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Dec 18

Top 5 Retro Christmas Cookies

It is no secret that I love retro recipes. I’ve collected cookbooks over the years from as far back as 1890. To help you out with your Christmas baking, here are my top five Christmas cookies recipes from decades gone by.

White wooden board and Christmas sweets.

Grandma Gig’s Oatmeal Walnut Cookies circa 1952

My step-mom’s famous recipe. They won a blue ribbon in the 1950’s in the Traverse City, MI county fair. All three of my boys can’t stop eating these! When shopping for ingredients, don’t forget powdered sugar to roll them in before baking.

Cream:

2 C brown sugar

2 sticks real butter, softened

Mix in:

2 eggs

1 t vanilla extract

In another bowl mix:

2 C all-purpose flour

1 t salt

1 t baking soda

3 C quick oats

1 C chopped walnuts

Blend well and chill dough, covered, for four hours or overnight. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly golden. Do not over-bake.

Church WindowsChurch Window Cookies  circa 1960

A classic cookie that has adorned holiday trays since the 1960’s. I make them every year.

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
1 package (12 ounce) chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 package mini colored marshmallows
3 C. flaked coconut

In a large saucepan over very low heat, melt butter and chocolate chips together. Cool. Gently stir in nuts and marshmallows until blended.

Divide mixture into three parts. Place flaked coconut on a sheet of waxed paper. Spread chocolate over coconut to form three “logs”. Sprinkle coconut over top and sides of logs. Wrap in wax paper and twist ends shut with twist ties.

Chill in refrigerator overnight. Unwrap, slice and package as desired.

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Cocao cookies with chocolate covered maraschino cherriesChocolate Cherry Drop Cookies circa 1978

Reminds me of a chocolate-covered cherry. I got this recipe from my good friend Suzy in the 1990’s.

Cream:

1 stick butter

1 C sugar

1 1/2 t vanilla

1 egg

In a large bowl mix:

1 1/2 C flour

1/2 C cocoa powder

1/4 t salt

1/4 t baking soda

1/4 t baking powder

Drain one large jar maraschino cherries setting aside juice.

Drop dough into heaping tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. Push a cherry down into each.

Frosting:

BEFORE BAKING frost each with a teaspoon frosting.

Frosting:

Over very low heat melt:

6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips

Add:

1/2 C sweetened condensed milk

4 t cherry juice

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Do not over bake.

photo-23Iced Gingerbread Cookies circa 1940

Super easy and super delicious! It just isn’t Christmas without some sort of gingerbread. These will do the trick!

In a large saucepan boil:

1 stick butter

2/3 C white sugar

1 T vinegar

1/2 C blackstrap molasses

1 1/8 t ground ginger

1/2 t cinnamon

1/8 t allspice

Remove from heat and add:

1/2 t baking soda that has been dissolved in 2 t hot water

Add:

1 egg

1 t baking powder

3 C  all-purpose four

Cool and cover. Chill in fridge for three hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-13 minutes or until lightly golden. Do not over-bake. Cool slightly. Then, drizzle icing over.

Icing:

1 C powdered sugar

1/2 t vanilla

Thin with a few tablespoons milk until it is of a consistency that can be drizzled over the cookies. Drizzle and let cool completely.

cranberriesMerry Berry Cheesecake Bars circa 1986

I found this recipe in a magazine when I was first married. Great for the cranberry lover.

2 C all-purpose flour

1 1/2 C quick oats

3/4 C firmly packed brown sugar

2 sticks butter, softened

1 block cream cheese, softened

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 16 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce

1/4 C  real lemon juice

2 T corn starch

Beat first four ingredients until well blended. Reserve 1 1/2 C mixture and press remaining in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees until golden brown. Remove from oven. Beat cream cheese until fluffy and add canned milk and lemon juice. Spread over crust. Combine cranberry sauce and corn starch. Spread over cream cheese. Top with remaining flour mixture crumbled over the top. Return to oven for 40-45 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool and cut into bars.

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Dec 17

Pre-Order Keep It Shut & Get Free Stuff!

Exciting announcement! Pre-order KEEP IT SHUT now from any online site (or purchase from a local bookstore!) and claim your free gift(s)*! 

Keep It ShutGot words? Oh yeah, you do! The average women speaks over 20,000 a day—not to mention the ones she types online. Karen Ehman—a woman whose words have often landed her in a heap of trouble— shares from experience the how’s (and how-not-to’s) of dealing with the tongue in her new book Keep It Shut . Using biblical examples, as well as Karen’s own personal (and sometimes painful!) stories, Keep It Shut will equip you to know what to say, how best to say it, and when you’d better just keep your lips zipped!

This book will teach you:

  • The difference between gossip and properly processing with a trusted friend
  • A helpful grid for using our digital tongues as we talk online or on social media
  • How to pause before you pounce, attacking the problem but not the person
  • How to avoid saying something permanently painful just because you are temporarily ticked off
  • What the Bible teaches about making our speech laced with grace, as sweet as honey, and yet seasoned with salt

With your qualifying purchase of Keep It Shut, you will receive the following free gift(s)*. Please follow the steps below to place your order and take advantage of the freebies:

  • If you PRE-ORDER one (1) copy of Keep It Shut* you will receive:
    • Free access via BookShout.com to Let.It.Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith by Karen Ehman
    • Five downloadable Keep It Shut screensavers
    • Exclusive, 2-minute “thank you” video from Karen Ehman
  • If you PRE-ORDER five (5) or more copies of Keep It Shut* you will receive:
    • Free access via BookShout.com to Let.It.Go: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith by Karen Ehman
    • Five downloadable Keep It Shut screensavers
    • Exclusive, 2-minute “thank you” video from Karen Ehman
    • Five downloadable Keep It Shut prints that coordinate with screensavers
    • Link to Keep It Shut Curriculum Session 1
    • Exclusive, 20-minute video from Karen Ehman with a bonus teaching on how to watch your words.
  • If you PRE-ORDER ten (10) or more copies of Keep It Shut* you will receive:
    • Free access via BookShout.com to Let.It.Go.: How to Stop Running the Show and Start Walking in Faith by Karen Ehman
    • Five downloadable Keep It Shut screensavers
    • Exclusive, 2-minute “thank you” video from Karen Ehman
    • Five downloadable Keep It Shut prints that coordinate with screensavers
    • Link to Keep It Shut Curriculum Session 1
    • Exclusive, 20-minute video from Karen Ehman with a bonus teaching on how to watch your words.
    • Group conference call opportunity with Karen Ehman on January 19. Call in details will be mailed the week prior to the conference call.

To receive the bonus or bonuses (depending on your pre-order), you must do the following:

Email a copy of your receipt. Simply forward an image of the paid receipt from your online or local bookseller to keepitshutbonuses@yahoo.com. Provide your name, email address, and what you purchased. (The book is available from Proverbs 31, Amazon, CBD, and Barnes & Noble as well as all other major retailers)

Replies to e-mail receipt submissions will begin on Monday, December 15. You will get an email reply acknowledging your submission. Within 48 hours, you will receive another email with an attachment or attachments (depending on bonus eligibility) of your Keep It Shut bonus(es). If you are eligible for the group conference call session with Karen Ehman on January 19, 2015, further instructions will be available in the e-mail response after receiving your paid receipt.

You have seven (7) days after January 5, 2105 to submit your receipt. After Monday, January 12, 2015, this email address will no longer be available.

*This offer is only valid from 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, through Midnight, Pacific Time, on Monday, January 5, 2015. 

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Dec 15

12 Days of Christmas WINNERS!!

Thanks to all who commented on our 12 Days of Christmas series.  If you see you name below, please email your home address AND what day and person's gift you won to karenehmanministry@gmail.com so we can get your prizes out right away :-) (Gonna let you have the fun of looking up what your prize … [Continue reading...]

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Dec 12

The 12th Day of Christmas with Beki Hastings – The Rusted Chain

Welcome to the 7th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!!! 12 Days. 12 friends guest posting sharing a Christmas idea, recipe or favorite with you. 12 great giveaways for you to enter along with one GRAND PRIZE for someone who comments to enter all 12 days!! Here we are at the last of the 12 … [Continue reading...]

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Dec 11

The 11th Day of Christmas with Jill Savage of Hearts at Home

Welcome to the 7th annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways!!! 12 Days. 12 friends guest posting sharing a Christmas idea, recipe or favorite with you. 12 great giveaways for you to enter along with one GRAND PRIZE for someone who comments to enter all 12 days!! Today's guest is my dear friend … [Continue reading...]

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