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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Food Memories - Homegrown Orangeade

Several years ago my Texas sister-in-law had an orange tree in a pot.  It produced a few oranges for them, and she wanted to share them with the family, so she juiced them and made this "orange-ade" for a family breakfast.  It was really good, but it was a once only delight because the tree didn't produce well again and later died.  It is still beautiful to look at, though. :-)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Danish Butter Cookies

[Originally published Nov. 2010. Edited]

After I’d expressed a desire for homemade cookies several times, one evening my husband suddenly decided that we would make some (despite the lateness of the hour).  Was I ever glad he did!  We chose this recipe (the origin of which I no longer know) since I didn’t have any brown sugar at the time.  It is quite simple, but doesn’t make a lot of cookies.  One warning – once you’ve eaten these homemade Danish butter cookies you’ll probably never really like the store bought variety again!

Also, you might try adding some shredded coconut or dipping half of each cookie in chocolate coating to make them a bit fancier or to offer variety.  I think that you could refrigerate them and put them through a cookie press as well to make prettier shapes.  They taste great without any of this, though, so it may not be worth messing with!  Simpler is often better in my opinion. :-)

1 C. butter
1 egg
1 C. sugar
1 tsp. almond extract  (or vanilla)
2 C. flour (or 1 C. white whole wheat and 1 C. white flour)
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cream of tartar

Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and almond extract and mix. Whisk dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add a little at a time to the butter mixture until it is all mixed in.

Roll into walnut size balls, place on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten with a fork or spoon.  Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.  Bake at 350F for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Allow to cool slightly on the sheet before moving to a rack.  Completely cool before storing in an airtight container.

Makes 2-3 dozen cookies.

Note: These cookies freeze well.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

God's Plan vs. Ours

Graphic source: The Enchanting Rose.

God's Plan vs. Ours

by Mary Stephens
May 2016

In Exodus chapter 5 we read about Moses and Aaron going before Pharaoh for the first time to tell him that the Lord wanted His people to worship Him in the wilderness.  Pharaoh, of course, didn't think much of this plan and as a result, he commanded the taskmasters to stop giving the Hebrews straw to make their bricks and to make them find their own while still delivering the same number of bricks per day.  Well, this didn't work out well and the Hebrews suffered sorely for it.  In fact,  the officers of the children of Israel were beaten for not keeping up the production of bricks.  But, when they went to see Pharaoh to ask why this injustice, he answered them very rudely -

Exodus 5:17-19 But he said, Ye are idle, ye are idle: therefore ye say, Let us go and do sacrifice to the LORD. Go therefore now, and work; for there shall no straw be given you, yet shall ye deliver the tale of bricks. And the officers of the children of Israel did see that they were in evil case, after it was said, Ye shall not minish ought from your bricks of your daily task. 

These officers of the children of Israel happened to meet Moses and Aaron as they were leaving their audience with Pharaoh and, in typical human form, they blamed them for causing them this trouble, despite the fact that they themselves had believed that Moses and Aaron were sent of God, as we read at the end of chapter 4.  (People so often do blame the preacher or teacher when they follow God's command and things don't work out.  Somehow it feels safer than blaming God.)

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Sew Happy Friday - The Curved Log Cabin Quilt - Tutorial with Jenny Doan

Here is a tutorial for the curved log cabin block from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Co.  This is a very versatile block, and using pre-cuts will make it much quicker.

Look at some of the interesting and amazing ways to lay out this quilt here!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Australian Memories - Purple Something

It's time to visit the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha again.  More photos from our trip to Australia in 2013 (and yes, I do have a lot!). :-)  These little beauties remind me of an orchid a little.  I don't know what they are.