GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?
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GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?
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Well it's time to start thinking about making my homemade sauerkraut.Now my very new adventure to be done by the holidays is wine making My dad and mom used to make it and now my brother does and he i
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Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/27/2012 12:08 PM EDT
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not sure what i will be starting

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/27/2012 4:51 PM EDT
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Special holidays can be very different ......... Several days ago a wonderful neighbor was heading out for a long, long trip.  She stopped in front of my house to wave 'bye and I ran out with bags of sweet 'n spicy pecans and peanut brittle for her to eat on the trip. This morning she was home and stopped by on her way to work to tell me Thanks, that the sweet treats and kind thoughts made her trip much faster and easier.
Posted by Nancy G


That was very thoughtful of you to think of your friend.Little things like that can make life worth living.God Bless You Nancy!

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/28/2012 4:20 AM EDT
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I'll be going through my recipes real soon so I know what I'll be baking for Christmas.I always let the guys and my dil have a choice of their 3 favorite cookies and mine too.I'll end up with 15 different cookies that way.I always make a special dessert fo Christmas eve,Christmas day,New years eve and NewYears day.A cheese cake or some sort of Hungarian torte will be served after dinner.I will also bake nut and poppy seed rolls these are always made for Christmas and Easter.I like to start buying some of the ingredients before hand so it doesn't kill my grocery budget.I'm working on Thanksgiving now.

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/28/2012 10:43 AM EDT
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Last night I made a batch of long-time favorite cookies I haven't made for ages.  The dough spent the night in the fridge and I baked them earlt this morning...... reallly great cookies.

Mary's Spiced Oatmeal
375* --  ungreased -- produces 56 cookies
10 minutes (I bake for 6 minutes, turn the sheet and bake 4 more)

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 heaping tsp cinnamon
1/2 heaping tsp nutmeg
1/4 heaping tsp cloves
2 cups flour
2 cups quick oats.
Roll dough into ball and roll in mixture of cinnamon and sugar.

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/28/2012 4:21 PM EDT
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Last night I made a batch of long-time favorite cookies I haven't made for ages.  The dough spent the night in the fridge and I baked them earlt this morning...... reallly great cookies. Mary's Spiced Oatmeal 375* --  ungreased -- produces 56 cookies 10 minutes (I bake for 6 minutes, turn the sheet and bake 4 more) 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 1 heaping tsp cinnamon 1/2 heaping tsp nutmeg 1/4 heaping tsp cloves 2 cups flour 2 cups quick oats. Roll dough into ball and roll in mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Posted by Nancy G


These cookies sound really good Nancy!  One question.....is the dough supposed to be refrigerated overnight or did you just happen to want to wait to bake? 

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/28/2012 6:18 PM EDT
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Renee -- 99.9% of the time I spoon a batch of dough into a l-o-n-g log shape on plastic wrap, then fold the wrap around the log and stick it in the refrigerator until it's very solid.  When it's firm/solid I shape balls of dough on parchment on cookie sheets and stick back into 'fridge.  Every single cookie is cold when it goes in the oven.  (If the instructions/recipe say to flatten a ball of dough - I do that, otherwise every cookie is baked as a ball.)
I have no idea how I got started doing the cold dough process ??? but I never deviate from it. 
Cookie fanatic Embarassed
The dough I made this morning is feeling like I can bake it later tonight.

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/28/2012 7:21 PM EDT
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Don't do much for Halloween since every year there are less and less kids coming to the door.  I think a lot of them go to the high school where they can just go around the gym and collect candy.  Personally I think they're missing out on a lot.  When we were kids we used to go around in big groups and it wasn't so much about the candy as it was about being part of the fun.  Oh well, times change I guess.

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posted at 9/28/2012 7:48 PM EDT
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Special holidays can be very different ......... Several days ago a wonderful neighbor was heading out for a long, long trip.  She stopped in front of my house to wave 'bye and I ran out with bags of sweet 'n spicy pecans and peanut brittle for her to eat on the trip. This morning she was home and stopped by on her way to work to tell me Thanks, that the sweet treats and kind thoughts made her trip much faster and easier.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, you are one of the rare people who think it is better to give than receive and actually do itInnocent

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/30/2012 8:57 AM EDT
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Renee -- 99.9% of the time I spoon a batch of dough into a l-o-n-g log shape on plastic wrap, then fold the wrap around the log and stick it in the refrigerator until it's very solid.  When it's firm/solid I shape balls of dough on parchment on cookie sheets and stick back into 'fridge.  Every single cookie is cold when it goes in the oven.  (If the instructions/recipe say to flatten a ball of dough - I do that, otherwise every cookie is baked as a ball.) I have no idea how I got started doing the cold dough process ??? but I never deviate from it.  Cookie fanatic The dough I made this morning is feeling like I can bake it later tonight.
Posted by Nancy G


Thank you!  I'm sorry this is late in posting but I was unable to post anything until today....apparently VBB cookie dough is still "gooey in the middle".....maybe it should be refrigerated over night!!! LOL

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/30/2012 3:17 PM EDT
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Last night I made a batch of long-time favorite cookies I haven't made for ages.  The dough spent the night in the fridge and I baked them earlt this morning...... reallly great cookies. Mary's Spiced Oatmeal 375* --  ungreased -- produces 56 cookies 10 minutes (I bake for 6 minutes, turn the sheet and bake 4 more) 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp baking soda 1 heaping tsp cinnamon 1/2 heaping tsp nutmeg 1/4 heaping tsp cloves 2 cups flour 2 cups quick oats. Roll dough into ball and roll in mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, have you ever added raisins and/or nuts to this oatmeal cookie recipe?

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/30/2012 4:12 PM EDT
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Verlee - I added raisins to this batch because most of them were going to two old guys with bad teeth. 
Raisins OK - no nuts.   I don't often use raisins because I don't like them very much.

Speaking of raisins  ....... the containers in which any brand around here is packed is awful. 
How do you store your raisins?

Another thing ....... eeeewwwwwhhhh .... when I opened a brand new, well sealed container of oatmeal for this batch it was teeming, absolutely teeming with bugs. 

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 9/30/2012 5:22 PM EDT
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Verlee - I added raisins to this batch because most of them were going to two old guys with bad teeth.  Raisins OK - no nuts.   I don't often use raisins because I don't like them very much. Speaking of raisins  ....... the containers in which any brand around here is packed is awful.  How do you store your raisins? Another thing ....... eeeewwwwwhhhh .... when I opened a brand new, well sealed container of oatmeal for this batch it was teeming, absolutely teeming with bugs. 
Posted by Nancy G


I store my raisins, oatmeal, flours and sugar in  Lock and Lock containers.  Also my cereal and pastas.Wink

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 10/20/2012 2:39 PM EDT
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Making french tarts, its a fall tradition, we make them just before thanksgiving, and freeze the rest to set out for Christmas and New years!!

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 10/21/2012 9:07 AM EDT
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Hi Joy .... welcome to VBB.  We're glad to have you.
Please. could you give us your recipe for french tarts?

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posted at 10/21/2012 11:19 AM EDT
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no kids in our area so halloween will be quiet.

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posted at 10/21/2012 4:25 PM EDT
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Taking off work for a couple of days to do my holiday baking - cookies and candies!!

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 10/21/2012 5:22 PM EDT
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(Me again .......... asking for recipes)
Cheryl -- what sort of candies will you be making?  Please, can we have the recipes?

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 10/21/2012 7:44 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing? : I store my raisins, oatmeal, flours and sugar in  Lock and Lock containers.  Also my cereal and pastas.
Posted by Renee C

I do the same as Renee with my raisins. I don't need to store oatmeal, flour or sugar in any special container or bag. I only keep one container of each on hand and use it up quickly enough to not worry about critters. Plus here in California we don't seem to be as susceptible to getting critters in baking goods as when we lived in Colorado and Iowa.

Nancy - pretty disgusting getting those "surprises" in your oatmeal. BTW I do freeze my flour and oats when I first buy them to freeze anything that might "grow" later on.

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 10/25/2012 9:19 AM EDT
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Well I've started buying my baking ingredients that way it's not so painful as buying it all at once.My son is getting a free turkey through the Teamsters union and he won't be able to pick it up because he'll be in school and no one can pick it up except him,so we lose outFrown

Re: GETTING READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS what will you be doing?

posted at 11/12/2012 1:44 PM EST
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Well I have a couple of gallons of wine that are almost finished but will have to enjoy them next year.They need to age for at least one year but luckily my dear brother has some he is willing to share with me for this year.Boy sometimes I'm really glad he's my brother.
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