Monday, September 6, 2010

Leap of Faith

Hello, and a warm welcome to you all!



At the urging of many friends, I take this leap of faith into the world of blogging. I have to admit, I have been hesitant to do so. While I thoroughly enjoy reading blogs, I worried some. What exactly would I say to all of you? Would you really be interested in dropping in now and then to find out what’s been going on and keep me company? I’m not afraid of failure… well…not that much anyway. I’d much rather try and fail than to live with the regret of never having tried something at all…so I figured…why not?

As we begin to spend a few minutes together, I thought I’d share some of the things I’d like to talk about with you. At the top of the list, in no particular order (that I’m willing to own up to) are quilting, food, reading, time-saving recipes, holidays, family, girlfriends and creativity.


In anticipation of my launch into the blogosphere, I made you a batch of one of my favorite cookies. They are yummy shortbread cookies, stamped with quilt block designs. So fun and easy to do!  The cookie stamps are made by a company called Rycraft.  They make tons of different cookie stamps for every occasion.  Check out their stamps at cookiestamp.com






Here's the recipe for their delicious Shortbread Cookies:
1 1/2 cups butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups flour





Cream butter and sugar thoroughly.  Add Flour gradually, one cup at a time.  Mix this until well blended, but do not over mix.





Roll into 1 1/4 inch balls, and place on a cookie sheet  (I used parchment paper as well).  Stamp with warm cookie stamp.
Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 

Makes about 60-65 cookies.








Here's a look at a few cookies I made with my fall and Christmas cookie stamps.  Very festive!

Well, I want to thank you for dropping in for a visit.  Feel free to post a comment and tell me what you think!  I look forward to visiting with you often!

Wishing you peace while piecing!
Pam

34 comments:

  1. OK, to cut to the quick - how many of those plates do you have?? I have some and in need of more and I look everywhere and cannot find - you better keep them under lock and key.
    Nice to have you blogging, wish you were closer - I just finished my walk and could use those cookies.
    See you in Houston?
    Polly

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  2. See??!! The first post and you have created buzz. Well done.

    Seriously? Having nothing to say never stopped me from blogging.

    Laurie

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  3. Hi Pam...I loved the cookies - ate way too many! And they are so pretty! Welcome to blogworld! I've been doing it almost two years now and it has enriched my life and my quilting so very much! I've made friends in all corners of the globe! I would love to drop in now and again and see what you're up to - quilting, baking, pattern designing, market reports and anything interesting you might have to say!
    Cheers!

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  4. Hi Pam!
    Welcome to the world of blogging! It is great meeting friends around the world. Whoo Hoo!! I'm your first follower!
    Linda

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  5. Woo hoo! Welcome! I'm follower #2...you are very popular with Lindas! We've been putting our house back together again after new flooring and paint and I discovered my cookie stamps in a drawer. Now I am inspired to make shortbread!

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  6. Congrats, Pam! Looking forward to chatting with you- keep those recipes coming! We are starting our Club this month, and I would LOVE to send you pics of the first meeting! Thanks for a great program! Lisa

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  7. I don't blog, I am a lurker but got your email and wanted you to know I will be watching - how'd you know I love shortbread cookies?????
    Dee

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  8. Hi Pam, Was a nice surprise to see that you are now blogging. We have alot in common and am looking forward to reading about quilting and your other interests also. I too like to cross stitch, read, cook, and love antiques; so will be glad to see any of those subjects on here. Your cookies look yummy. We just put in an above-the-stove microwave last week; so had to lose that cupboard in the process. While emptying it I found a cookie stamp that I have yet to use with a watering can and flowers on it. My intention was for an afternoon tea that hasn't happened yet. Now that fall is around the corner, guess it won't be this year! Well, am going to add you to my favorites and will check in often.
    Nancy
    P.S. Don't forget pictures of your quilts too.

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  9. Congratulations--- I am looking forward to your posts.

    I started your club last month and have made the first quilt the "Leap of Faith"--I blogged about it on my blog! I had fun reading the comments I received. You will have lots of fun with your new adventure and meeting new friends all over the world!! Keep up the good work!

    Carolyn from Des Moines, Iowa

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  10. Glad too see you and catch up on everything your doing! Please keep up the good work !! Keep us posted !!!

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  11. Well done Pam!! So proud of you and all the hard work you have done to create your "dream come true"! I look forward to catching up with you on your blog...best wishes always, Teresa Kasch

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  12. Welcome! I don't know you personally, but I'll be adding your blog to my automatic reader so I can keep up with what's going on in your world!

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  13. Welcome to blogland, with the things that you said you want to blog about I am sure it will be a good blog to follow. I am planning to become a part of your Praire Women's Sewing Circle through my LQS.

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  14. Hooray for you! Welcome to Blogland. I have added you to my reader woo-hoo!

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  15. Hi Pam! I'm looking forward to following your blog and staying in touch between PWSC Journeys.

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  16. Your blog looks beautiful. I read lots of them and will add you to my list. good luck. Pat

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  17. Way to go Pam!!! I knew you could do it. Now on to Facebook.....I think there is a way that you can blog and have it post there too. The queen of blogging, Pat Sloan. Can't wait to hear more!!

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  18. Congratulations on taking the big leap! I hope blogging brings you as much enjoyment as it has brought me. I think you'll enjoy the many friendships you'll make through the experience.

    And don't worry, if having something to say were a pre-requisite to having a blog, there wouldn't be very many of them. :)

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  19. Pam: Yay! You're blogging! Took you long enough. Love it. Keep those recipes coming. Now if you could just bake those cookies AND send them out to all of your followers you'd have lots and lots of friends! Facebook and Twitter next? {giggle}

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  20. So glad you joined us Bloggers! Love your recipe and look forward to many more stories to come!
    Good luck :0)

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  21. Welcome to blogging and thanks for the cookies. Lovely plates too. Will save that recipe for Christmas when those decorative ones are always welcome. Love how easy they are too.

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  22. Great first post... now breathe... it's not as hard as you think..

    Thanks for the cookie recipe..

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  23. WARNING . . blogging gets in your blood. Ha
    Welcome to the blogging world. I saw your cookies, I will check those molds out. Check out the mold I have: http://osagebluffquilter.blogspot.com/2009/12/making-things.html
    You see my husband is a blacksmith, I keep a blog for him too: http://osagebluffblacksmith.blogspot.com/

    Have fun blogging
    Patti

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  24. Nice to meet you! Your cookies look delicious.

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  25. Great start and yummy cookies. Thanks for the recipe. I am new to blogging too and just love it. It does get in your blood!

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  26. Welcome to the blogosphere!

    The cookies look absolutely yummy - cute too!

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  27. I have visited your blog via Candace at Squash House..Your recipe is the same I have used for over 40 years and the shortbread cookies are the best..Yours are beautiful after using those lovely stamps. Thanks for the addy on that. Louise

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  28. Glad to have you out there sharing! I get your e-mail mainly because I wanted to know more about the monthly club...for some reason our state has no shop participating. I will keep searching, tho'. Thanks for the neat recipe and the cookie stamps information. Jan D

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  29. Your cookies are just too darned pretty to eat! Welcome to the world of blogging! Candice sent me over...she is wonderful and I'm guessing you will be too!

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  30. Hi Pam,

    Congratulations on your blog start up! I know you will really enjoy it too. Love the cookie stamps...I have purchased some cookie molds from House on the Hill, but haven't seen these. Glad for the link. Hope to see you soon at market.

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  31. Welcome! May you enjoy all the love, persist when you have blogging frustrations, laugh when you mess up, smile big at success, but most of all: Take time to enjoy the process of life's adventures.

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  32. welcome to blogland, Pat. I'll be reading right along. We all worry about having something to say that might be "interesting". Your first post was positively- delishious!!
    smiles
    Karen

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  33. Welcome to blogging. l am also fairly new, and having a great time. l absolutely adore those cookie cutters. Shortbread is my facourite. l am off to see if they post to Australia. Did l hear someone mention Houston? l think l might be coming to Festival!! Horray!!!

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  34. Hi stopping by via Babblelots blog nice looking cookies. Don't think I have ever made a cookie like that without an egg in it.Interesting!
    : )

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