Was it you?

A few years ago, I saw this cookie on the cover of a Martha Stewart Christmastime magazine.  I loved how these cookies looked and had to make them too.  They taste fantastic but aren’t soft for more than a few hours after coming out of the oven.  So, although you can crack some teeth on these babies, they taste wonderful and I keep making them.  They are great for dunking in tea 😉

Someone asked how I made the Walnut cookies; was that you?

This is how:
It’s a wooden form one space for the nut shell and the other for the inside of the nut meat design.

The form came from www.houseonthehill.net and I think I paid around $ 30 for it.
The recipe is as follows:

Cream Cheese Butter Cookies

2 & 1/2 cups flour , sifted

1/2 tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 cup unsalted butter

3 oz cream cheese

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

rind of one grated orange

Sift together flour, salt and cinnamon.  Cream butter and cream cheese together. Gradually add sugar and mix well.  Beat in egg, vanilla and orange rind, then slowly the flour mixture.  Chill dough well – over night or longer and chill scraps in the freezer before re-using.  Spray Pam (lightly) into mold press a ball of dough into the mold.  the tip of a knife will help to get the cookie out of the mold. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.

Walnut filling (or pecan, hazelnut, Nutella)

1 1/2 cups ground walnuts

1 cup confectioners sugar

2 T butter, softened

2 t. strong coffee

That’s it.

1st. Anniversary

I completely forgot, with all the alone time fun I am having, to post an anniversary post yesterday.
Yup, yesterday was the 1st anniversary for this blog, closing out last night with
28,065 visitors.  Not bad.

So here is a look back at how I got started
The first post on April 2, 2009

There was good, old Bear,

and snow covered chairs.

We celebrated birthdays and

I looked at houses and took pictures for you.

You saw sunsets and

the Wayfarer being cleaned up

The first contest and

pictures of the cookies I baked for the contest winner…

Thank you all for staying with me and commenting. Thank you  also

to those of you who commented in emails and in phone calls, you know who you are.

It has been a fun year for me, I hope to keep reporting to you and I hope you’ll stay with me.

Thank you!

Cookies for Lee

Lee is having a baby shower for a friend and she asked me to bake cookies for that afternoon – So I did 🙂

Lemon Shortbread cookies, yummmmm.

(I took this picture in the dining room)

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This picture was taken in the kitchen.
Amazing how different the light is
Almost finished, they just need a finishing touch…


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And here they are all finished and sparkly


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Pretty, if I do say so myself and they smell so buttery and sweet.

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And then I packed them all individually, but not until I had printed the little tags that Lee requested


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That was fun 🙂

Last Year’s Christmas Tree

Christmas trees

The story of last year’s Christmas tree started more than 3 years ago.

Suddenly, like I have already told you, the elk ranch didn’t sell Christmas trees any longer and it was incredibly difficult to find decent trees.  The other thing was, I – together with my partner in crime, Carol Cherriez took care of the annual benefit Christmas Ball for the local hospital 2 years in a row and had no time to look for a tree and decorate it in time to make it worth it – it took a lot of time to pull that Ball together which always takes place on the first Saturday in December.  Needless to say, the Saturday after Thanksgiving came and went and no one thought of Christmas trees or anything else for that matter until the Ball was done and over with.

So, last year I didn’t fool around with the Ball but for some reason I could not get Mike to go with me to look for a tree.  Finally I got just a tiny bit bent out of shape and drove over to Victoria’s Floral Design in Benzonia and there was this HUGE blue spruce.  HUGE is maybe an understatement, the thing was huge.  We measured and I walked around it a few times. It had been cut and deposited in the driveway in front of the store.  It was laying halfway in the snow and it was frozen in place.  LuAnn was with me and there were 3 sales people plus a driver in the store – we had enough people to yank that tree loose and get it onto LuAnn’s truck.
Weeeell, it wasn’t as easy as that.  We yanked and yanked. We even broke some branches. After about 30 minutes of yanking, the tree was tied to the truck.  Yikes, it was very big.  We got it to the front porch and there we noticed how big that thing really was.
Hmmmm….”that’s easy” said Mike, we’ll cut as much of the tree as we want off the top and use the lower branches for decorations around the house. Great.  Mike measured and cut.
I did some chores and when I came back into the living room, there was ….what?  “Where’s the tree?”  Ummmmm….I don’t know what Mike measured, I know that what I saw was the very top of the tree and then one layer of branches and that was that. The entire thing no higher than 4 feet including the 12 inch long stick that made up the top. You know, the stick that you make the angel sit on.  In our case it’s a spaceship not an angel.  I could actually look down on this “tree”.

Oh boy….what a disappointment.

So we got down some of the Christmas ornaments and doodads and I started to decorate the pitiful thing. And after a few of my crystal icicles on there, I could not go on.  I took off my gloves and sat in front of it and looked at it to see what could be done to save it.   I did that for about 4 days and then I took off the few icicles that I had hung on it and threw the tree with the tree stand outside, onto the porch, where it stayed until spring clean-up.

The funny thing is, none of my people ever mentioned the tree.

No one ever said anything about that tree not

being where they had left it for me, ready to be decorated.

They all thought it would go away if they didn’t say anything.

But it is still here.

In my mind.

In their minds.

Never to be forgotten and never to be repeated or else!

Muahahahahaha

No matter what, I am 100% certain that I will bake and decorate Christmas Cookies even this year.

YUMMMMMMM

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And we’ll have something yummy to drink too.

Yahooooo or Yeeehaaawww…

We have a winner!
A lucky someone won the batch of
Frankfort’s finest cookies
in my latest giveaway.

errr....I know I was a little late. I got so engrossed in Hillary Swanks biography on the Bravo channel and then I got a hold of the remote control and channel surfed here and there and suddenly I was late. I am never late. I am sorry

errr....I know I was a little late. I got so engrossed in Hillary Swanks biography on the Bravo channel and then I got a hold of the remote control and channel surfed here and there and suddenly... I was late. I am never late. I am sorry 😳

Here is how we found you.  First I went to look for Mike’s hat

the hat

I turned it upside down and threw all the little slips with everyones names in it and then Mike pulled the winner.

names in the hat

One slip says “Hula Hootch”  that’s my friend Michele from Luisiana.  Just in case you were wondering what that was all about. She’s the one that voted to add mint to the garden.

the winner

What does that say?  I can’t see.

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Couldn’t have happen to a nicer man.  Congratulations.

Please don’t do what Holly U. did  and hide the cookies from the family 😉

A very big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who participated.  I am hoping to get this kitchen garden off the ground or in the ground this year.  Someone is repairing our rototiller and a few of my friends are eager to get started.  We are looking to get a tiny green house from Baver Herbs, who sadly went out of business last year. This green house is about the size of the smallest cottage here.  Does that not sound too cute? Wish us luck.

Dear Mr. C. (from Indiana) –  Martha Stewart calls it a kitchen garden.  I want to be Martha, alas, I’ll never make it.

I’d like to think that we will incoporate every single one of your suggestions 🙂