Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas Card Inspiration: Hot Cocoa

Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Thanksgiving is over so I can start talking about Christmas now right??

I love Christmas.  I love decorating, making cookies, listening to music, and doing those cool fun neighborhood activities like cookie swaps and Christmas parties.  

Thanks to the internet, it's possible to include all my cookie friends from around the world into traditions now.  I love it!  So now on my list of favorite things about Christmas, are cookie link ups and challenges.  :)

First this year, is Haniela, who asked me if I would participate in her Christmas Card Cookie Project.  Uh DUH! Of course I want to!  So I went to my favorite  card store (Papyrus) and went a hunting for inspiration.  :)

I found this little beauty:

It seems like an odd choice for me, because it's not frilly, or girly, or elaborate....but I liked it.  And it struck a few ideas with me.  

First of all, looking at the Christmas schedule, and the whole preparing for baby thing at the same time, I was saddened to realize that I would not have time to make a gingerbread house this year, AGAIN!  But looking at this card, I realized that I could still use candy on something!  

There's candy canes on the white mug and Sixlets on the red mug and the snowflakes.  I got my gingerbread fix in with my little hot cocoa flavored men and women (did I mention the cookies are hot cocoa flavored?  I'll post a recipe sometime if anyone is interested)

Anyway, a little simple for my tastes but I really liked making them!  Simple is good.  :)  It feels more traditional in some way.  Good old fashioned Christmas cookies, or at least one of my versions of them for the year. :)  

Check out all the beautiful creations that my cookie friends brought to Haniela's party this year!

1.Stephanie, Ellie' s Bites Decorated Cookies
2. Anne, Flour Box Bakery
3. Georganne, LilaLoa
4. Lorraine, Lorraine's Cookies
5. Kim, The Partiologist
6. Pam, Cookie Crazie
7.Cathy, Cathy's Cookies
8. Mariëlle, De Koekenbakkers
9.  Nadia, My Little Bakery
10. Liz, Arty Mc Goo
11. Callye, Sweet Sugarbelle
12. Marlyn, Montreal Confections
13. Lisa, The Bearfoot Baker
14. Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
15. Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
16. Miriam & Estíbaliz, Message in a Cookie
17. Ali, Ali Bee's Bakeshop
18. Myriam, Chapix Cookies
19. Jennifer, Not Your Momma's Cookie
20. Jill, Funky Cookie Studio
21. Maryann, Cookie Artisan
22. Hani, Haniela's

Go check them out and spread some early Christmas cheer!  

sorry one more pic....love this snowflake

Christmas is on the way!!!  SQUUEEEEEE!!!!  :)


Unknown said...

Ali.....you always blow me away with your gorgeous cookies....simple or not. Fabulous. I'm honored to do this cookie project with you. And sometime....I'd love to sit down with a wonderful cup of cocoa and nibble these delight cookies with you. Roomie! Love you dear. I hope your Christmas is beyond all you can imagine. ♥♥♥

Manu said...

These cookies are so cute!
I love them!

The Partiologist said...

This is totally a cup of christmas cookie cheer! Love how you decorated each cup! I'm having a little trouble posting a comment, and I promise I'm not a robot! :)

Carries Creations said...

what a cute idea! i love your snowflakes too.

Lorraine said...

I love this collection and I do not think they are simple at all. I love all the details like the swirl on the hot cocoa. I would totally be interested in hot cocoa cookie recipe!!!!

Carrie said...

Your mugs are fantastic. I think I'm going to go make some hot cocoa right now. I've been trying to warm up all morning!

Glory said...

I love this set so much!! Such great colors, and I really wish I had some real mugs as pretty as those!

Melissa said...

Your hot cocoa cookies make me happy! So beautiful!

Unknown said...

These are beautiful! I want to have a cup of cheer with you! I love how you made these! The holly and the heart candy cane on the cups is so cute!! It was fun working on this project with you! Merry Christmas!

Nadia said...

So beautiful! I LOVE your cookies!

Liz @ Arty McGoo said...

These are over the top adorable! I love looking at each and every detail, but I think my favorite is the white hobnail mug. oh boy!... are they chocolate!? You already had me at hobnail, but now this?! and the swirls, and the shaved chocolate??!!! you're killin me Smalls!

Unknown said...

Such a wonderful collection.
I think I told you before I love that SNOWFLAKE CUP. Thank you so much for making these for the project.

Barbara le Torte di Applepie said...

Absolutely lovely! It's impossible for me to choose a favourite...probably the mugs, but it's too hard, really!
And if you could share the Hot cocoa cookies recipe, it would be a wonderful Xmas present for us!

Sue said...

I love so much about these cookies...I have a soft spot for cups of hot cocoa this year (in any form), red and blue are my favorite color combo, and I love cute cookies! You hit a grand slam!

SweetSugarBelle said...

Dear Ali,
You make awesome cookies...and I am envious of your mallows. Seriously though, wowed as always!

sandyb said...

Your cookies are amazing. Thank you for bringing cookie inspiration.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Oh Ali! I'm suddenly in the mood for hot chocolate with a peppermint stir stick! These are too cute to be true and piped to perfection as only you can do! Such a wonderful photo that could be a Christmas card itself! Merry, Merry Christmas to you my friend!

Paula said...

You hot cocoa mugs and little gingerbread men are warming my heart. What a cute card and what a lovely rendering you did of it with your cookies.
Hope you are feeling great. Saw pictures of you on Cookie Con wrap-up posts and you look wonderful. Best wishes for a blessed Christmas, a healthy happy baby and a fabulous New Year.
Hot cocoa cookie recipe? Yes please!

Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie said...

Gorgeous, Ali! The details are just exquisite - the marshmallow, the snowflake, everything!

SimplySweetsbyHoneybee{Melissa} said...

Gorgeous set! Your platter is awesome too :)

Mike @ Semi Sweet said...

This collection is beautiful!! I love all the small details... the heart swirl in the latte, the intricate snowflakes, the bowties... just wow.

Unknown said...

Ali, they look great! I love the candy cane heart!

Askanam said...

too cute!

Janiece said...

Ditto to all the above!
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with us.
PLEASE, share your hot chocolate cookie recipe!

Cindy~Cookie Cheers said...

Total perfection! Are your milk swirls wet on wet or painted?
They're perfect!

Alison said...

painted :)

Alison said...

Ok, I'll get the hot cocoa recipe up on the blog soon :)

Georganne (LilaLoa) said...

Umm... so those swirls on the top of the cocoa mugs are pretty well amazing. I seriously had to look at the top picture twice because I couldn't figure out which ones were cookies. I LOVE the clean look of these cookies.

team ecoSycle said...

Such a great collaboration of designs! Love them all!


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