Sunday, November 16, 2014

Leaf cookies

Oh my goodness, Hallmark has started Christmas movies already, doing the happy dance. No, it's not too early, never for Christmas. lol Anyway, we made peanut butter cookies yesterday, had cocoa and cookies while watching Hallmark last night.

It is too early to make our Christmas cookies already, so we made leaf shaped powdered sugar cookies today.My daughter said, "All these beautifully designed cookies we see online and ours always looks like these." :D I told her ours is done with love though, and taste good, if they looked all beautiful we'd hoard them and they wouldn't taste as good not being fresh. lol We love cooking together and have so much fun, esp at the holidays we get very excited.

Powdered Sugar Cookies

1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar
2 and 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar

1 cup softened butter,let butter sit out till softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavoring,(if you don't have any,just use vanilla flavoring)

We put the dough in the frig for a couple of hours covered, then roll them out to use the cut outs. Preheat oven, cook for 8 to 10 minutes on 350. 

Powdered Sugar Frosting

Recipe on box,but I use about a box,one stick of butter,1 tsp vanilla and enough milk to make it your thickness,maybe a few tablespoons,but recipe will tell you and you can work it to your taste.Just remember a little milk at a time.

 Peanut Butter Cookies

Mix together the following dry ingredients:
2 cups Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar

Then mix in with the dry ingredients the following:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup shortening,(I use butter crisco)
1/2 cup stick of butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Roll into little balls,crisscross with fork.Bake 350 about 8 to 10 minutes,till lightly brown on edges.After the cookies sit and cool a few minutes,they will get harder and then put on plate.
P.S. I usually use two sticks of butter instead of 1/2 cup crisco and 1/2 cup butter, unless I don't have so much butter. I buy butter in four packs at Costco, cause I use alot of butter. :D 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November and Fall...

I'm so in my element with Fall, a chill in the air, wrapping up in a quilt, drinking cocoa and crocheting. Okay so in between all of this, in the last week, the hot water heater got a leak in the bottom, which is bad news, and the heater wasn't putting out warm air, which is more bad news. The only good news is we're renting while looking for a house, whew, and today we got a new hot water heater and they're putting in a new heater. YAY! Hey, I love wrapping in a quilt, but not because I'm really cold. LOL

Luckily I had a big roll of plastic to put down on the floor, because  otherwise it would be a big mess. Remember that when you have to have any work done such as this, not all companies require the men to wear shoe covers, or bring their own plastic or dropclothes to put down. Have some old rags on hand. So I'm told it will take part of a day to do the heater, that's a whole new mess to clean up. Make sure you move all things away from the area they'll be going in and out, because men are like bulls in a china shop and somehow think the inside is the same as outside. :)

Anyway, I'm almost finished with the hello kitty backpack for my granddaughter and working on doll clothes to fill it up.

We went to the pumpkin patch, had fun with the hayride and just everything there. Pumpkin butter and honeys, mm, I love pumpkins and now that I've seen so many pretty carved pumpkins people are doing I want to get a bigger one and carve it. There's nothing more fun than going to the pumpkin patch, and shopping in a little area where they sell honeys, pies, apples, preserves, jellies, jams and a bunch of other little things. It's something we look forward to every year. 

The first thing we always do there is go to the stand where they sell apple cider and apple cider donuts. I love apple cider and the donuts.

When I was a kid we had these little angel candle chimes where the heat of the candle causes the chimes to go around and the little pieces hit the chimes that ting everytime one hits them. The little candle light was for my birthday and I got it at my favorite restaurant Cracker Barrell. I love going there, love the food, and esp the little shopping area with all the old time things you can't find anywhere else.