Peppermint Shortbread

Peppermint shortbread is a cookie with a twist.  Rich butter pares with peppermint and coconut in this unusual cookie.  Serve with coffee or milk as a Christmas Eve treat.


2 cups all purpose flour

peppermint shortbread

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup flaked coconut

3/4 cup soft butter

1/2 cup icing sugar

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Gumdrop Cookies

This is an old fashioned cookie that has gumdrops folded into the batter.  The cookies are soft with pieces of chewy candy.  Store in a cookie tin wrapped in parchment. 


1/2 cup soft butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1 beaten egg

1 tsp vanilla

Cream above ingredients.  In a separate bowl mix the following ingredients.

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

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Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Potatoes have always been a staple in my house but some dishes can take a long time to prepare.  Easy slow cooker potato soup uses the slow cooker to cook the soup while you are away.  Simply place all the ingredients in the slow cooker, set the cook time, and leave the soup to prepare itself.

Serve hot with homestyle bread.


4 cups vegetable broth

8 baking potatoes cut into quarters

1 sliced red onion

1 cup cream or cashew cream

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp ground sage

salt and pepper to taste

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White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

White chocolate peanut butter bars have a shortbread base topped with peanut butter and chocolate.  These cookies are rich so a small piece is all you need.


1 1/4 cups ground cookie crumbs.  I like ginger.

1 1/2 cups chunky walnuts

1/2 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup melted butter

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

Mix together and press into a parchment paper lined pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges are dry.  Cool.

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I’ve tried many recipes for gingerbread and I like this one the best.  The ratio of ginger to cinnamon gives a nice bite to the cookie and the texture is pleasing to the mouth. Serve with cocoa or hot coffee.



3 cups flour

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

Blend the above together.

Mix the below ingredients

1/2 cup softened butter

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Laundry Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints

  • Fold one sock over another before washing so that you don’t have to match them after washing.
  • Wash blue jeans in cold water, dry for 10 minutes and then fold over a wooden hanger to dry.
  • Soak new coloured clothes in salt water before laundering to help prevent running.
  • Club soda helps remove stains.
  • Use vinegar to remove grass stains.
  • Clean your washing machine by running the wash cycle in an empty machine using warm water and vinegar.
  • Soak white socks in boiling water and lemon. They will become brighter.
  • Remove blood stains by soaking in cold water and rubbing with hand soap.
  • Place clothes with gum in the freezer overnight. The gum will easily pull off the next day.
  • Put water stained fabrics in salt water and soak until the stain comes out.

Apricot Freezer Cookies

The apricot freezer cookie recioe takes more time than some of the other cookie recipes but the result is delicious and the swirl is attractive on any plate.

Bake up an extra batch and freeze for days when you crave a sweet treat.



4 2/3 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla


1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup chopped pecans

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Chunky Cranberry Applesauce

This applesauce is good with pork or on its own.   Its adds a unique flavor to baking when substituted for eggs or oil.  Replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup of applesauce or replace 1/4 of the oil in a recipe with applesauce.


8 cups chopped mixed apples

chunky cranberry applesauce

4 cups fresh cranberries

4 cups apple juice or apple cider

1 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

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Helpful Hints

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    Helpful Hints

    Instead of wrapping paper, use pieces of wallpaper.  The paper is stronger.

  • Wrap gifts in towels, scarves, fabric napkins, comic strips, or crepe paper. The possibilities are endless.
  • Use scrap material or old sheets to make gift bags.  Cut the material into the size needed, sew a one-inch seam  for a drawstring and sew the sides together.
  • Laminate special occasion cards.  Use to line shelves.
  • Cut up Christmas cards to make labels for next years presents.
  • Use pompoms, dried or fabric flowers, measuring spoons candy canes, ornaments, pictures, etc. to decorate gifts.
  • To get an old deck of cards to slide freely, dust the desk with baby or talcum powder.
  • If stamps stick together place the in the freezer for a hour.  They should then come apart easily
  • When moving color code the writing on the boxes with one color per room.  Boxes can be easily sorted at the new house.
  • Apply clear nail polish over the screws in your glasses to prevent them from coming out.