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Dec.19… Kiffles

I had mentioned about a year ago that I would explain more on how to do Kiffles, I think I procrastinated.

Not any more will I procrastinate, here goes on how to make kiffles , a real favorite in this household. It is an old recipe handed down from my Grammy.

In a large bowl put a pound of butter (2cups) if it is not room temperature than warm butter in microwave. Add 1 cup of sour cream ,3 egg yolks and one whole egg. ( Set egg whites aside for tomorrow) 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 heaping tablespoon of yeast or one pack, and 4 cups of white flour. I mix all the ingredients except for the flour and yeast, which I add to the flour, then work the flour in by hand. The dough will be sticky rather like cookie dough.

Refrigerate overnight to let it rise.

Next morning add 1 cup of sugar to egg whites, and chop up 1 pound of nut.. pecan is what I use. Don’t add the nuts to the egg whites for you want to be able to sprinkle the nuts over your dough.

For the flour to roll your dough in mix 2 cups of white flour with 1cup of 10x sugar.

Heat oven at 375*

The dough will be stiff in the morning, but just divide the dough in half ,gently knead on a floured counter top until it becomes soft enough to roll out.

Roll out the dough using lots of the flour until thin about 1/8 th of an inch. Put half of the eggs white mixture on dough ,spread on well….

Then sprinkle on the nut meat….

Cut into about 2 inch strips then those strips into 2 inch blocks. (Smaller if you want your cookies smaller.) Roll the block ,then roll the block into a little flour ,and roll it with just a little pressure like it was a piece of play dough,then place on greased cookie sheet with seam down.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes,don’t over bake . You want these to melt in your mouth.

Put some 10x on the counter where you will put the cookies to cool, after the cookies are removed from the oven sprinkle with 10x sugar.

When cool place on a plate and serve…Enjoy!

These also freeze well if you wish to make them ahead of time to be served.



Dec.15 th… torn denim jeans,mug rugs and kiffles

Or maybe I should just say..”all in a day’s work “😄

My son has this problem of  tearing his denim jeans right by the pocket ,it is always on the right side. I think it must be the wallet pocket. Here is how I fix them..

I cut a strip of  denim from old pants or denim fabric scraps,then glue the strip to the back side of torn jeans.

I used the lighter side of denim strip for the jeans are faded. 

I rip the seam of the pocket down to where  you can put the tear together as much as you can. Glue the fabric to the strip well,you don’t want the strip to move on you…wait a bit for the glue to dry. I usually start to work on another pair of jeans with the same problem.

Then you sew ,I usually use a stitch that won’t let the fabric fray .

After repairing the tear,place the pocket of jean down,and sew it in place . Ta da… your done!

Two pairs of pants ready to be wore again.

I received these beautiful mug rugs from a blogging friend. It took them close to a month for them to go from Hungary to the USA. I was beginning to think that they were lost by postal service,when I was pleasantly surprised by them this week!! I love them!

The fronts

The backs…. aren’t they delightful!!

And yes,I’m slowly getting cookies made for Christmas. Today I made the special ones that my Grammy Tress made. I look forward to making these special cookies , they bring back warm memories.

Have a lovely weekend, Deb

Aug.7th, Molasses cookies and log cabin blocks

Can’t you just smell the air ,filled with cinnamon,cloves,ginger,and molasses mixed with the faint smell of wood smoke?!

In my life time I have made many cookies, chocolate chip, sugar cookies,raisin filled cookies, kiffles, oatmeal cookies,and Christmas cookies with icing and sprinkles. My family has enjoyed them all but the cookie that is most loved in this home is the plain looking molasses crinkle.

In the first few years of our married life,times were a little hard,but we had enough means to raise our on meat. So lard was used a lot for baking.. The cookies got even better when we had room for a cow. She was a Guernsey,so we had lots of butter.

I have used king syrup , blackstrap,dark Karo ,and local cane syrup. They all work ,with each syrup giving their own taste to the cookie. 

The dough keeps in the frig for awhile if one wishes to only make a few cookies at a time for fresh eating. They also freeze well and keep their freshness if frozen right after they cool off. 

These cookies are also very good when half of the cookie is dipped in white chocolate.

Here is the recipe..

1 1/2 cup of shortening

2 cups of sugar 

2 eggs

2 tsp.baking soda

1 tsp of cloves

1/2 tsp ginger

2 tsp of cinnamon 

3 3/4 cups of flour .. 4 if using all butter.

1 tsp of salt

Put ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Roll into an one inch ball then roll in sugar or powder sugar 

Bake at 350 for 8 to 10 min. 

Enjoy 🙂

I have been working also on log cabin scrappy blocks. Eighty of them are finished with 40 more to go.

Have a lovely week , Deb

Feb.15 th, sticks, cookies,and scraps

This week was a good week for trimming up trees before the weather turns warm. So with lots of limbs on the ground,PopPop and MomMom needed some help from three young boys.  


After working so hard then ,they sat down to the table for warm chocolate chip cookies which they also help to make . 

From cookies to trampoline…no wonder those boys stay thin… Wished I had half the energy!

This week I also worked on some more scrap quilt tops for one of the church ladies sewing circle that I sew for.

Here’s the basket full of scraps, hopefully by the time I’m done there will be only a few pieces left.

One top almost finished ,have a black border to put on the top and bottom yet. 

There were lots of little strips , so I made some strip blocks, 4 1/2 by 6 1/2  more on that later as I’m still cutting up pieces.

I did finish sewing this top with hearts.


This picture was sent to me from my second daughter,who is taking care of My Mom until she’s feeling a little better. The picture was take from the hospital window.

I just love those Angels!!

Have a lovely week friends,Deb

Dec.21st. Bread making

I love to make bread. I love the way it adds a lovely smell to the kitchen, but most of all I love to watch the family totally enjoy the warm bread. They eat it with such delight, that always warms this cook’s heart.

I make an oatmeal bread for it holds the moisture in the bread longer.

2 T. Of yeast

4 cups of warm water

1/2 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of oil

1T. Salt

9 cups of flour

2 cups of oatmeal

.Dissolve yeast in the warm water. Add sugar, oil, salt,and 3 cups of flour , all the oatmeal , then mix well. Finish out using the rest of the flour in the kneading of the dough. Let rise for an hour, shape into loaves . Again let it raise until double. Bake at 350 for 25 – 30 mins.


dough being kneaded.


Bread raising ready to be made into loaves.


Loaves in pans


Bread ready to be removed from pans. I use butter on tops and sides for added softness to the crust.

The mincemeat cookies that I posted about last week were a “hit” among the family!


Wishing all a Merry Christmas! Deb

Dec. 13th,Homemade mincemeat filling

A post from A hundred years ago wrote a article on mincemeat . It was made mention that mincemeat filling was also used in cookies!

Now I love mincemeat, but Grandma just used it in pies. She made wonderful pies. I loved to pull up a stool to the counter, and watch her bake or cook. That’s where I learned that you scraped the bowls clean for it was wasteful not too.

I decided to make a batch of mincemeat ,then make some cookies using the mincemeat filling instead of a raisin filling. I have the mincemeat in the frig setting a few days so the spices mix well into the meat.

I would like to share my recipe that is great grandma’s recipe.


I cook the meat without salt for several hrs. It doesn’t have to be real tender for it needs to be ground.

while the meat is cooking I soak the raisins in a little water … Just enough water that you can see it in the bowl. About 3/4 of the raisins are covered!image

Then I put oranges , lemons, apples and citron in the blender, along with the cider, if I don’t have cider ,I just use 1 1/2 cup of applesauce.i also tweaked the recipe a little and add a fourth cup of butter rum.


When the meat is done , I then chunk up the meat for grinding. The kitchen aid grinder attachment works good for me.


i grind the meat into the large kettle that I put the blended fruit. After I run the meat though then I do the raisins.

Ground meat

Ground meat

spices are then added with the molasses and sugar. Once again I tweaked the spices. I like the cinnamon and a little ginger in it. Mix well and put on stove to cook.


Here is the recipe for the dough that I will make next week.


Happy baking!! , Deb