Growing up every Christmas Eve we went to my Great Grandpa’s house, where all of the family would be gathered. The table there is so large, you can fit around 16 people at it. But there were so many family members, and so much food that no one ever sat at that table. The table would always be covered with food from edge to edge. My dad’s family is Scandinavian, so I believe the word for it is Smorgasbord. We would have a turkey, ham, goose, and some sort of fish as the main meats. The sides would include stuffing, rice pudding with an Almond (the almond is a prosperous sign, and who gets it gets pregnant or married), potato sausage, pickled Herring, lufka (a salt cured fish of sorts), and several cheeses. The desserts would include pies, cookies, and breads. My favorite of all the cookies would be the butter cookie. Our family refers to it as the Norwegian Butter Cookie, but in all actuality the recipe is the same from Russia, to Germany, Poland, etc. These little cookies are a bright yellow, not very big, and so crumbly soft that you can’t just eat one.
This recipe is so very simple, only has 5 ingredients and such a big flavor they are always a hit!
Warning: DO NOT eat the whole batch yourself or you WILL get a tummy ache! Don’t ask me how I know this.
4 eggs: Hard boiled
2 stick of softened butter (use real butter, margarine will not work right)
1/2 cup of white sugar (Splenda will work here if you need to use that, but add a dash of salt to it to stop the after taste)
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of Almond or Vanilla extract (imitation will work, but the real is best)
1. Start by hard boiling the eggs. Try not to boil them for longer than 2 minutes. As you want a bright yellow yolk, a green yoke means you cooked it too long.
2. Once your eggs are cooled off enough to handle, separate the yoke from the whites, and eat the whites. There’s no point in wasting anything. And preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Cream (use an electric mixer or food processor) together the butter, sugar and egg yolks.
4. Slowly mix in the flour and extract.
5. Your dough will be quite thick and crumbly (almost the consistency of play dough) This is normal and don’t be tempted to add more liquid.
6. Take a soup spoon and scoop out pieces of dough, roll into a ball and lightly press on to your ungreased cookie sheet. These cookies will not expand, or change shape.
7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are a light brown, and the tops look fluffy.
8. Allow to cool, if you can!
I can never wait for the first batch of these to cool, it’s like pulling Christmas out of my oven. And more often then not I am playing hot potato with a cookie. I hope you all enjoy these cookies as much as I do!
Retha Barton blogs at Mommy Bee Wisdom where she teaches other moms that living life from scratch isn’t as hard as it sounds. Retha shows you that you can make it without a lot of money and that sometimes doing things the old way can be more rewarding.
Week 1 Activity 1
Write a letter to a friend as if she is sitting beside you. Don’t think about grammar or spelling or punctuation. Just write as if you are having a conversation.
So, here’s the thing:
1. I don’t have any friends :(…so who do I write to?
2. I never concern myself with grammar, spelling, or punctuation. Tisk, tisk. My 11th Grade CP English teacher would be appalled and tell me to “sit there in my ignorance”.
3. Dude, if you’ve ever read my blog, you’d know that I always write like I talk.
I still wanted to participate in the writing challenge, but I wasn’t sure what to do with this one. A few weeks back the SITS Girls asked those of us participating in the forums some questions about our use of humor in writing. The following post was actually my reply in the forum. I chose it because I think it’s a pretty good example of my writing style.
Do you use humor in your writing?
I do use (what I consider to be) humor in my posts. Basically, I write the way that I talk (an embarrassment to the English language with my run-on sentences and improper uses of punctuation marks). I’m not necessarily trying to be funny…but you might laugh (then again, maybe you won’t). If we were face to face and I was telling you a story this is how I would tell it with all of the parentheses, quote marks, italics, and dot, dot, dots (you know, these…I use them a lot). I don’t know how funny my blog actually is, but I crack myself up. And really, isn’t everyone’s goal in life to make me laugh?!
How has being funny benefited your blog?
Maybe it hasn’t. I don’t really have any readers. Maybe I’m scaring them away with my attempt at humor and my desire to make friends with strange people that I don’t know on the internet. I probably come across a little desperate and clingy (because I am desperate and clingy…but only a little bit), “Wait, person, come back! Don’t you want to subscribe to my blog? We can be friends. I’ll braid your hair. I don’t really know how to braid hair…but it’s virtual anyway, so what does it matter?!” And they’re gone. Yes, maybe I should definitely rethink my writing style and start writing about world peace or something.
Are you more or less funny in real life?
Since I mentioned that I write how I talk and (I think) what I write is funny…then I must be funny when I talk too (Did you see me deduce that like I’m Sherlock Holmes?! Impressive, I know.). Again, I crack myself up. My family spends a lot of time laughing at me (note the use of the word “at” rather than the word “with”. Ahem.). Really, it just depends on the day. Sometimes I’m just not in the mood to be funny (although my husband often finds me funniest when I’m in a really bad mood and my sarcasm is at its peak). Don’t worry…I’m not one of those people that are exhausting to be around because I always need to be “on”. In real life my humor is often very subtle so you need to be paying attention or you might miss out on the joke (So you should probably subscribe to our conversation so that you’re sure that every witty remark goes directly to your feed or inbox ;)).
As a reader, do you enjoy humorous posts or would you prefer to read blogs that are more serious?
I prefer to read humorous or at least light-hearted posts. Don’t get me wrong, I like a good moving, heart-warming, or motivational post as much as the next gal. But with a young toddler and barely a chance to shower I just don’t have enough time or brain power to be all deep and reflective (this includes both reading and writing). Maybe once she goes to school (you know, college) I’ll be able to be serious again, because I truly am very deep…all the way to the bottom.
So…do you think that this counts or should I attempt to write a letter to a pretend friend?
“I’m a little concerned about this “tribe” thing. Don’t most tribes usually involve some kind of partial nudity? I’d prefer to stay clothed, but if it’s an absolute must just give me enough notice to get my DeLorean and go back 13 years so that I can bring 18 year old me here and SHE can be the partially naked one. Of course she’ll have no idea what a blog is, or how to use the internet…but she sure did look great in pair of jeans!
I can’t wait to meet my tribe (I hope someone brings cheesecake!).”
(Not to be confused with Group 2)
Each day the SITS Girls are giving us little tasks to complete within our groups such as commenting and tweeting each other’s blogs. Today is my third day being a Goose!