Monthly Archives: December 2008

Learning something new and a sense of accomplishment!

Unless you yourself have spent hours working on a website you will think this post is absolutely crazy. I mean, you’ve been visiting us for a while, and you’ve seen “me” posting things here and there. And I do.

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Quiet Christmas

Over the years our family seems to have “shrunk” quite a bit. Well, not really. What has happened is that we’ve spread out and are no longer located in one country, let alone one city!

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All those cookies!

Well, Christmas Eve is here and I didn’t meet my goal of 20 different varieties of cookies. I’m blaming my daughter-in-law Allison for that. (-: Normally we do all this baking together, but she’s back in the U.S. with the kids this year, and I find it isn’t half as much fun to bake without […]

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Handmade Gifts

Although as a family we make an effort not to fall for the commercial traps surrounding the Christmas season, I have to admit I do like to give gifts. Even in this, though, I strive for simplicity.

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Christmas Tea Party

Earlier in the year my mother saw fit to bestow on me part of my “inheritance,” consisting of three different tea sets she brought down with her to Ecuador over 50 years ago! They are now being put to very good use: every Thursday they are polished and set out for the “girls” in my […]

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This is a very modest cookie – very easy to make. Cinnamon gives it interest, so beware because you could easily eat and eat at one sitting!

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Chocolate Orange Cookies

Ok, so I am going to say something here that you will probably find blasphemous: I am not really fond of chocolate. I mean, I like a candy bar every now and then and a piece of hard chocolate is fine. But no chocolate cake for me. Nor chocolate brownies or cookies. Even less so […]

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Russian Teacakes

Absolutely sinful. Sinfully delicious, that is. Also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes (no one has ever been able to explain to me why the two different names) these delightfully nutty cookies simply melt in the mouth. They have been a part of our Christmases for as long as I can remember, and I’m not one […]

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Sneak Peek

I am so excited about next year. We have not one, or two, but several BOM projects planned for 2009! Actually, more like Project of the Month. In some cases even project of the week.

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This classic, sugar coated cookie gets its chewy texture and spicy flavor from brown sugar, molasses, and ginger. What makes this particular recipe unusual is the additional use of maple syrup and cardamom. Yummy! Shorten or lengthen the baking time for a softer or crisper cookie.

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Angie’s Absolutely Awesome Oatmeal Cookies

Ok, so you are saying, “What can be so great about the same old, same old oatmeal cookies?” Well… first give these a try and  then get back to me! What I can tell you is that amidst all the Christmas cookies baked year after year, this one has been voted the all-around favorite in […]

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Butterscotch brownies

Good enough to bake all year round, add a little of almond extract for a special holiday taste. These are good ones to have around because they are super quick and easy to make!

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Don’t let this plain-looking, unassuming cookie fool you. As any Scandinavian will tell you, its flavor carries quite a punch. You might think the combination of pepper and cardamon is kind of odd, but believe me it works!

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