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The ordinary arts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest ~ Sir Thomas Moore ~

Posted from home ~ a note from me to you

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Fabric of Friendship...

This simple apron is an idea I had to celebrate my daughter's Housewarming a few years ago.

Buying your first home is so exciting, and there is nothing nicer than holding your first dinner party and having friends over to share in the excitement.

To create the original, I used a 49 cent tea towel from Ikea, added a few fabric rosettes to each corner, a little ric rac and lace trim all along the top long enough to tie in the back.

Simply pass the apron around the room throughout the evening and have friends write a special housewarming message.

It's an idea we've used since ~ creating an apron, and having friends write messages,
then tucking it into a basket filled with kitchen items.

A cookbook, Red Velvet cupcake mix, paper cupcake holders,

measuring cups & spoons, a set of pretty dessert plates,

oven mitts etc ... along with the apron makes for a gift from the heart ♥
Constant use
will not wear ragged
the fabric
of friendship
~Dorothy Parker~


You could also add a sleeve of cookies to the parcel.

Here's one of our must makes for the Holidays.

Jam Jams

1 cup butter ~ softened

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2 free range eggs

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp vanilla

3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3 tbsp jam or jelly of your choice ( a great way to use up those little bits of jam left over)


Cream butter and sugars in large bowl. Add eggs 1 at a time beating well after each addition. Add corn syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Add to butter mixture, mixing well.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface. Cut out circles with a lightly floured cookie cutter (these will be the bottom of the cookie) . For the tops of the cookies, cut out circles ( hearts or stars) from half the centers. For a nice tiny hole, I use an apple corer which works really well.

Place on a parchment lined cookie sheets and bake at 350F for approx 10 min. Allow to cool on wire racks before adding a little dab of jam on the bottom of each cookie. Top with cut out center cookies and give a generous dusting of icing sugar.

Makes approx 18 jam jams. Enjoy ♥


Kelly said...

What a wonderful keepsake item... such a clever idea Miss Deb. I think I'll try your cookie recipe too this weekend... there's a cookie walk at church this weekend!

Deb said...

Thanks Kelly. A cookie walk sounds like so much fun ~ the jam jams are a fave of ours ...hope you enjoy them too ♥

Julie Marie said...

Hi Deb, everything is so cute!... and thanks for sharing your recipe... those look delish!... xoxo Julie Marie

Jeanne said...

I love everything that you share.
Blessings my friend
Love Jeanne

Monica said...

Gorgeous idea...

Anonymous said...

I adore the apron idea! What sweet remembrances!
(And the cookies really look yum!)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a wonderful gift idea. I love personal gifts such as this apron or the baskets of goodies.