No Bake Birthday Treat

This week is my Grandma Lyke's 97th birthday!  Every year is a gift and I surely recognize and appreciate the gifts she gave to me.  She taught me to cook, sew, play piano, canoe, hike, take care of chickens, read, love family history, gardening, how to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches, how to make jam....honestly the list could go on and on.

Grandpa and Grandma Lyke

One of the treats that she taught me how to make was No-Bake Cookies.  I must have made them twice a week forever!  On Saturday Gracie, my granddaughter, came to me and wanted to make cookies.  So we got out my Grandma's recipe and made her cookies with a little twist.  

We added Nutella which is Gracie's favorite.  It was magic....so good and a great Saturday treat to share with our family.  The kids loved seeing her recipe card and hearing a few cute stories.  It was our way of wishing her a happy birthday!

No Bake Nutella Cookies

In a large sauce pan mix 2 1/2 cups of white sugar, 6 Tbs of cocoa, 1/2 cup of milk, 1 stick of butter and 3/4 cup of Nutella.   

Bring to a boil for 2 minutes and add 3 1/2 cups of quick cooking oatmeal and 2  teaspoons of vanilla. Mix together and drop by large spoonfuls onto wax paper. Eat when cool and firm!

Happy  97th Birthday Grandma Lyke!  We hope you have a wonderful week celebrating your life.  You have been a gift to all of us!  Hugs and loves.....

All Joy,


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Love Notes

All of the Christmas is packed away and I hung my first red heart on the front door for the next "love" holiday...Valentine's Day.  To share the love this month, I am giving a 25% discount on all Valentine's patterns!

Paper Hearts

 Love Grows

Sweet Valentine's Trio

You can find the Tweetle Dee Valentine patterns at My Etsy Shop now through February 14th!   I am making "paper hearts", "heats of a string" and "sharing my heart to my hearts content" this month and I hope you do too!  Valentine's is one of the sweetest of all days!

All Joy,

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Cherry Sweet New Year

I hope you had a wonderful first week to the new year.  It was a crazy busy week for us and honestly I am glad it is past and that I have a weekend to pack up all of the Christmas decorations, clean the garage and house and enjoy the sunshine. Before I pack up Christmas 2011 I wanted to share my favorite cherry treat that I enjoy clear through January.  

Cheery Cherry Sweet Dots

1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup Butter
2 Teas. Maraschino Cherry Juice
1/2 Teas. Almond Extract
1/2 Teas. Vanilla Extract
6 Drops of Red Food Coloring
1/2 Teas. Salt
3/4 Cup Maraschino Cherries, chopped
2 1/4 Cup White Flour
4 Dozen Cherry Cordial Kisses

Mix powdered sugar, butter, cherry juice, almond and vanilla extracts and food coloring, mix well.  Add flour and salt and mix well.  Stir in chopped cherries and shape into 1 inch balls.  I use a mini ice cream scoop.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  When you remove from the oven, lightly squish a cordial cherry Hershey kiss into the center of each cookie.  Let cool and enjoy with a cup of hot cocoa.

I'm off to get a little take out and start packing up the lights and decorations.  I will miss the festive look, but I am so ready for spring.  Maybe it is the heat wave we have had the past two weeks!  I hope you have an extra cheery weekend!

All Joy,


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