Monday, December 16, 2013


Thank you all regarding your comments on Katie.  Her great-grandparents have a year to decide if they want to take back the adoption, but the judge doesn't think they will.  They are just not use to our way of life and want everything for Katie.  We are working on the birthday and Christmas presents.  Also they do not like that she does chores especially outside chores.  We explain that we are teaching her and she is not a slave as they say.

The Christmas Season is upon us and we are baking cookies, making candy and more.  Some of the goodies that we make will be given to friends and those that are unable to make their own.  Of course, lots of it will stay here and be eaten.  Some of the recipes, we only use for Christmas time. 

My next post will be on how we spend Christmas.  Marilyn and I were talking about not having a post the week of December 30th, but Elmer said he would like to do one that day, so Elmer will be on. 

We asked Katie's great-grandparents to come to our home for Christmas dinner but, as yet, we do not know if they will come.  They are more than welcome.  So we will see what happens.

Michael and Edward would be joining the other young folks by going caroling.  They will be giving gifts of goodies to the people they go caroling too.  When they are done, they will end at Martha and Joseph's house where they will have refreshments and do more singing.  If there is enough snow, Bishop Joseph said he would take them caroling in their sleigh.  If not, they will go in buggies. 

Well, I better get back with those cookies and candy making.

Be With God,


1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Mix margarine and sugar.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Place dough in cookies press; form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until set but not brown, 6 to 9 minutes.  Immediately remove from cookie sheet.

Bow Tie Cookies: Stir 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cool) into margarine mixture.  Place dough in cookie press with star plate; for 2 1/2-inch bow ties on ungreased cookie sheet.  Place cinnamon candy in center.  Bake 9 to 10 minutes.

Chocolate Spritz: Stir 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cool) into margarine mixture.

Christmas Decorated Spritz: Before baking, top cookies with currants, raisins, candies, nuts, slices of candied fruits or candied fruit peels arranged in attractive patterns.  Or after baking, decorated with colored sugars, nonpareils, red cinnamon candies and finely chopped nuts.  Use drop of corn syrup to hold decorations on baked cookies.

I have used this recipe for years.  It is a recipe I got from Betty Crocker's Cookbook many years ago. Jean


ga447 said...

Spritz cookies are my best, I just love them.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning ga447,
I love spritz cookies, too.


Vickie said...

Thanks Jean. I am praying for Katie's great-grandparents. I hope all works out well over the holidays. I too need to bake more cookies. =)

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,
I will pass your messages on to Jean. Have fun baking those cookies.