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Monday, June 1, 2009

Amish Friendship Cookies, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and a Craft!

Do you have one of these bags sitting around? A kind friend might of given you a bag of Amish Friendship Bread starter and your tired of making bread? Well, I was! So I did a little research and found a recipe, then I tweaked it some until it turned into a pretty decent tasting cookie. If you get to tired of the starter, you can give a rest in the fridge. I put mine in for 3 weeks when I went to help my daughter when she had a baby this winter. I've also forgotten to add to it on day 10 and it's survived. Just remember to mush the bag, and it will forgive you!

Amish Friendship Cookies
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup shortening
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup starter
2 cups flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Cream brown sugar and shortening, add eggs, vanilla and molasses. Mix well, add starter, flours and oatmeal, mixing well. Add chocolate chips and stir well. Drop by cookie scoop onto cookie sheets and flatten a little with your fingers, unless you like them puffy. Bake at 350 degrees for 14 minutes. Remove to cookie cooler racks.

Starter Recipe

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
Put in glass bowl or jar or large ziploc bag-stir or moosh until well blended. Let stand at room temp for 5 days, stir or moosh each day. On day 6 add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup flour, and 1 cup milk, stir or moosh until blended. Let stand at room temp for 4 more days, stirring or mooshing each day. On Day 10 you should have enough for 3, 1 cup starters to give away plus 1 to use for your recipe.

*The starter DOES freeze! I wouldn't freeze it for more than 2-3 months.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

I've been making my own Brown Sugar Body scrub for a long time. I just came up with the amounts, not really measuring. I've told friends about it, but they wanted to know how much olive oil and brown sugar, so I made some today and measured! It makes a pretty little gift for someone too! I like to use a plastic bottle, in case you drop it in the shower, it won't break. It's good to have a spoon, you can use a plastic one too! I've also added coffee grounds to it, it's suppose to help cellulite. I'm not sure if it did, but I loved the smell. You don't need the scented oil if you use coffee grounds. You might need to add a little more olive oil.

Brown Sugar Body Scrub
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
2-3 drops scented oil
Mix well and store in an airtight container. This keeps forever!

These are two of our family members. They are our kid's dogs. That's Seamus on the left and Fifi on the right. This is before they went to the groomers today!

Now Seamus is on the right and Fifi is on the left. Do you like the Mohawk? It gives him the tough guy look, but he's not.

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