whole thing is just FAB. Meyers lemons in your BACKYARD!!! How cool is that?!! Thanks so much for gathering all of the great ideas on one Pinterest page. That is awesome! On that picture from 1956. You have to be the youngest. Look at the real tinsel on the tree!! We used to have a real tree with some of that tinsel, too. I wish I had kept some of it. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne said...

Oh lemon cookies! Yum! Cute quilt as always, and thanks for hosting an awesome blog hop once again! You are awesome. Of course you are the youngest, in that pic, and such pretty ladies.

For the love of geese said...

Hmmm, the one in the middle? Another great end to the best blog hop of the year. Thank you so very much. Gonna have to try these cookies, and not just the online version. I love your nutcracker and the grinch pinch. Fabulous! said...

The details in your quilt are amazing. I can see you had fun making a colorful and festive finish. My brother has a meyer lemon tree...lucky guy!! I will gladly try this recipe next time I'm in L.A. where he lives. Of course, I may just have to try it here with regular lemons as well. I love your blog hops, your blog posts and all the inspiration and good fun you bring. The photo of you little girls with dolls...just too precious for words! I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sue D said...

Thanks for sharing these Christmas projects and the lemon cookie recipe. Cute vintage photo. Are you the youngest?

JoyfullyOrangeDeborah said...

Meyer lemons are such a treat to bake with! Thanks for sharing such great projects along with that yummy recipe!

Carla said...

I can't wait to open my box of lemon cookies, when will they arrive? lol They look so tasty. How fun to have your own lemon tree.
Your newest quilt is adorable and has so many fun details. Love the hand decorating the tree!

Beatrice said...

All your projects are amazing, I especially love the Santa mug rug and also the decorated houses in the first quilt. What a great idea without having too much detail.

Lemon cookies/cake are my son's favourite, I'll show him the recipe when he comes home and see if I can get him to make a batch.

Thank you so much for organizing my favourite blog hop again, Carol. Always so much fun!

Carol Andrews said...

Carol your Decorating for Christmas is just the sweetest little quilt. You must have had so much fun designing and making it. Who doesn’t love a Nutcracker. Thank you for sharing the lemon snowball recipe. Anything lemon is my favourite. You must be the littlest girl in the photo. This just has to be my favourite hop of the year! ⛄️

The Joyful Quilter said...

Thanks for hosting another wonderful Blog Hop, Carol!! Thanks for offering a giveaway, too! Best of luck to all who enter.

Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

That is special to have your own lemon tree. Glad you were able to get some lemons and I look forward to making some lemon snowball cookies. Thanks for all you share. Very cute patterns.

Needledmom said...

That quilt is darling. So much great detail! The cookies sound delicious.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Thank you once again for hosting this hop Carla! I love the quilt you made, so many fun things happening on it! The cookies sound yummy! I hope to plant a lemon tree here soon, there is nothing like getting a fresh lemon off the tree! xx

CathieJ said...

I love anything with lemon. Thanks so much for that cookie recipe. I think I will be trying these this year. Thanks also for all those great quilt patterns and the giveaway. I love the Christmas photo.

Danice G said...

I love any treat that's lemon-flavored. Thank you for sharing, and for so many gorgeous quilt patterns.

lynn said...

Hi Carol. I am late to the party, but I have enjoyed my visit. We just might give the lemon cookie recipe a roll. It's always fun to try something new. And thank you for the sweet patterns. The first up for me will be Santa and his dog. Have a wonderful Christmas.