"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mop Philosophy Monday

Giant Christmas Tree
Distillery District, Toronto
 How about that festive tree?
I like simple schemes like this, don't you?
Christmas Windows
The Bay, Toronto
 I've always loved the Christmas windows.  I was planning to take some pictures of the "fashion" windows but even through the glass I could see the frocks were 100% polyester.  They burned my eyes.  Luckily the day was saved with these charming toy vignettes.
I think I like the neat and tidy Hudson Bay blankets, all folded over their little wooden racks.
High tea at Langdon Hall.
We went to High Tea at Langdon Hall last week.  It's like being right inside an episode of Downton Abbey.

Well I've been quite busy all morning making Piggy Cookies.  Remember those?  In case you need the recipe it is right here.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I lost the recipe card and had to look it up on my own blog.
I now have a piggy cookie cutter.
Big thanks to our GetFresh!!
Here's a little icing trick for you.
 When squeezing your lemons do so over a little strainer in order to catch the bothersome seeds.
 It's not rocket science but every little bit helps.

You might be wondering how many piggy cookies I made.


 You're right, that's a lot of piggy cookies.
I'm happy to report that I did not run out of icing.  It was close but it didn't happen.

How's your week going?  Any big plans?  Don't you think pink piggy cookies are so sweet?
xoDani

39 comments:

  1. Oh I am voting the piggy cookies as a favourite of 2012!
    The icing and the shape ( good find get Fresh!) are piggypinktastic.

    I really like the tree above too, I'm hankering over a retro tree next year or maybe a wee one in the house somewhere, all silver and red.

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    1. Tabs - do I have some silver spangly tacky garlands for you...

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    2. Tabs I'd like to have a tree outside decorated very simply like this. We did that one year but it was kind of ridiculous having 2 trees!

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  2. As simple as it is, the squeezing lemons trick is brilliant! I was trying to remove the seeds before squeezing but this is so much better, why did I never think of this? Thank you!
    Love the Christmas tree with simple scheme. Mine is a colorful mishmash hung with memories of Christmases past.

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    1. ajc mine will be a mishmash if it ever goes up, though Kerry just told us the reno will be over by Tuesday, one more week, which would be terrific!

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  3. Hi Dani, for the Germans pigs are lucky at this time of year - you often see pigs made of marzipan in stores, 'Gluecksschweinchen', especially at New Years. I also saw them in Hungary - perhaps it's a central European thing? Is that the story behind the piggy cookies?
    We didn't make it to the Christmas Market on Saturday - it was raining quite a bit when we set off so we decided to hang out at Yorkdale. It was crazy busy but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
    Today I'm making up 50 or so baggies of cookies for the community dinner tomorrow. It's going well. Hopefully it will still be on - we had a snow day today because of freezing rain and now it is actually snowing.

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    1. Patricia, Interesting! This recipe is from my father in law's family, he grew up in Vienna. They left Austria in 1938.
      50 bags of cookies my gosh! Take a break today!

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    2. Dani, lucky pigs, that's probably it - otherwise, pigs are quite a strange shape for a cookie!

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  4. Dani, the piggies are adorable, this little piggy was one of the kids favorites! One question ,are you baking for the holiday already or are these just an afternoon delight? If for the holiday how do you keep them so fresh and prevent them from disappearing? I was invited to a cookie swap this coming weekend may give them a try!Happy Monday and hope there is not too much of a mess in your kitchen or your blog may continue to Tidy Tuesday.

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    1. Anon I think Tidy Tuesday is in order! Those cookies are nearly gone, I was baking them for my daughter's after-school class in cultural literacy, those kids loved them!

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  5. Well colour me happy as a pig in christmas icing! I love those piggies!! Love the windows, too and I cannot wait for Downton Abbey! And that GF - if I am a wood imp, she is most definitely a good fairy!!! I keep thinking we need to consider a skype miller time over the holidays, Dani! Someone would have to tell me what to do, but I would do it!

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    1. Also up for virtual Miller Time (I will be in the woods of Cape Breton, seeking a party). And happy to provide tech support to one and all. Plus you two can do "twin" outfits - polka dot pants. (Or nordic leggings if you want to give Barry a hoot.)

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    2. AH the Caper is heading home! Does the welshman like CB?

      Okay - we will aim for something - I will probably be able to get tech support from husband and daughter! Shoes pics tonight!

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    3. WMM Our Miss can help me with skype, this is how she talks to her friend from Sweden, we wanted them to get into the habit so that when she leaves they can stay connected.
      I am a tech disaster myself.

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  6. Love, love the piggy cookies... And this icing! just make them greater! I love traditional tableware for Xmas... I always use the big white table cloth (those you have to hang to the dry cleaner after use) with their matching napkins... Silver cutlery, crystal decoration... Elements of a lovely Xmas :-) I did my Xmas cookies on Thursday and Friday... Made about 4 kilos of them ;-)

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    1. FunkySteph, 4 kg. of cookies? You are a holiday hero!

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    2. Steph I'm in agreement, truly you are a hero and your table sounds gorgeous!

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    3. Oh Ladies, you are too kind!!! Yes, I did loads of them, but I just love this... It is really part of my Xmas, without my cookies, no Xmas spirit... You can see some of them here: http://funkysteph.canalblog.com/archives/2012/12/10/25787537.html
      Get Fresh, I would be happy to read your blog, but it seems I just cannot find it!

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  7. I love the piggy cookies! What a great idea. Thanks also for the lemon seeds tip. My friends and I are going to a high tea during the holiday season (probably after Christmas). Perfect primer for the Downton Abbey season premiere (which is on my birthday - can't wait!!)

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    1. LR what a nice birthday present that will be. You will love the high tea, we treated by some good friends and it was quite something!

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  8. LOL on the polyester dresses burning your eyes. They should all be burned but the bonfire would be toxic I suppose. I do like simple themes too, especially on a large scale like the distillery tree.

    I use cheesecloth secured with an elastic band over my lemons to keep the seeds and pulp in the rind and then throw the whole mess out when finished. It's a trick my father taught me. I'd like to try the piggy cookies but there is such a strong aversion to peel around here, it's bordering on the ridiculous. Even marmalade is banished. I wonder if they would work without the zest.

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    1. xoxo LOL at the bonfire of the vanities, there would be a lot of nasty smoke and popping sequins.
      On a better note, you can definitely make Dani's Piggy cookie dough without the citrus zezt. I would offset by adding a bit more spice - like 1/2 tsp. ea. ground ginger and nutmeg - and maybe a smidge more vanilla. They would also be really good with a tangy glaze or drizzle (like 1-1/2 c. powdered sugar, 3 tbsp. well-shaken buttermilk, 1/2 tsp. vanilla) to off-set the spicy-sweet dough.

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    2. Clarification, I meant maybe add a smidge of vanilla along with the dry spices, in lieu of the citrus oil from the zest.

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    3. xoxo why the aversion to peel? I don't think I'd be as happy if I didn't have marmalade! The dresses were so hideous. On a cheerier note, we did pop into Brooks Brothers and I saw so many nice things I couldn't even begin.
      Great tip from your Dad, it sounds like he was hands in the kitchen!

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    4. GetFresh, thank you for the advice, I think I will try them with a different twist.

      Dani, I think some people have a bad reaction to the citrus oil in the zest. I tried to sneak orange zest into muffins once and wow, the sparks did fly! Hence the banishment. I'm going to Hendrix on Friday and I've added a piggy cookie cutter to my list.

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  9. PIGSONALITY
    Oh, look at the cute pigs
    Homemade, citrusy and big!
    They've been iced a perfect pink.
    Yum, yum, yum, that's what we think.
    Those wee tails are just beaut,
    So crunchy and yes, curly cute.
    In the tin (with an apple), not on the farm.
    From DBP's counter they oink with holiday charm.

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    1. GF, what a lovely poem, I thank you!!
      Great tips for baking without the citrus peel too.

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  10. I never met an iced cookie I didn't like, pass the piggies! :-) I can't make them for obvious reasons!

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    1. cate, I can't eat them because they are addictive. I bake them but then avoid them completely!

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  11. The piggie cookies are inspiration! Thanks, Theresa
    www.robertsongallery.wordpress.com

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  12. I am most definitely going to make some piggy cookies this christmas, if I can just find a piggy cookiecutter somewhere! I have a piggy ornament on my tree- it's kismet!

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    1. Hi tdgd, GetFresh bought me my piggy cutter, I think she found them at golda's out of Toronto!

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  13. The piggy cookies are fabulous. So nice of Get Fresh to send you the cutter! The pink icing is genius.

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    1. Hi DF, I know was that not so kind of her? Having them in a piggy shape really takes them to a new level!

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  14. The piggy cookies are a work of art. My daughter was born in the Chinese Year of the Pig, and I think I'll make them for her 30th birthday in March.

    I have a lemon squeezer thing, like an ice cream scoop shape - helps you squeeze the lemon for the most juice and strains the seeds. Wish I had a better description.

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    1. Kathy my older daughter will be 18 next year, she is also Year of the Pig. Pig's are nice people, that's a saying, I didn't make it up! ;)
      I bet she would love some of these.

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  15. I think I have every animal cooky cutter except a piggy; we used to do this enormous gingerbread cooky recipe every year. I am relieved I am not asked to do this of late, but it would be fun to make some smaller batch of animal cookies. Reindeer? Lobsters? Is your dough fairly easy to roll out? I have 40-50 people here Sunday night and of course have come down with obligatory holiday cold.

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    1. Lane definitely lobster cookies! This dough is easy to roll out, I have no patience for this sort of thing so I'm a good tester.
      Noooo not a cold, I hate when that happens right before Christmas! That's a big crowd, I hope it goes away!

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