Sunday, February 19, 2017

White Crackle Cookies Recipe



This is a recipe my mom used to make, and I remembered the tangy taste of the cream of tartar - a pleasant little bite to the cookie. Since I made these over the weekend, I thought I'd share the recipe here.

White Crackle Cookies, Recipe:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Beat together the following ingredients:
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. shortening
1 egg
1/2 t. salt.

Mix together the following ingredients, then mix into the above ingredients:
2 c. flour
1 t. cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda 

Now stir in
1 t. vanilla. 

Mix well, Roll into 3/4" balls.
Dip tops in cold water, then in white sugar.

Bake on greased jelly roll pan or cookie sheet for 8-12 minutes
(It all depends upon the size of the cookie ball and the pan you're using. I used heavy jellyroll pans and the cookies needed almost 12 minutes.) They should be a very pale golden. Remove from oven and let them finish cooling on the cookie sheet before removing.

I got 2 1/2 dozen cookies out of this batch.

Next time I wouldn't dip them in the sugar before baking, but that's simply a matter of taste.

Note: Since I was making these cookies for someone else, I did not make them gluten free.


Cookie and muffin testers
(cute son and grandson) :-))

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Illumination

Front Yard, Early Morning, February 15

 'Search me, O God, and know my heart.
Test me and know my thoughts.
See if there is any wicked way in me
And lead me in the way everlasting.'
-Psalm 139:23-24

'Create in me a clean heart, O God
And put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence
And do not take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the Joy of your salvation,
And sustain in me a willing spirit.'
- Psalm 51:10-13


Great verses to ponder, memorize, sing, and pray.

The same Psalms sung by Jesus, of course.

How Great is Our God!



Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends.
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Remembering Summer

 

Five things I love about summer:

Water - in its liquid state (above)

Pea-pickin' days in June

Great warm days in July
(and beautiful puffy clouds)

My August birthday family reunion
at our place


 Flowers in the garden

Summer flowers in my garden
How I long to see you again!

There are many more things I like about summer,
but I'll have to share them in a different post.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Westminster Dog Show Winner - FROM WISCONSIN

 Cropped slightly from
mySA.com

I know that it's old news by now, but Rumor, that beautiful German Shepherd you see pictured above, won Best In Show in the Westminster Dog Show. I am thrilled. I'm always cheering for the German Shepherd. Isn't that a beautiful dog! German Shepherds are so loyal and smart. And I bet they don't feed her ProPlan, unless it's ProPlan Natural without wheat, corn, or soy. And I still seriously doubt it.

But did you hear that this was only the second time since 1877 that a German Shepherd has won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show????? How on earth can that be. Maybe they think that the other dogs will all revolt if the German Shepherd is allowed to win.

Bridger (R.I.P.)
 What German Shepherds do in their off time.
I'm surprised that they're not out there organizing against the Westminster Dog Show.


P.S. Okay, I was just kidding. But those of you who know me already know that I love [almost all] dogs :-)

 'You what??'

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hodgepodging Impatience and a Quiz


I regret to say that I didn't have time to upload the phone photos I took of St. Paul, so I decided to just go with a theme this time, and you'll have to figure out the theme. It is a good four-letter word. Can you guess which word all of my photos have in common today? And yes, you've seen some of these photos before.

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1. What do/did you call your grandparents? If it's something unusual tell us the story behind the name. If you're a grandparent what do your grands call you? Who chose your moniker?

I called them Grandma and Grandpa Nelson and Grandma and Grandpa Hazelhuhn. Grandma Nelson called me Obnoxious. I learned that word when we were on a road trip to Florida with them and I had just learned to chew/snap my gum. I thought it was an amazing skill. Apparently she wasn't impressed. Other than that, Grandma Nelson had a great sense of humor. My grands call me Grandma. I am happy with that. There are lots worse things to be called.


2. Ever taken a road trip along the California Coast? If so what was the highlight of your trek? If not, any desire to do so? If you were to take a trip along the California Coast what's one attraction you'd have on your must-see list?

I've been on a short road trip along the California coast. The highlight was seeing the ocean. I would love to take a long road trip along the California coast in a convertible on a very warm day - as long as they're not in the midst of mud slides or earthquakes. Beach and ocean are what I'd like to see.


3. What are three things you don't know how to do?

I don't know how to knit and watch TV at the same time.
I don't know how to play violin.
I don't know how to rollerskate in a buffalo herd.


 In Sutton on the Forest, England

4. Tom Peters is quoted as saying, 'Celebrate what you want to see more of.' If that's true what will you celebrate and more importantly, how will you celebrate?

No matter how much I celebrate summer, I don't seem to get more of it. I celebrate gorgeous sunrises but they don't seem to last any longer because of it. However, I think that if we praise people (including our husbands) for doing something kind and good, we will get more of that behavior. So it depends upon what Tom (Who is Tom Peters? Am I supposed to know him?) means.


5. Thursday (February 16) is National Almond Day. Do you like almonds? Which would you prefer-an Almond Joy or a macaron? What's something you make that calls for almonds?

I love almonds. I would prefer a Mounds bar with almonds. I don't know why Mars hasn't come up with that. Almond Joy would be okay if it were covered in dark chocolate rather than way-too-sweet milk chocolate. I use almonds in many things, from sprinkling them on top of a chicken stirfry to stirring them into the batter for cranberry/almond scones.


6. What does Saturday morning look like at your house?

Saturday morning looks like every other morning of the week except maybe a little later. That doesn't mean that I sleep later, mind you, but that I might have stayed in bed reading later.


7. Share with us a favorite book you've read this winter.

I've already shared with you that I've read the book, 'The Day The Revolution Began' by N.T. Wright. This is not a fast and easy read, but so worth every minute. It's like read, think; read, think; read, think; Then there was Shakespeare's King Lear, which I read on my Kindle. Other than that, my next favorite book that I read this winter was  A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton. What a cute kids' picture book! It's a very fun read aloud. And there are some other things I have on my Kindle that I read or read parts of, but I don't recall them offhand and my Kindle is in my purse because I took it to the Social Security office in case I had to wait in line for hours. I like to download articles before I go somewhere too, and read them while waiting. One such article was by Michael Horton. As far as I know, he has no connection to Horton Hears a Who or Horton Hatches The Egg. And I bet he doesn't know Tom Peters either. I might be wrong on that.



8.  Insert your own random thought here.

Last week I got an email from the Social Security office. There was some question about my online application. What?? What question could there possibly be? I had carefully filled out every single blank on that application. Anyway, I phoned them and was told that the current wait time was 15 minutes. I put my phone on speaker so I could listen to a horrid few measures of 'music' and then repeated apologies for it taking so long (on a loop, of course) - and proceeded to occupy my '15 minutes' with checking blogs, reading online articles, petting Tuppence, trying to lick one last drop of coffee out of my mug, etc. After waiting FORTY FIVE minutes, a live voice finally came on the phone. 'Hello?' I IMMEDIATELY said, 'Hello' in response, and then heard a click. I was cut off. I cannot tell you how annoying that was. Then I phoned the office in Chicago, twice, and each time was told that 'the number you have called is not in service.' Then I called the Rice Lake office and was transferred to the number I had called in the first place - the one with the 15 minute wait time that actually turned into 45 minutes and being cut off.

So yesterday, I went to my local SS office and waited less than 10 minutes to talk to a real live person. Surprisingly, they still make those.



Have you guessed the four-letter word?  Okay, this was an easy one, wasn't it.   Next time I'll have to make it a little more difficult.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone!

 
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day



 So much in love with us are we
That you could kiss you
And I could kiss me.
- Tommy Smothers (I think)

Happy Valentine's Day!!

from me
and from

Tommy & Smokey

(Tuppence isn't into holidays.)

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gluten-free Lemon Poppyseed Muffins Recipe, and a Question

 Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
No, they're not burned.

I read your minds, didn't I. But they're not burned, just a bit crispy on top, which is actually how I like them (nice cover, huh). I think the reason they're crispy is that they're not your regular gluten flour muffins. So they are a bit different, but they don't make your gut feel crawly (in case you have that feeling with regular flour, which I do), and they're quite moist and lemony, and very low sugar, which is what I was going for.

I found this recipe at www.lecremedelacrumb.com when I was doing a Google search for 'Super moist lemon poppyseed muffins.'

Super Moist Lemon Poppyseed Muffins Recipe - 
Gluten Free (or use regular flour)

I changed only two things about the recipe:
1. I substituted a gluten-free flour cup for cup 
2. I used 1/3 c. sugar rather than 3/4 c. You might want to go with 1/2 c.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees and grease muffin tin or use silicone liners.
In medium bowl, cream together the following ingredients:

1/4 c. butter
1/3 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. vanilla extract (or almond. I used vanilla, should have used almond)
2 T. lemon zest (I used one large lemon)
1 T. fresh lemon juice
3/4 c. plain fat free Greek yogurt (Next time, although the recipe called for fat-free, I'll use the yogurt with the fat in it to make them even more moist).

Add the following dry ingredient mixture to the other ingredients.

1 1/3 c. flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt

Stir in:

1 T. poppyseeds 

Bake for appx. 14 minutes, then move muffin tin to a rack to finish cooling.

Optional:

You can make an icing with:
2 T. soft butter
2 oz. soft cream cheese
3-4 c. powdered sugar
1-2 t. fresh lemon juice

I was trying to go for low sugar, so I didn't make the icing this time.


See the muffins on the plate?

The small CrockPot is actually being used to infuse olive oil with a natural colorant
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I'm not sure why I'm showing you our kitchen. Maybe it's because I've been cleaning and organizing. On the other hand, none of that stuff looks any different from this perspective anyway, and don't worry, I'm not going to open pantry and refrigerator and laundry and closet doors just to show you. Next week it will be going through the Christmas closet. Why is it so hard to throw out those things when there is definitely an excess? Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

 The string on the chair and the mouse on the floor
are property of Tommy and Smokey


 Table end of the kitchen
Just after Audrey arrived (October of 2016)
Audrey now has a happy home with Tiffany.

So here is the question:

Would you paint the kitchen cupboards white and put in a ceramic tile floor? Not that I'm going to rush into anything of course, but I really would like your opinion. The cupboards are the originals from 28 years ago, and they're good oak cabinets with nothing at all wrong with them. Is the white kitchen just a fad? The floor needs to be replaced regardless. Would you go with vinyl, hardwood, or ceramic tile?   

What I really should be thinking about is how to part with Christmas decorations I really don't need any longer. This is not easy.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Hide and Seek

 'Hey Mom. Shhh. Don't tell Tommy where I'm hiding.'


 'Hey Mom. Shhh. Don't tell Smokey where I'm hiding.'

A warm body, bits of string, and places to climb.
These are happy kitties for sure.

 
'Does she see me now?'
Tommy, being ever so helpful as I'm trying to clean closets!
For some reason, he really liked Mr. C.'s shirt.

And in case anyone's wondering, as our daughter did:
NO, I've never thrown away anything that belongs to Mr. C.
I accuse him of still having every shirt he's ever owned. :-)
(perhaps a slight exaggeration)
 

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* Amy, I finally managed to have FIVE things: there are five different photos in this post.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Hodgepodge Brought To You By the Letter O

 Afternoon coffee and scones with Mr. C.

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1. What's the last thing you did that someone else thought was super? 

My memory doesn't go back that far.

2. The last thing you ate that tasted superb? 

The scones, pictured in the opening photo. I did buy some really nice lemons and am thinking about making lemon bars. I'll post my gluten-free recipe if I make them. It's not like I need a lemon bar, but the days are getting longer and somehow that triggers a lemon craving.

3. Supersensitive, superstitious, superwoman, superambitious, supercilious, supervisor, superficial...pick a super word from the list and tell us how it relates to your life in some way recently or currently. 

 Brought to you by the letter O

Superambitious (while my energy lasts), because I've been bitten by the downsizing, cleaning, pitching, and organizing bug. The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley is what started it. The book is full of beautifully organized photos, well-organized chapters, and great tips on organization, including storage containers for organization, and is laid out in a very organized format to help organize your brain and get one in the organizational mood. I'm hoping I don't run out of steam before I'm finished organizing.

I would post AFTER photos of all the areas I've tackled, but I'm pretty sure that most of you would insist that they are the BEFORE photos...

4. Do you love easily? If you're comfortable doing so, explain why you think that is.

You betcha.

Wouldn't you?


5. Valentine's Day lands on a Tuesday this year. Will you mark the day in some way? If you're celebrating with a dinner out somewhere will it be on Tuesday or will you celebrate over the weekend? 

I will mark a few days beforehand on the calendar so that I don't forget to send the grandkids their Valentines. And we have some things going on, but not Valentines related.

6. What's something you are loving right now?


 Time with Mr. C.
A cold winter's day walk - 
And I have earmuffs on too!
Plus fleece Cuddl Duds (long-johns and shirt)
Plus jeans and sweater
Plus insulated boots
Plus down-filled jacket
Plus thick fleece hat
Plus lined gloves
Plus heavy knit scarf

Mr. C. is wearing
jeans, shirt, hooded vest, jacket
gloves, shoes

I'm loving it that Mr. C. is around more (this is his slow season for work); that an Instagram friend gave me a code for the Emma Bridgewater mugs, which saved me a ton (otherwise, they're ridiculously expensive), also love it that Mr. C. and I are going to go to have a day out in Minneapolis soon, AND I love it that he and I actually got outdoors for a walk because the air temperature rose to a balmy 20 degrees F. I also love it that we are nearly finished with the book, The Day The Revolution Began by N.T. Wright. Life-changing. I keep wanting to call it 'The Day the Universe Changed.' 


7 Write a three word (or less) phrase you'd like to see on a Valentine candy heart.  

'I'm sugar-free'


8.  Insert your own random thought here. 

I don't have random thoughts anymore. My brain is a well-organized machine, incapable of thinking anything but rational, organized thoughts, contained in clear, plastic storage bins - labeled, of course. (See above)

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