Archive for April, 2013

Two Cop-Out Recipes.


I’m so frustrated! I know what I want to write about, but for the life of me I can’t make it come out without sounding like a crazy woman’s rant. (“When did that ever stop her?”, you ask yourself.) I am trying to write about several things at once, and sometimes during the day I get it written in my head, but when it comes time to put it on screen, the words don’t come.

Something about sequestration (what a dopey word) + Meals on Wheels + the elderly and sick + neighbors… it just won’t come out.

So instead, here are two dessert recipes that are designed to let you know I am still alive and still thinking of you!

I made these chocolate cookies the other day after finding the recipe in a “Taste of Home” magazine from 2009. (I’m a little behind in my reading.) They’re fairly easy and really good. One thing I like about them is that they are not too sweet, but just sweet enough. They sort of remind me of the pastries we bought in Germany many years ago. Luscious looking, but not too sugary. Not that I have anything against sugar, but sometimes you just want something light. And chocolate-y.

Chocolate Cookies

(Makes about 4-1/2 dozen cookies)

1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup soft butter (I wouldn’t use margarine in this recipe)

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pkg (18-1/4 oz) chocolate cake mix

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add cake mix and mix well. (The dough will be very sticky.) Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place 2″ apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until tops are cracked. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks.

Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Eat!

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Lynn’s Stirred Lemon Ice Cream

No ice cream freezer needed for this recipe, which tastes wonderful. I got it from Lynn Rosetto Casper’s “Splendid Table” site, and I’ve made it several times. It would be good served with thin cookies, like those Anna brand ginger snaps, or even fresh fruit.

6 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 3 lemons)

4 teaspoons grated lemon zest (the colored part of the lemon rind)

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups sugar (I prefer a little less, and usually use 1-3/4 cups)

4 cups heavy cream (Not ultra-pasturized. Lynne recommends organic, but I just used the regular kind.)

In a shallow plastic container with a lid, stir together the lemon juice, zest, salt and sugar. Gradually stir in the cream until the mixture is smooth. Taste for sweet / tart contrast. It should be sharp, since freezing mutes the flavor. Adjust lemon and sugar balance as necessary.

Cover and freeze for about 1 hour. Once the rim of the ice cream freezes, stir it into the center of the cream. Repeat this step two or three more times, waiting about an hour between checks. The final result should be a frozen yet cream consistency.

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So there ya go. When I get the other topic put together, I’ll let ya know.

Meanwhile, don’t forget the monthly drawing, which will last until I run out of little cardboard boxes! If you want to win a confusing collection of auction leftovers, leave a note here, or Email me at, and you’re in the drawing. Couldn’t be easier!

And The Winner Is …


Sharon from Ohio!

I drew Sharon’s name when I got home from Easter dinner last night, but was too tired to write an entry. So now I’m writing it on April 1, but this is not an “April Fool,” because I’ve never been good at practical jokes since I gave one of my my job-hunting sisters the number of the Duluth Zoo and told her to ask for Mr Fox. Talk about lame, huh? Anyway, a box of auction stuff will be winging its way to Sharon later this week. Don’t forget to sign up here or at my Email address, You could be next!

Sharon and I “met” through letters many years ago, long before home computers came about. I can’t even remember how we found one another, but when you have a lot of prolific letter writers in America, they’re bound to cross paths at some point. Over the years we’ve gone through a lot of things together, through our letters and phone calls. Several years ago I drove through her home town, and though I know I could pick her out of a crowd, we have never met in person. Life is funny, isn’t it?


Auction treasures this week include a giraffe cream pitcher, a Mother Goose figurine (at least that’s what I’m calling it) and an old tin from an Addressograph ribbon.These things are not going into the auction treasures raffle, but it’s amazing what a gal can find for one dollar!

Note to self: Look up "Addressograph."

Mother Goose? That's what I'm calling her.

Sweet little giraffe pitcher. I imagine there is a sugar bowl out there somewhere.


Hope you all had a wonderful Easter, which started out looking more like Christmas as it snowed in Duluth. The day never really did warm up, though I have photos of Easters past where my nieces and nephew wore shorts and hunted for eggs in the new spring grass.

Here’s our own little Easter bunny, Madison, who kept us charmed all through dinner.

And here are some of the fabulous cupcakes we had for dessert, compliments of the fabulous Amber at Cake Occasions in Duluth. Amber is a sweetie, and will be the newest member of our family in July of this year.

And now let us turn our thoughts to spring. Please!