Cookies recipes * Almond cookies and Fortune cookies

Happy First day of February ! And my countdown to Chinese New Year continues : Today we are celebrating by making Almond Cookies and Fortune Cookies ! I must confess I usually just buy them at the Asian market but since it’s an hour away – Let’s make our own. Lisa

  • 2 3/4 C Flour (shifted)
  • 1 C Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C lard (fat)
  • 1 egg / beaten
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • almonds
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking soda and salt together into a bowl. Cut in the lard until mixture resembles cornmeal. Add egg and almond extract. Mix well.
  3. Roll dough into 1-inch balls. Set them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Place an almond on top of each cookie and press down to flatten slightly.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges of the cookies are golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes.

Fortune Cookies:

  • 3 egg whites beaten
  • 3/4 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1 C flour
  • 2 T water
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper. Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
  2. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low, and stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each. Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
  3. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly. Quickly remove one at a time, place a message in the center, and fold in half. Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set.

Fortune Cookie Crafts :

Red Craft foam / or red Paper : Cut out a Circle . Fold and pinch. Add glue dots to hold – Slide in fortune.

Cookie : Pin Cushion : Cut a circle recd fabric. Stitch around and leave room to stuff. Fill and stitch close. Fold into shape and fasten.

December planner and Ugly Sweater party plans.

My December planner is filled with fun stickers,clip art and stamps. With all the important dates highlighted, We have a busy December with 3 birthday, Parties and Community events.  On e of the fun things we are planning is an Ugly Sweater family Party! Do you have that sweater that was a  gift but never wore or did you buy it and change your mind. Here’s your excuse to wear it . And have fun !   Lisa 

It’s time to get your ugly sweater out ! It’s an Ugly Sweater Party : 

Sugar Cookies :

Here’s a Fun tag book to make : 

  • (2 )  6 by 6  sheets ( front & back cover)
  • (1) 6 by 6 sheet folded for book  binder & too hold the tags in. 
  • (6 ) tags inside : with pictures,stickers, and journaling. Made with coordinating Christmas paper. 

The front is made with a paper pierced ugly sweater. And decorated. The paper used is the scraps from making the tags. 

Need idea’s about Ugly Sweater Contest -Check out my tags.

  • Prizes for : funniest
  • original (one of a kind) 
  • Ugliest 

Christmas Eve at Home

Happy Friday ! 

And today’s quilt block celebrates Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve Block


Christmas Eve is the night before the big day. Do you have any special traditions in your family ? 

In years past we have attended Midnight church or Mass as we waited for Christmas to come. When there was small kids in the house – we have spent the night assembling together toys and setting the gifts for Christmas morning. But before bed make sure Satan eats his cookies we made and left for him as well as reindeer food. Lisa

Sugar cookies decorated by kids

Sugar Cookies

  • 1 C shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 4  C flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Mix together and  chill . Roll out and cut out and  Bake at 375 until done. Decorate as you want.   Lisa


Make these fun bags to leave for Santa reindeer

Reindeer Food 

  • plastic bags
  • oatmeal
  • sprinkles

vintage rudolph fancy labels - lisa.jpg

Decorate and make tags for bags. need a free topper free printable

Holiday Caroling Time: Recipes and more

Happy Friday ! And it’s Holiday Time : 

Do you have a favorite Holiday tradition? Today’s Prompt from the quilt block – a Caroling we Go !!!

Here’s a great recipes to serve to carolers  or after you return :


  • 2 quarts of cranberry drink
  • 5 C strong Tea
  • 4 sticks   Cinnamon
  • 3/4 slices Oranges
  • 1 C sugar

Directions : Heat until boiling. Strain and serve hot. Or can be kept hot in crock pot. 




  Snicker doodles

  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 C shortening
  • 11/2 C Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 23/4  C Flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tarter
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 T sugar /2 tsp cinnamon

Cream butter and shortening. Add sugar and eggs, and dry ingredients.  Mix well and roll into balls . Then roll them into the sugar /cinnamon mixture and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 400 for 8 to 10 minutes. 





Quilt Block




Recipe for Fortune cookies

This recipe is from All recipe .com