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Susie has a fun and bubbly personality and perks up your day…just like that!

Not only does she have amazing energy…her baking is unbelievable! People all over loved her baking so much, she decided to create a small business. Read her story and check out her web-site at  Woodford Street Baking Company. She will be updating with new images soon.

Here are some images of her creations. All I can say is mmmmmmmmmmmm!

Dessert anyone???

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We were invited to a party and as always I bring a desert. I wanted to make something different. It’s usually always chocolate cake, my specialty!  : )
I happened to see the rhubarb that came with our house and has continued to grow every spring. Memories of my childhood came to mind. We used to pick rhubarb and dip them in a cup of sugar to offset the sour taste. Rhubarb pie it was! I really had a fun time making it and hopefully I’ll have a reason to bake another one soon. Yummy! Below is the recipe I found and have saved, because it turned out swell. I have also made a pie with a mix of apples, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Highly recommendable as well.

Basic Piecrust
Makes top and bottom for a big pie
3 cups flour… Read More
1 tsp. salt
1 tbs. sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
6+ tbs. cold water

First cool your betal bowl and mixer in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Put flour, salt, sugar and butter (cut into chunks) into a mixer, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Beat egg in a cup and add water. While processing, pour liquid in gradually, mix 30 seconds at most. Divide dough into two parts, wrap each in wax paper and chill one hour, or freeze ten minutes. Keep extra crust on hand for another use.

Filling
5 cups rhubarb, sliced
1 ¼ cup sugar
¼ cup minute tapioca
2 tsp. finely grated orange zest

Mix and let sit for 15 minutes to bring out the juices.

Roll out a crust and drape over the filling.
Serve with vanilla ice cream and enjoy! M m m m m… : )

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Finally! Before Christmas the kids got to bake some cookies and did they ever do a wonderful job! They had fun rolling and  stamping out the cookies. It was fun to see how focused they were on the whole cookie baking experience. We put lots of cookies in the oven that day. They got to sample some of the dough. Which, by the way, was delicious!!! Thanks Kristi for the wonderful recipe! I’ll add it after all the pictures. It is truly yummy!

A few days later we also decorated some cookies. That was just as fun. Icing, sprinkles…more sprinkles. I like to make colored icing and then sprinkle with the same color sprinkles. It makes them festive and fun. If you make the frosting fairly thick, you won’t even have to layer the cookies on waxed paper. 

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There’s nothing like great memories of baking cookies for Christmas. I used to go to my grandmother Nelly’s house to bake. She would get out her big wooden block to bake on. I have one too and besides the great memories it is awesome for baking cookies!

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Stine with her IKEA rolling pin from Mormor. My sister and I used to use small ones as well. Rolling out dough can be tricky…but what a fun feeling.

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Looking like a pro.

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She is a precision baker,  just like most things she does.

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It sure looks like she’s been doing this for years.  : )

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It took Jakob a little while to figure out how to make the most of your rolled out cookie dough. He kept wanting to put a couple of stamps right in the middle, so us girls had to teach him. He got better as we went along.

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Baking cookies is serious business I guess.

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It was fun to watch the kids enjoying the smells and let’s not forget the over-kneaded dough. There’s nothing like sticky dough when you’re five I guess.

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Careful transport of cookies to the stone for baking. Check out the backwards cap. I love it! 

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Mamma had to adjust some of the cookies. It just isn’t very economical to bake only ten cookies at a time.

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STOP! No squishing the cookies!!!  I guess some of them had to be re-shaped.

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Rollin’ away.

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Maria does her very best. Gotta love how cute they look with their aprons on.

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Of all of us, I think Maria ate the most dough. ; )

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Jakob getting sick of rolling out dough. More fun to do the stamping. Mamma was busy documenting, so Maria helped out. Sweet sister!

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They were too focused to smile.

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Three amazing Christmas cookie bakers!

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Let’s drizzle some flower. One more time, for the camera.

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Alright! I think we’ll have to bake some more cookies before next year.

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Yummy!

 

Kristi’s Frosted Butter Sugar Cookies   makes 5-6 dozen

Bake at 375ºF for 8-10 minutes.

1 C butter
1.5 C sugar
3 eggs
1tsp vanilla
3.5 C flour 
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix all the dry ingredients. Add. Chill, roll, cut out and enjoy!

Frosting
2+ C powdered sugar 
1tsp vanilla
.25-.5 C butter
1T milk

Mix 1 C powdered sugar, vanilla, butter and milk. Add powdered sugar until desired consistency.  Divide and add food coloring for fun. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

Have a wonderful 2009 everyone!

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