Monday, February 21, 2011

New Addition

It's that time again, where I go MIA. I just need to step away, and take in my surroundings. It feels good.
Amy (we) got a new puppy. Her name is Olive. Amy rescued her from Lancaster, Pa from a cage in a woman's garage. She spent her whole 11 weeks in a cage. The reason I say "we" is because she leaves her at our house during the day--it is closer to her work so she can let her out at lunch. It has been a LONG time since I have had a puppy in this house. Lots of accidents!

This is her first day, and not sure what to do, poor baby. Amy got her on Valentines Day, last Monday.
She now LOVES the snow.

Getting to know me. She is a real sweetheart!

She is so docile and good, I just love her disposition! I forgot to say she is a Golden-doodle.

After 3 days, I'd say she was getting quite comfortable! A far cry from where she was a few days ago!

She sleeps like a rock!

Can you believe she is only 11 weeks old? She is going to be a horse!

Happy President's Day, and I hope all is well with everyone.
Have been busy in Maryland with the kitchen addition, should be done sometime in April. I cannot wait for Spring!

Peace Out


Friday, February 4, 2011

Treats for your Sweet

It's that time again! Getting close to Valentines Day, and what a better cookie to make than these. Totally delicious and easier than you think! Give them a try.

Linzer Cookies


1 cup, 2 sticks, butter
1 large egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cups finely ground almonds
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
confectioners sugar


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add flour, salt, cinnamon and ground almonds to a large bowl and mix well with a whisk.

2. Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer. Add egg, scrap down sides and mix again until well incorporated. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour mixture and mix, scrapping down sides until flour mixture is well incorporated.

3. Split cookie dough in half and refrigerate until well-chilled and firm. Roll out cookie dough to about 1/8 inch and then cut out cookies. At this point I freeze the dough for about 30 minutes, so it is very firm and I can cut them easier. Then cut cookies out of chilled and firm dough and transfer cookies to parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until golden brown.

4. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then remove and let them cool completely. After cooled, spread about 1 teaspoon jam on cookie and make a sandwich. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends!


Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Groundhog Day is a holiday celebrated on February 2 in the United States and Canada. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, it will leave the burrow, signifying that winter will soon end. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and winter will continue for six more weeks.

Woke up this morning to 1/4 inch of ice! Roads, trees, wires, driveway....and I have to go to work. Wish me luck.

Let us pray that he leaves his burrow!!!! I can't take much more of this!

Have a great day!!