Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Peanut Butter Cookies bring back memories.

I decided to take Peanut Butter cookies to our Thanksgiving on Saturday. Seems like a lot of grandkids like cookies better than a lot of the usual Thanksgiving desserts. Making these peanut butter cookies always brings back memories of the summer before we got married. When I was looking for a wedding dress 50 plus years ago, a local department store was giving away a cookbook if you purchased your dress at their store. At that time it was one of the best department stores in town and known for their good deals. I did buy my dress there and I did get a cookbook.  It was called TO THE BRIDE. It was supposed to help the bride choose the right sliver, china, crystal and linens, appliances and kitchen equipment for the new home. And, I image, purchased from their store. “And most important a wealth of tested recipes”. The book is falling apart just like hubby and I after 50 some years together. But on its torn and yellowing pages is this wonderful Peanut Butter cookie recipe. I have been baking these cookies forever. We think they are the best around.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup Crisco, 1cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar.
Cream together peanut butter and Crisco. Add sugars. Mix
Add 2 eggs, beat well.
Sift together 2 cups flour, 4 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt.
Add to peanut butter mixture, chill dough
Flour palms of hands.
In hand roll heaping tsp of dough into a ball
*I use a cookie scoop and drop the cookies on the sheet.
Place an inch apart on greased cookie sheet.
Flatten with a floured folk; press to make crisscross pattern.
Bake in moderate over 375 for 12-14 minutes.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

OH NO! I don't like that four letter word-SNOW

Looks like our fall weather is definitely over. Took time the last couple of days to snap a couple of pictures before winter arrives tomorrow.
The cold weather gave the Sweet Autumn seed pods a red tint, I think they look pretty.

Hard to believe winter weather is on its way with this sunset.
Bit chilly out but a nice evening. 

This sunset picture makes it hard to believe that a winter storm warning was issued this evening for our county, 4-6 inches of snow or worse, ice and strong winds. Brrrr. We put the fireplace in this summer so that we would have a backup heat source for weather just like they are predicting. But sure was hoping we wouldn’t have to use it for that especially this early in the season. But I am glad we have it.

I think tomorrow will be a good day to sit in front of the fire with a pot of homemade soup simmering on the stove. Sounds like of relaxing, doesn’t it?

Enjoy your weekend, find time to relax.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Four Seasons in 14 hours.

I can’t believe it is the 12th of November already.  Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here. In fact it is two weeks from today. Sure doesn’t seem like it should be that time of the year. We have had an amazing fall. Warm sit on the deck weather. Until yesterday, Wednesday November 11. Fall came to a screeching halt. Woke up to a spring like day, warm and sunny. Then the fog rolled it. Went for a walk around 10 and it was still nice out. By noon the clouds rolled in and the sky looked angry. Soon we had rain mixed with pea size hail. Then a break and sun. Figured all the talk about wind and storms was over blown again. But not so. Clouds came and bought heavy rain and wind and a tornado. Yes a tornado in November. It missed our town but hit farms between us and the next down town the road, a mere three miles from us. No one was hurt, no house destroyed but a few barns and bins suffer the brunt of the storm. A trucker did have a big scare when his truck was flipped by the strong winds of the tornado. Thankfully he was hurt just shook up. 

Mother Nature wasn’t done with us yet. By evening we had a coating of slush and then snow on the ground.  And then the winds came. Very strong winds, 25-30 mile an hour with gusts up to 50. This old house moaned and groaned all night and is still “crying”. Sure hope the winds quiet down by bedtime tonight. What a day. Four seasons in one 14 hour time frame.