Monday, November 29, 2010

My First Treasury!

I have just created my very first Etsy Treasury! It's called A Blue Christmas, and features only members of the EtsyVeg Team! Take a look!

New Recipe - Black Forest Biscotti - YUM!

I have made this a bunch of times and thought I would share the recipe! It's from the cookbook, Moosewood Restaurant New Classics.

1/2 cup of dried cherries
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons unbleached white flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder


1. Preheat oven to 350, lightly oil a baking sheet
2. In a small saucepan, heat the cherries and water just to boiling, then remove from the heat and set aside.
3. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and well combined. Blend in the eggs and
almond and vanilla extracts. Fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Drain the cherries, place them on a paper towel to absorb any extra moisture, and then stir them into the egg mixture.
5. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. With a rubber spatula, fold in the wet ingredients until the dough is uniform and holds together when pressed with lightly floured hands.
6. Use the spatula and your floured hands to scoop the dough onto the oiled baking sheet. Form the dough into a 12-inch x 3-inch diameter log shape; then press down on the log, flattening it to a thickness of
about an inch. The length and width of the flattened log should be about 14 x 4 inches.
7. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the dough is firm and just slightly brown. Remove from the oven and transfer the log to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, slice crosswise
into 3/4 inch pieces.
8. Lay each biscotti cut side up on the baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes on each side, using tongs to flip them. Cool completely on a rack and then store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. (but they won't last that long!!)

Enjoy!! :-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010


To celebrate Black Friday, I am offering 15% off any item at Kittens' Mittens! Just enter coupon code BLACKFRIDAY during check out! This offer is for NOW & THIS WEEKEND ONLY!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Etsy Knitters Treasure Hunt

Get 10% off your winter warmers with the Etsy Knitters Team Treasure Hunt! With everything in our stores from handmade accessories to heavenly handspun yarns, you are sure to find great gifts for all!

To qualify for the discount in participating stores, simply find FIVE listings containing the Etsy Knitters Treasure Hunt graphic (search EtsyKnitters Team) and convo EtsyKnittersTeam or JayCeeOriginals with your list. The Treasure Hunt will run from midnight November 25th to midnight November 30th.
The small print:
1.You must correctly identify 5 listings containing the image displayed above.
2.The 10% discount is good for one transaction in ANY participating store.
3.A unique discount code together with a complete list of the participating stores will be provided once your entry is verified.
4.Only one entry per person/shop please.
5.The Treasure Hunt is open to ALL.

Have a Happy Handmade Holiday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Knitting Season!!

So knitting season is definitely in full swing! Between working on items for my shop, knitting Christmas presents, and potentially putting a few items in a craft sale at work, I might end up with knitter's carpal tunnel syndrome!! Luckily a few co-workers have started up a craft group at lunchtime a couple days a week so I can get some extra knitting time in!

Speaking of the workplace, have you noticed that your hands get chilly when you're stuck at your desk typing all day? Why not try some fingerless wristwarmers? They will keep your hands warm and still allow you full use of your fingers for typing!

These purple wristwarmers are a perfect way to keep your hands warm at work or even while you're driving! Check out these and my other warm, winter creations at Kittens' Mittens!

I'm featured in a Treasury!!

So yesterday I was featured in my very first Etsy Treasury!! Check out the Take the Chill Off with Icy Blue Treasury where my Snowman Mittens are featured!

I'm so excited to have been chosen amongst such pretty items! Thanks again for featuring me! :-)