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Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

This delicious Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie is a perfect recipe for the holiday season!  Soft nutty flavour with a sweet and cinnamon-y topping!

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Today I have something really fun happening!  I’ve come together with a group of food bloggers to each share a delicious holiday cookie recipe with you!  So welcome to this very special Canadian Cookie Collaboration between the Canadian Food Creatives and the Canadian Christmas Cookie Exchange!  I hope you can find some delicious recipes for your holiday season!

For this cookie exchange I decided to share my recipe for Jewish Shortbread, but with a twist!  I made a cookie pie using the fantastic Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan!  I try to make Jewish shortbread every year because it’s one of my favourite Christmas cookies…you could always find this classic crescent shaped cookie on Grandma’s cookie plate…I always loved that they were covered in cinnamon sugar!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

But instead of making individual crescent shaped cookies, I decided to make this cookie pie with Grandma’s recipe for Jewish Shortbread. To make this cookie pie, I just pressed the cookie dough into this special shallow pan, then baked it for about 45 minutes.  I thought preparing it this way would be a nice twist on Grandma’s classic recipe, and it was!

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

I’m really happy with how this cookie pie turned out!  I love the soft nutty flavour of the ground pecans, with the sweetness of the cinnamon sugar mix on the top.  Classic Christmas cookie flavour!  These cookies are rich and delicious, and you might want to cut them into smaller pieces…or not.

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

And how pretty does it look out of this pan?  So lovely.

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

I really liked using this pan for cookie baking and I plan on making a classic shortbread cookie pie with it.  I think next time I would make sure to press the dough a little harder into the pan for better snowflake definition.  Anyway, it was delicious!

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Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

Ingredients

Jewish Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup finely ground pecans
  • 1 2/3 cups flour
  • pinch salt

Topping:

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar, until it is smooth and fluffy.
  3. Add vanilla, and miix.
  4. Add the ground pecans, flour and salt. Mix well.
  5. Light grease an 8x8 baking pan (I am using the Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan)
  6. Press the cookie batter into the pan. You may find the batter sticky, so use a piece of saran wrap over your fingers to help you spread the batter evenly.
  7. Bake for 40 - 45 minutes, or until the edges are soft golden brown.
  8. While the cookies are baking, mix together the cinnamon and sugar. Set aside.
  9. After the cookie pie has finished baking, let it sit in the pan for about 10 minutes, then turn the large cookie onto a plate, and generously sprinkle the top with the cinnamon sugar mix.
  10. Let cool completely.
  11. Cut into pieces and serve!
  12. Enjoy

Jewish Shortbread Cookie Pie

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Now let’s visit some fantastic Canadian Bloggers for more holiday cookie recipes:

Holiday Cookie Recipe Ideas

Have a very Merry and delicious day!

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Disclosure:  Thank you to Nordic Ware for providing the Nordic Ware Sweet Snowflakes Baking Pan that I used to make this fun and festive Jewish Cookie Pie!  All opinions and thoughts about this pan are my own!  It’s a super fun way to make cookies!

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Comfort & Joy Wreath

I had some fun with the holiday decor at Lowe’s Canada and created this Comfort & Joy Wreath!  A perfect way to decorate your front door and greet your guests this holiday season!

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Comfort & Joy Wreath

Wreaths are such a lovely way to greet guests that arrive at your home over the holiday season.  But sometimes it’s hard to find just the right wreath in stores, so why not make your own?  The great thing about making your own wreath is the ability to tailor the colours and style to reflect your own home.  And really there are no rules with wreath making because it’s all about what appeals to you!  There are so many options.  I find that once you have a theme and an idea of the colours you want, the rest is easy.

Comfort & Joy Wreath {A Pretty Life}

I have been busy making wreaths this holiday season because I love them so much, and so far I have made a Winter Wonderland Yarn Wreath, a Vintage Truck Evergreen Wreath, and now this Comfort & Joy Wreath.  The more wreaths the better I say!

Comfort & Joy Wreath

Making wreaths, especially wreaths with evergreen bases, is so easy.  It’s kind of like decorating a mini Christmas tree.  Christmas ornaments are just the right size and shape for hanging on wreaths, not to mention the many different options to choose from!  For this Comfort & Joy Wreath I chose ornaments from Lowe’s Comfort & Joy holiday decor line and had a great time putting it all together!

Comfort & Joy Wreath

I love the rustic look and traditional colour scheme of this wreath!  The Buffalo check plaid, the vintage truck, wooden snowshoes and holly berries, all come together perfectly in this pretty, and easy to make wreath!

Comfort & Joy Wreath

Supplies Required to Make A Comfort & Joy Wreath:

Comfort & Joy Wreath

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How to Assemble

  • Hang your wreath base on a wreath hook and fluff the branches so the wreath isn’t flat, and the branches are as full as possible.
  • Hang the ornaments in groups of 3 for the best visuals.  Spread them out almost in a triangle pattern from each other, so they are equidistant.
  • To hang the ornaments I used the twine hanging loops that came with the ornaments, because the twine tied in nicely with the theme of the wreath.  To secure the ornaments, instead of hanging them on the branches, I tied them on.
  • Continue to tie on the ornaments until you feel that the wreath is full enough.  I wanted this wreath to be quite full, so I added quite a few ornaments.
  • I also tucked in some sprigs of holly berries that I cut off from a holly spray that I also bought at Lowe’s.
  • Then to finish the wreath off, tie a large bow at the base of the wreath, making sure to leave some length in the bow so it hangs low.
  • Step back and admire your masterpiece!

 

I hope I have inspired you to make your own wreath this Christmas season!  Just have fun with it, and you will end up with something you love.

For more inspiration, follow Lowe’s on social media / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Have a very Merry day!
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Disclosure:  I am working with and am compensated by Lowe’s Canada, to bring you some decor projects for the holiday season.  All ideas, projects, thoughts, opinions and such are my own.  I just really love making wreaths!

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Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

Make these adorable Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles for your holiday table in just a few minutes and with a few simple supplies!

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Ok, I confess…I still love Mason Jars.  I know, I know they’re so last year.  But I don’t care.  I use them as drinking glasses at home, I love them to serve up desserts, I love them to store dry goods, and I love them as centrepieces.  And recently I made some adorable Christmas candle holders with them, and I love how they turned out!

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

My mind has been spinning with little DIY projects since I started decorating my home for Christmas.  I’m dreaming of creating wreaths, putting together table settings, and decorating my porch and home.  I feel very inspired this time of year…my goal always is to create a cozy and festive holiday home.

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

One project that has been on my mind for a while now are DIY mason jar candles.  A couple of years ago I made these simple centrepieces and so many of you loved them as much as I did, so I thought I would create an updated version to include one of my favourite little holiday decorations, the bottle brush tree!  With a few supplies I had on hand, I brought my simple little vision to life.  Aren’t they adorable?

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

And the best thing?  They’re SO simple to make, you could make 5 or 6 of them to sit at the centre of a holiday table, or on your fireplace mantle…they’re so cute and they give off the prettiest soft lighting.

Supplies for your Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles:

  • mason jars (I use the 500 mL ones)
  • bottle brush trees (what ever size you prefer)
  • fresh cranberries
  • floating candles
  • glue gun

How to make Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles:

  • Make sure your mason jar is dry.
  • Add a dab of glue to the bottom of the bottle brush then place it at the bottom, and in the centre, of the mason jar.  Let it sit for a few minutes to let the glue set.
  • Fill the jar with water, leaving about an inch from the top.
  • Add fresh cranberries, and the floating candle.

Tips, Tricks & Tidbits:

  • Over time, you may notice that water might turn green from the bottle brush tree.  You can just refresh the water as needed (I only had to do this once).
  • You can use any colour of bottle brush trees that you like!  White ones would look adorable.
  • If you like, tie a pretty ribbon around the top of the jar.
  • Display them on your table for dinner or brunch.  Or place them on your mantel or side tables.

Bottle Brush Mason Jar Candles

I just really believe that things do not have to be complicated to be beautiful.  And often times we have just what we need to decorate, right at home.

Have a very Merry day!

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Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath {A Pretty Life}

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath

With just a few ornaments and an evergreen wreath base, you can make this Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath for your front door and welcome your guests for the holidays!

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This year I am on a Christmas wreath making roll!  In fact this holiday season I will be sharing four different wreaths with you!  All of them are simple to make and would look adorable on your front door, or hung above the mantel.

Earlier this week I shared my Winter Wonderland Yarn Wreath, and today I’m excited to share my Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath that I made with a wreath base and ornaments that I found at Lowe’s from Lowe’s Comfort & Joy decor theme.

What I love about making wreaths is how easy they are to assemble.  Especially the wreaths with an evergreen base, it’s almost like decorating a mini Christmas tree.

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath {A Pretty Life}

I combined my love of flocked trees with vintage trucks.  And because the wreath base is so pretty just the way it is, I decided that I wanted to keep the rest of the wreath simple.  So I hung some bells and adorable vintage trucks.

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath {A Pretty Life}

I mean, how can you resist a vintage red truck with a mini bottle brush tree?  You can’t.

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath {A Pretty Life}

Supplies Required to Make Your Wreath:

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath {A Pretty Life}

How to Assemble Your Wreath:

Putting this wreath together is as simple as evenly spacing the ornaments around the wreath base.  But before you assemble your wreath, make sure to fluff up all the branches on the base.  Then to secure the ornaments to the base, I tied them on with the twine that came with the ornaments.  Once that was completed, I added a pretty red ribbon to the top of the wreath for hanging.  Adorable.

Vintage Truck Christmas Wreath {A Pretty Life}

That’s it.  Just simple and classic!  I can’t wait to hang this one up on my mantle this year…stay tuned to see it in my Christmas home tour!

For more inspiration, follow Lowe’s on social media / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Pinterest

Have a very Merry day!

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Disclosure:  All of the materials used to make this wreath were purchased as part of my partnership with Lowe’s Canada.  But as always, all ideas, projects and conversation are mine.

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

Make this simple and pretty Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath in 1o minutes!  A lovely way to greet your guests this holiday season!

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Here we are in November…a kind of limbo month, but I love it so much (and this has nothing to do with it being my birthday month either haha!).  But with November there is this lull between all things pumpkin and all things Christmas.  I know that many people deck their halls for Christmas once November hits, but I tend to wait until late November, only because this is what I’m used to…my Mom used to wait until December 1, so I tend to aim for that time frame as well.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not counting down the days until every square inch of my home is decorated for Christmas!  In fact, I’ve started to put up a little bit of wintery decor, that leans towards Christmas, but it’s not quite full on Christmas, if you know what I mean.

For example, take this wreath that I recently made.  After I took down my spooky Halloween wreath, my door looked a little sad and empty so I decided I needed to hang something, but something that wasn’t too Christmas-y just yet.  As I raided my craft stash in hopes for some inspiration, I came across a wreath base, some yarn and bottle brush trees…the makings of a holiday wreath!

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

Here is my Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath!  I absolutely love everything about this wreath…I love yarn wreaths, bottle brush trees and red checkered patterns…put them all together and you have the sweetest little holiday wreath to hang on your front door!

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

Just simple and cute.  With a few simple supplies and about 20 minutes of your time, you can make this too!  Here’s how!

Supplies For Your Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

  • 1 solid white styrofoam wreath base
  • white chunky yarn
  • 5 bottle brush trees, in various sizes
  • ribbon for hanging

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

How to Make Your Wreath

  • Using the chunky yarn, wrap the wreath base until it is fully covered.  I just tie the yarn on to secure it.
  • Secure the bottle brush trees with glue (use a glue gun for best results).  I used 5 trees, in 2 different sizes for contrast.
  • Run a decorative ribbon through the wreath and hang!  So simple.

Winter Wonderland Bottle Brush Yarn Wreath

That’s it.  Easy and adorable.

Have a very Merry day!

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Halloween Hot Dog Fingers

Halloween Hot Dog Fingers

Make these Halloween Hot Dog Fingers for a spooky and fun lunch!

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Happy Halloween friends!  It’s almost the big day, and our home is buzzing with excitement!  My little ghostbuster, bull rider and giraffe are looking forward to school dances, parties and trick or treating!  But I think my favourite part is the couple of days before when we carve pumpkins and eat some Halloween themed food.  We don’t get elaborate…I just do what I can…easy is the name of the game over here.

Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin Carving

What I do love is that with my kids being older, they can carve their own pumpkins!  It’s so fun to see what image they choose, then watch them make it come to life.  And now after almost 10 years, I get to just focus on my own pumpkin!  This year I made this Nightmare Before Christmas pumpkin, and I love how it turned out.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas

Here are all of our creations!  Too fun!  Aren’t the polka dot ones great?

Halloween Hot Dog Fingers

But the best thing we did over the weekend was when we made these hotdogs!  Aren’t they so disgusting?!  Fun, but really really gross!  The kids loved them.  They were very easy to make, so they’d be perfect for a Halloween party or last minute dinner.  Just make sure you carve them before you cook them!

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Halloween Hot Dog Fingers

Ingredients

  • hot dogs
  • buns
  • condiments ketchup for extra spooky effect

Instructions

  1. Carve your hot dogs before you cook them.
  2. The best way to do this is to use a knife to carve out the shapes, then peel off the top layer of the hot dog.
  3. Carve out a nail, then lines where the finger joints are, peel off the top layer.
  4. Boil the hot dogs until they are cooked.
  5. Serve in buns with ketchup for a spooky and bloody effect!
  6. Enjoy? 😉

Enjoy?  If you’re not too grossed out, that is!

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Looking for more fun Halloween recipes?  Here are some delicious treats!

Ghost Pizzas for Halloween!

Ghost Pizzas

Halloween Jello Skulls

Halloween Jello Skulls

Halloween Eyeball Sugar Cookies

Spooky Eyeball Sugar Cookies

Monster Cookies {A Pretty Life}

Monster Cookies

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Have a spooky Halloween!

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Halloween Jello Skulls

These Halloween Jello Skulls are a fun and easy treat to make for Halloween!

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I think Halloween is such a fun time of year…I know it’s technically only one day, but my family enjoys the couple of weeks leading up to Halloween as well.  During this time we decorate the house, shop for costumes, make crafts and enjoy pre-Halloween treats (I can’t resist those little chocolate bars either)!  So when I was asked to try out this Nordic Ware Skull Cakelet Pan I couldn’t resist because I was imagining all the fun I could have with it!

I have always loved Nordic Ware, and own several of their pans already, including my favourite Bundt pan that I used to make this chocolate cake.  I know when I bake or create with their products, the results are always amazing.  They know kitchenware…in fact they have been around since 1946!

Anyway, I decided to think outside the box when I decided to make something with this Skull Cakelet Pan.  My kids LOVE jello, and honestly I don’t make it very often, but when I do they are thrilled.  Honestly, what better time than Halloween to make a jiggly, wiggly dessert?!  And one filled with spooky treats?

Halloween Jello Skulls with Gummy Teeth and Worms for a spooky Halloween dessert!

To make these jello skulls, I used 2 boxes of jello, and some Halloween gummy candies.  I wanted to fill them up with gross but delicious candy, so I added some gummy teeth and worms.  Too fun.

Halloween Jello Skulls {A Pretty Life}

I’m so happy with how they turned out, and the kids loved them too!  Wouldn’t they be great for a Halloween party or dinner?  Just think of all the fun things you could make with this pan…chocolate cake with a spooky red jam centre, or rice krispie treats, or even ice cubes for a Halloween punch.

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Halloween Jello Skulls

Ingredients

  • 2 boxes of jello flavours of your choice (one package will fill 3 skulls)
  • gummy candies I used gummy teeth and worms

Instructions

  1. Make the jello according to package directions.
  2. Evenly distribute the jello liquid in the cakelet pan, each box of jello will fill 3 skulls.
  3. Let the jello cool slightly (just a few minutes on the counter).
  4. Then add the gummy candies of your choice.
  5. Chill overnight in the fridge for best results.
  6. When you are ready to remove the jello skulls, place the pan in a shallow dish of warm water for about 1 minute (you don't want the jello to melt). DO NOT immerse the pan, you just want the metal bottom to be in the water. The warm water will help the jello release from the pan without sticking.
  7. To get the skulls out, place a cookie sheet or large serving tray over the top of the cakelet pan, then holding the tray tight to the pan, turn it over. The skulls should easily slide out.
  8. Now enjoy!

Halloween Jello Skulls {A Pretty Life}

Have a spooky day!

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Disclosure:  Thank you to Nordic Ware for providing the Nordic Ware Skull Cakelet Pan that I used to make these fun and spooky Halloween treats!  All opinions and thoughts about this pan are my own!