November Close Out

It’s that time of year again when November is drawing to a close.  The mini pumpkins on my mantle have been ceremonially tossed into the compost pile and all Thanksgiving decor has been packed away for next year’s celebration.

The 2018 Christmas season has begun!


Candy Cane 2.0 Placemat – A Free Pattern

Last year, Sandy and I joined the Virtual Cookie Exchange Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.  We had so much fun that we’ve joined again this year.

This 3 day blog hop starts tomorrow and you’ll get to “meet” new quilters, collect new recipes and find more quilting inspiration.

To recap our post from last year’s blog hop, our FREE placemat pattern, “Candy Cane 2.0” made its debut.  It is pictured above and you can download the pattern by clicking on this link:  Candy Cane 2.0 Placemat 12 03 17

Last year, we also shared mom’s Snickerdoodle recipe.  Trust us when we say these cookies won’t last long!  You will surely have to make another batch before Santa arrives.     Snickerdoodles

As you can see from the footnote, this recipe can also be found in Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book originally published in 1950.   Mom inherited this book from our paternal Grandmother when she married dad and it’s ragged, ripped and stained from almost 70 years of use!


Sandy and I learned to cook using this 1950’s version of Betty Crocker’s cook book.  It was our guide as we navigated the rough waters of learning to sift flour and separate egg whites.  How did we make meat loaf for hungry farm hands?  How did we make cookies when company was coming?  We consulted with Betty, of course!

This book was republished several years ago and mom bought four copies, a Christmas gift for each of us.  This is my “go to” reference manual.  I treasure this book and I use it often because Betty has always been a very good friend of mine!

We hope to see you all again at tomorrow’s blog hop…we have another amazing recipe from our friend, Betty, to share with you!

7 thoughts on “November Close Out

  1. sandradny says:

    Oh — I forgot about the ceremonial pumpkin toss — mine are still frozen to my front step after the icy Thankgsiving here in NY. I’ll have to scoop them up tonight — I’m done with orange for now…

  2. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Ladies! I am looking forward to tomorrow’s cookie hop. I remember both your cute candy cane placemat and cookies from last year! See you tomorrow. Happy Happy Monday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Thanks, Roseanne! We are looking forward to making new friends through the blog hop. Sandy will post tomorrow, it’s always fun to read about her adventures.

  3. dezertsuz says:

    Thanks for the pattern and the cookie recipe repeat. I wasn’t doing this last year, and I had missed it! I look forward to your post for the new one, too. =) I also grew up with Betty Crocker Cookbooks, the next version, probably. I’m on the 4th one, because I’ve worn through three in my lifetime!

    • Gray Barn Designs says:

      Wow, fourth cookbook….what are your favorite recipes? What would we have done without Betty? Maybe the cooking channels should include Betty’s recipes for tried and true deliciousness!

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