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A New Crocheted Wreath Variation: Spring!

I’m continuing to modify the crocheted wreath I created back in December – it’s so easy to do since the doilies are just pinned on!  Thus far I’ve shared two versions: Christmas and Valentine’s Day.  Today I’m showing my newest version: Spring!

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I used crocheted doilies and floral pot holders in purples and yellows, and love how the wreath turned out. Two of my favorite flowers are irises and daffodils, and the color scheme of this wreath reminds me of those two flowers.
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I didn’t make this a “strictly Easter” wreath since this version is likely to hang until June, when I’ll work on creating a 4th of July-themed wreath. So this wreath uses spring colors, but doesn’t include bunnies, chicks, or eggs – though I was tempted because I love all three of those things!
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Spring begins tomorrow, so I’d like to wish you a Happy Spring a bit early.  If you live in a cold climate, I hope you enjoy nicer weather.  :]
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Warm regards,
Melody
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Walnut Balls Cookie Recipe

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It’s recipe time again!  Before I go on to this month’s recipe, a quick aside: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I was lucky enough to visit Ireland in 2004, and invite you to view some of my travel photos by clicking here.  I hope to return to the Emerald Isle some day.

Okay, on to the baking!  The recipe is one I’ve adopted from my friend, Carie Quigley, and the recipe came from her mom, Byrn Burch.  Carie baked these cookies for a holiday gathering I attended some years back, and I was so happy when she agreed to share the recipe!  This recipe is similar to cookies I’d been buying from bakeries for years, but I never had the “blueprint” to make my own.  I’d like to thank Carie for sharing her beloved mother’s recipe, and for letting me share it with all of you.

Carie’s mom usually baked these cookies in December for the holidays, but they’re dee-lish year-round.  And because they’re dainty and dressed in powdered sugar, they’d be a perfect addition to tea party refreshments or the goodies served at bridal and baby showers.  I knew they’d look darling on the shamrock-speckled saucer I recently acquired, which is why I’m sharing this particular recipe this month.

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Walnut Balls Cookie Recipe

1 cup soft margarine
2 cups unsifted flour
1 ½ teaspoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar
Additional confectioner’s sugar to roll the cookies in

Yield: approximately 6 dozen cookies
*Note: My cookies were a bit bigger than they should’ve been, so my yield was closer to 3 dozen.

Directions: Cream margarine and ¼ cup confectioner’s sugar.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Roll teaspoonfuls of dough and put on cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.  While warm, roll cookies in confectioner’s sugar.  Let cookies cool, then roll them in confectioner’s sugar again.*

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I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do!

Warm regards,
Melody

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