Nov 30, 2005

Raspberry Mocha Cookies

Mmmm.... YUMMY!!!

Raspberry Mocha Cookies

1/3 c. vegetable shortening
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. milk*
2 tbsp. instant expresso or instant coffee powder*
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 (1.75 to 2 oz) chocolate bar, coarsely grated

In mixing bowl, cream together shortening and sugars. Add egg and vanilla. Heat milk and stir in the instant coffee. Add to creamed mixturn and mix until well incorporated. Roll mixture into 1" balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet well spaced apart. Press out cookie with bottom of lightly buttered glass dipped in sugar, or press out with fork. Sprinkle lightly with grated chocolate. Bake at 375 degrees 8 to 10 minutes. Cool slightly before removing to wire racks. Cool completely before storing. Makes 3 dozen.

*NOTES: I didn't have an "instant" coffee on hand, so I used regular raspberry flavored coffee. I heated the milk in the microwave and stirred in the coffee. I strained the grounds out before adding to mixture. When I make this the next time, I'm going to increase the amount of milk to about 3 tbsp. because the mixture seems overly dry to me... almost to the point of crumbling (before baking). I rolled into balls and flattened it in my hand before putting on the cookie sheet. It worked just fine. 8 minutes baking time was just the right amount for my electric oven. I didn't end up with 3 dozen... only about 1 and 1/2 dozen.

What's New With Meari?

It’s a bright COLD sunny day where I’m at. They’re calling for snow tonight – it’s all coming way too soon for me. So.... What’s new with me?

I’ve enrolled in American Literature II for the spring semester of college. I am getting ancy because I only have 9 more credit hours to finish my degree. 3 more classes! Next week the schedule for the summer classes comes out. Maybe they’ll have a class I need. If not, I’ll be taking the summer off.

I’ve managed to get my Christmas cards sent off, with the exception of those who get letters put in them. I have two more people to shop for and I’ll be done with that. I need to get some of the gifts wrapped by this weekend because SO wants to come over and help me set up my tree. He’s like a little kid – it bugs him to no end knowing about presents and surprises! I’ve started my holiday baking: Raspberry Mocha Cookies (yum!).

In the past few weeks, I’ve framed and matted 1938 John Deere Model A that I cross-stitched as a gift. I started it on 8/28/05 and put in 33.75 hours of stitching. I’m about 7/8 finished with Northern Lights. I have about 115 hours of stitching in so far. I started a small Disney kit that has two bookmarks stitched on vinyl weave. I’m not sure I care much for vinyl weave, but I’ll stitch one up and see how it turns out.

Nov 26, 2005

Starman the Snowkid

Most of the snow from yesterday has melted. Starman the Snowkid ornament by Sugarplum Express did not. In fact, tonight I finished him!