Friday, December 24, 2010

More Holiday Favorite Recipes

This recipe is from my Aunt Jan and has been a family favorite on Christmas morning.
6 cups of flour
6 T. of sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup oleo (2 sticks)
Cut shortening into dry ingredients.
1 1/4 c. milk
3 eggs- separate. Beat yolks with milk. Save egg whites.
Mix package of yeast with 1/2 c. warm water
Add to rest of ingredients, cover and let stand overnight in refrigerator.
In the morning, spread the dough on 2 greased cookie sheets (11 x 13" pan)
Beat egg whites until frothy. Spread on dough. Add brown sugar and cinnamon
to the top. Let rise 2 hours. Bake 20 min at 350 degrees
Drizzle powdered sugar frosting on top.
CARMEL FRUIT DIP - this is always good for a fruit tray
1 package 8 oz. soft cream cheese
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring
3/4 teaspoon of carmel flavoring
Mix together and serve with apple slices, bananas, grapes.
1/2 c. butter
2 square of bitter chocolate
3 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tall can of evaporated milk or 1 2/3 c. of cream
Melt butter, then add chocolate. When melted add sugar
gradually. Slowly stir in evaporated milk.
Cool until sugar is dissolved.
Enjoy on ice cream with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Happy Holidays

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cookie Time

Have you made any Christmas cookies? This recipe is one everyone will love.

Carla's Snickerdoodle Cookies
3 1/2 cups flour
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 c. butter
2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 T. light corn syrup
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Topping: In a small bowl, stir 1 cup sugar and 1 T. cinnamon together and set aside

Measure dry ingredients into a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, cream the butter, add sugar and mix thoroughly. Add eggs, corn syrup and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until blended. Cover bowl and chill for about 1 hour.
Roll balls of dough bout the size of a walnut and roll in the cinnamon sugar topping to coat.
Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 1/2 inches apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
Cookies will puff sightly and the surface is slightly cracked.
Let cookies cool on cookie sheet a few minutes then move to wire rack to finish cooling.

Carla said her dad loves these cookies and she likes to keep him stocked up.
I think they would go great with a cup of tea or cocoa.
Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 13, 2010

December meeting

The December meeting was held with ten members present.
Members donated toys for the "Toys for Christmas" program.
Christmas quilts were shared along with Christmas gifts members have made
(quilts, wall hangings, journals)
Old business:
  • Debbie E. brought the last row quilt top that is completed.
  • Drawing will be at January meeting with all row quilts present.
  • Quilts of Valor - no report from red team, blue team showed a pillowcase they made and quilt is being returned from volunteer long arm quilter. White team's quilt top is completed and they will be requesting a long arm quilter after Christmas.
  • T-shirt designed for quilt group by Porter's prints needs approval.

New Business

  1. Colleen plans to give instuctions for a block of the month for members starting in January. Members will choose their own fabrics.
  2. Joyce from Quilts and other Notions will be scheduled to come to a meeting in February or March.
  3. A trip to Sisters, Oregon for the 35th annual outdoor quilt show held July 9th was discussed. Airfare from Des Moines to Portland, Oregon, hotel for 5 nights, car rental, 9 quilt shops, lots of fun -- priceless. Sandy has a tentative itinerary.

Machine quilting was discussed. Here is a web site of a blogger trying to spend an hour a day machine quilting

Happy Holidays!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Countdown to Christmas

***Christmas Quilt with Laurel Burch fabric and panel designed and made by Sandy E.

Do you have projects to finish before Christmas? Open sewing on Saturday,
December 11 from 8:30 - ?? at the REC building. BYOSM- (bring your own sewing
machine). Get away from the phone and interuptions. Also bring a favorite Christmas CD.

Looking for a Christmas stocking pattern. Maywood Studio offers free patterns
on their web site:
There are several cute stockings.

Saturday, I went to see the quilt show in Creston and gathered the patterns for 12 quilt blocks in the Creston downtown stores. The blocks were designed
by Joyce Franklin at "Quilts and Other Notions" and a sample
in the shop showed the quilt set together.
So many quilts- not enough time!