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For quite a long period of time in the annals of family history, my cousin, who is more like a sister, would travel down from Pennsylvania with her 2 girls, and sometimes with her husband in tow.   We all had great fun, dying eggs, making delicious meals, hunting for eggs, playing dress up and filming plays ( the girls not the Moms)    and sometimes heading out for brunch if we were feeling flush!

If we stayed in, the table was loaded up with strata, sticky buns, fruit, slabs of bacon ( the preferable form of pork over ham), leftover pastries, continuously flowing brewed coffee and one can not leave out the candy from the Easter baskets.  Who says it has to be Thanksgiving to overindulge!  Phew.

Silly cookie time

Silly cookie time

We all loved to eat, so ample food was available including the occasional box(es) of Italian pastries procured from Philadelphia.  One year, discussed in the pre weekend planning conversation was the inclusion of a rich Cannoli Cake so naturally it made a one time only appearance followed by a hasty disappearance primarily due to the consumption by myself and my cousin.    Where did that cake go??

Thumbing through food magazines in advance of the holiday would inspire our creativity and the 2 most memorable cakes were the magnificent Baked Alaska and a Coconut Cake with sugar cookie flowers simulating a really snazzy edible basket. We did enjoy ourselves, sometimes too much, lingering at the table like beached whales, trading stories from our past.

Doing the Dye

Doing the Dye

Elegant Eggs

Elegant Eggs

Coconut Cookie Cake Basket

Coconut Cookie Cake Basket

Yummy Baked Alaska

Yummy Baked Alaska

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the kids have grown up and are doing their own thing in far flung locations.  The appetites and desires are still in tack but getting together is more difficult to do.  This year’s dessert was much simpler, less caloric and quickly assembled.  Presented to a smaller group of participants at the table we admired and inhaled it as we reminisced about the good ole days, food and former festivities.

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Our Ever in Demand Sticky Buns

 

Orange Sponge Cake adorned with whipped cream and strawberries

Orange Sponge Cake adorned with whipped cream and strawberries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinda makes you want to get out the old carousel slide projector, gather the family up and click through the pictures, the memories projected with a comfy rhythm on the screen, prompting chit chat and warm feelings throughout!

Till next time we eat, meet, enjoy family, food and baking.  Mangia!

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Sunday March 9
What am I doing with the 3 odd wads of dough, I asked on the bakery Facebook page???
3 dough remnants
Blended doughs
Blended doughs
I finished up baking for a few orders today and decided to ‘play’ with some of the left over dough.  There were  small lumps of basic sugar cookie , cocoa sugar cookie and gingerbread doughs remaining from the day’s baking.  Rather than form each into disks for me to eat ( baker benefits) I began to blend the doughs then roll them out and realized a camouflage look was materializing before my eyes.   What would I do with camouflage cookie dough!  Why would I camouflage a cookie?? !!
We love to send our sweet treats in Cookie Care Packages to our deployed military members and I have wanted to make a cookie that  loosely looks military, to add to our ‘military’ collection of cookies.  Presently we offer the USA Jammie heart, it resembles a flag within the heart and features blueberry as well as strawberry jams.
I think I’m pleased.    All natural, no preservatives or food coloring, just a pure sweet treat with lots of love for our Guys and Gals far from home.

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ready for the oven

cami jams 010In honor of George Washington this jammie has Cherry Jam between the ‘camo’ layers .  I figured I could check off the American and Military boxes with that yummy jam snuggled in.
I’ll add them into the bakery Etsy shop in the Military Care Package Section.
Warning:  Strictly for eating do not try to camouflage yourself with these sugary delights!
So did you think that was what I was doing on this  3 dough night?
Until we next eat, ah meet.  Mangia!

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