12.31.2011

Cookie Recipe and an Epic Fail

So I purchased some adorable fabric from tops and bobbins and thought I would make a simple strip quilt. It didn't end well at all. It may not look bad from the photo but up close it definitely has some "character"! It's my little leaning tower of Pisa. :)

I decided to quilt it using straight lines... as the pictures shows they were far from straight. My husband challenged me to find a straight line one the quilt, luckily for him I was able to laugh.  The binding is also horrible, I'm not sure what happened but this quilt was supposed to be quick and cute. I told my husband not to tell anyone who made it!! lol

However, the Christmas pillowcases were a big hit! I think I will do it next year too. The little ones used them to stash their Christmas loot at the family get together!

And now for the cookies! These are always a hit. I make them for every holiday and just change the m&m color. They are a little yummy sugar cookie with a peanut m&m sitting on top. Sorry for the poor pictures.

The recipe:
Cream together 1 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 egg yolks, and vanilla to taste.
Then add: 2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt. The dough will be dry. Refrigerate overnight then roll into little balls.
Bake on a non greased cookie sheet at 350 for 5-7 minutes. Take out the cookies and thumb print each one.
To make icing: cream 3 tablespoons butter, 3-4 tablespoons milk, 2 cups powdered sugar, vanilla to taste.
put a little dollop of icing on each cookie and top with a peanut m&m!

12.20.2011

Chickens!

So now is about the time my chickens need to be doing double time! But instead they are being lazy little cannibals!! Egg production has gone way down, despite all the usual cold weather tricks, and now they have started EATING their eggs! Yuck!! How am I supposed to supply both my customers and myself with eggs?? Oh the troubles of farm life! lol. Well recipes will follow but for now take a look at the little cuties:


Below is rooster. He and one hen get an entire coop all to themselves. They supply the fertile eggs to be hatched out :)
Don't worry, all my chickens are cage free, free range and organically fed.

One of our hens:

CHICKS!!!



While I was adding pictures of the chickens I thought I would throw in some of our Horses for your viewing privilege!!




And... While I'm at it... Here's my baby Izzy....





11.24.2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Yesterday I wanted to make some cookies that my family had every Thanksgiving. Each year my aunt would bring her cookies and we would gobble them up. Back then we would spend the day at my grandparents house in Amish country. Tons of family and friends would come and the day was filled full of food, and fun on the farm. Most of the family has moved away or passed on. Thanksgiving isn't as big now as it use to be.

So, I decided to make the cookies my aunt made back then. Halfway through I found myself crying in my kitchen because I realized it wasn't the cookies I was missing... It was the family. I didn't even like these cookies! I guess I was just missing my grandparents and my aunt so much I wanted to bring back some memories.

Today, however, I did spend a wonderful day with my husband, son, parents, sisters, nieces and nephews. As we ate the cookies we remembered my moms sister who had passed. Many memories popped up about "the good old days" and I am reminded what my pastor said a couple Sundays ago... the "good old days" are yet to come. So, on this Thanksgiving day I am thankful for my family and the fact that no matter what this world brings someday we will all be together again.

And since I was reminded that I dint like her cookies (lol)... I am posting my own recipe. This recipe makes delicious cookies and cream cheese frosting. The finished cookie tastes just like Cheryl's cookies!! Enjoy!


For the cookie cream together:

2 cups butter
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla


Then Add:

1 cup milk
7 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp soda
1 scant tsp salt

The batter will be stiff. Refrigerate batter overnight. Roll dough out the next day to about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out dough with cookie cutters and bake at 350 for 7-9 minutes. Makes about 7 dozen.

Icing:

8 oz cream cheese
1 cup butter
8 cups powdered sugar
6 Tbs milk
Vanilla to taste

Now decorate these yummy cookies, grab a cold glass of milk and DIG IN!

Please don't look at the mess! It was a busy cookie decorating day :)

11.19.2011

Homemade Christmas

Simple gifts for some little ones I know...

I saw the tutorial for this cute little cinch bag here and just had to make one! 


Pillowcases are always a favorite with the kiddo's! I used the super simple roll it up method found here. They are so easy! Make some for your little monkeys!!




8.11.2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Yum!! One of my FAVORITES!!

So here is how I make Mine... Start with slices of fresh green tomatoes (I don't like any pink in mine). Then dip them in buttermilk (or milk if you don't have buttermilk). The milk makes them more crispy because the coating will stick to them better. Then after they are all wet with buttermilk toss them in a mixture of cornmeal and flour (more cornmeal than flour).


After they are dipped I put them in a skillet of hot oil mixture. I use about 2 tablespoons of bacon grease and enough canola oil to coat the tomatoes well... like so...


Fry them (both sides). Don't forget to salt and pepper each side.
And then ENJOY!! Some people like to dip theirs in ranch, but I like mine plain. Yummy!



5.22.2011

Church Bake Sale

So the Church Bake sale was today and the money went to the youth group taking a mission trip. I decided to make cupcakes! I was crunched on time so I made the from a mix :(
 But I got these great cupcake liners and toppers from Micheal's...
 And this super cute box....
 Its all in the packaging! It makes them look extra yummy and professional. Here is the buttercream recipe:
 
4 sticks of room temperature butter
8 cups powdered sugar
1/4-1/2 cup milk

In electric mixer cream butter, slowly add powdered sugar and milk. Add milk to get your desired thickness.