Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cinnamon Dough Ornaments

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Our theme for November is CHRISTMAS!!

My sister-in-law reminded me of these Cinnamon/Applesauce tree ornaments I made one year. I just love the smell of them, and usually put them on my kitchen Christmas tree.

There are lots of recipes on the internet, some a bit different. I used one like the following -- with applesauce, cinnamon and white glue. Got the recipe a number of years ago from a friend.

You'll need:

1 1/2 cups ground cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1/4 cup white school glue

Also, rolling pin, cookie cutters and a straw.

Mix the cinnamon, applesauce, and glue in a bowl. The dough will be thick, and you can add a bit of water if required.

Knead it and let sit in a covered bowl for about half an hour. Roll until about 1/4 inch thick. You can roll between 2 pieces of waxed paper, or (like I did) sprinkle the rolling pin with a bit of cinnamon powder so the dough doesn't stick.

Using your cookie cutters, cut the shapes you like. Use the straw to poke a hole in the top, for hanging. Note: don't use a cutter that is too small, as the ornament will dry and shrink some.

Let dry on some waxed paper or on cookie sheet, keeping in mind that the ornaments will take 4-5 days to dry completely. They should be turned 2-3 times a day so that they don't curl up on the edges.

I've had a couple of ornaments break (because they weren't packed away properly) and the good thing is they are easily fixed with some white glue :-)


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cakes for July

10 cakes for this month -- running total of 62 for 2010.

The cakes I don't have photos for are:
~ sweet 16th cake
~ 29th bday cake
~ wedding cake
~ 2 anniversary cakes

Cakes for June

14 cakes for June. Lots of family stuff going on this month so I didn't get a lot of pictures of them.

Other cakes were:
~ soccer ball
~ baby shower
~ 2 double cakes for Women's Walk for Empowerment
~ ballerina cake
~ "school's out" cake

May's cakes

Looks like I've been neglecting my cooking blog again :-(

I really want to keep this going, but it usually ends up way down on the priority list, kwim?

Anyway, I was keeping track of cake orders and I finished off posting the cakes for April, with a running total for 2010 at 29 cakes.

Here's what I did for MAY:

LOVE the colors in this one!

This was a double cake. I'm not sure now if I wrote anything on it or not. It was for a Sparks/Brownie group.

ballerina cake

A fun cake for a pool party!

I also did a Winnie the Pooh, a soccer ball, a cake for my Nan's 89th birthday, one with a "peace" sign, and a tractor cake.
So, 9 cakes for May -- total so far is 38.