Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sharing a Yummy Recipe

I have had so many people ask me for this delicious cookie recipe that I thought perhaps I would post it here to make it easier for everyone to get their hands on. So, feel free to print it out if you wish or share it if you like.

I do want to add that this is not one of my own original recipes. I found it in a magazine a long time ago and can no longer remember what magazine or even who to give credit to for this deliciousness! It was sooo long ago.

It is a recipe that I have made every Christmas since discovering it - no clue why I got in the habit of making them at this time of year only, maybe because pistachios are green or maybe because I found the recipe around this time way back when - but that really doesn't matter. It just seems to have become a tradition to make them at Christmas time and share the cookies and/or recipe with anyone who crosses my path at the time.

If you bake some, please let me know what you think! And if you do bake some, I know you will love them and not be able to eat just one so be sure to share some with family and friends because then you can't blame me for the extra pounds you gain by eating them all yourself! Enjoy!

Pistachio Chip Cookies

1 ¼ c butter or margarine, softened (I always use real butter for the best taste)
2 c packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t vanilla
2 ½ c all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
½ c old-fashioned oats
1 package (12 oz) vanilla chips
1 1/3 c chopped pistachios, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and oats; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Stir in chips and 1 cup of pistachios.

Shape into 1-in. balls (or drop by rounded teaspoonful, if you prefer not to roll them); place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheet. Lightly press some of the remaining chopped pistachios into the top of each cookie ball.

Bake for 8-10 minutes (9 minutes usually works) or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for a couple minutes before removing to wire rack. These are especially delicious eaten just slightly cooled! Yum!    YIELD: approx. 9 dozen depending on how big you make them.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deal of the Decade!

You won't want to miss this month's Deal of the Decade! If your wish list for stamp sets is super long, this is the month to take advantage of a great sale and get them for just $10 each. Yep, that's right! Just $10! That's a savings of $3.95 - $7.95.

All you have to do is make a qualifying purchase of $50 and you are eligible to buy as many C- or D- size stamp sets from the Annual Inspirations 2014-2015 idea book for just $10 each, no limits! Sounds pretty awesome to me! 

And don't forget! With a $50 purchase, you also qualify for the December stamp of the month set - Cutie Pie - for just $5. That's a savings of $12.95!

This is a perfect time to stock up on some really great stamp sets or give as gifts to the scrapbooker in your life. Head on over to place your order before time runs out!

Have a great day and happy scrampin'!


Totes To Go

Oh wow! These would surely make awesome gifts for that special scrapbooker in your life. Check this out! Isn't this rolling tote just perfect for storing and transporting all your scrapbooking supplies when you attend crops or other scrapbooking events? And the shoulder tote is totally awesome as a companion piece. These are both on my wish list for sure!

If you'd like to purchase either one of these great totes, give me a shout and I will notify you when they are available, which should be any day now. The first shipment of these totes has already sold out but more are expected soon so don't delay.

If you'd like a family member to buy one of these for you as a Christmas gift, have them contact me. You may also keep checking back at any time to peruse the awesome products that Close to my Heart has to offer while you are waiting for the arrival of the totes then you will be ready to fill them to the brim with goodies!

Enjoy the video! Happy scrampin'!


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