Saturday, June 28, 2014

Amazing Sugar Cookies - Best you've ever had!!

Oh for the love of Pinterest!!  What an amazing site, I can't describe how that site is truly a part of my daily routine, and all of the wonderful information I have found has really helped me in so many ways!  I have enjoyed everything from recipes, decorations, even down to fitness tips and routines.  It is an amazing site for sure.  And I love sharing different things that I have found on Pinterest and re-created.  And this is one worth sharing for sure!!

Last weekend I was feeling the urge to make something sweet and had a craving for some sugar cookies.  It was a sweet little goodie that I could make using ingredients that were already in my pantry and didn't require a trip to the grocery store.  I ran across this wonderful recipe from Keeping it Cozy for what she calls Pat's Sugar Cookies (it was a reader submission from another blog called Home on Grange Hall Road).

These cookies were easy to make, and I put a little twist to them as well.

Perfect Sugar Cookies

1 cup butter 
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour (I used cake flour - it was all I had in my pantry) This made them really light and fluffy and the taste was more cakey.
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Sprinkles for decoration

1.  Cream together thoroughly butter, oil, powdered sugar and granulated sugar
2.  Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth
3.  Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt.  Blend well.
4.  Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes
5.  Roll teaspoons of dough into balls, then roll in granulated sugar -I used sprinkles for some color and spark!!
6.  Place on lightly greased cookie sheet 
7.  Flatten with fingers - she called for a fork, I didn't want the crisscross on the cookie because of the sprinkles.
8.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes (11 minutes was recommend by the original recipe maker - it was perfect for my oven)
9.  Leave cookies on cookie sheet for 2 minutes after taking out of oven, them move to wire racks

This recipe makes A LOT OF COOKIES!  I had so many that my neighbors got a dozen and so did my parents!  So make sure you have some folks to share these with.  They will love you for it and it will make their day too!  Enjoy!!! 


 ~Until Next Time...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


"To the lover of wilderness, Alaska is one of the most
 wonderful countries in the world." - John Muir

June 8 - June 15, 2014 Andersen and I took a cruise to Alaska.  We started down the Tracey Arm, then landed in Juneau.  Next came Sitka, Ketchikan and then Victoria, BC.

Grateful for the this time with her.  Astounded by the beauty of the wilderness.  And without a doubt know that the wonders of God are all around us as a gift for us to treasure.  

Enjoy some pictures from this trip and know that what you are looking at pales in comparison to seeing it in person!!

And the sun went down on our trip.  It was a trip of a lifetime and I will never be the same after that experience!  I hope to go back one day and see it again!  Thank you for letting me share with you the wonders of Alaska and I hope you enjoyed it!  What is the trip that you took that changed your world?? Please share!!

Until Next Time...

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Celebrate ALL THINGS VINTAGE Linky Party!!

This Link Party is set up to celebrate all things Vintage! Share your posts and blog information!!

Good Housekeeping's Angel Food Cake circa 1944

There is something to be said about preserving the past.  I consider myself a bit of a curator of all things old and vintage.  And typically when you think of these types of things, you think of "old stuff".  I was lucky enough to have some old recipes and cook books passed down from my mom that belonged to her mother.  I was honored to be entrusted with these things and honestly have kept them in a good safe place.  But I have never really pulled them out to give them a whirl or try out any of the recipes in the cookbook.  
My Mammaw Anderson had a Good Housekeeping Cookbook that dated back to 1944.  You can tell it was well used, and well studied.  She has notes inside this book with specific recipes that have check marks next to them.  And the binding is so worn out that she taped the edges and re-wrote The Good House-Keeping Cook Book for easy reference.  

I thought I would share this...there was an old business card for their craft business inside the book being used as a book mark.  I think I will use this moving forward for my books.  It feels special to know her hands touched this to mark a special page in her special cookbook.  

Inside this book is a number of cooking tips, family tips, and even marketing tips.  I was confused when it talked about marketing because of course my first thought was...advertising or sales.  What they were actually talking about was MARKETING as in Grocery Market(ing).  Not grocery shopping...but marketing.  Who knew??  I learned a new phrase today!!  In addition it talked about food rationing.  That was a new conversation for me and one that was interesting to read about.  It turns out, no matter what decade we are in women have always had, and continue to have a lot on their shoulders!  I decided I would try out one of my favorite summer desserts...Angel Food Cake w/ sweet ripe strawberries and sugar on top.  
So I found the recipe for Angel (Food) Cake.

The recipe is as follows (pulled directly from the book published in 1944):

Angel Food Cake Basic Recipe
1 cup sifted cake flour
1 1/4 cup sifted granulated sugar
1 cup egg whites (8-10 egg whites)
*it only took 5 eggs I guess eggs are bigger these days!!
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Sift together the flour and 1/4 cup of the sugar - 4 times.  With a whisk, hand beater or electric beater at high speed (I used my Kitchen Aide mixer), beat egg whites and salt until foamy; then add cream of tartar, and beat until stiff enough to stand in peaks, but not dry.  Add remaining 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating with mixer after each addition, until sugar is just blended.  Fold in flavorings.  Sift about 1/4 cup of flour mixture over egg mixture, and fold in lightly.  Repeat until all is used.  

Turn into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan or bunt pan.  (I used my Pampered Chef Bunt Pan)  Cut through batter gently with a knife to remove air bubbles.  Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, or until well done.  It only took 45 minutes in my oven.  This is probably because of the pan I cooked it in and the fact that 70 years later, ovens have evolved so watch the cake closely.  After the first 10 minutes, I added 1/4 cup of slivered almonds directly on top of the cake for additional flavor and crunch when ready to serve.
Pull the cake out of the oven and let cool on a rack for 1 hour or until cool before removing from the pan.

I took a pint of strawberries, cut them up while the cake was baking, and added a couple of  tablespoons of water and 1/2 cup of sugar and mixed well and let that sit in the fridge to create a yummy topping.

Pull out those yummy strawberries, pull out your pretty bowls and serve it up for all to enjoy on a hot summer day!!

I hope you enjoy this amazing VINTAGE recipe and cake!  I know we sure did!!  What old recipes do you use today?  Please share your favorites!!

Until next time..

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oh for the love of IRONSTONE!!!

I was working last night on my Etsy Store and listed several new items that are to die for.  As I was working, I came to the conclusion that Ironstone is simply beautiful.  Ironstone is something I haven't paid a ton of attention to.  And I have always been a fan, I bought some pieces for my store.  It struck me though as I listed a piece made by Mason that is an old sugar bowl how truly beautiful Ironstone is.  The piece I listed is an exquisite piece with bold colors.   And I realized that I don't personally have a lot of Ironstone in my home.  I follow Miss Mustard Seed's blog almost daily and she is always writing about how much she loves her ironstone.  So yesterday I took a moment and really analyzed the Ironstone that I have listed in my store.  And folks Ironstone is really a beautiful thing.  When it has color infused in it, it makes for such a rich display.  And I kinda like some chips on there too.  Most of the items in my store actually doesn't have any chips, but it adds to the character of the piece.  So my question to you you love Ironstone too?? Do you have a lot of pieces??  Where did you find your pieces?  Share with me YOUR love of Ironstone and we can celebrate this little bit of beauty together!!