Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Getting Ready For Fall

 The empire biscuits are baked and packed up.  I am at 1411 cookies as of this morning.  I have about 100 more to bake. The cookies are all packed in airtight containers and kept in a cold room.  I never freeze cookies.  I think it alters their consistency.

 I am currently planting mums all over the gardens.  Maybe this will give Mother Nature the hint that it is time for it to cool off a bit.

 Teddy getting one of her daily drinks from the upper pond.

 Click to enlarge.  A new birdhouse.

 A play area under the Weeping Beech.

The re-built  gazebo.

Teddy laying on the cool stones by the fountain.
 And hanging out with her pumpkin pack on the front porch.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thumbprint Cookies

                                I made 150 of these yesterday.  I should have kept track of how much butter I've gone through  because it is a lot!                                                                                                                             
One more day of baking and I think I am done.
 My first selfie.  This is my t-shirt from yesterday.  This is why baker's wear white.

Monday, August 29, 2016


 Yesterday I made my mother's kippels for the wedding.  These are the cookies I most associate with her.  I remember carefully folding these with her when I was a very little girl.

 I made hundreds of them.

I could have used a little helper!  1200 cookies so far and still counting.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Snowballs in August

 I enlisted the help of The Blog Tech to cut up yesterday's cookies.  He did a great job.  He is going to make someone a great husband!

Yesterday I made snowballs or as some call them, Mexican wedding cookies. I will post recipes sometime in the future, remind me, but I am too busy right now.

I made 500 cookies yesterday.  The total so far.....1200 +,  but who's counting?

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pain in the Ass Bars aka Yum Yummies

 Yesterday, I made my kids their favorite cookies which are actually bars.  I made 6X the recipe.  I don't even know that their is a word for that....hexdruple? These are a major pain in the ass though my children call them Yum Yummies.

 They are so good that I had a friend whose husband would stand hunched over their sink shoveling them in each Xmas when he got them on their cookie platter. The house rule was that he got all of the yum yummies.

 They have a shortbread crust, a pecan pie-like filling and buttercream frosting.

I'm sitting here waiting for The Blog Tech to show up and help me cut them.  Cutting them into pieces is the worst part.  Hopefully the effort will be worth it and we will turn a bunch of wedding guests into yum yummy fans.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Food Memories

 It's weird growing up without a mother. Through many stages of life you wonder how things would be if you had one.  Through many marriages of my own (a post/posts for another time), I never gave it much thought because I was too wrapped up in my own life. And maybe it's because I'm older now but I've spent a lot of time thinking about my mom. I pulled out all of her old recipes to bake for this wedding so she can join us in spirit. I don't know who she was but somehow I think she would have gotten a kick out of this.  Yesterday was her oatmeal raisin cookie day.  I baked 200 of them.

 When I am quadrupling recipes, I line everything up ahead of time.  It's nice to have everything measured out and ready to go.

Five hours later my 'dead mother' cookies are packed and ready for the wedding.

* BTW..I burned out an older KitchenAid, not my OctoberFarm mixer.  That's sort of my show mixer.  I look at it more than I use it!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


 Meet Hannibal, my new mixer.  This is a commercial KitchenAid mixer and it is a workhorse.  I should have had one of these years ago.  I am thrilled with it; though the wedding cookies just became really expensive.

 The cage is to keep you from falling in.  Not really but I'm really glad it's there.

 I'm pumping out abut 150-200 cookies each day.

 At this rate, I will have about 1 dozen cookies for each guest to take home. 

 That's about 1400 cookies.

The shelter that I used to cook for is close by so they will get the leftovers. I assume there will be leftovers but maybe not?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Heart of Amish Country

 When you see this in your front window and this in your rear view mirror, you know you are in Amish country.  Click to enlarge.

 Tooling down the road, we spotted this.

 The bastion of jam and jellies!

 Why is this guy on a sulky?

 An Amish limo.

 A convertible.

 A two wheeler for kids.

 Future sauerkraut and halushki....what's not to love about Fall?

You never know what you are going to see on these trips.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Amish Barn Raising

 Click to enlarge these.  As we were driving down back roads in Amish country, we came upon a bunch of men and boys involved in a traditional barn raising.

 I wish we could have stopped to watch the whole thing.

 They will have the entire structure up by the end of the day.

The Amish never waste time.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


 We were driving down a country road in Ohio and I spotted them from a distance.

The first pumpkins of Fall, I would bow at their feet if they had them.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Fall Decorating

I figured that if I decorated for Fall, the Autumn Gods would take notice and drop the temps a few degrees. It didn't work.  At least I'm decorated.
 Four racks of these cookies are now packed up and checked off the list.  About 900 more to go.

 I hung one of my mirror chains out front and it is magical when the sun hits it in the morning.

 We are heading out on a road trip tomorrow and I am hoping to find my first pumpkins to add to the mix.

Next year it will be time for a change in decorating.  Next year when I have something called 'time on my hands'!