Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Simple but Amazing Shortbread Cutout Cookies


                       Thank you Carol for organizing this fun event again.  I love trying the new recipes each year.

                 Simple Cutout Cookies

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine and set aside

1 cup room temp Butter
¾ Cup powdered sugar
Cream together and add
1 tablespoon vanilla or almond extract

Add dry ingredients and mix only until blended.  Over missing will cause toughness.
Divide dough in 1/2 put each half into a zip lock bag and roll flat. Refrigerate up to 3 days or freeze.  Very easy clean up.

rolled dough
removing top layer of plastic
dough scraps 

Preheat oven to 350
Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.

Remove dough from refrigerator and gently cut the top of the zippered bag off and remove it.  Use cookie cutters to cut desired shapes.   Place on cookie sheets.   I find it challenging to use cutters with small pointed edges but large stars work fine.  Reroll scraps of dough in new zippered bags and chill again.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.  Cool  5 minutes on sheet before removing and cooling completely on rack.

2 cups powdered sugar
3-6 Tablespoons milk
½ teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
2 drops food coloring if desired.

Wisk powdered sugar, milk and extract.   If it is to thin you can add more sugar, to think add more milk.  Frost or dip into frosting just enough to cover the surface.  Place on cooling rack or parchment paper.  When cookies are completely dry store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for an extended period.
I like to frost (dip) mine in white frosting and sprinkle sugar crystals on them to add a sparkle.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Amazing Lemon BARS

I love lemon bars and have searched for years for one I think is the best.  Needless to say I have claimed several.  I started with one and moved on to another, then another and on and on.  Well this one it now my favorite.  I think the difference is the zest in this one.  It comes from the famous  Barefoot Contessa  on the Food Network.  I hope you enjoy the buttery crust with the gooie tart filling dusted with powdered sugar to sweeten it up.  I know my friends and family love the delicate combination of flavors and textures.  

For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature 

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
7 large or 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-4 lemons) Don't bother with purchased lemon juice.  Its just not the same.
1 cup flour

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dup the dough into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet.   Flatten the dough with floured hands and press firmly building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. 
Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
Just before serving dust with powdered sugar.

Ready to eat!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Cookie Exchange 2015

Thank you Carol for hosting this cooking exchange.  I love to bake cookies and I love to collect recipes so this is right up my alley.  I have been making this recipe about 45 years.  It is a family favorite and taste better after sitting in an air tight container a few days.  I'v never frozen them.

Butter Spritz Cookies

(Have all ingredients at room temperature)
Mix together:
1 lb. Butter
1 1/3 cup Sugar
2 teaspoon Vanilla
6 Egg Yolks
Add and mix with hand:
5 cups flour

Dough should be very soft and room temp. Use a cookie press with flower design or roll in  small balls and press down with palm.  Place 1/2 maraschino cherry in the center. 

Bake at 400 for about 7 minutes.  Cookies should be set but not brown.  Watch carefully, they

burn very quickly.  Cool on a wire rack and enjoy these festive little melt in your mouth jewels.  Enjoy!!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Oh, how I love a good cookie.  I got this recipe at a cookie exchange years ago and it has become a family favorite.  It is hard to believe but they really are better the next day!

Scandinavian Almond Cookies
½ Cup Butter
1 Cup Sugar
Combine until creamy.  Add
1 Egg
 ½ tsp. Almond extract      
Mix thoroughly and add the following dry ingredients:
1 ¾ Cup Flour
2 tsp.  Baking powder
¼ tsp.  Salt
Mix well.  Divide into 4 balls.  Form each into a 10 inch roll.  Place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Flatten slightly until 2-3” wide. 
Brush with
Milk and sprinkle with
½ Cup Sliced Almonds, coarsely chopped 

Bake at 325 degree oven for 12 – 14 minutes (until edges are lightly browned.  While cookies are still warm, cut them crosswise at a diagonal into 1 inch strips.  Cool then drizzle almond icing.

Almond Icing
Stir together till a drizzling consistency:
1 Cup sifted   Powdered Sugar
¼ tsp. Almond extract
3-4 tsp. Milk

Makes 3    dozen cookie bars.

Always Delicious! 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

And we have a winner!

Connie is the winner of the "Frosty's in Town" pattern set!  I've E-mailed her and will pop them in the mail soon.  Who knows, maybe we will see that cute  finished quilt on a blog!

 Connie's comment.....      Welcome to your first blog hop and what great projects!     

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ho Ho Ho... My first blog hop!

This is my first blog hop.  I am inspired by all the other quilting blogs I visit.  I'd like to thank Carol for coordinating this one and helping me figure out how to do it.  What I do is simple and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Oh, and there is a giveaway!  

This festive table runner is a simple pattern called “PRESENTS AND GIFTS” by Suzanne’s Art House.  I added a fun piping border to give it a framed look.  Much of the quilting is the decorative stitching that finishes the ribbons and bows.  

First a bit of "Wonder Under" is pressed onto the bows and ribbon.  Then the background fabric is sewn to the packages.  Next the batting and backing are put under and pinned to the top.  Now it is ready for some decorative stitching that becomes the quilting. There you have it, bind it and you have a Simple, fun project!

I love holiday quilts that I can leave out through January. I used a Layer Cake by Moda that I picked up a couple of years ago and couldn't decide on a pattern.   

It is quilted with a panto using gold thread.  I used a light solid on the back to show off the quilting. I hope the person  that gets this for Christmas enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Blogs to visit today are.....
August 6

The giveaway is a complete set of 9 patterns to make the “FROSTY’S IN TOWN” quilt.   It's SO cute!

The giveaway rules…...HO, HO, HO...
1.           Leave a short cheerful comment. 
2.           This one is important! Make sure I can contact you if you're a no-reply blogger. *If you don't get a reply from me, you're a no-reply blogger or something else is screwed-up.
3.           I'll mail it anywhere in the USA. 
4.           Giveaway ends at 9 p.m. PST on August 8th. Entries after 9 p.m. PST on August 8th will not be included in the giveaway.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Burgundy block of the month

This is one of the Hancock block of the month quilts.  I set it with half square triangles to do something different.  It was auctioned at a Girl Scout event.  Ray didn't think the colors would go in most peoples homes that we know.  He doesn't generally give an opinion about my quilts so I decided to find a worthy charity.  Susan did the binding for me so it wouldn't hang in the closet for a couple of years waiting to be finished.  Thank you Susan.

Tiffany's Quilt

I made this for Tiffany and Phil when they got married.  Tiff told me her colors and it took as look to find the fabrics as it did for me to piece and quilt the quilt.  It is a turning 20 pattern.  I wish I had a close up.  The picture does not do justice to the beautiful fabrics.  

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby wrapped is a quilt with a couple pieces of fabric that were used in the wedding quilt.  Tiffany wanted a sailboat theme using navy, turquoise and lime green colors for the baby's room.

Gloria's Wedding Quilt

I put this together for my niece, Gloria when she got married.  The pin wheels are pre-pieced and then I made the snowballs and put the borders on.  I did freehand quilting putting a rose in the center of each snowball.  I was very happy with it, considering  I didn't use a pattern.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Mini Retreat

We did not have a fall retreat. So we have decided to have a mini one of our own. Susan graciously opened her house up to the 4 original "Las Vegas Fabric Whores." I know of many others. We packed our machines, supplies, projects and loads of fabric and set up at Susan's. Then we went on a field trip to the Christmas Goose fabric store (you can't have enough). After making our purchases and stopping for sandwiches we were able to start sewing around 4:00. We stayed until we were to sleepy to sew straight and each went home to our own bed. I vowed to be back by 5 a.m. but somehow didn't make it till after 9 and was the last one to get back.

Susan being the most organized and trying to pass Kendall as the fastest in the west, finished several projects. Mostly she added the binding to complete the 4 or 5 quilts then she did some quilting on holiday projects. She finishes all her quilts and does a lot of donation quilts. She is amazing!

Vickie started her topper for a donation to the spring retreat. We are all hoping to win it! Although, if she were really a good friend she would make each of us one. She almost finished the top of it during our weekend. She did take some time out to go see her son compete and win. Go Nate! There was another fabric store near the competition location for her to support. Its always nice when you can support your family and your habit on the same trip.

Bernice was diligently working on the quilts for her grandchildren. They will be eye-spying them for a long time when she finishes. Her work is always so beautiful and precise. She was a bit preoccupied. She has a plan to lose her cell phone the next time we have an in town retreat. Sometimes it is better to not be found.

I couldn't decide what unfinished project to complete so I decided to start a new one. The others are to old and boring now. Oh, I hope no one ever says that about me. I did piece the top of most of a quilt. I just need to add the borders. I had planned to leave and do driving for my teenager and then he found ride. I love driving him and his friends but do appreciate when I can sew uninterrupted. It was a lovely weekend. Wish it could have been longer. It is always nice to enjoy the company of good friends, laugh, and sew.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Donation Quilt

Electric Star
I started this for Kevin when he was 16 and into guitars. He saw the top and said "I didn't want all that color, I just wanted two pieces of fabric with the fluffy stuff in the middle." I bought some flannel sheets and quilted the batting in it for Kevin. He was happy. I quilted this myself with stars and clouds . I used variegated thread to add color to the back. I think with as bright as the top is the back needs some color. I donated it to our Stake Humanitarian Project which made quilts for children going through chemotherapy. We ended up with over 700 quilts. It was a beautiful project!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Retreat in St. George

This was my layer cake project. Made with leftover Moda fabric. I think I have enough for 2 more quilts. I really liked it when I started buying it but I might need a break from these soft tones.

Vickie and Bernice were busy making self - binding blankets

Susan was amazing as usual! The fastest quilter in the west.

Quilt within a quilt

This quilt started as a mystery quilt from Hancock Fabrics. Each block came with a piece of mystery fabric and a pattern. If your block was different than everyone else's you were given a store credit. I ended up with enough credit to buy the backing. I had such a difficult time trying to piece the blocks together with all the odd mystery fabrics that I changed directions. I made a Texas Star (quilt) for the center and then using the background fabric to blend all the fabrics, I framed the star with the mystery blocks. I gave it to my grandma.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Black Red and Tan

This is freehand quilting that I did when I was beginning. I was really happy with it at the time. now when I look back I see so many things I would do differently.

This is the completed quilt. I made it as a wedding gift and the bride choose the colors. I wasn't sure I would like it as I tend to go for more scrappy looks but it is one of my favorite patterns and I love how striking it is. Someday I will use this pattern again.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Almost Finished!

Carol's dog, Buzz, loved my quilt, too.

My First Post

I'm in St. George for the quilt show.