A few things keeping me happy this week!
An autumn drive to party with friends.
I found this road dazzling --
-- and the sky so blue that the red barn seemed to jump out of the landscape.
My destination? A barbecue!
Anne and Clayton were great hosts and everyone who brought food outdid themselves.
I loved the chicken, as you can see, but the ribs were my favorite!
(My cookie recipe is at the bottom of this post!)
A weekend with barbecue, followed by an evening of art! I enjoyed teaching a tag book workshop.
You can find a tutorial about it from long ago right HERE.
Here's Ashley's book...
Dusty will use hers for pot-luck recipes.
Jane had great retro art from an old cookbook!
And mine? Yes, are you really surprised by the graphics?
Here's a versatile cookie recipe that went over well at both the workshop and barbecue. It's fast, doubles or halves easily, and is adaptable to variations.
Pressed Shortbread Cookies
2 sticks butter
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 t. vanilla (if not using variation)
2 c. flour
Cream butter and sugar, add salt, and flour. Scoop or roll into small balls and press with glass, palm or cookie press. (Add colored sugar at this point if you like.) Bake 300 for 15-18 minutes. Leave on sheet for two minutes and then move to rack to cool.
Variations on a Theme: Cinnamon/Apple Version
Add enough cinnamon to taste (I like a lot and probably used at least 4 Tablespoons, maybe more.) Also add apple cider in place of vanilla. You will need to add more cider than the vanilla quantity -- again, do to your taste, a tablespoon or two at a time. But then you will also need to add a little more flour so that you have a stiff dough you can scoop and pat down. These were what I made this weekend -- and delicious. Glaze them with a powdered sugar/cinnamon/apple cider glaze when slightly warm. Colorful sugars or jimmies optional!
Variations on a Theme: Lemon Version
Use lemon juice and zest in place of the vanilla. Adjust flour accordingly. Glaze with powdered sugar and lemon juice.
Variations on a Theme: Peppermint Version
Same deal, peppermint extract and/or crushed peppermint candies.
Variations on a Theme: Dried Fruit
Add about 1/2 c. of dried cherries, cranberries or apricots. More if you like!
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