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It's A Vintage New Year!

Happy New Years Eve Everyone! First, let me apologize for my epic fail at the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies! Did I have 12 cookie recipes? Yes! Did I take photos of 12 variety of cookies?  Yes! Did I post 12 different cookie recipes? No! Do  feel like a cotton-headed ninny-muggins? YES!! Oh well...I will try to do better next year! I'll put my epic fail behind me and share some beautiful vintage New Years cards with you! She's a cute, plump snow girl! I love the holly I found in most of the vintage cards.  So delightful! Hearty good wishes going out to all of you! Papa Albert signed this card.  I don't know who he is, but I wonder why he didn't sign the inside? Another pretty girl who is about to throw a snowball wishing you a Happy New Year! This one is a little blurry. Guess these gentleman couldn't get a date! No matter the language, everyone loves to dance in the New Year!. This is a perfect example of why I love vintage c

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies #4 German Honey Cookies

It's time for another cookie!  This is an heirloom cookie from my father's German side of the family.  Well, both sides of his family are German; so to elaborate further, this recipe came from his maternal Aunt Augusta.  Don't you like how I write the way I think? I know, it's confusing in this brain of mine! My mother tells the story of Aunt Augusta and her famous German Honey Cookies.  Mom was introduced to these cookies not long after she and my father were married.  Mom thought they were absolutely delicious.  She asked Aunt Augusta if she would share her recipe.  Aunt Augusta was beaming with pride as she said "Ja, Josephine!"  I love that they spoke their native language so much. I would often be asked if I wanted "eier mit speck" for "fruhstuck"  Eggs and bacon for breakfast! My favorite breakfast food was good old Haferflocken.  My little German grandmother created magic with a bowl of oatmeal! So many wonderful memories of spe

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies #3 Gingerbread Houses

Hi Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We certainly did.  I love turkey and dressing! We always have leftovers on the day after Thanksgiving and it is at that time that we have our annual Gingerbread House Day!  For years and I mean years, we have made homemade gingerbread houses.  Now we are not experts at our houses, but we always have fun.  We have tried a variety of structures, but always use the same gingerbread recipe.  It makes A LOT of dough.  So lets start with the recipe... Gingerbread Recipe: 1 cup of shortening 1 cup of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of salt 1 cup of molasses 2 tablespoons white vinegar 1 egg, beaten 5 cups of all purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves Cream shortening, sugar, and salt.  Stir in molasses, vinegar and egg.  Sift together then add the remaining ingredients. Chill mixture overnight.  Roll out dough on a floured board to 1/8 inch.  Bake on parchment