Me, A Mom

3 kids and a dog

Archive for the tag “cookies”

TRADITION! love it or hate it…its here to stay

Tradition.

Ah you see tevya from fiddler dancing above.

He sang of tradition.

We have feelings about our traditions

Good—Bad

rarely indifferent.

even young children understand tradition

even if they can’t say the word  “Tradition”

a year or so ago my grandmother was ill

and the kids

wanted to know if they were still going

to get to see the family and have grandmas stuffing at thanksgiving.

TRADITION

After my grandfather died

my daughter wanted to know who was going to stick their tongue out at her when she was on the risers of the Christmas show, and her ballet recital

(my mom did.)

TRADITION

When the boys were first diagnosed with food allergies

I agonized over how I was going to make

boatloads of cookies at Christmas like my mom used to do.

no longer would meringue(egg white cookies) be an option

and

no pecan fingers

no chocolate cookies dipped in frosting and nuts

no peanut cake bars

no chex mix with mixed nuts

I could go on but you get the point

TRADITION

then

we decided that guess what we’ll start our own TRADITION

so each year the kids get to each pick out a type of cookie they would be devastated  if it wasn’t on the Christmas tray and that’s what we make….only 3 or 4 types of cookies…not 15(sorry mom…. you know we love you 😉   )

and then we pick a time when everyone is home and even the reluctant teenager has to frost a few cookies or risk being frosted….

TRADITION

you see

TRADITION is important

it builds a sense of family

a sense of belonging

a sense of expectation

on 4th of July we go to the parade, then to grandmas for Fry out and everyone is there

and then to the fire works

if we are out visiting in-laws we have a campfire and set off our own fireworks

there are certain places we go

certain things we do that connect us

in time and space

through the stories we share

(stories are another tradition)

my grandfather used to tell a joke about a monkey and a bus accident….

There was a terrible bus accident. Unfortunately, no one survived the accident except a monkey which was on board and there were no witnesses. The police try to investigate further but they get no results. At last, they try to interrogate the monkey. The monkey seems to respond to their questions with gestures. Seeing that, they start asking the questions.The police chief asks, “What were the people doing on the bus?”The monkey shakes his head in a condemning manner and starts dancing around; meaning the people were dancing and having fun.The chief asks, “Yeah, but what else were they doing?”.The monkey uses his hand and takes it to his mouth as if holding a bottle.The chief says, “Oh! They were drinking, huh??!” The chief continues, “Okay, were they doing anything else?”The monkey nods his head and moves his mouth back and forth, meaning they were talking.The chief loses his patience, “If they were having such a great time, who was driving the stupid bus then?”The monkey cheerfully swings his arms to the sides as if grabbing a wheel.

I know…groan  right   but grandpa told it at every family gathering and every year we’d groan and laugh.

now his chair is empty so the great grand-kids are learning to tell it…though they don’t always remember it right yet.

TRADITION

whether its cooking, gardening, site seeing, gathering, going to church together

whether its eating, visiting the cemetery on memorial day, or lighting candles on the birthday cake

traditions are an important part of our society, our humanity

think

what are some of yours?

Leckerli as we call it or “Honey Cookies” if you don’t know the language

OK so these are a favorite of mine

but

they call for nuts grrrrrr

which means if I make them

I’ll be the only one eating them

as  2 of the  kids have nut allergies

but tada…substitutes work in this recipe!

so here is the recipe

and my substitutes will follow in bold

11/2 cups whole-unblanched, unsalted almonds( 3/4 cup wheat germ, or oat bran or ground unsalted raw shelled pumpkin seeds)

3/4 cup honey

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp grated lemon peel

1/4 cup lemon juice

1 1/2 tbsp brandy

4 cups of sifted flour

dash salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 cup powder sugar

3 tbsp water

Instructions

Grind almonds(or measure out the wheat germ, or the oat bran, or grind the shelled pumpkin seeds) finely in blender

Pour brandy and lemon juice over the almonds(or wheat germ, or oatbran, or pumpkin seeds) and lemon peel

In a saucepan, bring honey, and granulated sugar just to boiling, stirring the whole time – do not boil

Set aside to cool for 10 minutes

Stir in the lemon juice mixture

In a large bowl

sift flour with salt, baking soda and spices.

make a well in the middle of the dry mixture

pour the honey mixture into the well you just made

Work it together

it will be very stiff! VERY

Preheat oven to 350 the powder sugar and the 3 tbsp water

 

get ready and mix together

 

Divide dough into 4 parts, wrap 3 in plastic wrap so they don’t dry out

roll out 1 part between 2 sheets of wax paper to a 6×8 inch rectangle about 1/4 inch thick

Bake on a parchment paper lined pan for about 10 minutes or just till golden.

as soon as they come out of the oven use a pastry brush to coat the top of each with a thin layer of the powder sugar mixture

take off pan and allow to cool

repeat with each of the parts of dough

enjoy!

ok so I didn’t use parchment in the picture but usually…I do!

and

tip for

using  the wax paper….USE IT!

the dough is stiff…but very sticky as well

roll it out between two sheets of wax paper

then peel of one layer of wax paper

turn it over onto a fresh sheet of wax paper then

peel off the other layer of wax paper

then using a pizza cutter slice the dough into strips

sounds time consuming but goes fast when you ger in the groove

ps

this dough can also be rolled out and then cut out with cookie cutters!

and did you notice the only substitute was for nuts the recipe already does not call for eggs or dairy!

Yesterday…I made a roast…and tapioca pudding and…oatmeal cookie bars….whew

I make beef roast a alot…like once a week

its one of the few meals that gets us more than one day.

We prefer the spoon roast, but I’ve also purchased chuck roast as well

Want to know more about cuts of beef?

Now when I was growing up making a roast meant filling the pan with cubed potatoes, carrots, celery , onions, and some salt and pepper. It was scrumtious.

Then the roast after cooking would be carved….some cut off and saved for soup, or pot pie, or stew,

and the rest served for supper.

But…my kids aren’t crazy about cooked veggies, and a roast doesn’t last as long as it used to. I have one meat crazy boy who just can’t stop.

So…whether it is beef tips or beef roast here is what I do.

First I often (though not always…depends on time constraints) seer it quickly in a hot pan with olive oil to give some color.

Then I put into a greased (spray oiled) pan and top with salt pepper, a few onions and then a cup or so of brandy.(brandy and beef can’t be beat!)

and then bake till it falls apart!either slowly at 275 or a little faster at 350 (or if you have a slow cooker you could do it that way.

Well….yesterday I cheated…I sprayed the pan with olive oil, put the roast in fat side up(nooo don’t take all the fat off…it adds so much flavor as it melts into the meat besides you don’t eat it every day right?)

anyway

I had some store bought onion soup mix(store brand even) and it was safe(well…no allergens for my kids) for my family.

I dumped it on the roast, added 1 cup of brandy and 1 cup of water to the pan, put the cover on the roaster and let it cook at 350 for about 3 hours.

and…it falls apart, and tastes yum….

so into the fridge and

then for supper I”ll make pasta or potatos, and a veggie(or fresh veggies) maybe a jello or fruit salad, and

none of it will last as many meals as it used to.

——————————-

now if I had used the slow cooker that would be it.

but since I had the oven at 350 for almost 4 hours I figured I better be a good steward of the energy(gas) we are using and make some other stuff too, {maybe a pingback to my post on redeeming the time would make sense here}

So into the oven went 3 sweet potatoes(washed and with a slice in the top of each to allow for steam to escape(placed on top of a parchment paper covered pan)

and since we were having left overs for supper last night(the roast was for the next day) I then found the left over rolls we had put them on a pan and brushed them with olive oil(that I had mixed with onion powder and garlic powder) go figure no one wants to eat the potato rolls before but put the oil on and they disappear before I get one!

and finally…despite getting our girl scout cookies the other day I decided(since I had some oats in the cupboard) to make oatmeal raisin cookie bars(one kid hates raisins…and said she won’t eat it…oh well…more for me 😉    )

(By the way I made the recipe on the oats container and I substituted soy sour cream for eggs, 1/4 cup per egg called for and I used fleischmanns  no salt margarine as it is dairy free and what I had on hand)

oh and while that was all cooking I made tapioca pudding…..

NO EGGS OR DAIRY

I add 1 tbsp corn starch to the mixture then add vanilla soy milk let sit 6 minutes then bring to boil, turn off and  add the vanilla(I also add a little fake almond extract) put into a container cover with plastic wrap

and done.

whewwwwwwwww…..done cooking….at least till next time.

Post Navigation