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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, December 09, 1956, Image 223

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Coffee cans covered with Christmas wrapping make gay
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inexpensive plastic materials makes Yule decoration easy.
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Plastic foam balls, cornucopia hats, cotton, buttons and rib
bon combine to make round-faced Santa place settings.
Gifts Gay As the Season
WHEN YOU WRAP your gifts of home
baked foods this year make them
as gay and sparkling as the season itself
Let us start with your holiday cookies
and fruit cakes. Why hide their beauty
and eye appeal? Such attractive foods
deserve to be seen, admired and exclaimed
over when you present them as gifts.
Transparent plastic household wrap is
ideal for protecting such foods and at the
same time it adds glamour to the package.
The transparent wrap smooths on evenly
and adheres well, so it’s simple to make
neat folds around boxes, plates or the food
Itself. Even round tins are no problem
Add a bright, perky bow and a sprig of
evergreen, but don’t overshadow the attrac
tive pattern of the food.
Christmas cookies, brownies or home
made candies become special gifts for
friends or family away from home when
you package them in decorated containers.
Metal coffee cans, for example, are good.
Pick out the prettiest, gayest, most color
ful wrapping paper with “Merry Christmas"
greetings, or use the new wrapping paper
with adhesive backing and cover the sides
of the contsiiners. For smooth finished
edges use self-sticking cloth tape about the
lid and bottom edges.
Now for the crowning touch. Top your
surprise gifts with a “corsage" of ribbon
and candy or mixed nuts wrapped in the
same transparent plastic wrap. In our
illustrations.red striped peppermint candies,
caramel popcorn and nuts have been used.
For your holiday table, make these round
faced Santas for place favors. They’re
made of plastic foam balls and canes.
And here’s where your youngsters come
in on your Christmas preparations. They’ll
love this do-it-yourself project.
Because of its lightweight, plastic foam
is easy to handle. A sharp paring knife
or home woodworking tools cut sheet, balls
and canes without difficulty.
Sequins for eyes, cotton for mustache and -
beard, and a plastic foam nose will dress
Santa up in fine style. Toothpicks or an
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adhesive glue are all the building materials
you need. Imagination can really be given
a free rein in the facial expressions. Then
stick a rakish cap, made of bright-colored
aluminum foil, atop his head. Wind the
canes in narrow red ribbon, tuck in a few
bits of glistening holly and your table
favors are complete.
' By now your fruit cakes should be aging,
waiting time for the festive wrappings. To
help fill those boxes with delicious, crunchy
tidbits, we’re giving you the recipe for al
mond cookies flavored with cardamom and
a luscious, macaroon-like coconut cookie.
Almond Cookies
Mix together thoroughly 1 cup soft
shortening (part butter), V 2 cup sugar and
1 egg. Sift together and stir In l?i cups
sifted flour, Vi teaspoon baking powder,
! tablespoon cinnamon, 1 to IVs teaspoons
ground cardamom. Mix in Vi cup chopped
toasted almonds. Chill dough. Roll into
1- balls. Place on ungreased baking
sheet. Flatten slightly. Brush tops with
egg glaze (1 slightly beaten egg yolk mixed
with 1 tablespoon water). Top each with
a blanched almond half. Bake until golden
in a 375 degree oven' about 10 to 12 minutes.
Makes 3Vi dozen 1 Vi-inch cookies.
■Coconut Cherry Cookies
One cup soft shortening (half butter),
1 cup sugar. 3 eggs, Vi cup sour cream, 3V*
cups sifted flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder,
Vi teaspoon soda, lVi teaspoons salt, Vi cup
chopped candied cherries, Vi cup cut-up
citron, 1 -cup shredded coconut, 1 teaspoon
grated orange rind, lVi teaspoons lemon
or almond extract. Mix together thor
oughly the shortening, sugar and eggs.
Stir in the sour cream. Sift together the
dry ingredients and add to first mixture.
Stir in candied cherries, citron, coconut,
orange rind and flavoring. Drop rounded
teaspoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto
ungreased baking sheet. Bake in 400 degree
oven 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 7 to 8 dozen
2- cookies.

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