Things sure are getting Festive.

Steph Mansolf, Holiday, Christmas Tree

I’ve been feeling super psyched this holiday season. I’m not sure why, although I adore the holidays rarely do I invest such a potent stash of energy into celebrating them. I suppose a lot of exciting things have happened in my life this year and my consistent elation is translating into holiday bliss. I’m decorating our apartment like crazy, listening to christmas music all the time, buying loads of presents for the sweethearts in my life (and so on and so forth).

Since I can’t seem to shake that holiday spirit I decided to let it loose with a pencil and pen. The result of this sweet state of affairs turned out to be this festive self portrait of me falling off a ladder into a beartrap while decorating a Christmas tree.

Let this be a lesson to you all to be careful while decorating your home, also to try to keep your beartraps someplace safer than the center of the living room floor.

Come for the Murder, Stay for the Cherry Pie

I am currently in the process of re-watching Twin Peaks with my boyfriend who had never seen it, and man oh man am I obsessed right now. We’re having a Twin Peaks themed holiday party next week and I got a little bit excited and made this illustrated poster:

Twin Peaks, David Lynch, Cherry Pie, Yum, Stephanie Mansolf
Image © Stephanie Mansolf 2011
Check back soon for pix and How-to’s from the party!

Super Soft Frosted Gingerbread Cookies


I was privy to far too much deliciousness in the past week, So naturally my first instinct is to make a gazillion gingerbread cookies and ignore the fact my conscience is advising me to never eat again.

In all seriousness though I have been wanting to bake Gingerbread cookies for awhile. Most store bought or bakery gingerbread is too crunchy for my tastes, and while I adore the flavor I can never get into the texture. I kept this in mind when baking up these bad boys, and they came out flawlessly soft (a little too flawlessly if you ask me #fatkid).

I used a bunny cookie cutter because I didn’t have a ‘man’ one, contrary to popular belief Christmas is a very good time for bunnies! To hell with tradition! Anyways without further adieu I give you my recipe for: Super Soft Scrumptious Gingerbread Bunnies

Ingredients:

*3 cups White Flour
*1 teaspoon baking soda
*3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
*3/4 teaspoon ginger
*1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
*8 tablespoons or 1 stick of melted butter or buttery substitute
*1/2 cup light brown sugar
*1/4 cup white sugar
*2/3 cup molasses
*1 large egg, or the equivalent of egg substitute
*Store bought vanilla frosting

Extra baking tools you probably want to have handy:
*Rolling Pin
*Frosting Piping tool
*Large Cutting board
*Cookie Cutter of some shape

Directions:
*Preheat oven to 400° and grease a cookie sheet.
*Mix all your ingredients in a big giant bowl using a spoon, or a mixer or whatever (I always use a spoon or fork).
Once your dough is fairly well mixed begin to knead it with your hands. I always rub some flour on my hands before I start to avoid detrimental stickiness. Your dough should be a bit crumbly, but should knead into a nice giant lump with a bit of work.
*Once your dough is well kneaded you need to roll it out into a sheet using a rolling pin. I always use a cutting board and spread a bit of flour on the base before I start.
*Roll out your dough into a giant sheet and begin to cut bunnies from it. Once you have cut as many as you can mush up the dough into a ball and roll it out again, and repeat bunny extraction till there is not much dough left. With that last little bit of dough you can just form some nice round cookies so you don’t waste it.
*Bake for 13 minutes or until the dough has risen a bit but is still soft to the touch.
*Let cool for 15 minutes then frost (I use a frosting piping tool to get nice lines).

This recipe made me 20 bunnies.

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