Craft Fair for a Degenerate

I’m happy to announce that I will be participating in this year’s Degenerate Craft Fair.  It was founded in 2009 by my drawing teacher and artist, Amy Wilson.  The fair features over 50 artists and vendors exhibiting crafts, small works of art and unique gifts perfect for giving this holiday season.

I will be selling paper goods and ceramic goods alongside my best friend Maddy, who will be selling candles and lanterns.

I hope to see you all come out and buy your holiday gifts at the DCF!

Sugar Cookies with Pomegranate Cream Cheese Frosting

Whenever I ask my friends what I should bake for them, whether it be a birthday, or a small get together, the unanimous request is “the cookies with that dip”.  They’re actually simple sugar cookies, but with a side of pomegranate cream cheese frosting for dipping!  I found this recipe from Alton Brown and it’s just fantastic!  Alton makes sandwiches with his cookies, but I think it’s a lot easier to have people dip the cookies.  Also, after being a picky eater (for about 20 years), I am very conscious of other peoples need for variety and options.  So the option remains, to dip, or not to dip. (I thought about deleting this sentence, but it is what it is.)

While planning a holiday party for my friends, I was obviously asked to make my cookies with the dip for it and I did, of course, holiday style.  But whether they are for a holiday, a birthday party or just because you want to eat some delicious cookies, these are perfect, and delicious

3 cups flour
3/4 t baking powder
1/4 t salt
2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 T milk
powdered sugar (for rolling)

8 oz  cream cheese, softened
4 T unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3 T pomegranate juice

1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.
2. In a separate bowl beat sugar and butter together.
3. Add egg and milk to butter mixture.
4. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter.
5. Divide the dough in half, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
6. After the 2 hours, preheat oven to 375°
7.  Remove 1 half of the dough,  roll out onto a powdered work surface and cut out shapes with cookies cutters ( I recommend small shapes because they are easier for dipping.)
8. Place cookies onto parchment lined cookies sheets and bake for 8 minutes, turning the pan half way through baking time.
9. After the cookies are baking, let cool for 1-2 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
10. Repeat steps 7-9 with 2nd half of dough.

While cookies are baking and cooling, make the frosting.
1.  Mix together cream cheese and butter, making sure they are both room temperature so they mix together easily.
2.  Add the powdered sugar and pomegranate juice and mix.

xxx G

Verry Merry Holiday Party

There is no better way to get all my friends together than planning a party three days before the party date.  With a little negative reinforcement, I was happy to have all of them reluctantly contribute to the party with a snack or some wine.

Our fabulous spread featured Mitch’s Pink Guac, Maddy’s Bean Salad (Christmas style) , Matt’s, Joe’s and Ashley’s Magical Rice Krispie Treats, and my Sugar Cookies with Pomegranate frosting.

With delicious food, a great playlist from DJ Auston, 2 short hours of snow flake making and paper-chain linking, a borrowed Canon 5D and best friends, we certainly enjoyed ourselves.






Holiday Craft Night!

I have been hosting craft night at my apartment on and off for the last four years.  But sadly the last one took place this past Monday.  Plans were in order to decorate Christmas tree ornaments, eat peppermint bark and spend some time with friends. Though that sounds amazing and everyone seemed super excited about it,  the end of the semester stress hit hard and most of my crafters couldn’t make it.  However, my wonderfully dedicated crafters, Joe and Adam came and we had a lovely time together.

So I thought I would share our festive evening with you.  So take a look at what we made! (Sorry in advance for the poor image quality.)

my beautiful (intragramed) tree

my ornament

Joe’s ornament

Adam’s Hanukkah ornament

the rest of them!

and we ate some peppermint (fudge) bark that Adam and Joe presented for the camera

AND nothing can end Holiday Craft Night better than dimming the lights, making some popcorn and watching Elf!