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RE: Glass blocks for Christmas? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: snolady on 11.30.2006 at 09:43 am in Holiday Forum

Treasures from DJ has some glass block lights and she has directions posted on how to make them as well. Hope this helps you. If you use a strand of Christmas mini lights they should easy go through the drilled hole. If you use the single light like is used for Christmas villages, you will need the hole to be sized according to the light bulb size.

Here is a link that might be useful: Glass block lights


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RE: Favorite Holiday Cookie? (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: triciae on 12.08.2006 at 01:38 pm in Cooking Forum

goldgirl, here's the recipe...

This sugar cookie recipe has always been one of my fondest Christmas memories. It's been handed down since the Civil War from my great-grandmother (Harriet Mariah Runnels 1836-1913). They are different than modern sugar cookie recipes. These are like little "cakes" in that the cookies are soft rather than crispy. The only flavoring is nutmeg which was a staple spice in early America. They are not as sweet as modern sugar cookies. I'd be pleased if you gave them a try...they're very, very good. This recipe makes A LOT of cookies...families were large in those days. Harriet had eleven children to feed.


2 Cups Sugar (this was a REAL luxury)
2 Eggs
1 Cup Lard (I use butter...lard makes a YUMMY cookie)
1 Cup Sour Milk (I sour the milk with vinegar)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder (Harriett had to mix this, we don't)
Salt (I omit this)
Nutmeg (I use 2-3 teaspoons)
5-6 Cups Flour

Cream the lard (butter) with the sugar. Add the eggs & beat well.

Sift the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together in a separate bowl.

Alternately, add a little of the flour mixture and a little of the sour milk, combining well after each addition until a medium dough is formed (slightly soft...not stiff). Chill the dough for 2 hours.

Roll about 1/2-1/3" not get these cookies too thin. Cut, as desired. Brush each cookie with an egg white wash and sprinkle with crystal non-melting baking sugar, if desired and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Check for browning. The cookies are done when they are set but NOT brown on the top. They are supposed to be white.

I use large 4-5" copper cutters and still end up with 4-5 dozen cookies.




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