Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Time!

Some of the things that I love about Christmas Time? Well I like all of the gathering, and baking, and specialty drinks! There are some things I bake every year, like my Ginger Molasses cookies, my homemade Clod Hoppers, brownies and thumbprint cookies!

I tried a few new things this year too, one of them was these great Cheesecake Pops! Check them out.

I hope that you will try them! Here is the recipe.

Cheesecake Pops

3 packages cream cheese at room temp (8 ounce packages)
1 cup sugar
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup graham crumbs
45 lollipop sticks
3 packages vanilla or while chips
3 tablespoons shortening

1. line a 9 inch spring form pan with parchment paper. Coat paper and sides with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, ans sugar until smooth. Beat in sour cream and vanilla until blended, then add eggs on low speed until combined. Pour into pan.

2. Bake on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen, cool 1 hour or longer. Cover and freeze overnight.

3. Remove from the freezer and let stand for 30-45 minutes. Place cracker crumbs in a bowl. Scoop the cheesecake out and roll into 1 inch balls, roll in crumb mixture and insert lollipop stick. Place on waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Freeze for 1 hour until firm.

4. In microwave, melt vanilla chips and shortening, 25 seconds at a time, stirring in between. Place your toppings of choice (sprinkles, coconut, nuts) in shallow bowls. Dip cheesecake pops in vanilla chip mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Roll in toppings and place on waxed paper. Let stand until set. Store in the fridge, or re freeze until ready to eat!


This year after Haley's Christmas concert we had yummy hot chocolate with peppermint marshmallows! It was so good. I love those marshmallows!

Of course our hot chocolate paired perfectly with some friends and some peppermint treats to go with it!
those are not crushed candy canes, they are Andes peppermint crushed chocolate! Yummy!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, filled with friends and family, good food, great memories and many blessings! All the best to you and your family!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Winnipeg Centre Vineyard Craft Sale

I have been wanting to get into this sale since it started three years ago.

Finally this year I am in! Please check out the web site,just click here and come down and check out the sale. Support local crafters and artisans!

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

38 Days Until Christmas

Chocolate filled Christmas ornaments
Yikes! If that number doesn't scare you I don't know what will!

I am full swing into my holiday craft shows, but have not started my Christmas Baking. I am not too worried about it, my last sale is the first weekend in December. After that I am free and clear to bake, bake, bake!

I have two sales this weekend, one in our downtown this Friday at the Hydro Building, the other is this Sunday at Greendell Community Club. Please check out my Cards by Tannis Facebook page for details. If you have not "liked" my page yet, please do so while you are there.

I just wanted to post a few items that I will have at my next two sales....

Gum Ball and Jelly Bean Packs

Mint Chocolates
Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Coffe Cup Gift Card Holders

For the pre teen girls, the teenagers, or the ladies who love to write or keep track of their thoughts all in one spot....

Journals, sketchbooks
Teachers Gifts
Recipe books

And for the kids. fun, fun, books

And lastly, some stocking stuffers, or office gift ideas. Post it's and hot chocolate sliders!

Of course I will have LOTS of cards too. I hope to see you soon at one of my sales. You can also special order directly with me. I had one friend come up with a great idea and she special ordered desk coasters for everyone in her office. Just ask and I will see if I can do it!

I could not sign off without showing you some cute pictures of my kitty cat Harvey, in all his cuteness. This was him this morning while I was trying to take some pictures!

Oh that Harvey is so cute!!

Thanks for reading and Happy Christmas shopping!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Crafting Community

As I wrapped up my summer market sale this year, at the same time, I was getting ready for my end of summer Manyfest Event that takes place in our downtown. This was my second year attending this event and I always look forward to it. It is one of those once a year events that take place that for a second year in a row left me in awe of the organization that puts it on, and the people who attend it!

By far my favorite thing about this event is the evening. There is a big stage which always lends way to fantastic local talent, a huge wine and cheese tasting area, chairs, tables and candle light everywhere! Everywhere you look, there are candles, lighting up the night. There are people of all ages holding hands, dancing, singing and truly enjoying the night. This year the weather was perfect. Purely perfect for this wonderful evening. It was a great way to end the summer. And did summer ever end! The next day it was windy, cold, overcast, and summer was gone.....

Following that sale, I worked like crazy to get ready for a bigger sale in Brandon, Manitoba - Brandon's Big One. It was great, very busy on the Saturday, and slower on the Sunday. As with all sales, I forgot something! Two somethings this time, my sign (which is a big no no to forget) and part of my wine princess display. I also thought to complete my display, I needed an empty wine bottle. So guess what I did that Saturday evening?  Yup, I needed an empty bottle so I needed to drink the wine!

I have learned a few lessons from the crafting community. You will meet some people who will steal your ideas, copy your work without asking, talk badly about you, or not talk to you at all. Then there are the people you will meet who will admire your work, provide you with good feedback, share knowledge of other sales with you, be honest with you, share their check lists with you so you don't forget your sign in the future! There are crafters who will become friends, ones you will see at many sales and they will greet you with a genuine hug. I made so many great acquaintances, and friends in my fellow creative peers, and those are the ones I enjoy seeing so much! It is a busy time of year for us, and I wish you all success, great sales and fun times!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Blogger, did you fail me?

I am not sure what happened with  my last post, but I noticed that Blogger only published a portion of my post! I downloaded more than the mere 3 or 4 pictures that you saw, that is for sure!

So, what I wanted to share with you, was some of my latest journals...

Some fun cards.....

Some crafty treasures from my trip to the USA! I can't believe some of the great prices I got on some of these things...

I know that I said so much more in my post that somehow seems to have gone missing. Forgive me, I have been very busy and very tired, but I will be back soon with some more!

If you see anything here that you would like to buy, please let me know, before it is all gobbled up at my next sale!

Happy Day, thanks for taking the time to check in!