Tuesday, December 16, 2014

chestnuts... maron glace

I have a friend with a very prolific chestnut tree and have been gifted with pounds of chestnuts. I roasted quite a few in memory of Christmases in NYC and street sellers offering bags of roasted chestnuts for 25¢ a bag! But what to do next? My Mother used them in her stuffing for goose...but that wasn't my favorite. So I googled recipes and came up with one for candied chestnuts...it's a French delicacy maron glace.  I am in the middle of repeated cooking of the chestnuts in a sugar syrup. When all the syrup has been absorbed , a quick time in the oven to dry and the chestnuts will be done....and we will see!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Show is over...

The Holiday Stars online show is over...... that means cookie time is upon us. We send cookie boxes to Bob's siblings for Christmas so I have been making snickerdoodles, white chocolate with cranberries and toasted pecans, sugar cookies, Wheaties cookies ( a family comfort cookie) and chocolate brownie cookies. The last is a new  recipe for me and is full of chocolate ... 3 cups of chocolate chips and 4 ounces of unsweetened block chocolate. Really really chocolatey!!
I've made other edible  things as well .... and when Bob and I went to Independence's "Best Little Craft Show" we found someone who makes all sorts of jams and jellies. Another booth had shagbark hickory syrup... something new to both of us!  Lucky Bob has to pack all this!! After all they are his siblings!!

ps... 5 of my critters went or will be going to new homes!! Another one went to it's SIX now!!

My bears and friends will be available  from the February Bright Star online show and the Teddies Worldwide show in March.... and , as usual, from my etsy shop and BearPile

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bright Star's online show this weekend

Bright Star's online show.... Holiday Stars starts Friday at 11 am Eastern time .... here is the link
                                                                Holiday Stars

If you look for my bear Merry you will be able to link to my page.... I hope you will take a look!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Post Office here I come!

I knew that my IKEA bag would come in handy!!  Here it is , full of packages from the Teddies Worldwide Christmas Treasures show this past weekend!!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

waiting to be boxed up...

These are bears I made just for the shows .. not all of them sold, but many are leaving. I spent today boxing up the sold ones  and  getting shipping labels attached.... Tomorrow ... off to the Post office.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Treasures Show

The show is on and will not close until 4pm Eastern tomorrow.... I am having fun keeping an eye on my "page". I will be spending Sunday evening boxing, labeling  etc bears, friends and gifts that have been purchased!!!  Then it's off to the Post Office on Monday!

I love these online shows. People I would never interact with buy my things... people from overseas for example.  But I do miss getting to meet collectors and interacting with other bear makers at shows!!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas Treasures sale...

Teddies Worldwide Christmas Treasures sale is getting closer and closer.  It opens next Friday at 4pm Eastern Time!
Wish I could post all the bears , friends and gifts I have waiting!!