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Old 12-05-2014, 02:48 PM   #581
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Some close to expiration date cream cheese is now a cheesecake for DH. I used the recipe on the Philly package. Easy. It turned out good. I rarely eat sweets anymore but I did try a piece. Didn't want DH to be poisoned. LOL It tasted too sweet for me, since my body is not used to sugar, but DH says it's fine, and has some frozen strawberries to put over it. Christmas is coming....gotta keep the old guy happy.

Carol, anytime I take even a small bite of something with sugar, I can not take a second bite. You get so used to not having sugar, that you notice immediately when it is in something you eat.

Being a new diabetic, Steve is having a bit of problem with that. But in time he will get used to eating right. It just takes time. And not eating sweets will become a second nature to him, just like it has for the rest of us diabetics. I have to be the worst diabetic on earth. I don't eat any sweets except my Peeps. Four is my limit. That only happens once a year. And by the fourth one, I have had enough to make me sick. And I stay away from carbs 90% of the time. If I have a potato, it is a small one and baked. I pick them out of the soup and allow myself only one or two bites. I eat mostly meat and veggies.

And I am never afraid to tell anyone offering me a food that I know is not on my list of edibles, "Sorry, but I am a diabetic and I can't have that." And if you want to see me get angry real quick, insist that I take just a bite.
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Old 12-08-2014, 07:02 PM   #582
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Trying to decide if I'm going to make the dough for Springerle tonight or not. First I have to run to the store and get some Anise extract. My friend's grandma used to make them and I have her recipe. She would roll them out and let them dry overnight, bake the next day. I've been looking at other recipes for Springerle cookies. Not all do that. Any Springerle bakers on DC? If so, any other extracts used?
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Old 12-08-2014, 10:53 PM   #583
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I made them for the first time last year from my MIL's recipe. That was because DH gave me a KitchenAid stand mixer the Christmas before. Her recipe calls for beating the ingredients by hand for 30 minutes Sorry, I'm not doing that for cookies.

Anyway, I think the reason for letting them dry overnight is to make sure the shapes from the rolling pin will still be visible after baking. I made them with anise extract, as is traditional. Cardamom might be interesting.
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Old 12-08-2014, 11:18 PM   #584
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I made them for the first time last year from my MIL's recipe. That was because DH gave me a KitchenAid stand mixer the Christmas before. Her recipe calls for beating the ingredients by hand for 30 minutes Sorry, I'm not doing that for cookies.

Anyway, I think the reason for letting them dry overnight is to make sure the shapes from the rolling pin will still be visible after baking. I made them with anise extract, as is traditional. Cardamom might be interesting.
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Monday was National Brownie Day. Or so I heard. I was going to bake brownies, using one of my new bags of Penzeys cocoa. Wha..??? How could I possibly misplace two (2!) bags of cocoa? I looked and looked and LOOKED. No luck. Later, when putting groceries away on the basement shelves, one of the bags bit me. Seriously, I looked past the two bags two or three times. Even holding the basket with my baking supplies in my hand once! I swear I'm losing my mind. Just so long as I can keep my wits about, I'll probably make brownies tomorrow. Why should I make brownies on time for National Brownie Day? I usually don't get my Christmas cards out in the mail until after the 25th anyway...


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... Any Springerle bakers on DC? If so, any other extracts used?
My Mom used to make them. I think she used anise all the time. The only reasons I liked the cookies were for the pretty raised pictures, and when I was a kid Mom let me dip the cookies into coffee heavily laced with sugar and milk. She didn't want any of us breaking a tooth on the darned things!
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Old 12-09-2014, 05:13 AM   #586
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I really need to get back into baking. But no one in my family is craving sweets lately. Perhaps if I make the chocolate cake, it will entice them to polish off their sweet tooth.
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Yesterday I made the dough for my apricot horns, and will bake them today. They will join the Chocolate Chip cookies in the freezer. Then today I will make dough for a different cookie to be baked tomorrow. This will continue until I can't fit anymore cookie containers in the freezer.

Addie, when I am offered something I don't want I just say "No thank you." I don't add that I am diabetic, because they will say "A little bit won't hurt you. I have an uncle, (or cousin or brother) who is diabetic and he eats sweets." If they insist, I offer to take it home. They have no idea what I do with it once I leave their house. My mother-in-law would set pie in front of me even though I said I didn't want it. When she complained that I didn't eat my pie, I told her "I told you I didn't want any." I guess that was mean, but I didn't want her to think that she could manipulate me into eating something against my will. She liked DH's first wife. LOL
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Yesterday I made the dough for my apricot horns, and will bake them today. They will join the Chocolate Chip cookies in the freezer. Then today I will make dough for a different cookie to be baked tomorrow. This will continue until I can't fit anymore cookie containers in the freezer.

Addie, when I am offered something I don't want I just say "No thank you." I don't add that I am diabetic, because they will say "A little bit won't hurt you. I have an uncle, (or cousin or brother) who is diabetic and he eats sweets." If they insist, I offer to take it home. They have no idea what I do with it once I leave their house. My mother-in-law would set pie in front of me even though I said I didn't want it. When she complained that I didn't eat my pie, I told her "I told you I didn't want any." I guess that was mean, but I didn't want her to think that she could manipulate me into eating something against my will. She liked DH's first wife. LOL
I think everyone who knows me, knows by now that I am diabetic. So I don't get to many offers for sweets anymore. I have been told all the stories of those uncles, cousins, etc. also. I also get, "Are you sure you don't want any?" I really want to get nasty and mean by then and ask them, "What part of the word 'No' don't you understand?" But I hold my tongue and refuse a second and third time. Usually by then someone will come to my rescue and tell the hostess "She said no!" They often take your refusal as an insult to their cooking.

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I may not bake today, but I've made my list and have a plan (and identified some people with whom to share the cookies...I don't eat sweets, but have the urge to bake this year). We are getting ready for 2, maybe three snowy days. I figure it will be a good time to bake since I'll be snowbound until the storm ends. I'm missing a few ingredients, but otherwise I have everything in the house. I knew stocking up on butter when it was on sale was a good idea. A quick trip out to get the missing ingredients this afternoon and I can start making dough.

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I don't eat sweets either, but I bake every Christmas for others who look forward to the sweets.

Our lists are completely different with the exception of the sugar cookies.

I make:

Apricot horns
Sugar cookies
Rugelach (a Jewish nut cookie)
Thumbprints
Russian Tea Cakes
Chocolate Chips

These are my standards. I usually make at least one additional cookie from a new recipe to try them out on the family. Some are a success, some bomb.
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