Glazed Lemon Cookies

Once again a lemon cookie, but I could kind of eat these every morning for weeks. With tea or without. It is lemon so there it is. And I get that you have to be a lemon person,


Glazed Lemon Cookies


2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled – just like you usually do it.)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest, plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Lemon Glaze (see below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.  In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add lemon zest and mix until incorporated. Add egg, vanilla, and lemon juice and beat until combined. With mixer on low, beat in flour mixture – otherwise you will be wearing it.

Drop dough by good sized tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until edges are golden, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Let cool a couple of minutes on the sheet, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Spread cookies with lemon glaze and let set until hardened.

Lemon Glaze
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest, and 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice until smooth.

Martha Stewart | Makes 24-ish

Can’t help it – I just love lemon cookies.

Chicken & Rice – should be so simple, but …

I tried to come up with a version of chicken & rice like my mom used to make and it didn’t quite make it for me. Sadness ensued.

I have no recipe from her – I don’t even think she had one, but I’ve seen her make it a million times, only a slight exaggeration. This was a dinner my mom made if I didn’t feel well. If I ever turned it down, she knew something was seriously wrong.

This dish was simple and to me, only slightly less than amazing. I would eat it weekly if offered and often ate it for every meal when there were left overs. Without a doubt, to me, it is amazing and I just love it.

But, damn it, I can’t figure out how to recreate it. I do know one part of the problem. It’s terribly hard to find a baking hen, aka an old chicken. This time I thought using dark meat – legs and thighs (bone in & skin on) would work. But one taste and I knew I was not at the promised land.

So now, my choice comes down to one thing – searching for a hen. This is a thankless task as most people (men) who work the meat counter don’t even know what a hen is after all. I had one guy try to tell me a cornish game hen was what I wanted – just wanted to smack him in the back of the head for that “bright” idea.

But I shall not give up. I just can’t. And once I figure this one out, it’s chicken and dumplings next. They are flat dumplings – I think kind of a biscuit dough – at least that’s what my mom always said. Which I also have no idea how to make.

People, if you have a recipe that you love – please get it in writing or make good notes. You will have no idea how quickly things will go away. I also do not have the recipe for Thanksgiving cornbread dressing. I have a few random notes, but …. sigh. Another recipe to recreate. Oh, and roast beef, well that’s another story entirely which includes the smoke detector going off – it is really part of the recipe. But I’m up for the challenge. Don’t get me started about pork and bean salad.


2015 Butter Usage (by month – March)


French Silk Pie

2 March 2015 – 8 Tbs – Parmesan Rosemary Walnut Crackers
2 March 2015 – 5 Tbs – Easy Sour Cream Cheesecake – crust
7 March 2015 – 12 Tbs – Chocolate Chip Cookies
7 March 2015 – 8 Tbs – Parmesan Rosemary Walnut Crackers
7 March 2015 – 16 Tbs – Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread
7 March 2015 – 16 Tbs – Lemon White Chocolate Butter Cookies
8 March 2015 – 8 Tbs – Cheese Straws
10 March 2015 – 3 Tbs – Roast Beef and Gravy
14 March 2015 – 5 Tbs – French Silk Pie – crust
14 March 2015 – 12 Tbs – French Silk Pie
15 March 2015 – 16 Tbs – Pecan Sandies
18 March 2015 – 2 Tbs – Cheeseburger Pasta
18 March 2015 – 4 Tbs – Reuben Casserole
30 March 2015 – 8 Tbs – Banana Nut Bread
31 March 2015 – 4 Tbs – Red Onion Asparagus Pasta

127 Tbs = 15,875 sticks = 3.96875 pounds
Oh good lord that’s a lot of butter.

But it makes up for a rather lame February.

Happy One Year

I have an unworldly ability to handle issues. I do well under pressure. I do really kind of enjoy it. This time last year, I was unflappable.

I do get bored with an everyday kind of thing. I guess that’s why events work always appealed to me. When it all starts to go to hell, I seem to be at my best. Yes all the chairs are out for a big thing and then it rains. Who dries the chairs – me, but that’s part of the job and it’s what I do.  Think graduation at a major university in a football stadium with no rain plan – oh hell yeah. Bring it. Too bad my commencement speakers were both pervs (who knew at the time? not me).

The MotH* had a major heart attack last year – on Good Friday (4/18), no less. I was fine, until I came home and did the looking on the google and realized what we (he) had been through. Wow. I’m not even sure what to write now.

I was fine while everything was going on, but after the fact, it was difficult to realize how close we came to being parted forever.   The MotH is still with me and is really fine now. I’m not sure I deserve to be so lucky, but I thank all that is holy that I am.

*Man of the House – my wonderful husband.

Lemon Chewy Crisps


Lemon Chewy Crisps

I’ve been making this amazing recipe since 2007  –  at least three times that fall. Yep that’s what I do. Find a recipe I like and make it over and over again. And the MotH liked them which is slightly amazing. It’s hard when I have so many lemon cookie recipes that I have made and more that I haven’t. So do you make your favorites again or do you try something new? It’s difficult for me, but since this cookie hasn’t been made since I started this bit of stuff, it makes me want to make these again. Last time I made them was mid-year 2012. So why not go for it and I have every bit of the recipe on hand. Not surprising since it’s a lemon cookie. That’s my kind of cookie.

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 Tbs lemon zest (from one lemon)
1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
3/4 vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixture on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in remaining ingredients except flour until well blended.* On low speed, beat in flour until just blended.
Drop by rounded teaspoons 1 1/2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar because that’s what I do You could use sliced almonds, which is in the recipe but I’m not a fan. That’s just me. Think about it .. Crunchy sugar. It’s a lovely thing. Shall I mention Pecan Sandies again.
Bake 10 – 12 minutes until the edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet for at least a minute. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one one week. But they will not last that long.

Source: These people who I thank greatly.

16 Sept 2007 vg SR. Likes
2007 Thanksgiving
2007 Christmas Eve
8 February 2009
12 July 2012
29 March 2015

* I mix the dry ingredients together, sifting them. Because I do this a couple of days ahead. It makes making everything easier. There are times I just sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt for a variety of baking things and when I’m ready, this makes it easier. My mom used to do this with banana nut bread every Christmas. It was an assembly line which is pretty cool although I didn’t realize it at the time.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been making this cake since the early 1990’s. It’s from a Mrs. Fields cookie cookbook (fun fact, my mom was a Mrs. Fields too). This is my adaption. The mixing method is more like I’m used to and I use unsalted butter and add my own salt to it. This is The Boy’s favorite birthday cake. It fits too, his b-day is in April and this just seems like an Easter time cake to me, although I have made it in the fall too.

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups grated carrots
1 cup golden raisins
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

16 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups confectioners’ sugar or a bit more if needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 nine inch cake pans with baking spray. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Beat together butter and sugar in a stand mixer. Add eggs, one at a time then vanilla. Increase speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
Scrape down bowl, and slowly blend in flour mixture. Add carrots, raisins, and walnuts.
Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth the top. Bake 60 – 70 minutes, rotating pan half way through. Toothpick should come out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes, then on a wire rack to cool completely.D&D_9509
Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Add sugar gradually on low speed until smooth. So as not to make a mess.
Place one layer of cake on a platter, spread icing over top in a thin layer. Place second layer on top, rounded side up. Coat top and sides with icing. Refrigerate 1 hour to set icing.


22 April 2003 bday for Em
24 April 2004 11th bday
27 November 2008
18 April 2014 Em’s b-day and Easter
3 April 2015 Easter

Things our Dogs like to eat that we gladly share with them

This is not in any preference order, just as I think of them.
Peanut butter. Totally. GIR spatula really helped getting the last bit of p’nut butter out of the jar for the pups. And it’s one of those things that they just love.

Cottage cheese. They know the sound of the container opening. Even when it’s sour cream, which I don’t think they will like. But it makes the same noise, not surprising. 

Any other kind of cheese being grated, except the expensive stuff (Parmesan) and I have made that clear. You cannot have expensive cheese.

But a sandwich for the Man of the House and they do know that sound (thank you Panera) and he does like to give them cheese because that’s not his favorite thing (but it is mine).

Sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed.

Eggs, several ways. Hard boiled or scrambled, or any other way they come.

I should also do a list (there I go with the lists again) of words the GSD knows. It’s quite extensive.


Duke and Bering – my best boys.

Perhaps, also, a list of all the names and nicknames we (I) call our dogs too

Apricot and Cheddar Chicken Melt


Chicken, Ham, Apricot, Cheddar sandwich

I totally had a fit about this sandwich for, well, at least a year.  And it’s been at least two years since I made it and now it’s in the rotation again. I don’t want to over do it, but it’s pretty simple if you plan ahead (marinating) and it’s amazing.

1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
2 garlic cloves, chopped (optional in my opinion but I like them)
Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6-8 ozs)
1 baguette, split horizontally, then cut in a half
1/4 cup apricot preserves
4 ozs thinly sliced tavern ham
4 ozs sharp white cheddar, grated (1 cup)

Between two pieces of plastic wrap, pound the chicken slightly until it is more even. It does not need to be super thin, just a little more even. Makes for easier (quicker) marinade and more even cooking. Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a resealable plastic bag, add vinegar, mustard, garlic, and chicken. Let marinade several hours or over night in the refrigerator.

Heat broiler on low and line a baking sheet with foil. Remove chicken from marinade (discard marinade) and place on the baking sheet, broil without turning until opaque throughout. Transfer chicken to work surface and discard foil. Reline the baking sheet with new foil.

Place baguette on baking sheet, cut side up (duh). Spread each piece with apricot preserves, layer with chicken, ham and cheese. Broil until cheese is melted.

Source: Martha Stewart with my modifications.