Friday, July 1, 2011

Christmas in July

Well it's time for Christmas shopping! Lol, I can't believe it is July already. I revamped my shop banners, and tagged all my items, and they are ready to go. Now I am patiently waiting for the shoppers. I was surprised when I searched CIJ at Zibbet and only had 175 or so items come up?? Why aren't shop owners taking advantage of this opportunity? I did a CIJ search at Etsy, and more than 6000 items came up! Now I know Etsy if way bigger than Zibbet, but it still seems like we could do better at Zibbet. Here are some of the things listed at my shop:

Drop in and check the shop out if you get the chance!

Our latest recipe:

Anisette Toast Slices

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
4 teaspoons anise extract

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside. Grease 2 baking sheets.
Beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until fluffy. Beat in one egg until completely incorporated, then another. Beat in the last egg along with the anise extract. Mix in the flour until just incorporated. Divide the dough onto the prepared baking sheets. Form each portion into a 12-inch long log, 1/2-inch thick.
Bake in the preheated oven until golden and firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven, and allow to cool 5 minutes. Cut into 3/4-inch thick slices using a serrated knife, and place cut-side-down onto the baking sheets. Return to the oven, and bake 5 to 10 minutes until the bottoms turn golden brown. Turn the cookies over, and continue baking until golden brown on the other side, 5 to 10 minutes more. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.
These are fabulous with a cup of coffee or tea! Sometimes I omit the anise and replace with lemon extract, delicious!


  1. A fellow Zibbeter let me know there are 50+ pages of Christmas in July sales at Zibbet, Whoo hooo! I am delighted to hear it, sometimes it is better to be wrong, Lol!