Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Recipe: Checkerboard Sugar Cookies

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Using a combination of this Sugar Cookie Recipe, tinted green, and the Food Network Chocolate Sugar Cookie Recipe I assembled these checkerboard cookies.
After chilling the dough, roll it out into the shape of a rectangle and cut the two doughs into equal strips. 
Alternating strips and connecting both the strips and the different layers with egg wash,  form the bar of dough.  
Chill again and then slice in 1/4 inch slices before baking at 350' for 10-12 minutes.  Cool on a cookie sheet.  
You could also simply use the Sugar Cookie Recipe, divide the dough in half and tint it two different colors.  
These cookies freeze well. 




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Monday, November 19, 2018

Recipe: Apple Pie

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 It's that time of year again.  The pie crust recipe may change a bit but the need for this apple peeler never will!   It is an invaluable tool when making any recipe requiring sliced apples.
Perfect Pie Crust
2  cups flour
pinch of salt
3 tbsp. sugar
8 tbsp. butter (1 stick) cut up
1/4 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
1 egg
ice water
1/2 tsp. vinegar

In a food processor put flour, salt and sugar - Pulse- Add butter and crisco. 
Pulse until crumbly.
Add all but 2 tbsps. of beaten egg plus enough ice water to make 1/2 cup plus the vinegar.  Pulse.
Pastry forms clumps but remove from processor before it forms a ball.
Knead into a ball and flatten into a disc shape.  
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 20 mins.  
Rolls out nicely between extra large pieces of plastic wrap.  Reapply flour under and over dough as needed while rolling.  
APPLE PIE 
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tbsps. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
dash of salt
8-10 cups thinly sliced, pared tart cooking apples
2 tbsps. butter

Directions:
Combine sugars, flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl.   Mix well.

Add to apples in a large bowl, tossing lightly to combine.

Roll out one half of a two pastry crust into an 11" circle and fit into a 9" pie plate. (Rolling out between floured plastic wrap works well.   Peel off top sheet of plastic, use bottom sheet to help fit dough into pie plate before removing it at well.)

Turn apples into the pastry-lined pie plate, mounding high in the center; dot with butter broken into small pieces. 

Roll out remaining pastry into an 11" circle.   Place on top of apples.   Crimp edges after folding edge of top crust under bottom crust.   Make several slits near the center for stream vents.   

Brush the top of the pie with some of the remaining egg liquid from dough.   

If desired, roll out any remaining dough from trimming and use cookie cutters to cut out decorative shapes for the top of the pie.   Brush these with egg wash as well.   
Place pie on a cookie sheet to catch any juices. If edges begin to brown, cover them with strips of foil during baking time.
Bake pie at 425' for approximately 45 mins. or until apples are tender and crust is golden-brown.   
Cool partially on a wire rack and serve warm. 
 
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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Recipe: Chocolate Sugar Cookies

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This recipe for very chocolatey, tasty sugar cookies made with unsweetened cocoa powder can be found on the 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Needlework: Patriotic Cable Afghan

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Basically, for seasoned knitters, with about 48 ounces of worsted weight yarn, cast on 230 stitches using size 10 1/2 circular needles, work a seed stitch for six rows and then begin knitting six stitches and purling six stitches across the row, maintaining four seed stitches on each side. Twisting a cable stitch on the knit stitches every sixth row, continue the same until desired length is reached, ending with six rows of seed stitch.

For this particular afghan I used "Caron One Pound" yarn in red, white and blue and used all 16 ozs. of each color.  The finished afghan is approximately 54"x 65".

The pattern book containing these directions can be purchased on amazon.com Easy Afghans - Art. J16 - #0122 - Knit and Crochet Afghans Pattern Booklet - Coats and Clark (Paperback)
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Roll

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I found this light, airy dessert on Mom's Timeout and it is as delicious as it looks!  Click for the recipe.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Homemaking: An End Table of Books

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After collecting a fair number of "coffee table" books, I decided to display them all in one place since, when
stacked, they were the height of an end table.  
I topped them with a round piece of glass.  
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Needlework: Knitted Traffic Hat and Hooded Sweater

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This adorable hat pattern is available free from Lion Brand and is called "Traffic Hat" .  It is for an experienced knitter.  

And my favorite Knitted Hooded Sweater is made with pockets this time.  
It has a 16" separating zipper which is easily added when using a
zipper foot on your sewing machine.  

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Helpful Hints: Cooking Bacon With Ease

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My friend, Diane, suggested this method for cooking a pound of bacon with less mess.
  Simply drape the slices of bacon over a pyrex bowl
and place the bowl into a larger microwave safe dish with sides.
I covered the entire bowl with wax paper to eliminate spatter in the microwave.
The bowl and dish collect the bacon fat.

Remove the bacon from the rim of the bowl while it is still hot and lay flat on paper towels.
It really works!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Needlework: Children's Hooded Sweater Set

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This blanket is simply made with 4 ply knitting worsted yarn in a 
K4, P4 pattern.  
The free doll dress and hat pattern may be found on Lionbrand.com and 
Kit's American Girl doll cape is a free pattern from Ravelry.com. 

The zip up hooded baby sweater may be found in the Columbia Minerva Book 766 "Beautiful Baby Book, Infants to Four Years" on amazon.com.
The pattern is "Jack Frost".  It works up quickly and is perfect for children of all ages.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Helpful Hints: Following a Recipe

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Here is a handy way to display your recipe if you have cabinet doors such as these.
Simply slide the recipe up behind the crosspieces and you have hands free
viewing while preparing your recipe.
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