Monday, December 3, 2012

Glad to have you all come by the empty nest farm blog ,and so happy to be linking up with a good friend
 Heather from The welcoming house ,so plz stop by her blog and tell her I sent you and take a look at all the cookies and crafts she and her family have been working on !!!!

I love it when the whole family is here , it's loud and crazy !!!! But I love to see the family that my kids
are raising ,And it's all about the Kids  they love getting together and playing ,running around our little farm
with the dog barking and the chickens clucking !!! That is the stuff money can't buy ,It's pure Home Spun.

Our own little cookie monster !!!! This is Nathan he is 2 1/2 year's old and our oldest daughter's little boy.

This is Allison or Allie as we call her ,She is 7 year's old and the oldest of our youngest daughter's,
they live south of us about 150 miles but love's to come to Nana's and Papa's to see her pet chicken Jess.
This is Allie and her brother Mikel jr .

my son's two oldest girls Zoey and Felicity  helped me cut some branches off one of the pine trees out back and we wiped this up real fast.
Now let's get to some cookies yummy !!!!
Toasted oatmeal cookies

1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup sour milk or buttermilk
2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup chopped dates or raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
 Powder sugar icing
1 cup powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
and just enough milk to make it of drizzle consistency

To make sour milk
1/3 cup  milk
 1 tsp lemon juice or cider vinegar
let sit 5 min.

sprinkle oat on cookie sheet bake at 350 about 10 min or til lightly toasted
stirring once,place in bowl and stir in sour milk or butter milk and let stand a few mins.

beat together brown sugar and shortening til mixed,add baking powder,baking soda,cinnamon,nutmeg,salt
mix well ,add eggs and vanilla beat til mixed,stir in oat mixture and beat in as much flour by mixer then add dates or raisins and
bake at 350 til edge is turning golden cool and drizzle with powder sugar icing .

 Peanut cho-chip caramel turtles cookies

 1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar ,packed
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup margarine,softened
1 egg
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 oz of cho-chips
Mix sugars,peanut butter,margarine and egg.
stir in next five ingredients.
cover and refrigerate for one hour.
roll into 1/2 inch balls and flaten part way with bottom of a glass then put a thumb print in the middle of cookie .
bake at 350 til start to turn a little golden around the edge .

topping for cookie one whole pecan and half a piece of caramel for each cookie
place on top of cookie while still warm .

 candy cane cookies

1/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup butter,softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 egg
2 tabls milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 oz white baking bar
2 to 4 tsps shortening
1/2  to 2/3 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

beat in shortening and butter on med for 30 sec,beat in sugar and baking powder,
beat in egg,milk and vanilla,beat in cocoa powder and add flour a little at a time
then divide dough in  half and cover and chill for 1 hour.
 take tabls of dough and roll on lightly floured surface to make a tube shape into cane shape
bake at 350  til bake thru but not hard ,let cool
for drizzle heat baking bar and shortening over low heat til melted drizzle over cookies a few at a time then adding the crushed peppermint candy
repeat til done.
I'll post the recipe for these and other family fav's at a later date for you all to enjoy
My son and his two oldest girl's made the house and train with no help from me!!I think they did a great job !!
I hope you all enjoyed spending time with our family , We loved having you here with us,and
hope to see you come back ,And hope you all have a great and Merry  Christmas !!! and as always May the Lord bless and keep you and yours .


  1. love it love it love it! Good Job Mrs. Kelly!!! God bless you--your friendship is one of the greatest blessings I have been given this year, and I could not ask for more. <3

  2. Thank you very much for posting the recipes. I plan to make the caramel turtle cookies today and send them to my daughter who is in the Air Force.

  3. That is great Nancy and plz tell your Daughter Thank you for serving and may God bless her !!!

  4. Thank you for the recipes Sister Kelly! i love sneaking over and checking out your blog.Blessing to you and your family this holiday season!

  5. Thank you Kelly for posting these yummy cookie recipes!!!

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