Liathfaol is not doing well and I have some hard choices. She has a grade 3 heart murmur, a thyroid problem and a deep infection in the roots of more than one tooth. She is 15 years old and most Maine coons only make it to 12 1/2 years.
My choices are a $400 + surgery which she may not survive and which I would have to get a vet loan for. I could have her put to sleep or I got keep her on pain meds from the compounding pharmacy and let her die naturally or do nothing and let nature do what ever nature will do.
None of them good and my heart is breaking.
Twin Nut Wonders
½ cup butter
1 cup ground almonds
3 Tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup sifted flour
1 sq /oz of semi sweet chocolate
Finely chopped pistachios
Cream butter with sugar in bowl by hand or with mixer
Gradually sift in flour blending well
Stir in the ground almonds
Chill one hour or until the dough is firm enough to handle
Form tablespoons of dough into 2 inch fingers by rolling lightly on pastry cloth or board.
No flour needed
Cut in half lengthwise
Place cut side down on greased or foiled cookie sheet
Bake at 325 (slow oven) 15 minutes or until pale golden brown. Carefully remove with spatula. Cool on wire rack.
Melt chocolate in metal cup over hot water
Remove from heat
Dip end of cookie into the melted chocolates and then dip in the chopped pistachios
Put on waxed paper until chocolate has set.
Makes 3 dozen
Another old recipe from before calibrated ovens. I remember making these before pistachios were grown in the US, when they still came from Iran dyed with bright red dye or covered in a white coating of salt. I used to end up with bright red fingers from shelling the pistachios and sneaking them to eat because I loved them so much. Used to suck the salt off the shells too of the white ones if Mom didn’t catch me. Now I’m allergic to almonds so I could probably only eat one before it caught up to me but these are really good and one of my sister’s favourites.
Don’t knock it until you try it!
2 #2 ½ cans of pineapple chunks
1 cup cider vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
20 whole cloves
Drain pineapple, reserving the liquid.
Add liquid to other ingredients and boil for 10 minutes
Add Pineapple and simmer for 10 minutes longer
Seal in hot sterilized jars or refrigerate until ready to use.
Warning when we made this for Thanksgiving and Christmas there is never any left to store. The longer you wait before serving the better the spices will do their job. So make the day before at least.
This is the morning of the second day of river rafting. If you look closely at my left leg you can see it’s sunburned by night fall it was on its way to blooming into a 3rd degree burn. This was way before waterproof sunblock in the 70′s. Two glorious days on the American River at Class IV and a red head with no waterproof sunblock. I went with my parent’s friends from church and my Dad. One of the few times I got to do something as an adult with just my Dad.
I miss him.
Another family favourite
1 ½ cups sifted flour
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 ¼ cup rolled oats
½ teaspoon of salt
¾ cup of butter
3/4 cup of raspberry jam (Mom used Mary Ellen but use the good stuff)
Measure flour, sugar, oats, salt and butter into bowl.
Mix with hands to a crumb-like consistency
Place half of mixture in an ungreased 6×10 Pyrex pan and press firmly
Cover with jam and top with remaining half of mixture
Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 40-45 minutes
Should be slightly candied around the edges and not too moist in center
Cut when cool
Makes 3-5 dozen
The recipe can be used as a dessert by substituting 1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce or cherry or apple pie filling for the jam. Serve warm with ice cream.
2 Squares bitter chocolate
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup sifted flour
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
Melt chocolate in heavy saucepan
Add all other ingredients except nuts
Beat well by hand
Spread mixture in greased jelly roll pan or 3 (8×8 inch pans)
Sprinkle with nuts
Bake in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes
While warm cut with cutter into bars or squares
Break apart when cool.
Makes 4 dozen