Raspberry Ribbons

Raspberry Ribbons

raspberry-ribbons

Raspberry Ribbons, before glazing and cutting.

Haven’t made these lately, but they are on my radar for Christmas!  They are a version of Danish Butter Cookies that came from “Scandinavian Cooking” by Beatrice Ojakangas.  This year they will be gluten free.  But here’s the real recipe, complete with gluten…

Raspberry Ribbons
Makes about 48 cookies

1 c. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. water, if needed (if dough is dry)
2 1/2 c. flour

Put the above in a food processor with a metal blade and process until it’s smooth and pliable.  Gather dough into a ball and knead.  Can be refrigerated up to one week.

Now…to make the Raspberry Ribbons…

1 recipe Butter Cookie dough
1/2 c. raspberry jam
1/2 c. icing sugar
2 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Divide dough into fourths.  Roll into ropes about 1/2″ thick between your hands and a floured surface.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets about 2″ apart.  Using the side of your little finger, press a long groove the length of each strand.  Bake 10 minutes.  Spoon jam into the groove.  Bake another 5-10 minutes or until edges lightly browned.

Make a glaze with the milk and icing sugar.  Brush or drizzle over hot cookies.  Cut into logs diagonally about 1″ wide.  Let cool.

Enjoy!

 

 

Weekly Review: The New and The Old

Weekly Review: The New and The Old

Or maybe that title should read “the old and the older”!  Good afternoon everyone!  It’s been a busy week.  This has been my Christmas baking week.  I have one more batch of cookies to go – Danish butter cookies called Raspberry Ribbons. Everything else is in the freezer, awaiting a cookie exchange later this week.

About the post title…I’ve been enjoying old things this week.  I posted Monday about working on my Trip-Around-The-World quilt that I started when I was seventeen.  Not to get into details, but that was quite a few  decades ago!  I started out hand piecing it and hand quilting it.  I ended up finishing the piecing by machine and I’m just finishing up the hand quilting now.

I learned a lot with that quilt.

I originally wanted it to be queen size, but I didn’t like the border fabric once it was attached, so I cut it off. Now I  have a 60” square quilt.  It’s really a lap quilt.  That’s okay. It’s almost finished!

I also discovered I don’t like hand piecing or hand quilting.  As the years have gone by I’ve had increasing difficulty seeing to thread needles, which doesn’t help.

This was my first quilt and I picked small 2.5 inch squares to make a big quilt. My patience was not up to the task!  I had long stretches of time, when life got in the way, where I did not work on it at all.  But it’s been sitting in a bag in my living room for two years now.  It’s time to get it out of there!  I won’t move it until it is finished.

What’s left to do?  I have about 2 inches of hand quilting from the end of my last hand quilting to the binding (yes, I’m aware it’s being done out of order) all the way around the entire quilt. Maybe 120 rows of 2 inches of quilting to finish.  I’m hoping to be done by Christmas.

That’s the “New” of “The Old and The New”!   What’s “The Old” you might ask?  Well, I bit the bullet and purchased two older rugs this week.  They were posted on Facebook and I fell in love with one in particular, the moment I saw the photo. I have no idea how old it is, but I was told it once belonged to Carol Harvey Clark and is loosely referred to as “The Wedding Rug”, though the seller didn’t know for sure if it is one.

It has a very unusual asymmetrical geometric design.  The colour combination of greys (faded blues), greens, yellows and pinks is striking. If I look at the base of the loops and the back of the rug, I can see it was once much brighter and more intense. I thought at first it was on burlap, but the whipping is starting to wear on the edge, revealing a white backing that is very supple. I’m guessing it’s linen.  I’m thinking about replacing the whipping where it’s worn, and placing the rug on the floor of an infrequently walked in part of the house.

That led me to Judy Taylor’s Facebook group on repairing hooked rugs, and ultimately to her website, where I ordered her book on repairing hooked rugs – “Save That Rug!”.

The other rug I bought is “about 70 years old” according to the seller.  A fine cut, fine shaded floral with a green background.  It’s gorgeous!  I almost didn’t buy this one. It has edge issues and is on burlap.  But I think it can be repaired.

Yesterday, after the foot or so of wet snow we had, I took both rugs out to clean.  I was being extra careful with them.  It did brighten them up some. Next up is to repair them before shopping for a proper underlay for them and putting them permanently in place. That may not happen until the new year.

This has been a long blog post!  If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Weekly Review

Weekly Review

Well my creative weekly review is short and sweet today. I didn’t do anything creative. I decided to take a break and deal with some things we’ve been putting off since our move. We’re working on organizing finances, rewriting wills, stocking the freezers for winter, and enjoying the season by using technology to visit with friends and family.

The Christmas season is in full swing here. I was helping a friend decorate her Christmas tree Monday, and I’ll be helping the second friend decorate later this afternoon. I mailed my first batch of cards this week, and hope to mail another batch today.

I did bake one batch of Danish butter cookies. I split it into four parts and made two parts Finnish nut logs, one part cherry topped butter cookies, and the last part apricot jam filled butter cookies. I put half in the freezer for our two person cookie exchange, and then Hubby and I ate the rest! Granted it was about 12-18 small cookies, but still! I promised Hubby I’d make him more before Christmas.

Danish Butter Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1-2 tsp. Water, if needed
  • 2 1/2 cup flour

Put everything but water in a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Mix until it forms a smooth, pliable dough. If dry, add water. Gather dough into a ball and knead briefly. Can be refrigerated up to one week.

Now for the fun! You can make different types of cookies with this basic dough! I make:

  • Finnish nut logs which are this dough rolled into ropes and dipped in beaten egg before being dipped in a mix 1/4 cup almonds to 2 Tbsp. sugar. Bake at 350 F for 12-15 minutes.
  • Raspberry Ribbons where you make a rope, press an indentation down the centre, bake 10 minutes, fill with raspberry jam and bake another 5-10 minutes. When cool you drizzle them with 1/2 cup icing sugar to 2 Tbsp. milk.
  • Cherry cookies. Make 1” balls and place on baking sheet. Just cut maraschino cherries in half and push a half into the centre of each cookie. You could also push a whole almond in instead. And you could add 1 tsp. almond extract with the teaspoon of vanilla extract when you make the dough.
  • Apricot cookies. Form 1” balls. Dip in beaten egg, followed by a mixture of 1/4 cup chopped almonds and 2 tablespoons sugar. Press an indentation in the middle of the top with your finger. Bake 10 minutes. Then spoon in apricot jam. Bake another 5 – 10 minutes.
  • There are other options. These are some from “Scandinavian Cooking” by Beatrice Ojakangas, an old cookbook in my possession. I combined several to create the Apricot cookie recipe.

Enjoy the cookies!

Chocolate Rescue Operation!

Hubby and the boarder love the chocolate peanut butter cups I made.  I have made two batches now.  Each batch is 72 or so cups.  I have had to stage a rescue for gift giving.  My secret weapon?  The freezer!  Yep.  I bought the Christmas tins the other day and I hoofed 4 into each one pronto before they disappeared.

Raspberry-RibbonsToday is baking day.  The first batch of Danish butter cookie dough is now baked into Finnish Nut Logs and Raspberry Ribbons.  The Raspberry Ribbons are cooling in preparation for their glaze.  Hubby ate a few Finnish Nut Logs before they made it to the tins.  That’s okay.  Means more baking…in my new kitchen! 🙂

I hooked this little wall hanging yesterday.

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Holiday Preparations

Holiday Preparations

Good evening everyone!  I’m a bit late with this post because I really haven’t done anything crafty this past weekend.  At this point I’m organizing Christmas.  I did finish baking the Raspberry Ribbon Cookies.  They are very good, according to Hubby, my taste tester. I concur. I put them in the freezer quickly, so there would be some left for Christmas.

I’ve been writing cards and organizing gifts. I have a large extended family and, while we normally don’t exchange much with each other, I singled out a couple of families for all the help they’ve been to us since we moved.  I’ve also singled out a few close friends for cards and gifts.

I love giving gifts, but I realize not everyone likes to receive. They feel an obligation to exchange gifts. Or they just aren’t “into” gifts. Or there’s financial reasons.  Or time constraints. Or…

That’s okay.  There are many types of gifts other than physical objects. I gift my time, or fulfill a need or want that comes up throughout the year. I will gift my experience and expertise to people who really need it and ask for it.  There are, of course, limits on that. I don’t like to be used any more  than the next person!  By taking a broad view of gift giving I am able to help more people and spread happiness throughout the year, not just at Christmas time.

I hope, wherever you are, that you find time to slow down during this holiday season (no matter what holiday you celebrate) and soak up some peace, and wonder at the marvellous world around you.

If you have been, thanks for reading.  Have a great week!

 

 

 

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