Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Years ago I hand sewed a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar, which has become such a sweet tradition for our family. Ever since I was a young child, I absolutely loved Advent Calendars – usually the perforated paper variety in our home – to count down the days until Christmas. The anticipation was overwhelming each year.

I wanted to have that same tradition in our family – and I wanted to create something we could use year after year. I stumbled across this sweet calendar by Stitch Craft Creations. I fell madly in love with this idea and got to work, using her calendarĀ as my guide. Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar | Five Marigolds

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The Best Vanilla Almond Sugar Cut-Out Cookies

The best ever Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie recipe

This thick, slightly chewy sugar cookie is just the right amount of sweet.

This year I tried my new favorite sugar cookie recipe: the best ever vanilla almond sugar cookies.Vanilla Almond Sugar Cookie Cut Out Recipe

No, that name is not an exaggeration. They are that good.

And easy. Did I mention easy? That’s the only way a recipe makes it on my repeat list.

And I have a long history of ruining sugar cookies. They were too dry, too thin, or just wouldn’t hold their shape.

If you have a history of sugar cookie failure like me – there is hope. I’ve never had a single problem with this recipe.

My favorite part of this recipe is that this dough does not have to be refrigerated before cutting out shapes – perfect for impatient bakers like me!

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