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Grammy’s Super Soft Sugar Cookies

Most of us love sugar cookies.  Me included… I am particularly fond of soft cookies.

47500364_10209882770504256_2737900106257793024_oWhat is the secret to soft sugar cookies??? Normally I would say lard… but in this case it is actually sour cream.   (okay- maybe a combination of the two)

These are made with my Grammy M’s recipe. *note* I make a very simple frosting that is so much faster and easier than making a traditional Royal Icing  (in case you were wondering, yes, it’s the very same as the  Hog Heaven Sugar Cookies I was selling in Buffalo Gals Mercantile)

Ingredients

1 1/2 C  Butter (or 3/4 lard (or Crisco) & 3/4 margarine)                                                                1 1/2 C  Sugar                       3 Eggs                                                                                                         2 tsp Vanilla (or Almond/lemon or whatever else sounds good at the time)                            4 1/2 C Flour                         4 1/2 tsp baking powder                                                                       1 tsp Salt                                A heaping spoonful of Sour Cream

~Cream well butter and sugar in large bowl. Beat in eggs. Beat in vanilla and sour cream. Add in baking powder and salt, mix well. Add in flour 1 cp at a time.  ** mixture will be very soft!** Refrigerate for about an hour. Roll and cut into desired shapes. (a 1/4″ or more is perfect.

Bake at 350 on parchment lined cookie sheets about 7-8 minutes. The bottoms will be just turning color and they will be soft to touch. Let cool a couple minutes, remove to rack to finish cooling.

Frosting- I cheat- I simply mix powdered sugar with a smidge of milk and then add in Karo. ***For this many cookies, 2 c powdered sugar, about 1/4 +/- c milk and 1 TBS Karo ought to do the job.*** It should be pretty thick. *Super easy to color with liquid or gel coloring.  **Super easy to ‘paint’ on with cheap paintbrush                                                                                                If you want a real Royal Icing check it out here.

***NOTES*** Bear with me- these notes are  geared towards my kiddo’s!

*Yes. Mom cheats and does not mix the dry goods together first.. I just do it all in the one bowl.                                                                                                                                                  *NO– you do NOT have to sift the dry goods.. You can, but I have not noticed a difference.  *Eggs– If you have fresh eggs from the farm, “3” is open to interpretation.. usually moms eggs are smaller than ‘jumbo’ store bought, in which case use 4.                                          *Rolling them out-  Don’t forget to flour the counter when rolling! (keeps it from sticking. if you don’t have a rolling pin, don’t worry.. I know you have at least a beer bottle or something similar. **No cookie cutter? Use a glass or whatever you have handy.

Enjoy!

~Katy~

 

 

 

 

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An easier way to make buttonholes!

…. Get a machine that does them!!!

There. That simple.

Grammy M's machine

Grammy M’s machine

I need this fabric!

I need this fabric!

Buttonholes are my nemesis. I have never liked them. I am proficient at making them. BY HAND.

I have a 1960 Kenmore and a 1960 Singer, both I love dearly. I even have attachments for making button holes “with help”…

However, I never mastered that part.

But I can do crazy good HANDSEWN buttonholes.

This year I have acquired TWO killer updated machines.. A Serger from a great friend, and a regular “newer” Kenmore from the mama-in-law.

. Both make AUTOMATIC buttonholes! Yeah!

Happy Day!

A Summer to Remember

So my cousin Hannah has come for a month long visit to our farm. She is 9 years old.
At first I was “What am I supposed to DO with a GIRL?” We raised Boys!
~As it turns out, there was nothing to fear.~ We both speak SARCASM fluently.
She was (is) a self admitted “indoor” girl.Fashion-ista
Well- things have changed a smidge.. I am sure her Mama will have a few bad habits to break!
BOOTS go with everything. Hannah has worn her boots more that her sandals and hasn’t even touched tennis shoes yet. 🙂

Cookies for breakfast

Cookies for breakfast

COOKIES for breakfast are ok sometimes.
WALKS  are great for dream making… Hannah wishes to be an Artist or a Fashion Designer… I hope she follows her dreams, where ever they may lead.
Dirt won’t kill you… we have been in the garden daily. she has learned to simply rub things that fall in the dirt on her pants and keep on going…

She can DO ANYTHING. She has learned that with a little perseverance and cussing, all tasks are do-able!  So very proud of her!!

I Can Do it!

I Can Do it!

Coffee nearly BLACK… and a sweet tooth for French Vanilla flavoring.
POLKAand two-step are a must have in the dance repository if you want to be ‘social’ around these parts.

fun in the sun

fun in the sun

   HAY BALES are great fun. So is the quad and the dog. CHICKENS will follow you like the Pied Piper.

Well~ I gotta run. More on our adventures later…. sewing, baking, swimming, dancing and more!   We have MEMORIES  to go make!

~Katy~

Why Burlap??

 Why not?
It’s versatile, biodegradable, recyclable and more.
Hessian or Burlap as it is called in the US, is made from a tall, grass like plant called Jute. It is cut and woven.jute%20oogst

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I use burlap in many of the projects I make at Buffalo Gals Mercantile. I love the rustic-ness of it. The graphics on the vintage bags are fabulous and truly speak of our Agricultural roots and early advertising.

Burlap is biodegradable- we actually use the scraps on the garden. It’s a natural soil enhancer and weed barrier. We just till it in at the end of the season.  “Post consumer burlap compost creates a constantly renewable product that increases soil fertility, rather than depleting it” -The Green Building Handbook

10256824_501759616595111_2700429621183935268_nBurlap is recyclable. –  Use old bags to make purses, chair covers, window treatments, accessories, table runners, stuffed animals, lamp shades … the ideas are limitless really.  Here’s a link to Pintrest  with fabulous ideas!

Did you know…. Statistics show that Burlap is quickly gaining  in popularity and  may surpass Cotton as the most used natural fiber?

Burlap is Eco-Friendly & Eco- Chic .   A great way to use it is as a market tote. No more plastic bags! And it’s quite the fashion statement as well.

~Katy~

 

 

 

Sewing for Victory!

 

I have decided to join the Sew For Victory challenge. I stumbled onto to the Lucky Lucille blog.  And that’s how I foundvictory out about the challenge.
The goal is to sew an outfit from the 1940’s.
I think…NO…I KNOW  I can!!  My Grammy Helen was an accomplished seamstress and taught me many tricks. Grammy sewed for San Francisco’s upper crust. Many of mgrammyy outfits in the 70’s were made with scraps from these ladies. 😉

In fact, I sew on my other Grammy’s 1960 Kenmore !!

Though I will say I was NEVER a fan of polyester!

My Grammy learned to sew very, very young. And later as a war bride, she learned to make do with whatever was at hand. Including flour sacks.

It’s interesting that off and on over the years I have used the skills I didn’t really realize I had, to earn a living!

So in memory of her, I am doing the Sew for Victory Challenge.  I have not quite decided on a pattern yet, though I have an idea of what I want. The 1940’s were a great time for ladies fashions. Very flattering and feminine.

Lucky for me, I happen to posses a number of vintage 1940’s patterns… (Shhhhh… don’t tell!…taken from Grammy’s ‘stash’)  Ranging from kidspattern3pattern1 clothes and aprons to evening wear….

Keep an eye out for updates on my outfit!

~Katy~

 

A Teeny Tiny Tech Victory!

                         Ok… Teeny Tiny for most of YOU.
      For me… Not so much. This was a HUGE victory!  
I managed to actually Find the “How-to” instructions on line.. (No calling the kidd-o this time and getting heckled) and make my own Etsy Banner!   We’ll just leave it at … I balk at anything outside of my comfort zone…

                                                             HA! So There!….
     But really… I spent an afternoon poking around, looking at free and paid ‘ready made’ banners. And boy, did I find some pretty awesome ones! Sweetly Scrapped has a ton of them, PLUS that’s where I found the handy dandy “how to” links! 
     Free Pretty Things For You (which I have used a lot) and The Graphics Fairy and Star Sunflower Studio
   I also wanted some Western fonts that I didn’t currently have. So I poked around some more and decided on the free fonts from Andy Nortnik because this site also some good free clipart.
    Ultimately I ended up designing my own. Now that I know how… It’s easy

   So… My new Etsy Shop “Katy’s Mercantile” will be open very, very soon! Keep an eye out!
                                       ~Handcrafted in the heart of North Dakota~

Katy~

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