Peppermint Shortbread

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

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour

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Use a piece of candy cake or a small mint to decorate.

1/4 tsp salt

1 cup flaked coconut

3/4 cup soft butter

1/2 cup icing sugar Continue reading Peppermint Shortbread

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. 

Ingredients

1/2 cup soft butter

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Use red and green gumdrops for Christmas

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 powser

Continue reading Gumdrop Cookies

Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Potatoes have always been a staple in my house but some dishes can take a long time to prepare.  This recipe 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.

Ingredients

4 cups vegetable broth

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This soup is chunky but can be blended if desired.

8 baking potatoes cut into quarters

1 sliced red onion

1 cup cream

1/4 cup flour

1/2 tsp ground sage

salt and pepper to taste Continue reading Easy Slow Cooker Potato Soup

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

This cookie has a shortbread base topped with peanut butter and chocolate.  These cookies are rich so a small piece is all you need.

Ingredients

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

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If you don’t like white chocolate replace the white chocolate chips with milk chocolate chips.

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. Continue reading White Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Patterned Cookies

This recipe takes more time than many of the icebox cookies but the results are worth the effort. The designs are pretty and the cookie is delicious.  You’ll need an afternoon to bake these cookies so make an extra batch while you are baking and freeze  any leftovers.

Ingredients

1 cup soft butter

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The white dough can be tinted green for Christmas, pink for Easter, orange for Halloween, etc.

2/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups flour

1/4 cup cocoa powder

Mix first 3 ingredients until light and fluffy.  Add flour and salt to the mixture.  Blend until combined.  Do not overwork dough. Continue reading Patterned Cookies

Gingerbread

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.

Ingredients

3 cups flourgingerbread-cookies

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 Continue reading Gingerbread

Laundry Helpful Hints

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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

This recipe takes more time than some of the other cookie recipes but the cookies are delicious and the swirl is attractive on any plate.

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

Ingredients

4 2/3 cups flour

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Try replacing apricot jam with peach jam.

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cups butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

Filling

1 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup chopped pecans Continue reading Apricot Freezer Cookies

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.

Ingredients

8 cups chopped mixed apples

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4 cups apple juice or apple cider

1 cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp allspice

Stir ingredients in a large pot over high heat just until mixture begins to boil.  Turn down and simmer until thickened and apples begin to breakdown.  Stir pot occasionally to prevent bottom from burning.