Oct 27, 2009

The Sweet and the Bittersweet

Today, I'm feeling better (mostly) so I decided to make a showing at work for a few hours before running back home at lunch. I oh-so-mindfully ate my lunch hunched over the kitchen sink while simultaneously mixing up a batch of my famous sugar cookies. Okay, they aren't my famous cookies - they are from the old Betty Crocker cookbook. But I make them several times a year and pass them off as my own. No, I don't feel guilty.

Here is the easy-peasy recipe:

2/3 cup salted butter (this takes out one step - I don't add salt!)
3/4 cup white sugar (no, these aren't good for you.)
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour
4 tsp milk

*Cut first 2 ingredients together with a pastry cutter. Add egg and using a hand mixer, beat until fluffy. Add vanilla, baking powder and flour, 1 cup at a time. Add milk when needed to moisten dough. Separate into two balls, refridgerate for an hour, roll, cut, and bake at 350 for 10-12 min (depending on how dark you like them.)

So easy!

In other exciting news - I received my Jack Splat figurine from The Whimsical Cottage - click picture below (which was borrowed from her) to check out her wonderful blog! He is perfectly charming and is now sitting on my altar, guarding a large quartz crystal. Thanks so much D!

Some sad news - Ted Andrews, the author responsible for Animal Speak, has passed. I am a fan of this book, although I know he wrote more. This book is the reason my interest was stirred in Shamanism and the symbolism of animals as messengers and guides.

Now I'm running off to pick up my neices from school and to do a dress rehearsal for Halloween. I can't wait to see them in their costumes!
Blessings to all!


Jupiter Greenmoone said...

Wow I had no idea Ted Andrews passed. I hope he lived a long happy life.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Oh, I enjoyed the book Animal-Speak too. Sorry to hear of Ted Andrews' passing.

mermaiden said...

man, now i want some cookies, those sound so good! my sweet tooth is screaming at me today.

Anet said...

I love Betty Crocker old recipes!
Awww... your Jack Splat is so cute:)

Mother's Moon's Message said...

yumm th cookies sound good.. personally I think the dusting of sugar and cinnamon would be nice... sort of like snicker doodles... the jack sprat is so cute... congrats..

TMCPhoto said...

If you do the baking, then they are your cookies, the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg sounds very yummy

Blue Moon said...

So glad your feeling better ~ you did all the right things. The zinc works really well for me as well, even once I get sick, if I hit it hard with Zinc, it seems to pass over quickly. Just have to watch taking it on an empty stomach tho.. it makes me rather queeezy ! The cookies sound devine! I'm trying a pumpkin cake recipe that I found on another blog ~ I'll let you know how it turns out. Sorry news about Ted. He is amongst good spitits I am sure :)

Lyon said...

I'm glad you're up and feeling a bit better, Rue. There is nothing more of a pita than having to get things done and having the flu at the same time.

I didn't know about Ted Andrews! =(

Anonymous said...

Glad to read you are feeling better - and thank you for sharing the recipe!

TMC said...

I'm sad to learn about Mr. Andrews passing. I remember reading his books and articles as a teen when I was just beginning to try to understand Nature.

Mmmmm cookies. :)

motheralice said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better! The cookies sound wonderful (and yesterday's goodie bags).

Sad news about Ted...

Jeanne said...

So glad you're feeling better. Sugar Cookies are such 'good' medicine!

Jack is such a cutie! Congrats!

Animal Speak is such a good book! Sad to hear the news about Ted Andrews.

magikalseasons said...

Those cookies look fantastic! :)

Judith said...

sigh, now you have me craving cookies!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

Glad you're feeling better! I felt better the next day too. I figured it must have been the manuka honey...ha! That, gargling with peroxide and a lot of sleep. The cookies sound yummy. Sure do wish I liked to cook as much as I like to eat what other people cook...ha! ;o)

Bridgett said...

I didn't realize Ted Andrews had passed on. :(

Hope your cookies were a big hit with your co-workers (although I'm sure they were).

Merry Samhain (a little early)!!!