Monday, April 29, 2013


The beach theme for a bridal shower  led these cookies to get almonds on them to look like sand dollars. The beach is where Stephanie loves to be and where she got engaged. Stephanie, her brothers and my kids all grew up together with a lot of great memories and beach trips over the years.  We are now enjoying the wedding festivities for each of them as they get married.  Priscilla loves to bake and is a amazing at it.  Her Snickerdoodles have been a favorite always accompanying our beach trips.  I stopped over while she was making these to get some photos to blog and have a sample or two.

bride to be

(Sand Dollar) Snickerdoodles

Cream together:    1 c softened butter
                   1 1/2 c sugar
          2 eggs
                  1 tsp vanilla

Sift together then add to creamed mixture:  2 1/2 c sifted flour
                                                                  2 tsp cream of tarter
                                                              1 tsp baking soda
                                                    1/4 tsp salt

Shape dough into  walnut size balls and roll into mixture of:

2 T sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Place2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake until lightly browned but still soft.   Cookies will puff up and then flatten.  Bake at 375° for 8-10 min.

Priscilla uses stone baking pans.

This batch is for a shower with a ocean theme so the almonds were
used to make them look like sand dollars.
The balls were flattened to add the almonds before baking,
not necessary if you aren't using the almonds.

Wedding party and more pictures from the day.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Salad dressing or marinade.

Creamy Balsamic Dressing

2 cloves garlic grated
2 T light mayo
2 T lemon juice
1 T Dijon mustard
Salt & pepper to taste
1/2 c Balsamic Vinegar
3/4 Canola or Olive Oil

Mix in dressing shaker, refrigerate till ready to use.