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Crazy People

This house has been full of crazy people today. We’re getting ready to go camping. There has been so much to get done. Thankfully, it is just about time for me to crawl into bed.

The lawn is mowed. The green beans are picked and fourteen quarts canned. Seven quarts of peaches canned. The car is half packed, just the food and coolers are left for morning. Chocolate, graham crackers, and marshma… wait, I don’t think the marshmallows are packed. That was close. Almost forgot the marshmallows. All the plants watered. Cookies baked.

And one ring lost.

[I am thankful it wasn’t my spoon ring that got lost. But- losing my ring makes me feel sick. My thumb feels naked after having a ring on it for years.]
I am going to go to bed now and try not to cry over my lost ring.
Then I’ll wake up early and go camping.

Have a good weekend.
[and don’t lose any sentimentally valuable valuables while you’re at it.]

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Lefsa Day

Today was Lefsa Day.  Yes, lefsa.

That spotted, round thing?  That’s Lefsa.  My sister, Stephanie, is flipping it with that lefsa stick.
Lefsa is a family tradition.  Norwegian.  It’s made from potatoes and flour for the most part,  salt, a little milk and butter.

I think we made 80 of them this morning.  We make them every year, the day before Christmas Eve.  Then we eat them with Lutefisk on Christmas Eve.  Well, I’ll be honest, I don’t like Lutefisk.  It’s fish.  It’s tradition.

I made more fudge this evening too.  Cousin Karen’s recipe.  I almost messed it up bad, thankfully I caught myself and it turned out just fine.
And I just pulled the last of the Snails Tails out of the oven.

This week has been crazy.
I’m so ready for bed.

Bon soir.

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I baked cookies with my Grandma today.
And made fudge.

Here we are decorating the spritz cookies.

Mmmm, these little Noel Wreaths smell so good when they’re warm.  There’s a maple-nut sort of filling inside the spritz-like little wreaths.

This is my Grandma, my Dad, and myself.  Three Generations in Grandmas kitchen.
It was a lot of fun.  A long day,  a lot of driving, but it was great to see the grandparents.
I’m so tired now though.

And what’s this I’m hearing?  I must stay awake for an eclipse?
Oh bother…

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It isn’t even 10:00pm and everyone is gone.
Except the nephew.
I’m surprised how early people left.  We had a good time though.  Lots of  stories, laughs, food, cookies, and some funny presents (leave that to Audrey)!

I discovered these amazing cookie cutters this year.  Aren’t they gorgeous?  The cool thing is- you can make all different snowflake designs with the little decorative cut-out cutters.  I had a lot of fun.  Icing them is a little time-consuming but I think it was worth it.

Tomorrow, I’m going to visit my grandparents.  I’m excited.  Even though it’ll be a couple hours in the car one way.  And I don’t know if Grandma and I will bake cookies…

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I’m sorry about the lack of blogging.  Yesterday our computer was acting up.

A group of girls all got together and baked cookies yesterday.
Each girl brought a cookie dough along to bake and share.

It was such a cute idea.

And today I baked three things. Yes.
It’s kinda funny.  I was looking forward to having all these cookies floating around for the holiday season.  For giving to friends and bringing to Christmas parties.  But… I don’t know where all these cookies have gone! I mean really, 17 days of baking cookies so far, you’d think there would be something hanging around.  We don’t.

We’re having a little party with two of our favourite families on Sunday.  I’m so excited.  I have so many good memories of holiday get-togethers with these two families.  We’ll have a cookie table.  I’m working on stocking that table.  I made more sugar cookies today, and the chocolate cookies for the peppermint sandwich cookies, and some sour cherry bars (yes, I totally made that one up).
My project now- getting ready for company on Sunday.
(What am I going to wear?)

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I was at work all day today.
I came home, ate dinner, and was ready for pajamas when I remembered something.

The cookie du jour.

I planned out my cookie.
Got on the computer to give you the recipe.
And totally got distracted watching How-To videos on youtube.  Now I really want to get a new battery for The Z and take him out for some J-turn practice.
Anyways, Here’s one of our family favourites.

Chocolate Crinkles.

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup powdered sugar

Mix granulated sugar, oil, chocolate, and vanilla.  Mix in eggs one at a time.  Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt.  Cover and refrigerate one hour.
Heat oven to 350°.  Shape dough into tablespoon-sized balls.  Roll in powdered sugar.  Place about 2″ apart on greased cookie sheet.
Bake until almost no indentation remains when touched, 10-12 minutes.

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Today I got some knitting done.  That was good.  There are some spots were the lace pattern is a little off though.  (That was James Garner’s fault.)
I made this quick bread this afternoon.  Just so you know, this bread freezes well.  I remember being younger and eating frozen slices of this bread with my Dad.

Pumpkin-Chip Bread

Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine:

  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

In a separate bowl; cream together:

  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar

Add to butter mixture:

  • 2 eggs

Add into butter mixture alternately with flour mixture:

  • ¾ cup cooked pureed (or canned) pumpkin

Gently add in by hand:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Spoon batter into two greased and floured 9x5x2½” loaf pans.
Bake for 45-50 minutes.
Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes before removing loafs from pans.

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