Sunday, January 3, 2010

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you, but I spent my night welcoming 2010 with a cutie ;)

Meet Shula!

Unfortunately, she is not my puppy, but I'll still get lots of play time with her :)

I need to thank Hilary and Domino Sugar for providing me with a gift card to create some holiday goodies!! I checked out their site and found lots of great ideas (even diy sugar scrubs!), but ended up making the Butterscotch Pecan Cookie Mix in a Jar. A very easy gift that I'm sure grandma will enjoy :) Thanks Domino! You'll see more cookies, too, later this week...

Happy Holidays from Domino!


While we're on the subject of gift ideas, I can share a neat centerpiece that's good for your own home or would make a great hostess gift!


Made in any size vase, you simply put Christmas tree clippings (real or fake) in the bottom (don't be afraid to pack them in), then top with fresh cranberries and then fill with water. Set a candle on top and you have a festive centerpiece during the holiday season! You can thank my mom for this one ;)


And, courtesy of my aunt, who got me a neat game, I've got some trivia that I'll try and include at the bottom of some posts. You won't win anything but knowledge :)

What thickener will actually thin under conditions of too much heat, vigorous stirring, or a too-long cooking time?

25 comments:

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

corn syrup or arrowroot starch?

Puppy & you = both look adorable!!!

Tiny Urban Kitchen said...

Happy New Year! I'm bummed I will not be able to make your cookie swap because I will be in Las Vegas that weekend! Have fun!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness Shula is sooo cute! Are you petsitting, or just hanging out with her 'parents'?

I think some kind of starch for the trivia, but I'm not sure- I wish I knew more about kitchen chemistry.

Very happy new year to you!

Elra said...

Happy New Year to you and your family Shannon. May this year bring lots of happiness.
Cheers,
elra

I am loving Shula. She is so cute, and what a beautiful sounding name!

Lauren said...

Adorable pup and gorgeous centerpiece!

As for the trivia question, I'm really not sure but my best guess is cornstarch.

Erica said...

Shula is adorable! Domino's sugar rocks! I got a gift card too and am planning a brunch (can't wait). Love the idea of the cookie mix in a jar- such a great gift. The centerpiece is beautiful too. Not sure about the trivia??

♥peachkins♥ said...

Happy New Year!

biz319 said...

Aw, cute puppy - too bad you can't keep it!

I am going to say cornstarch??

Happy New Year Shannon!

chrystad72 said...

aaww Such a cute picture of you and Shula! I love the awesome centerpiece too! Its so festive! Have a great day!

Elina said...

Beats me...
That puppy is the cutest!!

Kerstin said...

Awww, what a cute puppy! No idea about the trivia question, but what a fun idea! Happy New Year!

Joanne said...

That dog is SO adorable!! The perfect companion to ring in the new year. And that cookie mix sounds incredible.

Esi said...

Happy new year. The pup is so adorable.

Maria said...

Happy New Year to you!

Kelly said...

That is cutest New Year's date I have ever seen!! I love the trivia...but I don't know the answer! Can't wait to find out though!!

Adam said...

That's a cute dog... glad you had a nice, quiet New Years :)

I have no idea about the thickener. Football or anatomy I got it, but food science, not so much. Doesn't Jello thin out? Haha

Diana said...

Oooh, I LOVE that centerpiece idea! Gorgeous and economical. Approved. ;)

moretolifethanlettuce said...

you're beautiful, so is that centerpiece, and that pup is adorable!

Nicole Chow - HealthyChow.com said...

What a cute puppy! And please give your mom my thanks for that awesome idea for a centerpiece. It's so chic and beautiful - love it! I can't wait for our cookie swap! WOO-HOO!

Emily said...

I love that cookie mix in a jar! What a great idea!

Lisa said...

Happy new year! I love the centrepiece...what a great idea :)

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Awww what a cute picture! :) Happy New Year!

Juliana said...

Happy New Year! Oh! Shula is so cute :-)
In regards to the trivia...I think it may be corn starch ;-)

preventionrd said...

The cookies are wonderful, thank you! Lily LOVES her! I'm posting about it tomorrow with some links over here, just so you know : ) Thanks again!!!

Ricki said...

Happy New Year to you, too (I'm only a week late!) ;) Love the pup even if she's not yours, an that centerpiece is stunning!

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