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5 Delicious Gift-Worthy Holiday Treats

15 Nov

Merry Everything Hanging Gift TagsThe baking season is upon us with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.  Whether you’re baking something for your home, a holiday party or just to drop off at your neighbors, we have five homemade recipes perfect for the holiday season.  All of them come from us at The Stationery Studio!

 

Renee’s Macaroons 

 

Renee’s Macaroon Recipe  (originally from a Martha Stewart article)

preheat oven to 325
use parchment on your cookie trays
makes aprox 25 

2 egg whites
2/3 c sugar
2 T flour (substitute cake meal for Passover)
Pinch salt (I usually skip this)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 c shredded sweetened coconut. (I add extra sometimes, if there is just a little left in the bag.  I’ve never known if it’s packed down for measurements or more loose)
1/2 tsp coconut extract (or omit if you don’t have it)

1.  beat egg whites until stiff peaks

2.  continue to beat as you add sugar gradually

3.  beat in flour, salt and extract(s)

4.  Stir in coconut

5.  Drop by mounds onto cookie sheets – I use a small scooper to get them all the same size.  *You must use parchment paper on your trays.

6.  Bake @ 20 minutes or until slightly browned.  Sometimes mine take 25 min –
remove and cool

Optional – Chocolate decoration.
1.  Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet.
2.  Melt semi sweet chocolate chips in microwave 1-2 minutes (careful not to burn them) in a small pyrex or cereal bowl 
3.  once macaroons are cooled, dip the edges of each cookie in the chocolate and then place on parchment paper to cool again. 
4.  Place the whole tray of decorated macaroons in the refrigerator to get the chocolate to harden.

You can double or triple this recipe
**You can add a little extra coconut if you wish, I usually do

Our Green Sprigs and Buds Square Gift Stickers would look great with your macaroons when you gift them to friends and family!


Renee’s Mondel Bread

Mondel bread, a traditional Jewish cookie, is twice baked and known for its crunchy goodness.  It’s eaten all year round but often baked for holiday time. 
Ingredients:
1/4 lb. butter
2 Tbsp oil
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
3 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1 c. chopped walnuts  (if not wanted, just double the chocolate chips)
Directions:
-Beat butter and oil
-slowly add sugar and continue beating
-add eggs and continue beating
-slowly add flour and baking powder and continue beating
-add vanilla, lemon juice and cinnamon and continue beating
-add chocolate chips and beat until mixed
divide dough into thirds
roll dough out on floured counter to form 3 loaves
place loaves side by side on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment
bake at 350-degrees 45-60 minutes until browned
remove loaves and slice immediately into about 1″ slices  
once sliced, dip sides into a cinnamon/sugar mixture (optional) and then place cookies on cookie sheet with the sides facing upright.  The goal now is to brown/crisp each side. Watch carefully and bake just until the upright side is browned. Then turn each cookie over so the other side can be upright and place back in oven to brown/crisp that side. Each oven is different so just keep a good eye on the cookies when crisping them so they do not burn.
once all sides are browned, remove cookies to a rack to cool.  once cooled, you can dip ends into melted chocolate chips if wanted and then dip into sprinkles or chopped nuts or anything you wish for decoration.  Place back on parchment paper to fully cool on counter or in the refrigerator briefly.

Jennifer’s Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

I make this holiday cookie every year and everyone asks for the recipe.  I originally got this from a Kraft cookbook and tweaked it a little but it’s really easy to make!
cups (4 sticks) butter, softened
cup sugar
Directions: 
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour; mix well. Stir in chocolate and cranberries.
2. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough, 2 inches apart, onto baking sheets; flatten slightly.
3. Bake 10 to 14 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 5 min. on baking sheets. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
Gingham Hanging Gift Tags
A great gifting idea is to try our Gingham Hanging Gift Tags tied to a cellophane bag of cookies.

Pumpkin Bread

Photo Credit: Onceuponachef.com

Recipe is from OnceUponaChef.com.  I’ve used this one for a few years and love gifting this to friend!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 15-oz can 100% pure pumpkin (I use Libby’s)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Generously grease two 8 x 4-inch loaf pans with butter and dust with flour (alternatively, use a baking spray with flour in it, such as Pam with Flour or Baker’s Joy). In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk until well combined; set aside.  In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until just blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Continue beating until very light and fluffy, a few minutes. Beat in the pumpkin. The mixture might look grainy and curdled at this point — that’s okay.  Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until combined.  Turn the batter into the prepared pans, dividing evenly, and bake for 65 – 75 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the loaves cool in the pans for about 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Fresh out of the oven,the loaves have a deliciously crisp crust. If they last beyond a day, you can toast individual slices to get the same fresh-baked effect.Merry Everything Hanging Gift Tags

Try wrapping your holiday breads with some pretty ribbon and adding our Merry Everything Hanging Gift Tags.  So festive!


Vaniljkakor (Swedish Vanilla Cookies)

Photo credit: justapinch.com

These are swedish cookies that I make for my family every Christmas.  The recipe I use is from justapinch.com.

Ingredients:

  • cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2cup powdered sugar
  • large egg yolk
  • tablespoon vanilla
  • 1cups sifted flour
  • 1cup lingonberries (or your favorite jam) 
  • powdered sugar

Directions:

Cream butter and sugar well. Gradually add sugar, and cream until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and flour, blend thoroughly. Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Make a nice indentation in top of each cookie, I use the end (the handle end) of a wooden spoon for this. Put a little bit of jelly or jam into each indentation. Bake in 350º oven for at least 15 minutes or till pale golden yellow.

Cool, then sift powdered sugar over them.


What are some of your favorite holiday treats?  Explore our personalized Christmas gift packaging to add a unique and festive touch to all of your handmade goodies this year!

XO,

Jennifer

What’s Your Stationery Style?

9 Nov

A fresh new box of stationery is always fun to write notes on!  Do you always order the same “tried and true” stationery that’s been your go-to?  Or do you switch it up and try new styles each time?  I personally like using different styles of stationery that reflect my note, the recipient or just my mood.  I try to order different stationery each time as I tend to write a lot of handwritten notes.

If you’re looking for something new, here are a few ideas no matter your stationery style that hopefully inspire you!

Classic

Classic, by definition, means “a work of art of recognized and established value,” (Oxford).  If you lean more towards things that are traditional and timeless, sending notes on classic stationery reflects your appreciation for fine things.  Classic stationery features simple yet elegant designs that can be used for any type of note from business to every day.

Triple Thick Isaac Bordered Flat Note Card

This classic set of stationery is so popular for a reason!  The Triple Thick Isaac Bordered Flat Note Card is a great go-to note card that can be used for any type of correspondence.

“Very happy with this purchase! Classic notecards with a wonderful thickness!” ~ Pam 

 

Circle Initials Folded Note Cards

Our circle initials folded note card is modern and classic.  It’s stylish yet simple design instantly makes it a classic note card!

“So classic looking and a great gift for a friend who is hard to buy for.” ~ Donna S.

Elegant

Do you opt for stationery that is more Elegant?  If you wish to portray a dignified and discerning look then these are the types of notecards for you. Notes on elegant stationery exude a sense of formality and provide a subtle message that the user is someone of classic grace. This reflects on the user and their message.  For both social and business notes, consider elegant stationery for a style that’s always appropriate and will always be “in-style”.

Your Initial and Text Metallic Bordered Flat Note Cards The Your Initial and Text Metallic Bordered Flat Note Cards  features a metallic sheen that adds a drop of elegance.

“2nd time i’ve ordered the silver bordered note cards. Classy and elegant. Perfect note cards for business.” ~  Nadin C.

Black and Gold Flat Correspondence Cards

This elegant set of Black and Gold stationery from Anna Griffin has a beautiful border design that will make an impression on any recipient.


Floral

If your favorite thing is a bouquet of fresh flowers, you’ll probably love our floral stationery.  If you love all things nature and anticipate the arrival of spring blossoms, floral stationery is a good choice.  You can send washes of beautiful color year round with floral stationery (no need to wait for spring!).

Rose Bunch Folded Note Cards

 

Our Rose Bunch Folded Note Cards feature a fresh watercolor wash of color that’s absolutely beautiful.

“Loved the floral element and the classic simplicity!” ~ Amy P.

Cherry Blossoms Folded Note Cards

Our cherry blossoms folded note cards add a gorgeous touch to your handwritten notes.

Easy to personalize and beautiful design” ~ Kathleen L.


Preppy

If you have an affection for tweed blazers, boat shoes and argyle sweaters, your style is probably preppy.  You love traditional pieces that are also timeless.  Bold stripes, icons and bold colors often define the preppy look.  Sending notes on preppy stationery reflects your traditional yet confident style.

This stripe monogram folded note card is the epitome of preppy! The bright green stripes and shocking pink monogram is so fun to write notes on.

“My daughter-in-law loved these when I gave them to her a few years ago. She begged me for more this year!
~ Carol G.

Alligator Pink Border Flat Note Cards

This alligator pink folded note cards are so fun and the alligator is the unofficial preppy icon!


Monogrammed

If you love being bold and the center of attention, monogrammed stationery is perfect for you.  A monogram is classy, elegant and on-trend.  Sending monogrammed notes shows your unique style and is appropriate for all of your correspondence.  You can even chose one initial, a two initials or the classic three initials.

These classic monogram border flat note cards are one of our best sellers for a reason!  They feature a large monogram with a border for a simple yet bold note card.

“Paper stock is substantial. The printing is flawless and elegant. I’ve been buying from The Stationery Studio for almost 12 years and I love the quality.” ~ Susan

 

Duogram Folded Note Cards

Our duogram folded note cards are a modern take on the classic monogram.

“This was a reorder by me to replenish a gift I had previously received, having used up my first box and not wanting to do without. It is elegant, stylish, sharp engraving and the paper quality is a beautiful, sturdy stock. I am an elderly, established, professional woman and this stationery allows me to be stylish and come off, hopefully, as less stodgy.” ~ Sarah


Colorful

Are you often referred to as the life of the party?  Do you absolutely love bold, bright colors?  Colorful stationery is like a reflection of your personality.  You can send a burst of color with each note you write!  Colorful stationery is perfect for everyday correspondence and always a good choice to keep on hand for writing quick notes.


Just Saying Hello Flat Note Cards

The Just Saying Hello Flat Note Card collection features a variety of colorful greetings in different sizes so you can use them for all types of occasions.

“My granddaughter’s teacher sent me a note on this card. I loved it, so I ordered my own and some for a friend.” ~ Kay

Grand Collection of Colorful Flat Correspondence Note Cards

This popular set of colorful stationery is like sending a bright and happy greeting with every note you write!  The Grand Collection of Colorful Flat Correspondence Note Cards are sure to brighten your day.

“I love personalized note cards and these did not disappoint! Such a great pop of color, I can’t wait to send one!” ~  Stacey

I hope I’ve inspired you with some ideas whether you’re buying a new set for yourself or looking for a gift!

XO,

Jennifer

A Personalized Thanksgiving

24 Oct

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Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together to celebrate the holiday with a delicious meal.  Some of my personal favorite dishes include green bean casserole, stuffing and sweet potatoes.  I love that some people fry their turkeys while others may grill them.  We all celebrate Thanksgiving in our own way with our traditions and favorite dishes.  A great way to make Thanksgiving dinner more memorable is by adding something personalized.  We have a few ideas to help elevate your table this holiday!

 

Set your table

Autumn Floral Spray Placemats

Personalized placemats make such a great impression at your Thanksgiving dinner!  We have a lot of beautiful designs to choose from to go with your color scheme and theme.  It almost dresses up your table for you!


Fun Napkins

Football Turkey PIe Napkins

Personalized Thanksgiving napkins have so many uses from appetizers to drinks to dessert.  We have a great collection of napkins to choose from with fun sayings to beautiful and classy so there’s really something for everyone.


Raise a (monogrammed) toast

Personalized Glassware

Raise a toast at dinner with our personalized glassware.  You can use these for Thanksgiving and anytime of year!  The choice of monogram and personalization styles sets these glasses apart from ordinary glassware.  The best part?  They’re dishwasher safe!


Time to carve the turkey!

Personalized carving set with black box

When it’s time to carve the turkey, bring out your own personalized carving set.  The box is personalized (so it also makes a great hostess, gift!).  You can easily store your carving utensils in the box until next Thanksgiving!


Charcuterie in style

Home sweet home large 21-inch wood cutting board

Start Thanksgiving day right with a large charcuterie board to give guests something to nibble on while dinner is cooking. We love our home sweet home wood cutting board to fit all your goodies and once it’s clean you can leave it on your counter as a great decoration.

 

I hope some of these personalized ideas will inspire you as you get ready for your Thanksgiving this year!

XO,

Jennifer