Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Happy National Peanut Butter Cookie Day!

Let’s all grab a couple of cookies and a cup of coffee or tea – and enjoy this gorgeous morning!

I hope all is well with everyone. Things here are pretty much the same as usual – busy. The days just seem to fly by so quickly, and it’s hard to imagine that the month is almost half over. Is it the same for you?

Our daughter and her family are on a fantastic beach vacation, and I’m hoping they’re all having a great time! She often makes something similar to these quick and easy peanut butter cookies.


1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 large egg

Mix well. Shape into 1” balls and press with fork that has been dipped into sugar. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

(Note: Any kind of peanut butter can be used, and any add-ins you like can be mixed into the dough before shaping.)
Recipe submitted to www.cooks.com by T. Cunningham.

Give these a try…and have a great week! As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Another Tuesday–No Tips Today

I seem to have run out of tip ideas for the moment. My immediate thought was to write about collections. What do you collect? Where to you find your treasures? How do you store them?

I’m sure we all have a few of several different things, and I’m not sure just what constitutes a “collection”. If there’s a definitive number I haven’t heard it.

My collections seem to be growing, but the space in which to store them is not. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to expand your space?

One collection that everyone who knows me knows about is my Santa collection. I try to buy a new one each holiday season, and have nearly 50 at last count. Taking them from their storage boxes and putting them on display each November is such a pleasure!

I have the most collections, though, in my kitchen and dining room areas. There are the many salt and pepper shaker sets that I keep in an antique metal cabinet. It was always in my house when I was growing up, and I was lucky enough to get it a few years ago, painted it a bright yellow and it sits in my sunroom just off the dining room.

My teapot collection sits above the kitchen cabinets, and they’ve come from many sources. Some were my mother’s, others were gifts, others my purchases. On a wooden shelf unit are the sugar & creamer sets. A combination of the 2 is the teapot, sugar & creamer set that I bought with S & H Green Stamps many years ago. Remember those?

The number of cake stands is currently 9 – one of which was my grandmother’s and several were my mother’s. One is quite different – a square. What a lovely way to present a cake!

And my treasures in the kitchen are a cookie jar from my childhood and a Hoosier Cabinet (photo below) that my husband bought as a birthday gift 15 years ago. Are you familiar with them? Sometime I’ll do an article about them and their very interesting history.
I’d love to hear about your collections and treasures, particularly those relating to the kitchen! As always, your comments and suggestions are welcome. Thanks for reading!