Sunday, January 23, 2011


CARROT COOKIES adapted from Home Cooking Magazine
These are a delightfully soft cookie, not huge on carrot flavor but made me think spring.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cooked, mashed carrots or 12 oz carrot baby food (I used the baby food)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 C coconut
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Orange Icing, below
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. For cookies, blend flour, carrots, shortening, sugar, coconut, baking powder, vanilla and salt well. Drop by the teaspoonful onto prepared sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes.

Juice of 1/2 orange (3 to 4 tablespoons)
grated rind of 1 orange
1 tablespoon butter
1 1/4 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
Combine juice and orange rind with butter; stir in sifted confectioners' sugar until desired spreading consistency is reached. Add more juice or confectioners' sugar as needed.

Yesterday was rough, the boys have been extra spunky lately and I have not. Outside play is limited because we have had a real cold snap come through, so we are all on top of each other in the house. Don't get me wrong the house is a decent size home it is some enigma that occurs within that has us stacked up like cord wood. For some reason wherever Mister and I are all three boys are too, we all end up occupying the same 4 square feet of space at the same time. For goodness sakes can't leave the dog out of it, no she has to be there too, after all, we are her pack. Yesterday was Mocha's birthday she is now 4 years old, she has been with us longer then the two youngest kids.
Yeah sure she looks innocent enough, but she is like a vulture the way she tail the boys when they have food. Really though she is Kaleb's best friend, my automatic vacuum, early warning system and peace of mind. She is a huge presence in our home, and I am not referring to the fact she is, like a few others around here, overweight. Poor lady has white around her muzzle already, but I think my cousin said it best, "boys can age a woman like that"

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