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December 18, 2004

Busy Saturday

Saturdays are one of our busiest days. Today Hubby teaches two English classes in our home (and I keep the boys somewhat quiet and occupied.) Later, we'll be having some people over for hot cocoa and cookies, and prayer. Then, they'll be off to do some things to help bring more community awareness of the church.

I had planned to make cookies with the boys last night, and then realized that I'm out of eggs again. I found a no-egg recipe for hammentashen that looked suitable for cookie cutter-ing. We'll see. . . I'm almost tempted to buy four score of eggs.

On the Ukrainian election front, Pora's "Train of Friendship" and "Movement of Liberty" is currently progressing through southern and eastern Ukraine, promoting truth in campaigning and unity in Ukraine.

Polish supporters of Ukrainian democracy are knitting a giant orange scarf. I wish I could find pictures of it.

Chocolatier Willy Wonka supports Yushchenko. Err, wait. That's Poroshenko.

Jane's confirmed Russian spetznas troops were/are in Ukraine.

And the Yushchenko/Yanukovich debates are scheduled for Monday.

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Tulipgirl - try this recipe for "cookie stamp shortbread" which works well for rolling and cutting out; no eggs required:
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 pound butter or margarine
- butter is best, of course
4 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. Add flour one cup at a time and mix well. (Use electric mixer.)
Roll out and cut. Bake at 325; about 10 minutes (?) until lightly brown. Frost and decorate if desired.
You can also spread dough in a "jelly roll pan" and stamp in rows with cookie stamp - a Scandinavian ceramic stamp with a design.
Or, roll dough into balls; stamp (or flatten with fork); shake on red or green sprinkles; bake.
I've been making these for *years*.

Posted by: FL Grandma at December 18, 2004 02:03 PM

Here's another favorite - with a different flavor, and needs only one egg:
SPICY CHRISTMAS CUTOUTS
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses (medium or dark)
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup oatmeal
Cream together butter and sugars until well blended. Add egg and molasses. Beat until fluffy. Sift remaining dry ingredients; (I omit nutmeg.) Gradually add to creamed mixture, stirring well after each addition. Stir in oatmeal.
Roll out on board that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Cut with cookie cutters. Bake at 350 8-10 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let cool 1 minute before removing. Decorate as desired. These are easy and tasty.
I'm not sure - can you get molasses and all the other items needed?
My "boys" would remember making these when they were the ages your boys are. Lots of fun.

Posted by: FL Grandma at December 18, 2004 02:15 PM

Thank you!!!

Today my local grocery had eggs! I bought three packets--I was tempted to buy more but didn't want to be a greedy little monkey.

The price at my store is twice what it usually is, but only half what I've seen elsewhere. I'm still not sure where in the system was the distribution hiccup.

Again, thamks for the recipes. The boys rolled out the last of the gingerbread dough last night. C4 was napping, and when he woke up he wanted to do some. Thankfully, we had some playdough in the fridge and he was satisfied with that.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 18, 2004 02:44 PM

I would love to read your take on the debates. Thanks for your wonderful site!

Posted by: Mark at December 18, 2004 11:31 PM

Cookies and prayer sound amazing. I need this. =)

Posted by: Happy at December 19, 2004 02:09 AM

Happy, *grin*


Mark, well. . . Since my Ukrainian is limited to reading street signs and advertisements, I won't be able to really watch and understand the debates. I'm hoping Dan from Orange Ukraine and Veronika from Neeka's Backlog will be posting their thoughts on it.

Posted by: TulipGirl at December 19, 2004 08:56 AM

The scarf was shown in Polish TV, but unfortunately I haven't seen any pictures.
Beside scarf, the banner with our greetings to Ukrainians is prepared, it has over 100 m and is still growing. Look at latest photos on www.wolnaukraina.pl/zdjecia/

Posted by: Dominik at December 19, 2004 10:48 PM

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