Archive for December, 2011

Yes, Mennonite girls can make New Year’s Cookies

This tasty donut like treat is a bit of a project to make, but well worth the time and effort.

This recipe is not on the top of  my healthy foods list, but is a family favorite that comes around only once a year.

There’s something about tradition that speaks it’s own language.

New Year's Cookies

New Year’s Cookies

(AKA fritters or Portselkje)

  • Dissolve 1 tsp. sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. Sprinkle 1 pkg. dry yeast (.25 ounce) on water and let stand for 10 minutes.
  • Add 3 cups warm water
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter melted
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 cups raisins or more
  • Stir in enough flour to make a fairly thick batter.  Let rise until double in bulk. (I use light Rye flour)
  • Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil. The batter will sink to the bottom and rise to the top.
  • Flip once
  • When golden brown scoop the cookies out of the hot oil and place onto a paper towel or drip tray.
  • Roll in icing sugar if desired.
The key is to have the oil hot enough so that it does not soak into the batter. (about 375F or 190C)
A couple of years ago, our son made New Year’s Cookies for a New Year’s Eve party.
Being innovative, he stuck a chocolate square into the centre of each cookie.
Needless to say, the cookies were a big hit.

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Happy December is here…

… my favorite month of the year.

Let it snow - 2011 Carrie ©

Nothing can beat the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas.

Here’s how to have a happy December.

  • Dance to the music – put on the  Bony M Christmas CD and dance.
  • String up some lights and leave them on during the day. Pick your favorite color. The color that makes you feel “happy” and instills anticipation.
  • Plan an Advent evening with some friends.  Have dinner and light the candles.
  • Keep gift giving to a minimum. Set aside your Christmas budget and stick with it.
  • If you give a gift, make it a meaningful one.
  • Don’t use your credit card.
  • On December 24th take the family and attend a Christmas candlelight service.
  • If it snows, play in it.
  •  Make home made apple cider
  • Make Christmas cards and give them to your neighbors.
  • Smell up the house with baking. Make cookies and give some to a neighbor.
  • Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  • Watch Christmas classics .

Homemade Nativity Scene we made in 1984. We still use it today - 2011 Carrie ©

Do you have a “how to be happy this December” suggestion?
What’s your favorite Christmas Classic?

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