Coffee cookies

Coffee Cookies
1 cup shortening
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
1 cup cold strong coffee
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins
Cream together shortening, sugar and eggs; add coffee and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Blend in nuts. Add raisins that have been softened in simmering water. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes.

Lemon snowflakes

Lemon Snow Flakes

1 box lemon cake mix with pudding
2 1/4 cups whipped topping thawed
1 egg

Mix all ingredients at medium speed with mixer until blended. Drop in to
bowl of powdered sugar a teaspoonful at a time. Roll to coat. Place on
ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until
light brown.

Source Sheryl Henson

Dutch apple pie

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

Yield 1 pie


For the pie

1 single pie crust

3 pounds (8 cups, about 6-8 whole) apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced

half cup sugar

quarter cup flour

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 and half teaspoons cinnamon

1 fourth teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1 8th teaspoon ground cloves

For the topping

3 fourths cup all-purpose flour

1 third cup pecan pieces, chopped

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 fourth teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of salt

5 tablespoons butter, melted

Special equipment

9-inch pie plate


Heat oven to 375°F. Roll out the crust On a surface sprinkled with flour, using a floured rolling pin, roll pastry dough into a circle 2 inches larger than a 9-inch pie plate. Fold the pastry over the rolling pin, lift it up and place it in the pie plate. Gently press the pastry into the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Fold and crimp the pie dough around the rim of the pie plate. Transfer it to the refrigerator.

Make the topping In a small bowl, combine flour, pecans, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour melted butter over the bowl in a circular motion and toss with a fork.

Make the filling In a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove and toss with your hands.

Assemble and bake the pie Retrieve the pie crust from the refrigerator. Pour the apples into the pie plate, arrange them a bit so they fit, then sprinkle the apples with the crumble topping. Place in oven to cook at 375°F for 55 min. If it looks like the edges of the pie are getting too browned, cover them with an aluminum foil strip.

Serve Let the pie cool on a cooling rack for about 30 minutes. Then slice and top with freshly whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and caramel.

Source Simply Recipes


Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cookies
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup shortening
1 egg
1/2 cup ground almonds
Cinnamon candies
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger and cloves; set aside. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, applesauce and shortening. Bring to a boil; simmer for 5 minutes. Cool to lukewarm. Add egg, almonds and dry ingredients; mix well. Chill overnight. Make head, body, legs and arms. Place on greased cookie sheet. Make eyes and nose from raisins and cinnamon candies. Bake at 325 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Do not brown.


A delicious curry

My aunt cooked for us all this evening. She made a chicken curry.

It was so delicious. My sister and cousin came down for the night, and we all had dinner together, my two aunts, my mom, sister, cousin and me.

The curry had so much stuff in it. It had onion, mushroom, courgette, peppers, chick peas, carrot, chili, and garlic. Along with lots of curry powder and other spices. It was absolutely amazing.

I am so stuffed now. We had nan bread, rice and oven fries with it.

Now we’re going to party the evening away!


Got to Killarney safely!

We got here! We’re all checked in and we’ve eaten and done our grocery shopping. Well, I didnt go grocery shopping, I left that to my mom and my aunt, myself and my other aunt stayed here in the apartment and chilled out. We chatted and caught up as it had been a while since we did that.
Now I am just relaxing in my PJ’s. Mom and my aunts are having drinks and watching tv. I’m not drinking, I’m trying to stay on plan with my healthy eating as much as I can.
My sister and my cousin are going to come down here tomorrow evening and spend tomorrow night here with us. My sisters partners mom will babysit the kids.
Tomorrow we’re going to go for a walk by the killarney lakes, and then my aunt is going to cook a huge pot of curry for us all to have for dinner, I cant wait as I love her chicken curry.
I plan on lazing around in my PJ’s tomorrow morning and I also plan on staying in bed late.