Saturday, December 24, 2011

Egg Nog Bundt Cake

Egg Nog Bundt Cake
From Nathenia's Kitchen

This cake is super moist and super delicious & as you can see by the photo, someone couldn't wait until after I took the photo!

For the Cake:
1 box Yellow or French Vanilla Cake Mix (get the kind with pudding in the mix for extra moistness)
1 small box of dry French Vanilla Instant Pudding (vanilla is fine if other is not available)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp rum extract (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract (increase to 2 tsp if not using rum extract)
2 cups Egg Nog

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease the sides and bottom of bundt pan.
Mix above ingredients well and pour into bundt pan.
Bake approximately 40-45 minutes or until cake begins to leave sides of pan.
Cool 5 minutes and turn onto plate . Drizzle Egg Nog glaze (below) over still warm cake.

Egg Nog Glaze
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 Tbsp butter - melted
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (increase to 1 tsp if not using rum extract)
1/2 tsp rum extract (optional)
1-2 Tbsp EggNog

In a medium bowl, combine sugar, butter, and extracts. Add enough Egg Nog for desired consistency.
Drizzle over cake
Makes  about 1 1/2 cups.

Enjoy & Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Old Thyme Santa & A Kid's View Nativity

Santa Claus is coming to town, but he decided to stop by The Country Needle first! The Old Thyme Santa set is great for country Christmas themes and wonderful for decorating gift bags like the ones shown on the product page.
I have to tell you that I had it in my head that I was going to stitch directly onto the paper gift bags. What a time I had! After going to several places, I finally found some heavy plain paper bags with the twisted straw handles. Having never attempted to stitch on paper bags, I got several in case I ran into problems. I carefully took apart the seams and using only a sticky back stabilizer on the first one, I found that the paper bag was tearing apart. The 3rd time was the charm however and I was successful using 2 layers of cutaway, but I had to also hoop the bag.
Old Thyme Santa Sack
The bag turned out cute I think and I liked the effect of stitching directly onto the bag, but after all that work, I think I'm going to stick to stitching on fabric or cardstock and then gluing the design to the bag like the ones shown on the product page. If you happen to attempt stitching on the bag itself I'd love to know how it turned out. Feel free to send photos or email me using the contact link below.
"A Kid's View Nativity" stick figure set is perfect for making a coloring book for the little ones. Just stitch directly onto stabilizer! They're also great for making placemats like the ones my grandkids made below. 
Well, I might get lucky and get to sit at the kid's table, so I made one too! The manger is from the Christmas Treasures set & the Angels are from the Angel Sampler 02 set .
The grandkids also made Fruity Pebble & Chocolate Chip Rice Krispie Treats after they made their placemats.
Old Thyme Santa

Price: $14.97
Sale: $8.23
Save:45% off

16 designs total in this Old Thyme Santa set. Great for country Christmas themes and wonderful for decorating gift bags like the ones shown on the product page.
Use the Santa's alone or mix and match with the two sentiments included.
A Kid's View Nativity Set

Price: $14.97
Sale: $8.23
Save:45% off

Do you have a "kids" table where the kids eat at Christmas? Don't forget to decorate their table too. These would make adorable placemats for the kids! 10 designs for the 4x4 & 5x7 hoops. 20 Designs total

I wish each and every one of you a wonderful and creative week.
Happy Stitching!

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