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Amish Snickerdoodles…Just right with a cuppa tea

Buttery Amish Snickerdoodles and tea…

 

I’m so lonesome for my Ozark cousins and friends!

I miss that refreshing Southern Hospitality! Those big bear hugs and the exclamations, “I’m jus’ so glad to see ya! Y’all come on in now and have some tea.” And tea will be served with a little something…cookies, pie or a slice of cake.

Growing up, my Momma always had a stash of cookies somewhere.  Just in case somebody dropped by. Good manners…good Southern manners dictate you offer food with an iced or hot beverage.

Well, I can’t make a trip to Missouri…but I did bake some cookies. I love these buttery Amish Snickerdoodles. Hope you’ll try them and let me know what you think!

 

Amish Snickerdoodles

1 cup butter
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups sugar
2-3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tarter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Combine the following:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon

* Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the eggs one at a time, stirring in between.
* Sift together the flour, cream of tarter, baking soda and salt. Add to the first mixture.
* Form the cookie dough into balls (walnut size). Roll into mixture of sugar and cinnamon.
* Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Cookies will flatten into circles as they cook.

Serve with tea!!

* **These store well in sealed container***

 

 

May everyday be your cup of tea!

Kate

Happy 1st Birthday Duke….Celebrate National Love Your Pet Day….

Do you have a favorite book with a dog as one of the minor characters? In my current manuscript, the heroine has a delightful bouncing Chiweenie named Duke….

 

I know, I know….for those of you who’ve met me, or follow my Facebook page or Twitter page…you know my choice of a “dog persona” isn’t very original…because….I have a Chiweenie named Duke…

 

This little guy has been adorable since the day we got him.

My grandson holding Duke the day we got him.

 

Our grandson is babysitting Duke.

 

 

Duke had been raised with children and other dogs and loved people from day one.

Our granddaughter giving Duke leash lessons with her own dog Spots…..

 

Because we have a pool in our backyard, we thought it best to teach Duke to swim….he loves the water….

Mischief is his middle name…

Adored at the Rehab Center…by everyone except…

Duke loves to entertain the residents at the Rehab Center

the Rehab Resident Cat…uh…trying to friend her was a no go…

Duke tries to “friend’ the resident Rehab Cat…

The babies in our family LOVE Duke…and he loves them!!

My little grandson and Duke…

Duke is especially fond of trying new cuisine…a restaurant in St. Helens, Oregon offers a special “Doggie Spaghetti and Meatballs” during the summertime…

A dish of “Doggie Spaghetti and Meatballs” from the Dockside in St. Helens, Oregon

He loves adventure…whether it’s exploring a garden….

Exploring a garden….

….watching a sporting event….

 

Watching a sporting event….

….or sneaking back under the fence…..

Sneakin’ back into the yard…ohhhhh….somebody’s in trouble!

 

Our Duke is always ready to load up and go….

Riding Shotgun…

 

Happy is the day this little bundle came into our lives. We celebrated his first birthday….

The Birthday Boy

…he licked his plate clean.

Eating his “birthday cake”…..

 

This next year there’s a new baby to meet…..

Newest grandson with a ‘stash….

 

In the meantime…Duke has his two Boxers…to keep him entertained!

Two Boxers and a Chiweenie…

 

Today, February 20th is NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY…..How will you celebrate?

Happy Valentine’s Day…..Love Never Fails….

Love Never Fails….1 Corinthians 13:8

The Road to Vernonia…home of the Ax Men, Ring of Fire, and a charming little town!

One Sunday we  took a leisurely drive from our St. Helens home near the Columbia River to the historic town of Vernonia. Winding our way from the flat lands up towards the gossamer clouds it would be easy to pretend we were entering  Misty Mountain territory from Lord of the Rings.

It takes about an hour to travel the twisting thirty-one miles into tall-tree country. (That is if you don’t stop for pictures)

Vernonia’s history is rooted in the timber industry. Magnificent giant trees dwell on hillsides like skyscrapers dominate downtown San Francisco.

Vernonia’s famous Big Gun Logging team is part of the History Channel Ax Men series.

And the 1961 film Ring of Fire, starring David Janssen and Frank Gorshin, was partially filmed in Vernonia.

 

 

Arriving in this charming town, with a population of a little over 2,200, we were greeted by a winsome old hip-roofed barn.

 

I am crazy about bridges, and could not resist getting a photo of this stalwart structure…..

 

 

Imagine this gallant framework resisting the menacing floodwater of the Nehalem river….

 

The Nehalem River did jump it’s banks and flooded this quaint little town in December of 2007. 

 

We found parking next to a grocery store that is definitely “parent friendly!” I’ve NEVER seen this before. I’m impressed.  How accommodating…how touching….how thoughtful!

 

We strolled down the sidewalk to the Black Bear Coffee Company on Bridge Street.

 

Our delicious hamburger was only outdone by my fantastic Bloody Mary…and it was true, as one of my friends noted, “there’s a salad on top of your drink.”

The service was terrific and the atmosphere delightful. We’ll be returning to the Black Bear Coffee Company.

 

Leaving the carpets of ferns….

 

….and the moss covered tree trunks….( Was that an elf darting into that opening?)

 

….felt like we were leaving a fairy-tale world….

….but I know that the road leading out of Vernonia, can take me back anytime I want!

 

 

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