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Be Thankful {Free Printable}

12 November 2015

"Be Thankful" Ribbon Across Acorn Autumn Printable

Man, Thanksgiving is sneaking up quickly.  I always feel a rebellion against the push to celebrate holidays too early...or, more accurately, the push to BUY ALL THE THINGS related to the holiday three months in advance...no one is actually asking us to celebrate anything in all those ads.  Way to kill the magic of the holiday.  If Christmas is every day, than no day is Christmas, right?

Anywho, in my staunch rebellion against recognizing holidays too soon, I have been known to throw together a few last minute decorations/costumes/wreaths the day before a holiday because I was shouting, "Not Yet!" so loudly that I missed the opportunity to say, "Okay, now."  So I am trying to fix that.  We humans are at our best when we come together in joy and celebrate over good food and the common bond of love for one another.  So cheesy, but as I get older, I realize, it is in fact true.

So I am looking forward to Thanksgiving this year as a time to celebrate in the fullness of that word.

"Be Thankful" Ribbon Across Acorn Autumn Printable

And for you, dear bloggy friend, I offer you a free printable that you can use in your home because for this year, it is now time to 'Be Thankful' and set the Thanksgiving table.

Roll over the image and click on the arrow square in the upper right corner to see it larger and print it.
To print the image for your own use, you can open the PDF above and print it on the paper of your choice. 
(I would use regular ol' paper if you are putting it in a frame, or card stock if it will be naked)  

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Soft Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

06 November 2015

Soft Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

We are in the middle of pumpkin season, and I have been baking away, but everything is best in moderation, right?  So if you are looking for an alternative to the heavily spiced pumpkin goodies this fall, I have a recipe for you!  I will admit that it is an unusual one, but it came from my grandma, so you know it's good.

Soft Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

The cookies are very soft and cakey, almost like a light biscuit.  And the cookies are not too sweet by themselves, which is why they pair perfectly with the orange icing, which is so bright and fresh, and a nice complement to the normal cinnamon and cloves flavors of the season.  And they are a pretty orange, so they still fit in with that fall tablescape you copied from Pinterest.

There is one secret to these cookies.  They are made with carrot {baby food}.  Really it is just calling for wet puréed carrots, and the already made baby food jars are the perfect consistency.  So you can just tell people that they are made with puréed carrots.  Or freak your kids out and tell them they are eating baby food cookies.  Once they taste that orange icing, no one will care.

Soft Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing on Plate

Carrot Cookies with Orange Icing

The Cookie:
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 (4 oz.) jars carrot baby food
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a large bowl, or mixer, cream together shortening and sugar.
  3. Add in the egg, baby food, and vanilla, and blend until smooth.
  4. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix just enough to incorporate the dry ingredients.
  5. Plop spoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. 
  6. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies look dry and the edges just barely start to tan.
  7. Cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet, and then remove to a cooling rack.
  • The cookie batter will be wet and sticky, but if it seems too wet, add 1/4 cup more flour (this recipe can change drastically if the weather is humid)
  • This is a good recipe to make small cookies for kiddos, or larger ones for adults.  Adjust baking time as necessary.

The Icing:
1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup)
3 Tbsp. thawed orange juice concentrate
1 Tbsp. orange zest (or 1/2 tsp. orange extract)
2 3/4 cups powdered sugar
  1. Cream together butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar in a mixer.
  2. Alternate adding in 1Tbsp. orange juice concentrate and 1/2 cup sugar until it is all incorporated.  
  3. Add in orange zest and whip the icing in the mixer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Spread icing on cooled cookies.  
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Where Are You Located?

22 October 2015

I am really excited to announce some new prints in the shop! We have a new line of City Coordinate Prints. Each print is dark blue over a white background, and the geographic coordinates of the city are beneath the city name.

Every location on Earth has a unique coordinate (this is how your GPS gets you to where you need to go), and now you can show off your favorite location with a fun print.

My favorite display ideas...

  • On a family gallery wall with your current city.
  • As a collection of prints, showing all of the cities you have lived in.
  • In a baby nursery, showing the location of the baby's birth.
  • For anyone who wants to show off their hometown.
  • As a moving away gift with the old city listed.
  • As a welcome gift with the new home city listed.
  • The place where a major event happened in your life (engagement, life-changing vacation, etc.)

It is human nature to be drawn to home, and we all have a place in our hearts that we call home.  So share the love you have for your special place with a print!  

We have a few of cities in the Great State of Texas already in the shop, but you can order a custom print of any location you wish!  Just click on the "Request a Custom Order" button in the shop!

All prints at Whitehall Shop are now digital, meaning that you can print your artwork seconds after purchase (or have it printed for you at a local shop).  This means no waiting on shipping (hello last minute gifters, I'm talkin' to you)! 
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Whitehall Shop Goes Digital

08 October 2015

Whitehall Shop on Etsy

We are very excited to announce that Whitehall Shop is going digital!  Now all Whitehall Shop prints will be available as digital files.  The same high quality images that you love will now be available to you instantly and for a lower price!

What does this mean?  Well...

  • Prints will still be available through www.WhitehallShop.etsy.com
  • Prints will be available at a lower price.  8x10 prints for $5!
  • You will be able to print your artwork seconds after you complete the purchase.  No more waiting for shipping.
  • Your downloaded file will be available at Etsy, and immediately after purchase, you will be sent a link to your new artwork.
  • You do not have to pay for shipping, because you print the artwork yourself.
  • You can print your artwork on any color printer, and any paper style you choose (we recommend a thick stock or cotton rag paper for highest quality results...but honestly, regular ol' paper will work. Just remember that if you are printing for a gift, your friend will roll their eyes at you if you give them a cheapo paper print.  I don't judge, but your friends might.
  • You will be able to update the look of your homes, gallery walls, nursery frames, etc. with Whitehall Shop art prints in minutes.
  • There will be a larger variety of Whitehall Shop prints available very soon.
So hop on over to the shop, have a look around, and get busy downloading!
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