Guest Post: It’s Cookie Time! (Part 1)

I am so excited to introduce you to my friend Nichelle.  I am always drooling over her photos of baked goods so I was thrilled when she agreed to write two guest posts for Scissors and Spoons. She is sharing two cookie recipes that are flour free! Keep reading to see what delicious cookies she made.  This is the first of Nichelle’s two guests posts so check back tomorrow for a second recipe.

Well, actually, this is the high time of year for cookies, isn’t it? One of my (full disclosure:  I am not Marie, but I hope that will not stop you from reading) favorite memories from childhood during the holidays is the platters of cookies my grandmother and her friends would arrange and swap – pinwheels, icebox cookies, chocolate chip, bourbon balls, fudge – you name it, they baked it. Now that I’m all grown up, the hubby and I have started our own annual cookie and cider holiday gathering. After paging through back issues of magazines, browsing the internet and settling on a suitable cookie list, I discovered one of my guests had a gluten allergy. Gluten allergies and cookie parties do not go together, do they? What cookie could I make that did not contain flour?

Discovering my guest’s allergy sent me back to the magazines and cookbooks in my arsenal, and I came up with an answer (actually, two): peppermint and chocolate meringues and crispy rice treats. I started with the meringues, which I would love to tell you about.

peppermint and chocolate meringues

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Scissors and Spoons is in print!

I know it has been a bit quiet around here lately, but I have busy working on several craft and cooking projects to share with you.  I also did an interview with a local  newspaper, The Times and Democrat, which I wanted to share with you:

Times and DemocratI plan to post several quick and easy projects over the next couple of days if you are looking for a last minute project or two. Also a bit later today, my friend Nichelle will be sharing a delicious recipe for a flour free holiday cookie so come back a little later today to find out what she made.

DIY Ornaments: Salt Dough Hummingbirds

During the summer, my mother enjoys watching the hummingbirds outside of her kitchen window.  She always seems a bit sad when it is time to put away the feeder for the winter and looks forward to the birds return in the spring.  For the holidays, I thought I’d bring her a little early cheer and make her a couple of hummingbird ornaments for her tree.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsI also think these ornaments would be pretty hanging in a window or on a mobile for a year-round decoration.

DIY Salt Dough Hummingbird OrnamentsThese little hummingbirds are made out of salt dough (just like the DIY Snowflake Ornaments), but I added a piece of toothpick for the beak while the dough was still wet.

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Origami Holiday Gift Boxes From Scrapbook Paper

Since it is the holiday season and I, like many, am in need of ways to wrap small gifts, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my very first post on Scissors and Spoons: Recycled Calendar Boxes.  That post is still the most viewed post on this blog, although my DIY Salt Dough Snowflake Ornaments are a close second.   In my earlier post I used old calendars to be make the boxes, but for this post I used 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper.  Since the scrapbook paper is already square it makes making the boxes even simpler.Origami Gift Boxes

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