Garden Veggies

Garden Veggies
Made into tile for my stove backsplash

Portland Rose Garden

Portland Rose Garden
Mike and my 2 youngest sons Ian and Leif

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons

Grandson Michael's Birthday 2014 throwing water balloons
With son Beau, Grandson Luke and his mom Jennifer


I cut this out of a wedding line. I must take more pictures of her.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


 I expected baking to be more difficult in the Canaries because ingredients have been an issue and then of course my oven.  But the oven is doing a bang up job and I am finding the ingredients I need, finally, after searching many options.  Spain grows awesome oranges and they are reasonable.  I serched for a orange cookie recipe that needed no brown sugar and called for simple ingredients.  These are excellent and I know I will make them often here.

Cream together:
1 C. slightly melted butter
1 C. sugar
1 egg
2 T. orange juice
2 T. orange zest

1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
2 ½ C. flour

Roll into golf size balls and flatten a little on the cookie sheet.  Bake 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Don’t over bake.  They don’t need to be brown.  You want to keep them a little soft.   Cool and frost.   It makes about 30 cookies. 

Make the frosting with 2 T. butter, 2 T. orange Juice, 1 T. orange zest and enough powdered sugar to make a spreadable frosting.  I had a little cream cheese so added about 2 T. of it also.  It made a little more frosting, which made my husband happy.  He prefers a little cookie with his frosting.

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