December 31, 2011

Orange Cookies

My wonderful Auntie always baked these cookies for us when we visited her home during the summer. They are among the best cookies on the planet. Enjoy, and Happy 2012 to you!

Orange Cookies
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup margerine or butter
(you may use 1/2 cup shortening with 1/2 cup butter or margerine if desired)
2 eggs
1 Tbsp orange rind
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk (add after eggs)
3 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange rind, and then add the buttermilk. 
Add the dry ingredients, mix well. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased cookies sheets. (They get a lot larger, so don't make them too large or they'll be huge.)

After they are cool, ice them with this icing:

1 Tbsp orange rind
3 Tbsp butter, softened
3 Tbsp orange juice
3 cups powdered sugar

Makes about 40-45 cookies. 


December 23, 2011

Glad To Be Back

I am sure this is the longest I have gone in not posting at all on this little blog.

Here I am again, and I wish I had stitching updates to share. The truth is that I haven't stitched in months now.  I hope to start stitching again soon, however, and I am ever hopeful of that!

We have moved to a new city, so that has been a huge undertaking.  We lived in our old home for 22 years, so it was emotional to sell it and move on to a different place. We've been here now a month, and it is beginning to feel more like home.  I loved our former home,  but we now are happy its new owners are so elated to be there. Time now to make more wonderful memories in a new space.

I am now a commuter, and for the first time in 26 years my husband has but a short drive to work. That makes me happy, as it's so much better for him.

Tomorrow will be a busy day. I'll be making chili for Christmas Eve Dinner, and homemade bread pudding for dessert. Today I prepared candied orange peels that I will use to garnish the cake for Christmas Day.  It's a Norwegian Orange Cake.  The cake includes bits of rich, dark chocolate. Delish!

Merry Christmas to you and yours, and hope to come back soon with a stitching update.