Friday, November 27, 2015

Old Fashion Boiled Raisin Cookies

Trust me, these cookies are delicious!!

So many people don't like raisins, and I admit, there are a lot better-tasting dried fruits out there, but this recipe is great with the raisins. You boil them until the are soft and add baking soda to kill the acidity, and they just turn out great!

I think you should try them this year!

Old Fashion Boiled Raisin Cookies


2 c. raisins
1 c. water
1 ½ tsp. baking soda

1 c. shortening
1 ¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs, beaten well
4 c. flour
1 ½ tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg (opt. substitute ¼ tsp. allspice)
1 c. chopped walnuts


1.    Bring water to boil in small pot, add raisins and boil 5 minutes. Cool. Drain off liquid. Add the 1 ½ tsp. baking soda and stir.
2.    Preheat oven to 375°.
3.    Cream shortening and sugar.
4.    Add eggs and beat well. Add cooled raisins and vanilla.
5.    Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, spices) together and then add to the wet ingredients. Stir to mix. Add nuts, stir.
6.    Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. The batter is meant to be wet, but if it seems too wet, it can be helpful (and pretty, and yummy) to gently roll the cookie dough balls in a bit of powdered sugar.
7.    Bake for about 10 minutes, or until starting to turn slightly brown.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bowling with a Princess

Well, the little girl who I had the "bunny birthday cake brainstorm" for has had her birthday!

And she did indeed get her deepest heart's desire: a big purple bunny!

On the morning of her birthday I told her that she could wear whatever she wanted. 
"Even a Sunday dress?" she asked in amazement.

So yes, she wore the beautiful lavender dress that her grandma made for her all day long. It was quite the sight to see when we went to her activity of choice--bowling. ("bombing" is what she asked to do at first--it took us awhile to figure out that she wanted to go bowling.) 

Heavy ball!

 This is my cute nephew--everytime he bowled, he would watch his ball roll down the lane is this position--ankles crossed, leaning on the ramp. It was pretty cute. :)

Such a sweet little princess in her fancy dress and bowling shoes. :)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

First Snow Fall

We had our first real snow fall this past week, and like all first snow falls, it was lovely. 

As I expected, it was so nice to sit at our dining room table and watch the snow fall and blanket all that we could see with white. 

The kids and I bundled up and headed out side. First stop--take care of the animals and make sure they are doing OK. The goats looked especially sweet all fat and fluffy in the white snow. 

Our neighbor's horses were close to the fence, watching us. We decided to go and pay them a visit too.

Then the kids couldn't wait any longer--we HAD to go sledding. Lucky for us, we have a hill in our back yard and didn't have to go anywhere but home! (The same hill we held our big water slide party on early this year.) The neighbor boys came over and everyone had a great time sledding down the hill and building a snow fort. 

I love the change of seasons. Maybe it is the whole "variety is the spice of life thing," but I just think the changing of seasons brings so much newness. We are inside more now--I'm cooking more, the girls are bringing out toys they haven't played with in months, and it is just a nice change of pace. Even with being inside more, we spend time everyday outside, but now our activities are different--we hauled and chopped wood for the fire place, sledded instead of rode bikes, etc. I'm thankful for the seasons and for ability to enjoy them fully.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bunny Birthday Cake Brainstorm

 It's almost birthday time at our house!

 My youngest is almost 3, and she is obsessed with bunnies and with the color purple, so picking a theme is easy. :)
(Did you see all the cute bunny embroideries we've been doing--this one or this one? or her purple aghan?)

I was searching around the internet tonight looking for cake ideas, and thought I'd share them with you because they were all so cute!

Wilton's Fluffy Bunny Cake looks just right for a sweet 3-year-old's birthday. 

Fluffy Bunny Cake

I like this sweet, three-dimensional bunny cake and its fluffy coconut frosting.
LAST MINUTE IDEAS FOR EASTER ~ Easter Bunny Coconut Cake, Easy Easter Centerpiece...Step by step instructions ~ so cute!:

Ah! How adorable is this Bunny Surprise Pound Cake!!! I think she'd be disappointed at first glance (no frosting, etc.) but what a fun surprise when cutting it open. :)

Peek-a-boo bunny cake. Technique used:

Now this Bunny Sprinkle Cake might be just perfect for a 3-year-old. What 3-year-old little girl doesn't love sprinkles?!
I could even use all purple sprinkles. :) 

Use a cookie cutter or cut-out and sprinkle topping around it:

 Here is another super cute Bunny Surprise Cake.

This polka dot bunny cake is super sweet and adorable. 

Cake with lots of bunny tail dots:  

Or I could just do an all-purple ombre rose cake
It certainly is beautiful and she would appreciate that for sure. :) 
Maybe I'll wait until she is older for this one though. I think anyone of any age would love this, but why not celebrate her adorable little girl-ness with sprinkles and bunnies??

Purple Ombre Cake

I have a bunny cookie cutter, so these bunny cookies would be cute: 
And look at these cute bunny cups!
Actually, the whole party was super cute. :)

These pretzel bunnies would be super fun as well.


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