Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever~

The best sugar cookie recipe ever~ Angie's (my sister) Recipe.

Angie's Sugar Cookie Recipe
2 cups sugar
1 cup Crisco
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cream of tartar
5 cups of flour
scant of salt

* Cream sugar and Crisco together until light and fluffy.

* Beat in eggs.

* Add milk and vanilla.

* Add in sifted flour cream of tartar, baking soda and baking powder ~ slowly.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Take from oven when just lightly golden.


2 pounds powdered sugar
2 Tbs. Butter
2 tsp. almond flavoring
evaporated milk to desired texture

Yummy~ now just serve with ice cold milk. They are sure to be Santa's favorite cookie in my house anyways!

Christmas Eve Soup~

 101 Christmas Recipes

Just gotta love Gooseberry Patch recipes!
Christmas Eve Soup~
2 c. potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 c. carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 c. celery, chopped
1/4 c. onion, chopped
2 c. water
1-1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1 c. cooked ham, cubed
1/4 c. margarine
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. milk
8-oz. pkg. shredded Cheddar cheese

Combine vegetables, water, salt and pepper in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until vegetables are tender. Stir in ham; set aside. In a separate saucepan, melt margarine; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually add milk; bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes, until thickened. Stir in cheese until melted; add to vegetable mixture and heat through. Serves 8.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Oreo Truffles~ Oh So Easy and Oh So Good!

These are Heavenly!


8 ounces softened cream cheese 

18 ounces package of Oreo cookies~ (crushed in a food processor)

Combine and make into small balls.

 Dip in melted Vanilla Almond Bark.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Hot Pepper Jelly

Christmas Hot Pepper Jelly~
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
6-8 Jalapeno peppers
7 cups of sugar
1 1.2 c. vinegar
1  box~ Sure Jell

*Seed the peppers and grid them in the blender with vinegar.
* Boil pepper/ vinegar mixture in a pot and add sugar; boil for 15 minutes.
* Add Sure Jell and bring to a full boil.
* Stir for 2 minutes.

Makes 6 jelly size containers.

Pour over cream cheese and serve with crackers.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Candy Apple Jelly~

4 c. apple juice
1/2 c. red hot candies
1 (1-3/4-oz.) pkg. powdered pectin
4-1/2 c. sugar

In a heavy saucepan combine apple juice, red hots and pectin. Stir until pectin is dissolved. Heat over high heat until candies are melted and mixture comes to a full boil. Stir consistently. Once mixture comes to a boil, add in sugar. continue to stir and bring to a boil. Let boil for 2 full minutes.

Remove from heat and skim any foam. If there have been any candy pieces that did not melt completely, remove them at this time. Ladle hot jelly into hot sterile half-pint jelly jars, leaving a 1/4" headspace. Wipe rims clean of any spillage. Top each jar with seal and band. Tighten to fingertip tight. Place filled jars into water bath canner and bring to a full rolling boil. Allow to process for 5 minutes after it comes to a boil. Once time has elapsed, remove from canner and allow to cool. Listen for the "ping" sound to ensure that jars have sealed properly. Jelly will be liquid in consistency until it cools completely and sets up.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

President Lincoln's Words About Thanksgiving~

1 Chronicles 16:8

King James Version (KJV)
Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.

This morning I read a devotion by Fresh Manna and Tim the author writes~   

A poem on Thanksgiving from a child in school today might read like this:

 It is so very true. It seems there is a movement trying to silence Christians~ from our schools to our court rooms. Everyone has freedom of speech but those who choose to live by Biblical principles. I am here to tell you I will not be silent about my Almighty God whom I am so very thankful to because He saved my soul and made me whole. Every good and perfect gift in my life~ He gave me and I am thankful.

Abraham Lincoln~ one of the greatest leaders our country has ever known was not silent either. 

Here are the words of Abraham Lincoln~ April 30, 1863.

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, the many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.
Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self- sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
With this attitude, may we plan something with those we love, to give bold repentance and thanksgiving to our God who has blessed our great nation and is the only one who can put it back on track!” – President Abraham Lincoln, April 30, 1863 

Amen and Amen President Lincoln!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Shindorf family to you and yours!

(Repost from November 2012)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thoughts For Thanksgiving Week

"Even if something is left undone, 
everyone must take time to sit still 
and watch the leaves turn."

-   Elizabeth Lawrence

"I am rich today with autumn's gold,
All that my covetous hands can hold;

Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod,
A goldfinch on a milkweed pod,
Huge golden pumpkins in the field
With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield,
Golden apples heavy on the trees
Rivaling those of Hesperides,
Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread
Over all like butter on warm bread;
And the harvest moon will this night unfold
The streams running full of molten gold.
Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss
With autumn glory such as this!"

-   Gladys Harp

"Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh,
Through the white and drifted snow."

Lydia Maria Child, Thanksgiving Day, 1845 
"Over the river and through the wood
Oh, how the wind does blow!

It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.
Over the river and through the wood
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!"
-   Linda Maria Child, Over the River

My ~oh ~my ~
Ready or not here comes Thanksgiving! 

Colossians 4:2 

 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Hebrews 13:15 
 By him therefore let us offer the
 sacrifice of praise to God continually,
 that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name

Billy Graham wrote, "Ingratitude is a sin, just as surely as is lying or stealing or immorality or any other sin condemned by the Bible." He then quoted Romans 1:21, one of the Bible's indictments against rebellious humanity. Then Dr. Graham added, "Nothing turns us into bitter, selfish, dissatisfied people more quickly than an ungrateful heart. And nothing will do more to restore contentment and the joy of our salvation than a true spirit of thankfulness."

I have to admit my calender looks like a scribbled up mess. It is such a busy time of year. I am on my way to spend the week with my Washington babies~ all of them! But we must slow down and think about all we have to be thankful for in the busyness of it all!

Hope you all have fun in the journey as you prepare for a busy week! I will be back soon! I have babies to smooch and cooking to do! 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies Made With Oil

You will never notice that there are no hydrogenated oils in this recipe. I fluffed the flour first and leveled it off when measuring. These cookies are wonderful. I am so excited! Enjoy!

2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2  teaspoon salt
1  cup oil ( I used light olive oil.)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together dry ingredients~ set aside.

Mix together oil, brown sugar, white sugar and mix until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then, stir in vanilla and almond extract. Mix dry ingredients in and last fold in chips.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet. Take out while still a little doughy. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet about 5 minutes before removing.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Fabulous Friday's Question of the Day~ Are You Becoming Tough Or Tender?

Pastor Gary Williams  often said, "As we grow older~we tend to grow self absorbed." What is self-absorbed? Well it is just plain old being wrapped up in self~selfish.  Oh~I don't want to be like this!

Jesus served others. I want to be a servant. This old world has a way of making us tough instead of tender. Maybe it is time to do a reality check~ Am I becoming more tough around the edges rather than tender?   I think the true test would be to listen to the words that come out of our mouth today. 

  Jesus wants his disciples to be servants. When He was training his 12 disciples they were of some notion that being His followers would make them great.  Yet~ Jesus quickly set them straight. He makes it real clear ~they were to become servants. 

Mark 10:42-43 

 42But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
 43But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

He was training them to serve others~

Mark 10:44

 44And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

If Jesus Christ~ the Son of God~ taught his disciples not only by words but deed that we are to serve others~ what makes me think I am not to be a servant too?
What are you going to do today to be a servant to those that are in your path?

Vintage Monograms

This my prayer for today!

Make me a servant
Humble and meek
LORD let me lift up those who are weak
And may the prayer of my heart
Always be
Make me a servant
Make me a servant
Make me a

Country Faith~ Book Review

Wow~ what a great quality book. The pictures are bright and glossy and just down right beautiful. This book is a collection of Country Singers who share their favorite verses and a short testimony how the verse has helped them in their personal lives. It includes the singers from today but also those from days gone by. It has been really neat to read each singer's testimony of faith. 

 The book says "Once A Day"  implying it is a devotional but I would call it more of a testimonial of each of the artist. 

The book is beautifully done. It has 56 reflections from singers and contains 112 pages. The book's goal is to inspire you to ponder on the question~ What is your favorite life's verse? At the end it shares the Gospel of Mark and reminds us of the most important thing in life~ the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It inspires you to spread the Good News which is what Once-A Day Country Faith is all about. 

I rate this book 5 stars. This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 

Book Description

Pour yourself a fresh, cold glass of sweet tea and ease into your favorite chair with a copy of the Once-A-Day Country Faith. You’ll enjoy a front row seat to an intimate look at your favorite country stars as they discuss the personal significance of their favorite Bible passage. With contributions from 56 of today’s top country artists, the Once-A-Day Country Faith includes the Bible passage that tops each of their charts as well as the reasons why this part of scripture is so valuable to them. After reading Country Faith, you’ll be inspired to identify the Bible passage that’s most meaningful to you. You’ll also listen to your favorite country artists in a whole new way.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Biblical Names of Christ Ornament Set~ Review

Sometimes you just have a heard time finding the perfect gift~ this is gift that will  be cherished each and every Christmas to come. I love these little ornaments. Each one displays a different name of the Messiah.

They are boxed in a wonderful gift box. I was very impressed with the packaging.

 I had planned on giving mine as a gift but decided I just had to keep them myself. Guess I will be ordering another set. Honestly~ these are a bargain at $14.95!

Click here to order a set.

Product Description

Create a Christ-focused holiday tradition as you review the sacred names of the Savior. Display these antique pewter-finish ornaments on the tree, as gift tags, or adorning a wreath on the front door. A list of scripture references is included, perfect for a "Twelve Days of Christmas" countdown. 12-piece set. Ornament size: 3¼" x 3¼". *Hooks & twine NOT included.

About the Author

Zions Mercantile is a gathering of gifts and d├ęcor inspired by our unique Latter-day Saint heritage — whether it be from Palmyra, Nauvoo, Salt Lake City or anywhere in the world. Offering quality products in a variety of price points, Zions Mercantile is a place you can find meaningful items that enhance your home and reflect your values.
Zions Mercantile – available at Deseret Book stores and at

I was provided these ornaments in exchange for my honest review.

Christmas From Heaven Review~

"From little things come big things. "~ Berlin Candy Bomber

The true spirit of Christmas is found in this remarkable true story. Gail Halvorsen was a young pilot in the US Army. He was assigned as a cargo pilot to the war torn county of Berlin. Berlin at the time had been blocked by the Soviet. 

On Christmas Eve, 1948 he was to deliver 20,000 pounds of flour. The Berlin children were more interested in hearing from the pilot and about his freedom than the flour. For almost an hour he answered their questions. As he left he wished he had more to give. The children were so thankful for what they were given. They had very little to eat let along a piece of candy. He reached into his pocket to find two sticks of gum. He divided it in little pieces and gave it to the children. They passed them around and pressed them to their noses to smell the minty smell. Their faces were filled with joy and wonder like he had never seen. 

He wanted to do more...... and the rest became history. He became know as the Berlin Candy Bomber. 
 What a remarkable story and so worth reading. This is a Christmas coffee table book for sure. 

You will not want to miss the rest of the story. 

The book comes along with a DVD that brings the story to life ~ narrated by Tom Brokow the famed broadcast and journalist.

This book set was provided to me in exchange for my honest review from Shadow Mountain.

You may purchase the book here~

Friday, October 25, 2013

How To Pop Fantastic Microwave Popcorn~

Tomorrow morning we have granite counter tops being installed in the kitchen at our new house. So tonight we prepared the kitchen~ killing the power to our stove.  I decided to try my luck at some microwave popcorn. It was really good!

Place 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a Pyrex bowl. Cover the bowl with a ceramic plate. Making sure the plate covers the bowl well. Microwave about 3 minutes ~ give or take. Watch closely until you notice the kernels have stopped popping.

Be careful when removing bowl from the microwave because it will be very hot and use pot holders to remove bowl from the microwave. Immediately remove lid to keep popcorn from becoming soggy.

No oil needed~ no waste and tastes real close to stove popped version.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Overnight Rolls~


2 pkg. yeast
2 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. melted shortening
3/4 c. sugar
2 eggs
8 to 8 1/2 c. flour
2 1/2 tsp. salt
Soften yeast in warm water. Add shortening, sugar, eggs, 4 cups flour and salt. Stir in remaining flour. This will be a soft dough. Cover and refrigerate overnight or until needed. This will keep several days. Shape into rolls or loaf and let rise in warm place until double.
Bake at 400°F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday's Chat From The Farmhouse Porch~

  1. How many animals do you have? Well as you all know ~ I had to give up my chickens when we moved. I really miss my girls. I drive by and get a peek at them once in awhile. I have Pippa Lou~ the Corgi and two cats my Gypsy girl abandoned~ Patches and Annie.
  2. Have you begun Christmas plans, travel, decorations, crafts, menu, etc.? Yes ~ but just starting. We are planning to head to Colorado to spend Christmas with my Aunt. First time in 47 years we will not be home for Christmas. Still trying to decide on a color scheme for decorating. 
  3. Do you celebrate Harvest Season or Halloween? I decorate for Fall but will light up the house and hand out treats.
  4. How do you heat your house?  Our home is all electric but I am excited I have a gas fireplace and a wood burning fireplace this year. We had our first real fire last night~ it was so much fun! Well except the smoke alarm went off several times. Not sure what to do about that~ tehe!
  5.  Do you like dishes with white centers or centers with patterns? I have a dish fetish~ so it really doesn't matter to me. I like to have seasonal dishes.~colors. 

Delight thyself also in the Lord
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psalms 37:4

Friday, October 11, 2013

It's Beginning To Look Like An Amish Christmas~

I was so excited when this little book came in the mail. I love a good Amish book and I love Christmas. This book was such a fun read. It was inspired by a true story which made it so much better.

It is written in the time of World War II . Rose finds out that her life has been a lie ~ she is not really Amish at all. She was abandoned and taken in by her Amish parents ~ whom she loved with all her heart.  Why did her birth parents leave her behind? Why had her family not told her the truth? What will the man she loves do when he finds out she is not really Amish? Will he love her? Will she even be allowed to stay according to the the Bishop? Does she even want to stay Amish? So many questions to answer in this little novella. 

I loved this book and could not put it down. What a great Christmas gift this would make. I give it 5 stars!

Book Description

Inspired by a true story, A Christmas Gift for Rose is a heartwarming novella of sacrifice and deep love.
Born in the midst of the hardships of the Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But as she prepares to marry, she's thrown into confusion when she learns the truth of her birth. She was born Englisch and abandoned when the family moved on in search of work.
Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind-Englischers? And was her intended's gift of discovering her birth family given out of love or fear?

The Pumpkin Man~

In the city of Colorado Springs, people called Nick Venetucci “The Pumpkin Man.” Every autumn for 50 years, he invited thousands of school children to visit his farm along the banks of Monument Creek, pick a free pumpkin, and take it home. Nick loved walking through his fields with the kids, helping them find “just the right one.”
The principal of the local elementary school, which was named in Venetucci’s honor, said, “He taught our kids the definition of generosity. He gave, gave, gave, and never expected anything in return.” When Nick died at the age of 93, the community saluted him as a hero because of his kind and generous spirit

The Pumpkin man shared the fruits of his labor because he wanted to be giving. The Bible encourages us to be giving people. Are you stingy or are you giving? I think stingy people are just stinky. I don't want to be a "stinky" person.

2 Corinthians 9:7-8

 7Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

 8And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

The Pumpkin Man gave what he had to bless others and he touched many lives. What do you have to give?  The grace will come from God if you ask for it~ but the giving comes from the heart. How would we feel if God was stingy with His resources as we are with our resources? (Just a thought.) The story of the Pumpkin man blessed my heart and challenged me to see where I could be more giving. Remember we are not going to take anything with us when we make our final journey Home.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Autumn Fruit Salad~

What to do with all those apples? Here is a keeper~ so yummy!

Cast of characters~
  • 6 - 8 apples
  • 1 14oz can pineapple tidbits
  • 2 cups pineapple or pineapple/orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
Here's what you do~
Pour pineapple tidbits and juice into a large bowl. 
Peel and chop apples into small sizes, adding to the pineapple as you chop. Stir in between to allow pineapple juice to coat apples~ this keeps them from turning brown.
In a small pot, bring 1 cup pineapple juice to boil.
 Place sugar, cornstarch and 1 cup juice in a tightly covered container and shake, then add to boiling juice, stirring until thick and smooth. Stirring constantly.  Then let it cool.
 Lastly~Pour chopped fruit through colander and then mix with sauce. 

Chill to before serving.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Amish~Pickled Beets

One of my favorite things to do is visit my Amish neighbors. I love to eat at the Mennonite Buffet in Jamesport, Missouri. It has the yummiest food.  I so love their pickled beets.

 I searched my Grandmother's recipe box I found this recipe. I felt like I struck gold.( I was paying $8.oo for a quart.) I love this recipe. I just know you will too!

2 cups sugar
3-1/2 c. white vinegar
1-1/2 c. water
1 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. allspice
4 16 oz. cans small whole beets drained
4 1-pint canning jars and lids

Combine sugar, vinegar, water, salt, and spices in a large kettle; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add beets. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes; cool. Pack into hot jars; cover with liquid. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Autumn Cake Mix Sugar Cookies

Want something sweet in a hurry? These are so fast and easy~and they taste oh so good!

Yummy~ Cake Mix Cookies

1 White Cake Mix
1 egg
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of water

I placed the Autumn sprinkles on before I baked them. They are wonderful frosted too!

Combine cake mix, egg, oil, and water. Mix well. 
Bake 350 degrees until done, about 10 minutes. Don't over bake!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Homemade Peach Tea and The Worlds Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Well Hello September~
Celebrate the Autumn season with these yummy recipes. 

Homemade Peach Tea
8 tea bags 
1 fresh peach
1 cup of sugar 
water and ice

First, you have to bring a pot of water to a boil and then put in your 8  tea bags ~ just like you would when your making a regular pitcher of delicious tea. Pour tea into a gallon container.

 Cut a fresh peach into slices then put the slices in your pot on the stove. Add 1 cup of sugar and cook on medium heat. You need to stir constantly to keep from burning. Cook until you have a syrup consistency. Add the syrup to the tea and finish filling the  gallon container with water. Add ice and oh this is so yummy!

World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies


Heat oven to 375 degrees.
 Cream: Butter Flavor Crisco, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Blend until creamy. Blend in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture, gradually. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop rounded measuring tablespoonfuls of dough 3" apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies (will appear light and moist - DO NOT OVER BAKE)



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