Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hometalk Tour Day and Giveaway

Today is a BIG day...

Are you ready for the Hometalk Live Home Tour??!

I am!!

It's here... right here in my house...
inside the Blue Ribbon Kitchen... 

I can't wait to show you a few of our 
decorated rooms...all gussied up for Christmas!!

I have so many fun and exciting things to share with you!!

Not to mention...
I am SO excited about this ornament!!
I will be doing a live demo of the super-easy and super-cute

Home for the Holidays Ornament!!

It makes a perfect last minute teacher's gift too!!  
Something easy enough the kids can make, but also 
sweet and sentimental and pretty enough to be a fabulous gift!!

Homemade gifts and gifts from the heart... that's good stuff!!

If you are free... watch today...12/13/16
on Facebook.  Hometalk Live...I will be there at 1 PM.

You can visit Hometalk to see all many of the
 projects that will be highlighted on the tour today!!

Hometalk will be having a GIVEAWAY  during the live video!!
So don't miss that!!

Ornament Kit Giveaway
...and Blue Ribbon Kitchen is giving away two ornament kits...yest two!! 
 TWO lucky readers will receive all the necessary
 crafting pieces to create their own 
Home for the Holidays ornament!! 

 ...So be sure to leave a comment at the end of this post to enter. 
Two winners will be randomly selected.
 Contest is open until 11:59 PM on Wednesday 12/14/16. 
 I will post the winners on 12/15/16...So be sure to check back!!
Contest is now closed:
Patti Coach and Cheryl Youngbar were the winners.
Please send your mailing information to: BlueRibbonKitchen@aol.com

Thank you to everyone who entered!!

Here is a sneak peek of some of the things 
you'll be seeing on Hometalk Live today at 1PM !!

I will be sharing a very, very cute Christmas Kitchen Tree....
You'll also see:
our fireplace makeover,
drum table,
entryway trees and garland
and an easy to make Christmas chandelier.

      Here are some delicious cookies that will be in the kitchen
... Sparkling Chewy Ginger Cookies!!

You'll be seeing these today too...
so here's the recipe so that you can make some of your very own!!

It's better if you can also eat them today!!  Ha. 

Enjoy... and I do hope you can pop over to Hometalk Live on Facebook at 1 PM!! 

See you there!!


1st Place Sparkling Chewy Ginger Cookies
Karri Perry, Blue Ribbon Kitchen
½ cup shortening
½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
½ cup packed light brown sugar
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon
1 ½ tsp ground ginger 
¾  tsp ground cloves
4 Tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped
1/4 cup medium and large crystal sanding sugar (for coating cookies)

Combine the dry ingredients: flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt and spices in a medium bowl. Set aside
Cream shortening, butter, brown sugars, molasses and egg in a large bowl.

TIP: Creaming can take 2-3 minutes, or until light and fluffy

Gradually add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture; mixing until dough begins to come together.
Stir in the chopped crystallized ginger.
Shape the dough into balls (about 1 inch in diameter).

TIP: Use a small ice cream scoop to keep cookies uniform in size.

Roll cookie dough balls in granulated sugar. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake 9-11 minutes at 375 degrees on the middle oven rack.
Let hot cookies rest on baking sheet for one minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies

Tip: Using 2 sizes of sanding sugar, large and medium, gives each cookie an amazing sparkle and crunch on the outside of the cookie.


  1. I just love this ornament idea! Great for a new family tradition �� Thank you!

  2. I would do a picture of all my family that was in the military and add it to my ornament

  3. Beautiful house!!! I'm definitely going to be doing the ornaments with the kids. They look so easy and fun. Thank you!

  4. I love this idea! Wil do these as gifts for teachers and my daughters friends!

  5. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home. I'm going to make these ornaments for my own tree & gifts for everyone next the year.

  6. Very nice demo! Love your house! I am so glad I found you on FB and liked your page. Looking forward to seeing more

    1. Hi Cheryl! You were one of the ornament kit winners. Please send your mailing address to: BlueRibbonKitchen@aol.com Congratulations!!

  7. A dated family selfie with our pajamas on at Christmas Eve, a themed Christmas tradition every year, would be a cute ideal for the glass ornaments
    Tracy Wray Hardesty
    Loved your home talk video!

  8. You have a beautiful home and I will be doing the ornaments to make them to put on the tree and stockings and I will also put them with pictures of them on there plate at the table. Thanks for the ideas. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Hi Patti!! You were one of the ornament kit winners. Please send your mailing address to: BlueRibbonKitchen@aol.com Congratulations!!

  9. I don't normally post but the ornament idea is fantastic, with so many uses! Thank you for sharing! Can't wait to make some, if I can get the money before Christmas!

  10. I can't wait to make these ornaments. I think grandchildren will be my first endeavor. You :) ave a beautiful home. Thanks for the cookie recipe. They are one of my husband's favorites.

  11. I loved the idea! And I will for sure try and do these soon, perhaps with a picture of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. I know snow does not mix with the beach, but PR is home for me! :)

  12. I would do a picture of my decorated home!!!

  13. I would do an ornament with a picture of my grandkids.

  14. Saw you on Hometalk. You were wonderful. I loved the ornament you made. Thanks for the detailed and easy instructions. Your home is lovely.

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  16. I love the ornaments you made today! We just bought our first home, and can't wait to make this as a keepsake! Thanks so much!!

  17. I absolutely adore the ornaments! I have a tree with all handmade items from my 3 kids & my 7 grandkids. These would be perfect to add each of their pictures too & have each one make a special one to hang on the tree.

    So blessed to have found you & your incredible talent. "Thank You" for sharing.

  18. Beautiful home. My ornament will be of my grandparents resting place miss them so much, and it's so pretty with the christmas decorations on it.

  19. Great job on Hometalk, Karri! I enjoyed the tour. Your house is gorgeous!

  20. Thank you for sharing your home and projects with us. I really enjoyed your live show today.

  21. Loved your segment! Your house looks amazing. Making santa cosmos..Merry Christmas!!

    Thanks! Kim M