Shuttemup Cookies (a Peg Bracken Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe)

A visitor to my blog asked about Peg Bracken’s Shuttemup Cookie recipe and I found it in her 1976 book,  The I Hate to Cook Almanack – A Book of Days (Recipes & Relief for the Reluctant Cook and the Harried Houseperson).

 

I haven’t tried this one, but I’ve never gone wrong on any of her other recipes.  When I do try it, I’ll post an update.

 

Here you go, Aaron, just as Peg wrote it.

 

SHUTTEMUP COOKIES

(The fastest chocolate-chip cooky)

 

Cream together:

1 cup butter or oleo*

1 cup brown sugar

 

Then add:

2 cups flour

1 6-ounce package of chocolate chips

1 cup nuts, chopped

 

Mix it, press it into a thirteen-by-nine inch jelly-roll pan, and bake twenty-five minutes at 350 degrees.  While it’s still warm, cut it in bars.  If you forget to, just break it up when it’s cool.

*oleomargarine

 

 

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Life in Hard Times – Children’s Indoor Activities

This post kicks off a series here on Carla-at-Home of especially thrifty crafts, hints and activities, because even after the quarantine is over, I suspect that many people will be looking for thriftier ways to do things.

Families with children living in cities may be feeling the pinch of something for them to do besides watch television and play electronic games.

I remember rainy or cold Easter Sundays when I was a child. We weren’t a picnicking family, so bad weather didn’t affect dinner. If it was sunny, I could wear out a basket of dyed, hard boiled eggs in one afternoon by hiding and hunting them out in the yard. But sometimes when the weather moved us indoors, my mother would hide the eggs for me in our living room; over and over, bless her heart. In truth, it was probably much easier for her that way. She’d developed heart trouble when I was only 3 years old and had very limited energy. (In truth, I don’t think any of the mothers in our neigborhood did. They were very busy ladies.)

She still spent a lot of time with me, just not doing physically active things. When I was younger she read aloud or we played lots of word games, cards, Hide the Thimble, I Spy, etc. When I was older, we played Scrabble, Password, Scribbage (a Boggle type game), You Don’t Say, Jotto, and watched classic movies together on television. That was back in the days when cable hadn’t been invented and only 3 channels were on the dial.

Ebay has a ton of these classic games. Thrift stores and garage sales are excellent resources and a lot cheaper. Hopefully, the stores will all be open soon.

This link to an article on The Dollar Stretcher gives several indoor activities for families.

The Dollar Stretcher is one of my favorite websites and has been since 1997. It is a free massive compilation of advice on how to get out of debt and cheaper ways to do things, started and edited by Gary Foreman. Most of the content is reader submitted. Kind of like an online Amy Dacyczn collection. I encourage anyone who’s looking to save money to visit the site. You can sign up by email to get updates or simply go to http://www.thedollarstretcher.com. New content is added at least a couple of times weekly.

Just because we’re stuck at home doesn’t mean we have to turn into tech zombies.

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Spring?

                                                                 Antique postcard from Graphics Fairy.

According to Merriam-Webster, Indian Summer is “a period of warm or mild weather in late autumn or early winter”.

Is there a term for early seasons?  Here in North Texas, we have a lot of early springs (usually February), early summers (beginning in May), late summers (100+ temperatures lasting into early September) and mild winters with just a sprinkling of bad weather and temperatures below 20 degrees F.

The Hen Bit and dandelions are in bloom, there was a robin in our yard last week and today we have the air conditioner on.

It might as well be Spring.

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Happy New Year, 2019

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Lamentations 3:22-24 King James Version

AAA Happy New Year violets

Thanks to Graphics Fairy for the free image. Click here to go the website.

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
Words: Thomas O. Chisholm
Music: William M. Runyan

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Click here for a wonderful a capella version.

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Watercolor Caladium Arrangement

Watercolor Caladium IIToday’s link is for the video of Watercolor Caladium Arrangement by Kayvee Creative.

Watercolor Cadium

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Burgundy & Blush Watercolor Bouquet

Burgundy and Blush Watercolor Bouquet II

Burgundy & Blush Watercolor Bouquet is the first in a series of watercolor demonstrations I’ll be posting.  The artist is someone I know who has an account on youtube, called Kayvee Creative.

 

Burgundy and Blush Watercolor Bouquet

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September

Ah! September.

What a relief in Texas. August is behind us and we have hopes of cooler weather before long.

Click here for Ella Fitzgerald’s September Song.

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Curtis Lee Edens, Sr.


Curtis Lee Edens, Sr.
1943 – 2017

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Changing the rules

When the other side changes the rules, then they must also play by them.

Click here for Kurt Schlichter’s column on fairness.

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Another Texas Sunset

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September 12, 2017 · 3:44 am