Monday, December 21, 2009

Today~


                                                         Hello Winter...Welcome.

Friday, December 11, 2009

all wrapped up~

Today our Christmas baby turns twenty-three.  I remember it like it was just yesterday!
After two daughters,  a son!  Boys are different, aren't they?!  (:   We've  so enjoyed  watching this very active little boy grow into a wonderful young man, and we are so proud of you Jordan! Happy Birthday!


While everyone was home for Thanksgiving we took the grans downtown to the CG&E building to see the beautiful train display that they do each year and then lunch at Skyline. We had lots of fun!



And then later that day  another Christmas tradition..baking cut out cookies!  Even Poppy was in the kitchen...that always makes it more fun! ( :


Well, that's it for now.  I'm doing some Christmas shopping online today, right here in my cozy kitchen...love that!  I also love that UPS man!  (this is well known in my family).  Hope you are all warm and cozy too, enjoying these sweet days of Christmas.  Until next time, a kindred spirit~Kathy

"Reflect on your present blessings of which every man has many,
not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
~Charles Dickens





Thursday, December 3, 2009

~Merry December Greetings!




Hello All! Already three days into December! These next few weeks will fly by!  I hope you are all enjoying the baking and decorating and shopping and the little suprises of the season as I am!  I just LOVE this time of year! I thought that I'd share a favorite cookie recipe perfect for the Christmas holidays! They are called "Swedish Pastries"...Enjoy!


The Recipe

To make about three dozen cookies:
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, separated
2 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp almond extract
1 jar maraschino cherries, drained of their juice
1 bag of shredded coconut

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks (but keep the whites for the next step) and the almond extract and beat to incorporate. Add the flour and salt and mix until ingredients are just holding together. The dough will be crumbly. Form it into a ball and refrigerate for two hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut all of the cherries in half. Lightly beat the egg whites. Form dough into walnut sized balls. Dip each ball in egg whites and then roll in the coconut. Place onto the cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the palm of your hand (these cookies won't rise or spread much). Make and indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb and place a cherry half on it.
Bake for about 12 minutes, turning the cookie sheet half way through baking. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool

Until next time, a kindred spirit~Kathy