It is hard to believe that tomorrow at this time A will be on his way to Antartica!!! We have been pretty busy around here getting everything lined up and packed. And I decided Thursday that I really wanted to knit him a nice wool hat(pattern here) to take along. I am very happy with how it came out and I think he liked it as well. He will be flying to Ushuaia, Argentina where he will board the expedition cruise ship, The Antartic Dream. What an adventure!! I told him he would be doing a few guest posts here on my blog when he gets home and will share some of his photos. He happily agreed!! So stay tuned......
Besides the hat I have been doing other knitting as well, but all of it Christmas gifts so I'm unable to show it until after Christmas. Been doing some baking as well. K reminded me of these yummy cookies the other day, which I haven't made in several years. They are easy to make and so yummy!!
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
3 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. almond extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 to 3 Tbsp. HOT water
1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted (or sprinkles)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine flour, and salt in medium bowl.
3. Beat butter, sugar and almond extract in separate bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
4. At low speed, beat in dry ingredients until blended.
5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Flatten slightly to 3/4 inch thick.
7. Bake 15 to 17 minutes, until golden. Cool on wire racks.
8. Frosting: Combine powdered sugar, cocoa and vanilla in bowl.
9. Stir in water until spreadable. Frost cookies. Top each with 2-3 almonds (or sprinkles)
Makes 3 dozen.
Sophie finds the packing; knitting and baking really cuts into her attention getting and she opts to go take yet another nap. Someday we will get our priorities right and spend the day just playing with her! Wouldn't that be nice?
Until Next Time.....