Home for the Holidays Blog Hop

It’s blog hop time again!  Stacy has put together a great line up for the holidays.  If you’re not already following along, click HERE to visit Buttermilk Basin.
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We just love this time of year!… decorating, baking, getting together with friends and family… but one of our most favorite things is to escape the hustle and bustle of the holidays by settling in by the fireplace with some hand sewing.  Kathy has created the perfect little project for some cozy, cold-weather sewing…

 Cookie Mat

This cute little wool mat is perfect for placing under a plate of cookies made for a special someone.

 Cookie MatCookie Mat

Here are the instructions and templates for the mat.  HERE

And here is our favorite tried and true sugar cookie recipe for holiday cookie decorating…

 
Sugar Cookie Recipe Card

Make sure you follow along the blog hop for other great recipes and projects!

 

Christmas Joy Blog Hop with Buttermilk Basin

Welcome to our day of the Christmas Joy Blog Hop!  Thank you, Stacy of Buttermilk Basin for putting all of this together.

Fall/Winter is our favorite time of year!  We love to cook and bake here at Cardiff Farms and the cool weather outside makes us want to get into the kitchen and get busy!

Here is our favorite sweet potato side dish.  We LOVE sweet potatoes, they give us an excuse to eat dessert with the main course!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?!  Kathy created this adorable little gift card holder for you to enjoy and it goes together so fast you will be able to make them for everyone on your list before Christmas.  The adorable background decorations for the photos are courtesy of The Country Loft in La Mesa, California…
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Project 1

Download the free pattern here…

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Spring Thyme Blog Hop

Today is our day on the Spring Thyme Blog Hop sponsored by Stacy of Buttermilk Basin and Kathy has prepared a special pattern and yummy recipe for everyone!  We know a lot of you are stuck in the cold right now so we are hoping to send a little sunshine your way.  Spring is already in full swing here at Cardiff Farms, the SoCal sunshine has brought out bits of color in every corner of the garden.

Look at these bright and cheerful calendulas…
Callendula

Fragrant lavender…
Lavender

Delicate orchids…
Orchid
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And last but not least this tiny patch of petite forget me nots…

Forget Me Nots

These sweet little flowers are what inspired today’s project!
Forget Me Nots 1

Forget Me Nots 2

A cute little forget me not pin cushion!
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Pin Cushion

The complete instructions and templates are available to print out at the end of this post.  Here is a picture showing how to place your Ric-rac if you choose to add it on…
Ric rac placement

And here is our recipe for mouth watering blueberry torte…
Blueberry Torte Recipe Card

We featured this recipe a few years ago but it’s just too good not to mention again.  This is a favorite among all of the men in our house and is often requested for birthdays instead of cake.

Remember don’t bake the crust until filled!
Pie Crust

Once cooled, top with blueberries and enjoy!
Finished Torte

Now we have a little confession to make… we cheated a little and opened up our favorite can of Comstock Blueberry Pie Filling for the topping.  I don’t think the boys will mind and it can remain our little secret. wink, wink.

Click on the green “Download” to get your pin cushion pattern…

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