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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Great Big Christmas Giveaway: Stephanie of Tatorbug Creations

I'm excited to introduce Stephanie of Tatorbug Creations today!  You may have noticed the perky new look around this Nest over the past week or so, and Stephanie is the designer.  Her work caught my attention on another blog, and after some digital correspondence - and drooling on my part over her fun designs and custom planners - Stephanie shared her gift and redesigned my blog.  I love the new look, and she's offered to give another way!  Read on to find out more ...

I was born and raised in a small town in East Tennessee.  My grandparents were dairy farmers.  They took their role very seriously.  My Mamaw made it her mission to fill my time on the farm with precious heart felt memories.  She taught me to sew, to cook, to clean (yeah, I didn't hold on to that lesson very well!) and showed me what it meant to really live for and love the Lord.
My Grandparents with me and Scott the day we told them we were expecting S.  2005
 Each Christmas, for as far back as I can remember, she would help me and my brother bake Christmas cookies.  She had a special bag of cookie cutters that we used, a special recipe for the dough, and for the frosting.  Each year we did it the exact same way.  We headed to the kitchen, mixed the dough and put it in the freezer to chill (the freezer because she had 2 very impatient children ready to cut out and bake cookies) and we would head to the living room.  While the cookie dough chilled my brother and I stood side by side on the hearth of the fire place playing jingle bells on the kazoo while Mamaw played the piano.  Finally the dough would be ready and we would then cut out and bake the cookies.  We made up our own icing and decorated them.  Of course we munched on a few as we went.  ;) Sadly I lost both of my grandparents in 2006.  I was able to inherit my Mamaw's cookie cutters and make sure to cook up a batch with my children each year at Christmas time.  We use her same recipe, her same cookie cutters, and her same icing recipe.  I feel her with me each time we bake the cookies.  I know she is with us in spirit and because of her I have a very special tradition to share with my children.

The finished product from Christmas last year.

A few of the cookie cutters I was very blessed to receive after my grandparents passed away.

Mamaw Hales' Christmas Cookies...
  • 1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 C Butter (margerine can be substituded)
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon Flavoring
  • 1 L egg
  • 2 1/2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
Beat first 4 ingredients in bowl with mixer until well combined.  Stir in remaining ingredients, cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (this is the part where we put ours in the freezer for about 45 mins).

Heat oven to 375*

Divide dough in half and roll out to 1/4 thickness.  Cut into Christmas shapes.  Place 2 inches apart on a buttered cookie sheet.

Bake 7-8 mins or until edges are golden brown.

Mamaw Hales' Christmas Cookie Icing...
  • 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
  • 1 - 2 tsp of Milk
  • Assorted food coloring
Mix the milk and food coloring into the powdered sugar until it is the consistency of pancake batter.  Decorate cookies with sprinkes and allow to dry (if you can!)  **You may have to add more or less sugar or milk to get desired thickness depending on the humidity.

This was always my Mamaw's favorite.  
So this dairy-farming, cookie-baking, blog-designing mommy is giving away a new blog design to one lucky reader today!  This will include a custom header, background, and button.  Use the Rafflecopter to enter. 

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It's not too late to enter our other Great Big Christmas Giveaway contests!  Enter to win Lindsey's Thirty-One Gifts/Stephanie's Tatorbug Creations giveaway and Betsy's Pampered Chef giveaway today!


  1. My blog reading has been sporadic over the past few weeks.....this is the first time I have seen your new look - it is fantastic, Stephanie is truly talented. Have a wonderful December, in case I don't get back here again this month ( I hope I am only kidding...but the way things are going.....who knows?)

  2. I have several new websites so a custom design would be GREAT!

  3. I have just started blogging so why not do it right with a great look!