Musings of the Library Lady and Her Daughters

Queen Leora and her daughters Princess Bernie, Henny Penny Jenny (and others joining soon) impart knowledge, advice, hopes and dreams to all who gather and read.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Lady in The Pew

This is a link to Kelly Clark's blog. I absolutely love her writings.

Before she started her blog, she used to have a website with her essays published, but no area for us to comment. But that has changed.

She really represents what being a true Catholic is. Her rants are so funny sometimes. And so true.

I hope you'll visit her site and take a look.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Gramma Linna's Molasses Cookies

Here's the recipe for Molasses Cookies. Always my favorite. It was posted on our Family Website by my Dad, Jack.

Some of the young ones them "mud cookies." They can be rolled out and made into cut cookies, like Gingerbread Men. Another easy preparation method involves rolling the dough into individual balls, dipping them in sugar, and using a juice glass to flatten them out. The second method results in those really yummy cracked tops with sugar granules on them.

For years, Queen Leora would make these at Christmas time as Gingerbread men, frost them and write the names of all the kids in the neighborhood on them. She also made Christmas coffee cakes and would deliver the cakes and the personalized Gingerbread men to all of the families in the neighborhood. More recently, when Grampa Jack retired, but Queen Leora was the Library Lady, Grampa Jack would make these and deliver them to the grandkids.

These cookies always remind me of Christmas.

Title: Old Fashion Molasses Cookies

Got this recipe from Norma years ago. They make great Gingerbread Boys and Girls. I decorate them for the neighborhood kids at Christmas. This is as close as I have come to the cookies I remember as a kid...

6 cups flour 1 tsp salt
1 cup shortening 1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup molasses 1 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla
1 egg 1 tsp baking soda

Do not use elelctric mixer.
Put baking soda into 1 cup boiling water.
Cream sugar, egg and shortening, add molasses.
Stir well then add the spices and part of the water with some of the flour. Add the rest of the flour and water gradually, mixing well.

After mixing place dough in the refrigerator or other cool place until completely chilled.

Bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees on a greased cookie sheet.

Number Of Servings:2 to 3 dozen, depending on cookie size

Preparation Time:aproximatelly 20 minutes

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Chicken and Dumplings - Northern Style

Title: Bernie's Chicken and Dumplings

Takes a few steps, but they don't have to all be done the same day. Worth it!

Large Roasting Chicken
Lemon slices
crushed or minced garlic
herbs de provence (or thyme, sage, rosemary)
large onion, chopped (or small pearl onions are better)
sliced celery and carrot
bisquick (unless you really want to do this from scratch)

Slice a lemon into thin slices. Put lemon slices, garlic and herbs under the skin of the roasting chicken. Roast until done. Remove from oven and cool. (you can do this step in advance). Save the drippings from the roasted chicken and cool in the refrigerator. Remove the fat from the drippings if you like (I do). Remove the meat from the chicken and set aside.

Place the reserved chicken drippings, the chicken carcass and about 4 cups of water in a deep pan. Add onions, carrots and celery. Do not put the chicken meat in yet. Simmer all for about 30 minutes. Remove chicken bones from the broth. Now add the chicken meat back to the broth, add herbs to taste. Bring to a boil. Mix two tablespoons cornstarch in about 1/2 cup water and then stir into the boiling broth to thicken.

Mix Bisquick, milk and about two tablespoons parsley to make dumpling dough. Spoon onto boiling broth. Reduce heat slightly, and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. About 5 minutes into this process, gently ladle a small amount of the broth over the dumplings a few times. Cover and cook additional 10 minutes.


Number Of Servings:About 6 to 8.

Preparation Time:Not too long. Just a lot of steps but really worth it.

Spring Is On Its Way

I sooo can't wait for Spring. Signs are starting to pop up, but it will probably be a couple of weeks before we see it in ernest. Here's a photo that Queen Leora took several years ago at my former home of my perennials off the patio. Just a taste of things to come.