Scandinavian Cookies

I love the way the kitchen smells when cookies are being baked….I remember being a little girl and my mom would be baking all her Christmas cookies and the smell of the kitchen, well, the whole house really, smelled heavenly.   Here’s one of the cookies I have baked this year, the Scandinavian cookie.  Quite simple yet delicious.  I’ll be baking two other different ones too but for now I’ll share this one.

Preheat oven to 325* (full recipe listed at bottom of post)

Stir together flour, baking powder and salt.

In a large bowl, soften your butter in blender then add the sugar until fluffy….do not over blend.

Add one egg and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and blend well.

Add the flour mixture little by little and blend well.

The mixture will be a little crumbly, that’s ok.. Just remove to a working surface and press together to form a ball.  Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.  I use a knife and cut vertically and horizontally.  Form a 12 inch log like this for each of the four parts and placed on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I placed two rolls on each cookie sheet.

Then you flatten this roll to about 3 inches wide.

Brush each flatten roll with milk

And add the slivered almonds on top.  The milk helps the almonds stick to the top. 

Now bake in a 325* oven for 12-14 minutes or until edges are lightly brown.  Out of the oven and still warm, cut crosswise on the diagonal into 1 inch strips

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Stir the icing ingredients together and drizzle over cooled strips and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy them…Now to my next cookie… The Mexican wedding cookie, or Russian tea cakes or snowball cookies….however you call it, they are pretty yummy too!  Here’s the complete recipe listed below.

Complete recipe for Scandinavian Cookies:

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/4 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Baking powder 

1/2 cup of butter

1 cup Sugar

1 large egg

1/2 tsp. Almond extract


1/2 cup sliced almonds 


1 cup confectioners sugar

1/4 tsp. Almond extract

Preheat oven to 325*

Stir together flour, salt, baking powder.

In bowl beat butter until softened.

Add sugar and beat till fluffy.

Add egg and the 1/2 tsp. of almond extract and beat well.

Add flour mixture and mix well.

Divide dough into fourths and form each portion into a 12 inch roll.

Place two rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet about 4 inches apart

Flatten each roll about 3 inches wide.

Brush each flatten section with milk and sprinkle about a tablespoon of the sliced almonds.

Bake for about 14 minutes or till edges are lightly brown.

While still warm, cut each section diagonally into 1 inch strips.

Cool completely on a wire rack.

Stir together the powdered sugar and almond extract and enough milk to make a drizzling consistency, about 3-4 teaspoons.

Drizzle over the cool strips.

Thanksgiving Table Setting 

Last weekend we had our own little Thanksgiving. Right now we’re still at the point in our lives where we go to my husband’s parents home for holidays, but we had a turkey so we invited a few friends over last weekend to have some food. I challenged myself not to buy anything for the table, but to use things we already had. I really like the way it turned out!

We don’t have enough white plates yet to go around when we have a large number of guests, but I found that I actually liked the mixture. The red goes well with anything fall 🙂

Weekend Mornings

Saturday mornings around here are the best! My favorite routine is to get up fairly early, start something baking for a weekend treat (my favorite is cinnamon rolls, I made pumpkin cinnamon rolls this weekend) make my coffee and then fold laundry and watch one of my favorite shows (usually Good Neighbors, a British show from the 70’s).

We do a lot of laundry in this house, so I like to do a load or two Friday night and fold it Saturday morning with my coffee and entertainment, it makes the job more fun. 

P.S. If you want the recipe for the Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (with caramel drizzle!) this is the one I used:

Happy Weekend!

Comfort Food

This is a delicious dinner we had last night — cheesy polenta with sauteed greens and two sunny-side up eggs layered on top.  Comforting, pretty, and delicious!

What’s For Breakfast

A few days ago I shared my favorite breakfast treat. Although I love my weekly visit to a local bakery, a healthy breakfast at home is lovely too.  This bowl of oatmeal with blackberries and a sprinkle of granola was my breakfast this morning.

I’m not a big coffee drinker, although seeing some of the stories about coffee stations have made me wondering what I’ve been missing.  My ritual is tea.
Last week I found this teapot in an antique shop.  I fell in love with it and brought it home.  It’s a porcelain pot with a silver plated sleeve and hinged top. It was so unusual that I knew it had to have a story, so I did some research when I got home.  It is German from the 1930s-40s.  I love everyday items that have history so now when I use it each morning, I imagine that an American soldier must have brought it home from WWII.  A little dreaming at breakfast isn’t a bad way to start the day!

What’s ForBreakfast

I promise this waffle isn’t burnt! It’s a Buckwheat waffle with raspberries (Waffles are my all time favorite!) Buckwheat is gluten free and super healthy. I buy it by the pound and grind it at home. 

Idaho Sunrise! Bake your potato in the crock pot over night. In the morning just crack in an egg & broil, then pull it back out and add a slice of cheese, half way cook some bacon in the microwave then rip it on top and pop it under the broiler until done! Add some spring onions or chives.

Applewood bacon, arugula, tomato, and chedder quiche in a whole grain crust. Below the quiche you’ll see a Macadamia Nut Waffle with tropical fruit salad on top. YUM!

Traditional American breakfast. No tin of Heinz beans or grilled mushrooms … sorry British neighbors!

Veggies, Gruyere Cheese and Dill Omlet with Grilled Chicken Apple Sausage

I work in a hospital and start my days at 4am. Often I dread my mornings. Once the alarm rings, Annie becomes a drill sergeant telling me, “Get up mommy! You’ve got less than an hour to get out the door.. go, go, go!”  Annie then begins scratching at my scalp full speed like she’s digging a hole to China. Ouch…Little Brat! Mornings are so hectic that a sit down breakfast is always overlooked. BUT…Sundays are a different story! I sleep until 6:45-8am depending on how long Annie permits me. We head to the kitchen & whip up a special breakfast to wake Daddy and Josie up with! Here are some pics of our lazy Sunday morning breakfasts.

I LOVE making breakfast, it’s my favorite meal of the day. My sister swears I make the best waffles and pancakes from scratch. When she visits she always says I run the best B&B! lol Now.. if I can only start charging for a room! :P
P.S I’ve added a photo of Annie for ya’ll to see. Yes… hair horns & all attitude!