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Drop Cookies of Grandma Slack

So, let’s think on this one a moment.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
2 1/2 cups flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream sugar and shortening in bowl. Add molasses and egg. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in milk. Stir into the sugar mixture. Add remaining ingredients. Stir until well mixed.

Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.


So, these cookies are made with shortening (I used butter-flavor Crisco), molasses, nuts, no raisins (I don’t like raisins), and baking soda in milk.

This is a pretty old recipe. The idea of dissolving the baking soda in the milk was a new one for me, but I like the concept. The molasses mixed with the spices only mildly flavor the cookie. I like the addition of the nuts, but raisins are nasty, so I left those out. I was tempted to try making these cookies with butter, but thought I should stick with the recipe this time and make adjustments next time.

In the end, I thought the cookies were very good, but very different from what I tend to think of as a cookie. These are not a modern cookie in any way.

There Is The Sunshine

I’m reveling in the sunshine today. I have all of the blinds open and I’m sitting in a nice patch of it in the kitchen while I write this blog post. I even took a photo of 2 of my current WIPs in a patch of sunshine for you. Oh, glory be to all that is light in this world and illuminates my joy.


I’ll be sharing another cookie recipe soon. I decided to try a recipe from the early 1900’s. This one was my great-great-grandma Slack’s. At least, I think it was. It was just labeled as “Drop Cookies of Grandma Slack” in MY grandma Slack’s cookbook. We think this may have been her father-in-law’s mother. Wrap your head around that one for a moment.

I’m thinking of writing another cookbook soon. I’ve been developing a few recipes and working on adjusting some of my old ones. Do you think, if I made another one, that it might be worth selling? It wouldn’t be as big as the last cookbook I put together, but it would still be substantial. Well, I’m thinking about it anyway.

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Where Did the Sunshine Go?

For some time, I have lamented the lack of sunshine here in western Oregon. I lamented again the last few days as we seemed to be blanketed in a never-ending fog. Today it is finally clear, but still so very gray. I don’t know how Oregonians deal with all of this gray and rain and fog. It’s driving me pretty batty.


See what I mean? It’s so foggy. You also cannot tell that the trees have been trimmed. Well, partially trimmed. I still have some work to do to ready them for this spring. You can hardly see the highway that lies beyond our oak trees.

I did find one spot of brightness in this gray and dreary landscape: one pink camellia has bloomed. I snagged that flower for my kitchen table. It’s the one bright spot in my days right now.


Carmel Apple Cake


So, having written the cookbook last fall, I have decided to dig out some of the recipes and try the ones that are new-er to me. I added in a lot of recipes from my grandmother that I had never baked/cooked, so they are sometimes a surprise. I trusted that Grandma knew what she was doing when she wrote the recipe down, which is why they were included in the book.

Turns out I should have trusted Grandma sooner on this one. Yowza! The flavors! It is light, but moist, chunks of apple pop with juiciness, the spices are bold and add brilliantly to the cake. Plus the carmel icing adds just the right amount of sweetness.

If you haven’t tried this recipe from the cookbook yet, I recommend that you do!

New Patterns: Rosedale Cowls

I decided to whip up some quick cowls for my mom after her visit in December and they were so much fun I thought I would add them to my pattern line-up. The first is simple garter stitch and the second is lovely stockinette. I love the way the garter makes the beads shimmer and pop, but I also love the way the stockinette curls to create a very round scarf and the smooth stockinette shows the beads off fully.

This set of cowl patterns is free through Ravelry until 9pm PST January 24, 2015. Enjoy!



Yarn: Louisa Harding Grace Hand-Beaded, 2 skeins, Purple
Needle: US 8 Hiya Hiya Steel Interchangeables
Pattern: Rosedale Cowls
Modifications: None since I wrote the pattern. 🙂