17 December 2020

Merry Christmouse: The Magic of Christmas

These very sweet little mouse friends are from the book The Magic of Christmas to Cross Stitch by Veronique Enginger. I loved the toadstool in this--unusual for a Christmas design--and just happened to stumble upon a toadstool ornament at Hobby Lobby to compliment it!

On Monday I shared my mom's recipe for spiced nuts, which has very Christmas-y flavors, and today I'm sharing another spiced nuts recipe, but this one has some heat. Mr. Wonderful loves it.

Spicy Buttered Nuts

3 Tbsp. butter

1 tsp. chipotle chili powder  

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. paprika

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1 c. EACH whole pecans, whole cashews, whole almonds   

Melt butter in large saucepan; add nuts and stir to coat. Mix spices and add to nuts; stir to coat well. Spread nuts on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 300 for about 20 minutes, stirring after 10 minutes. Cool completely.                                                                                                                                 

 Tomorrow is the final day of my Christmas Open House. You'll want to see my last project!


  1. I have a similar nut recipe. It has some heat and some sweet. I love that little cross-stitch piece.

  2. Another lovely Christmas mouse design, and so perfect with the toadstool ornament! Hope you're having a good week. I've really been enjoying your Open House- thank you!

  3. Sweet mice ornament and that toadstool from HL looks awesome. Another fun recipe, Honeybee!

  4. Oh these mice are so precious!!!

  5. They are so darling!!! Thank you so much for sharing this with us :)

  6. This is such a beautiful stiching!
    The toadstool(fly agaric) is a very common christmas ornament in europe - and quite frankly - no one really knows why or what it means in this particular context. It is a symbol for luck and often given as a present at New years eve. Christian Rätsch - an expert on ethno mythology in Germany tried to find explanations for this odd christmas symbol. According to him it is very likley that christmas was celebrated in some form since stoneage. As the toadstool is a powerful hallucenogenic plant(like LSD) it was maybe used by shamans at winter solstice and somehow survived as a symbol until today.
    There is another oddity about this plant - it is very often characterized as a man - mainly in childrens books. So maybe - just maybe with the beautiful bright red hood and the pure white dots the toadstool might have been the stoneage symbol Santa Claus derived from....

    1. Wow. That's very interesting. Thank you for the information!