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Monday, February 04, 2013

You Need To Know - Cookies, Fun Stuff,

~ Stuffed Strawberry Cookies ~
Way back in the dark ages, or maybe the middle ages, in elementary school we gave Valentine cards. Anyone who went to middle school in the 1960's remember those cute little cards? While inexpensive then, I bet those same, now vintage, cards would cost a bundle but the memories are priceless. At least what I can remember is priceless. Last week, I made these cookies and they didn't last very long, they are seriously good! Between folks coming to the farm and me eating them, they are now a distant, pleasant memory.


1 box strawberry cake mix 
2 eggs
1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons veg oil

P. S. I've made these since and left out the 4 tablespoons of veg oil...turned out just fine. With the extra oil, the cookies were a bit...oily. if can you believe it!


8 ounces strawberry cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar, strawberry flavored if possible

Oven preheated to 350 degrees

Mix together strawberry cake mix, eggs and shortening until forms a stiff batter. 
Roll 1/2 tablespoon dough into small balls of similar size.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for about 8 minutes and then cool.

Mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. Depending upon the day's humidity, it may be a little stiff --add a smidge more butter-- or it may be a tad liquid --add more sugar. Spread onto cooled cookies and sandwich together like Oreos.
Depending upon size cookies, you'll get anywhere from a dozen to dozen and half. 

Another recipe for Valentine cookies is found here.
~ Levi, feeling his kibble ~
Between snowstorms, Levi likes to go outside and feel his kibble. There's a calico cat that's coming around, acts like a house cat that's been tossed aside, but s/he won't let me get close enough to rescue. That always bothers me. The barn cats live at the barn and we all know our place but when someone has been tossed aside, disposed of like a sack of garbage, that really disrupts my brain waves.

FOLKSY - Modern British Craft

FOLK Magazine - Live Authentic - 6 issues now $10.00 and their week long chocolate theme begins today...groan...and some Valentine ideas.

Pinterest - Online Pinboard

In the USA, there's a store called Dollar Store and a great place to buy all sorts of things - cleaning supplies, craft supplies, candy, wrapping paper and bags, human and pet food, etc. They have a great website and on their craft website, 101 Valentine Day Treat Ideas...fabulous! Be warned, if you visit the Valentine Day Treat Ideas as you'll get sucked into blog hopping; they are some wonderful ideas to be found.

Low temps, winds and more snow all contrive to make my days full. In the winter, it takes a lot of time to keep body and soul together; between hauling wood for the wood stove, keeping sheep, horses and alpacas fed, watered and sheltered and house animals and human fed and warm, there's not a lot of time left over. I've had frozen water lines that took six hours to thaw, but did thaw thanks be to God, water troughs that need ice broken so the sheep can drink...about the time I get finished in the morning, it's time to get started late afternoon. Like the ole feller said, "no rest for the weary and the righteous don't need none!" Be safe y'all.

"There are only two ways to live life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein ~

Today's Miracles ~ safe travel ~ safety on the tractor ~ light snow ~ clear air ~ cookies ~ 


  1. Those cookies look so amazing, like pink Oreo's. I remember those little valentines in elementary school. And what fun when you got one unsigned from a "secret admirer" Lol

  2. Hello Sandra:
    Now, do you think that we could get Tímea making those delicious looking biscuits? What fun that would be. She has just learnt to make an English casserole of beef in beer and so maybe.

    We think of you often on these dark mornings tending to all the animals. Not easy but, thankfully, the spring cannot be so far off when, we trust, things will become a little easier for a while. We hope so.

  3. If I can find all the ingredients, I'm going to make those cookies for our Saturday covered dish at church. They look great!

  4. ooh, I'm loving those cookies.. thanks so much, and jeez, thanks ALOT (sarcastic-like) for sharing. :-)

    What a pretty cat, that one.

  5. Those cookies look like pink whoopie pies. So cute!
    pray for early spring!

  6. Hi, you won one of my giveaways...Please let me know where to send...

  7. Ooh those cookies look amazing!!

  8. Look at how big that Levi is! My goodness, time flies :)
    Hope the little calico girl starts feeling more comfortable with you soon. Winter is so hard.

  9. The cookies are so pretty.

    We have had many wonderful dogs and cats over the years that "found" us. Walked up the driveway with their ribs showing. They each made wonderful companions, grateful to have a home, bowl of food and some petting. It's been 20 years since we've bought a dog and even then it was never from a pet store. It upsets me for days when I see local news about pet mills.

    I am late reading your Sabbath post but enjoyed it today. I love how your quotes involve a theme so we can focus on it. Have to say that Marlene Deitrich's made me smile and wince. Why can't we women learn to drop something once it's been hashed out!

  10. I think even the righteous could catch a quick snooze by the woodburner! Great cookies, love month or not! Much love from here to there regardless xxxx

  11. Feeling his kibble - LOL. We call it having a bad case of the scampers!
    Yes, the calico would bother me too. People don't understand that cats depend on us and don't survive long on their own. They are predator and prey. Sad.
    The cookies look great. Now I'm hungry! Again.

  12. Those cookies look scrumptious. I'd better hurry on along or I will be wearing those on my hips and tummy.

  13. these look awfully good...of course how can you go wrong with cream cheese? I posted a recipe today also. I think it will be known as Super Bowl cake at our house.

  14. Oh boy, oh boy! I'm going to wait..ask very nicely for some of these. My lady said that whenever she tries to make cookies they end up looking like cow pats. long as they taste OK I'll eat them! That's what she says too! hee hee

  15. I'm with you, how can any animal just be tossed aside?!

  16. I hope the calico pretty girl comes close soon.
    The cookies make my stomach growl. Maybe I should break out the zillions of boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought from my first grand. Nah, then I wouldn't be able to sleep.
    I am always amazed when I go to the dollar store.

  17. I remember those little valentines... love those cookies... your kitty Levi looks like my Toasty...

  18. Pink cookies! They look so yummy.

  19. pretty cookies.. and so sound delish! Thank you for sharing! Reading about your chores makes me feel that mine aren't so bad after all. Goodness gracious.. if you were closer, I'd lend you a hand. No rest is correct.. and then comes Spring, when our true 'busy-ness' kicks in Take care out there! -Tammy

  20. So glad I stopped by for cookies! A tad bit late, but I am so making this yummy recipe and will have to do more than one batch for sure.

  21. The cookies look delicious! What a pretty photo.
    You won my Grow Your Blog prize! I've e-mailed you, but thought I'd also let you know here. Please e-mail me with your info.
    Cathy (CraftyCat)

  22. Oooo those cookies look cute & yummy. My daughter is bound to want to give those a try. I'm not sure where to get strawberry sugar from but I shall look out for some. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Kat :-)

  23. Oh, those cookies look so good, thanks for sharing!

    Levi looks like he was born to climb, what a cutie.

  24. Oh my, those cookies look delicious! Thanks for including the recipe. Can you leave a comment on my blog with an email address so I can send you my p.o. box and get the lovely headband I won in the giveaway. Thanks so much and have a wonderful day!

  25. Sandra, I think your Kitty is beautiful. I have to make those cookies fast and easy, I have fresh strawberries and bought pink tulips.
    Glad to see Spring come. Bleakness
    and more snow.


  26. I did not know you had alpacas! I adore these animals, we have several farms near us and I got alpaca socks for Christmas, Love them!

    Smiles, cyndi

  27. These look so yummy. Thanks for sharing. I have been enjoying reading your blog today. The BMB party has been so much fun ... Happy Valentine's Day ... :) Pat

  28. Kim, everyone who tasted them liked them.

    Hi Jane and Lance, you have no idea how often I think of Timea and wish for someone similar to help me. That's my dream...a housekeeper!

    MK, they'll be great for a church supper.

    Karen, those cookies are delicious and Levi says, "thank you!"

    Charlotte, spring is another mother and half least.

    Gabriela, thank you! Sending you a PM now.

    Rachel, those cookies were so good, I'm going to make them again.

    Quinn, Levi is about 6 month and growing.

    Dewena, I try to think of things that are similar and meaningful.

    Mags, I'm tempted to lay down a mattress by the wood stove; it's SO comfy.

    Carol, "bad case of the scampers", LOVE IT!

    Gail, think I'll make them again.

    Roxi - cream cheese, strawberries, for me!

    Isobelle, not so sure sugar would agree with your tummy.

    Mary Ann, some people are lost.

    Pom, dollar stores are such fun places to shop.

    Madge, I bet Levi and Toasty would have lots of fun together.

    Leigh, they were great!

    Tammy, I need to prioritize better.

    IMGIRL, you'll enjoy those cookies but should have someone to help you eat them...they are rich.

    Cathy, e-mailing you now and THANKS!

    Kat, it should say strawberry cream cheese but if you want strawberry sugar, simply cut up some strawberries in sugar and mix.

    Astrid, Levi thinks he's either human or a dog; he goes with us when we do barn chores, hang out laundry, etc.

    Debbie, sending you an e-mail now.

    Yvonne, it's snowing up a storm here; spring is moving further away.

    Cyndi, do you want these alpacas? You can have them!

    Pat, thanks for stopping by.


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