Monday, December 27, 2010

All I Need..

Impish smiles...

White Christmas...
Fancy new purse
and a new tube of lipstick...

What else does a woman need besides a healthy husband 
and a warm fire?

Did you have a very Merry Christmas?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to All!
Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus

Friday, December 17, 2010

Status Downgraded


Still haven't managed to decorate one little bit
and sadly, I do not have the energy to do so.
Being downgraded from "all time hostess" to guest
has not set well with me yet.
What shall I do with my 12 piece setting of my holiday
Lenox china, matching stemware and my mother's silver?

I'm off to rescue my husband from yet another hospital stay.

Anyone for Cancun?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dutch Butter Almond Coffee Cake

Just out of the oven,
 cooling on the rack in my kitchen
is the 

Butter Almond Cake 

from my Dutch cook book.

Today, I am baking two of them to send to my uncle in Chicago.

His wife past last year and I remember she always made this cake in 
the house just waiting for company to come over.
She was the first one to put on a pot of coffee 
(why don't people put on a pot of coffee anymore)
and serve this truly coffee cake.

It is the simplest recipe ever.

The dough

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
pinch of salt

Using your handy Kitchen aid mixer,
blend the dough well.

Divide in half and place in either an 8" or 10" spring pan. 

The center

1 can Solo almond paste

Spoon or shave the almond paste and place all over the halved dough.
Taking the other half of the dough, make a ball, smooch it out and 
place on top of the almond paste.  Crimp the sides together.

Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool on rack.

Slice into wedges and put on a pot of coffee.

I wish I had smell-a blog!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gettin' My Tree On

Tis the season...

to decorate the tree...
lots of work...

but such joyous memories....

No, my tree is not up just yet, but I am 
mentally preparing to do so!
Is that the same as good intentions?