ukrainian christmas: pecan and raisin butter tarts

ButterTarts9ButterTarts5Merry Ukrainian Christmas! Is that how you would say it? Whatever the case may be, today is the beginning of Ukrainian Christmas. Just when you thought the holidays were over, along comes another one! You just can’t escape the festivities.

Being that I am Ukrainian, I will be celebrating with my family tonight. At least in the sense of food and togetherness. Isn’t that the best kind of celebration, though? While I initially made this butter tart recipe for Christmas on December 25th, I wanted to have them again for our Ukrainian Christmas meal. They’re just that good.

ButterTarts1Pecan and Raisin Butter Tarts:

(makes 30 tarts)
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar

2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
2 cups raisins
2 tbsp cream
1 cup chopped pecans
30 tart shells

Steps:

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1. Soak the raisins in warm water for 30 minutes.

ButterTarts22. Cream the butter, sugar, and eggs together.

ButterTarts43. Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.

ButterTarts74. Pour mixture into tart shells. Make sure that they are no more than half full.

5. Put the tarts into the oven. Bake at 325°F for approximately 25 minutes.

ButterTarts86. Remove. Devour. 

ButterTarts10I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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Emory

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a week of christmas: shortbread wedges

Shortbread8I’m a big fan of all things wedge, from shoes to food, but I’ve always hated the name. Being only one letter short of another word (wedgies) that instills unappealing mental images, is generally something that you don’t want to happen when thinking of delicious food. Potato wedges, pizza wedges, and now shortbread wedges, there’s really only one way to describe it all: YUM! Treats that are served as a finger food for multiple people are the best kind to have around in the holiday season. Hence why these shortbread wedges just had to go to the top of my list of Christmas recipes. Besides, shortbread is synonymous with Christmas, is it not?

Shortbread11This is one dessert that you cannot go without this holiday season!

Shortbread1Shortbread Wedges:

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp granulated sugar

Steps:

Shortbread21. In a bowl using a wooden spoon, beat together butter, icing sugar, vanilla, and salt until light and fluffy.

Shortbread32. Add flour until well-combined.

Shortbread43. Line a 9-inch square cake pan with parchment paper. Add mixture.

Shortbread54. Flatten dough with the palm of your hand to make a smooth and even surface.

Shortbread65. Using a knife, score the surface into rectangular pieces. Prick each wedge several times with a fork. Sprinkle with sugar.

6. Refrigerate until firm, approximately 30 minutes.

7. Heat oven to 300°F. Bake until golden brown, about 55 minutes.

Shortbread98. Remove, let cool, and cut through score lines. Then, devour!

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Emory

a week of christmas: diy your gifts

SucculentHolder8.jpgI am a believer in cheap gifts. Does that sound bad? Not so cheap that your friends and family dread receiving presents from you, and have secretly brandished you as a penny pincher. More like waiting to buy a really nice item once it goes on sale, or making something really beautiful for that special someone that will totally be used on a daily basis. I have also been known to regift. It’s something that I secretly take great pride in performing.

I think that my frugal attitude towards gift-giving stems from the fact that my family is just so damn big. I have immediate family members, step family, in-laws, a nephew and nieces galore, not to mention friends and random workers that I guiltily feel as if I must splurge on. That being said, making presents is something that I whole-heartily believe in.

SucculentHolder11I began this month with this Christmas DIY. Now, I’m here to show you an even simpler, and better yet, free DIY that is perfect for any plant lovers in your circles. I would personally love to receive this gift. So I made it for myself, in anticipation of showing all of you.

Even though I’m Canadian, I’ve had a mild obsession for American Flags lately. I chose to make our bedroom an American-themed room, and made an American-themed Valentine’s Day DIY for HaveHeart Magazine coming in February. Crazy, right? Anyway, I decided to take my obsession to a plant-based level as well. The lines in the can were reminiscent of the stripes in the flags, so really I had no other choice but to turn it into the American flag. However, you can make any motif that you, or your recipient, would like.

SucculentHolder1This is what you’ll need to make a Motif Plant Holder:

Tin Can

Acrylic Paint

SucculentHolder3Paint Brushes

Drill

SucculentHolder2It’s honestly such a straightforward project. To begin, simply drill a hole into the bottom of the tin can for drainage. I kept the lid to use as a plant dish.

SucculentHolder5Next, you’re ready to begin painting. Go wild. Cover half of the can, or the whole can, in whatever designs and colours that you would like.

SucculentHolder6I obviously chose the American Flag.

SucculentHolder9Once you’re done that, fill the can with a plant or succulent. Note, if this is a gift, and you’d like to minimize the chance of the plant dying on them, it’s best to stick to something a little tougher, like from the plant family Cactaceae​. I chose to use this Aloe Vera plant, since it seems to have been planted in magic fairy dust and will not stop growing!

SucculentHolder10SucculentHolder12The last step is to carefully wrap it. Obviously, the longer that you wait to do this, the better. But hey, if you’re the gambling type, then why not wrap it now?

SucculentHolder7See you tomorrow!

<3

Emory

we could all use a friend like holly (noisette)

Tea1I recently received a parcel that was sent to my store office. When the building’s landlord told me that I had package waiting for me, my first reaction was that one of my items was delivered unsuccessfully. Already mentally preparing to contact the buyer, rewrap the item, and send it back with a discount for the inconvenience (my mind works quickly), the last thing that I was expecting was a little box that was addressed to me, from Holly.

Tea2Sometimes I forget that readers actually take in the aspects of my life that I blog about. Sure, if you read HSB, you probably know a little something about the house that I’m building, or that I own a few pets, or that I’m married. Those of you who truly follow my life, know more about me and it than I give you credit for. Not only did the card have antlers on it and a beautiful handwritten note, but what was inside was one of my all-time favourite foods in tea format. Plus, it came from halfway around the world. Who does that? Only the sweetest person ever.

Tea3I certainly don’t know what the true measure of a friend is. I think that varies for each and every individual. However, Holly is a pretty damn good one. On days like this, I am once again thankful for the blogging community in regards to introducing me to some really great people. Click on Holly’s blog, and say hello. Honestly. We could all benefit from having a friend like her.

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Emory

have you seen haveheart

Reindeer5Christmas is but a few weeks away, which means that it’s time to start getting together your presents. Because Christmas isn’t about family, friends, and sharing the love. It’s all about getting gifts and seeing how far you can push yourself until you snap. Right?

I’m going to try and have a few DIYs this month, in honour of the season. This time of year is particularly taxing on wallets, so why not try to make some of your gifts rather than spending and arm and leg on that special someone? After all, you only have two of them. How will you be able to make that delicious holiday meal if you’re missing your appendages? 

Reindeer3That being said, I’m also going to make sure that these Christmas crafts are extremely easy to make! But would you really expect anything different from little ol’ me?

Reindeer2So for the first December DIY project, I made the most beautiful Reindeer Plates for HaveHeart Magazine. Largely inspired by similar plates that I saw on both Pinterest and UO’s website, I thought, ‘Well hey, those look quite fun. I could make my own version of that.’ Spoiler alert: they are! Plus they make great jewelry holders, serving trays, or general decorative kitchen plates. They’re just the perfect gift.

Reindeer1This is what you’ll need:

Toy reindeer

Plate(s)

Crazy glue

Paint (spray or acrylic)

Reindeer7To read up on how to construct a Reindeer Plate of your own, please click here. Enjoy!

<3

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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