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Vanilla Cookie Cups

3 cups flourvanillacandycups

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

3 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp cream

Whisk together dry ingredients.  In another bowl combine remaining ingredients until fluffy. Add flour mixture just until blended.  Chill for an hour.

Invert a muffin pan and spray the bottom with cooking oil.  Set aside.

Remove cookie dough from the refrigerator and roll into sheets.  Cut circle out of the dough using a cookie cutter and place on one of the muffin bottoms. Mold until the dough is placed firmly against the tin.  Press a glass firmly onto the muffin bottom.

Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool before removing from tin.  Turn over and fill with mini candies.



Thich Nhat Hanh quotation

Banana Jam Bread Machine Swirls

2 medium mashed bananasBananaJamSwirls

2 egg whites

1/4 cup milk

4 tbsp sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tbsp butter

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup flax seed meal

2 tsp bread machine yeast

1/4 cup sliced almonds

raspberry jam

Put ingredients except almonds and jam into the bread machine pan.  Mix on dough cycle.

Remove from bread machine and let rise covered for 15 minutes.  Roll dough on a floured board into a rectangle.  Spread with jam and almonds.  Roll up in a log and slice into 10 pieces.  Place in a buttered pan and let rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degree Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes.  May be topped with plain icing.


Cleaning Helpful Hints

  • Use old socks, tee shirts or worn out towels for cleaning rags.CleaningHelpfulHints
  • Put your liquid cleaner in a spray bottle for easy use.
  • One part vinegar and 3 parts water makes a good window cleaner.
  • Don’t wash windows on a hot day. They dry to quickly and streak.
  • To clean mirrors mix 2 parts water to 8 parts rubbing alcohol.
  • Clean woodwork with cold tea.
  • Place the crystals from a chandelier in a pillow case. Fasten tightly and place in the rack in the dishwasher to clean.
  • Clean flower vases with 1 tbsp salt and 1 cup vinegar. Soak until clean.
  • Use vegetable oil to remove tags from glass.
  • Clean metal blinds with 1 quart water mixed with 3 tbsp vinegar and 2 tsp liquid detergent.

Veggie Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb of sliced mushroomsVeggieShepherdsPie

2 stalks of cut celery

1 red onion sliced

1 cup corn kernels

2 cups mini carrots

4 cups vegetable stock

1 package of veggie meat substitute

1 tsp dried rosemary

6 sliced, boiled and mashed potatoes

1 cup shredded old cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste

Saute mushrooms, celery, rosemary and onion in a frying pan until cooked.

In a stock pot cook carrots in vegetable stock.  Add meat substitute and corn to the pot near the end of cooking.  Remove from heat.  Stir in mushroom mixture.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour mixture into a oven proof glass pan.  Top with mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar cheese,  Bake in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 30 minutes.


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Victor Hugo quotation

Spice Cake

1/3 cup butterspicecake

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp each of cloves, nutmeg and salt

2/3 cup raisings

1/3 cup chopped nuts

2 eggs

1 cup sour milk

Mix wet ingredients, mix dry ingredients and then mix alternately. Transfer to a loaf pan or layer pans.   Bake in  a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven until a toothpick comes out clean.  Depending upon the size of the pan this could be 30 – 45 minutes.



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