Cherry winks

Cherry Winks
2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup maraschino cherries
1 cup crushed cornflakes
Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs. Mix in milk and vanilla; blend in dry ingredients; mix well. Add pecans and dates. Shape into balls; roll in cornflakes. Top each cookie with a cherry. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.


Angel cake delight

Angel Cake Delight
4 tablespoons cold water
1 cup boiling water
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 large angel food cake
8 cups prepared Dream Whip or whipped topping)
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
Pour cold water over gelatin. Stir and add boiling water. Add pineapple, lemon juice and sugar. Let stand in refrigerator until chilled. Prepare Dream Whip or use whipped topping. Mix with gelatin mixture. Add coconut. Pinch cake into fine pieces. Prepare cake, alternating with a layer of cake crumbs and a layer of Dream Whip mixture, ending with Dream Whip mixture. Chill.
Makes 24 servings.


Book review: Innocent by cathy Glass

I just finished the latest Cathy Glass book a few days ago. It was a great read like all of her books are. I do have to say though that I knew what the problem with the mother was right from the get go. It wasnt hard to spot what was going on. Maybe it would be to someone who didnt know a lot about mental illness or psychology, but I knew right away what the issue was with her.
The book centres around two siblings, molly age 3, and kit aged 18 months. they were taken into care due to Kits non accidental injuries. He had a broken arm and bruising to his face.
While in care, the kids are sick a lot. They keep having symptoms like vomiting, rashes, breathing difficulties etc. Normally it happens after contact with their parents. It turns out the mother is making them ill. She has munchausens bi proxy.
It is only after Cathys own daughter Lucy becomes ill that Cathy figures out that the food from contact is contaminated, but she doesnt guess its the mother doing it, she thinks the food is being stored incorrectly at home.
When she finds out the real cause of the childrens mysterious illnesses, she is shocked. I wont spoil the ending, but I will say, I did not like how the book ended. Its true to life though, and I guess the ending was how things happened, and cathy is reporting it exactly how things unfolded.
Overall I enjoyed the book. And I think anyone who reads it will too. I read it in a matter of days. Its a real page turner.
It also highlights the mental illness munchausin bi proxy. That illness isnt very well known. I thought it was good that it gets some attention as this sort of thing does happen far too often and its hard to pinpoint or diagnose.
I rate the book five stars! Its available on amazon, and in paperback from all good book stores, and on kindle and on audible as an audio book also.


Update on baby Josh!

Baby josh is coming out of hospital either tomorrow or Friday!

He’s now feeding every 3 hours. He’s only taking small amounts but he’s feeding! He’s making good steady progress! The doctors are very happy with him!

The consultant said there is no point in him being in the hospital, he doesnt need to be there! All of the test results havent come back yet from dublin, but the doctor said they were happy to let him go home, and when each result comes in, they’ll call a meeting with his parents.

We’re all so pleased that he’s making progress and can go home! He really is a little fighter!

Only time will tell how bad his hearing loss is, the hole in his heart is, and whether he can see or not. Also, his feet are turned in so there is also that to contend with but the doctors say physio may rectify it! Only time will tell if that is the case or not though!

For now he’s getting to go home to his mom and dad, brother and sister!
He’s a miracle!


cherry cake

Cherry Cake
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup shortening
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 cup raisins
1 cup nut meats
1 quart Royal Ann cherries
1 teaspoon lemon extract
Cream together sugar and shortening; add eggs. Add sifted dry ingredients, alternately with milk. Add lemon extract. Stir in nuts and fruit. Pour into large loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.




1 cup granulated sugar

½ cup brown butter

½ cup light corn syrup

½ cup cream

¾ cup milk

¼ cup butter

½ cup nuts, chopped (optional)

1 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients except vanilla and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until candy forms a firm ball when dropped into cold water (246°).

Stir in vanilla, then pour into a greased, 8 square baking pan.

Cool, then turn out of pan and cut candy into 1 pieces. Wrap each square in waxed paper.

Makes 64 1 pieces

From Best of Amish Cooking

By Phyllis Pellman Good




4 Tbsp. cocoa (or 3 squares unsweetened bakers chocolate)

3 cups sugar

1 cup milk or cream

3 Tbsp. corn syrup

pinch of salt

2 Tbsp. butter

2 tsp. vanilla

Combine cocoa, sugar, milk, syrup, and salt in heavy saucepan. Cook to soft ball stage (236°when small amount of mixture dropped in cold water forms a soft ball).

Cool slightly and add butter and vanilla. Immediately pour into buttered pan. Allow to harden. Cut into squares.

Makes about 2 lbs.

From Best of Amish Cooking

By Phyllis Pellman Good