Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sunday, End of the year thoughts....

    I cannot believe it is the end of the year already.  It went so fast at times.  It went so slow at times. Hub's and I are both home from church with the crud.  He was diagnosed strep I was just diagnosed ME! The doctor would not let me come in as too many sick here.  The antibiotic I was put on was out at all pharmacies here.  We managed to scramble 5 pills with three trips to different pharmacies.  More will be delivered on Tuesday. So back on the antibiotics yesterday and we cancelled our New Years plans. We will reschedule and keep our goodies in the freezer until we are better. Blah!

    Happy things in 2017
  • Made many new blogging friends
  • had wonderful times with family and grandsons
  • Met up with Sluggy for a vacation so fun
  • Toured Vicksburg and parts of the South
  • watched a solar eclipse a life time event
  • Finally organized the pantry so it is more user friendly (only took 5 years)
  • Took off the 10 lbs I gained with steroids 4 years ago.
  • Made significant progress on our debt
  • learned more ways to spend less

     Sad things in 2017
  • Lost a beloved Uncle
  • put our sweet dog to sleep
  • Mom's mind slowly going and her temperament is almost always bad 
  • gained back the 10lbs I lost :)  can anyone say bakery treat?
  • Did not get to spend any significant time with my twin sister.
  • Spent more money than I should have many, many times....
  • my health continues to haunt me.   

     I am looking forward to the New Year and I have great plans (in my head) for goals I want to accomplish.  I have financial goals, health goals, spiritual goals,  and happiness goals.

     I have learned so much this year.  I am so grateful for that.  I have gotten great advice from my dear twin.  I hate it that she is mostly always right.  She told me to get $3000.00 in a savings account before Christmas.  I thought she was nuts as I wanted to pay off debt.  But she was right if I would not have tried to do this, I would be deeper in debt right now.  I sailed through Christmas, and I still have about $2000.00 in this account.

     I replaced my sewing machine, $507.00, fixed the garage door opener,finally $113.00, Hub's and I finally updated our cell phones, which were not keeping a charge and had several boo boos.  We went up 3 generations, that is how long it has been since we upgraded.  (I don't believe in upgrading a phone that works).  Now these things would have been done but not with cash.  So nice.

Paid off $34,372.10 in debt $12,000.00 coming from sale of studio
Paid cash for $3716.00 worth of Murphy expenses or break downs and maintenance that would have been put on a charge card.

2018 bring it on baby.

Now I call that progress!

Have a great New Years Day!


Friday, December 29, 2017

Friday, a run down....

If this were truly me it would have a diet coke and a pastry.  But the likeness is a good one.

We had a wonderful quiet Christmas with my eldest daughters family.  Both of our grandsons had strep throat when we got there, so neither one was feeling the greatest.  But by the end of our stay they were both doing well.  I was able to showered both the boys with attention.  I loved rocking my cranky 20 month old grandson to sleep, after his mommy was at her wits end.  I had sock fights with the older one and he laid across my lap while I scratched his back several times.  He developed a bad rash all over from the strep ( scary) and he would have me scratch forever as we watched Christmas shows.  It was just so nice.  I was able to sleep in and take several naps.  I made my traditional orange rolls for Christmas breakfast. We all ate way too many cookies and sweets.  I altered a suit for daughter, and a skirt for her mother in law.  I also enlarged a baby sleep sack pattern and made two sleep sacks for the baby, who is huge.  I put large snaps on them so he could unsnap bottom and crawl out and walk around, in his crib.  He kept waking up cold as he kicked off the covers.  This way he is covered by an extra layer of blanket.  He slept through the night the last two nights. Well worth the effort trust me.

      We stopped at Hub's folks on the way down and filled their stockings with little gifts I had purchased through out the year.  They love this and I managed to find inexpensive items that they could use and wrapped each one so they could open.  On the way back we filled a basket that we use every year for them.  We put sparkling cider, fruits, nuts, meat, cheese, crackers, olives, and candy in it and they always have a little treat with another couple on New Years Eve. It is so cute they had their stockings (I purchased at good will brand new) out on the sofa waiting for us.  I also picked up the basket that was waiting in the garage.  They know the drill by now.  When we don't go down for Christmas I mail the stocking things and have daughter or a cousin fill the basket for us.  It works and they so appreciate it. It is hard to shop for people who have everything and no one needs another sweater, so this works well for them.

     I just opened mom's bedroom door and yelled "get up and get a job." I think I am starting to hear signs of life in there.  Mom was up to her old shenanigans with my poor sister.  I felt bad for Lil sis, I desperately needed a break, but mom does not do well when either of us is out of town.  If Lil sis leaves she acts up.  If I leave she acts up.  It is a double act here my friends.

   Hub's  is down sick with a cold and strep, and I spent yesterday getting mom to different doctor appointments.  I also unpacked and tried to put things away.  I miss my dog and think of her so often.  Even though Hub's tried to eliminate all signs of her, I still think to call out for her when I am cooking and I have a tidbit.  Or mom drops a treat on the floor.  It is just hard, harder that I thought it would be I guess.

     On a more positive note, I had several things I made for different people for Christmas and I will be posting about these tomorrow, I hope. If all goes, if mom behaves, if, if, if....

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thursday evening, getting ready to go!

Good memories
     Here is wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas, as we will be leaving tomorrow for our eldest daughters.  We will stop at Hub's folks for an hour or two and then on in to Twin Falls.

The last couple of days have been spent catching up in the shop, making sure all the bills are paid, making rosettes for a theater fund raiser and also two more batches of caramels.

    I was really able to clean the kitchen well and the upstairs on Tuesday late afternoon making the clean up of the kitchen yesterday after the rosettes and caramels much easier as the lower level of grime was gone.  I also insisted on getting all my sewing done yesterday so today I could just get ready to leave.

     Been running all day, cleaning the shop, getting laundry caught up changing out the litter box and cleaning the laundry room.  mom and I just finished wrapping the last of the caramels.  Hub's and I went out and did the last of the bills and bank deposits.  I will be taking mom to Lil sis's in a few minutes and then stopping at the bank one more time.

     I still have to run across the street and talk to the neighbor girl about the cats and also wrap a bunch a presents.  I need to pack myself and load the car, also get Hub's to gas it up tonight. So there is still so much left to do to get out of dodge.

     On a sad note we put our beloved dog Sandy down this afternoon due to old age.  She was very arthritic, was losing weight and her hair was falling out in hand fulls.  She also fell down the stairs this week as her back was too stiff to bend enough about 1/2 way down the stairs.  She was dragging a leg some mornings due to stiffness.  But she was happy and still greeting customers with her dog toy.  She used to walk miles with Hub's and I but was no longer willing to go on walks.  We could not even say walk around her for years.  We had to spell it or she would go nuts.  About 6 months ago she quit wanting to go, just too hard on the old joints.  She loved cat food and I didn't even scold her this morning when she was sneaking in to eat with the cats. She was having accidents in the house this last few weeks and it was so humiliating for her.  It was time but boy was it hard. She will be missed.

So signing off I want to wish all of you a great weekend.  May it be filled with the love and peace that only the Savior can bring.  I celebrate his birth and am eternally grateful for his sacrifice.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Tuesday, Monday saving madness, LATE!

    Hub's and I made a quick last minute trip to Spokane Sunday after church.  Daughter # 2 was supposed to be down with the elf on Saturday but they got a good snow storm and we even received 4 inches of snow.  So that trip was cancelled.  We had all of the gifts for their family and Daughter #3 that she was supposed to pick up.  So we decided we would run up and deliver and come home, but ended up staying as daughter had to be to work at 8, Monday morning and son-in-law had to be on the road at 7.  Their care giver and live in sitter had to have out patient surgery at 6 and her ride did not have 4 wheel drive into the city.  So we stayed to watch the elf, and Hub's took sitter into the surgery clinic, they were home by 10 a.m. just as daughter #2's mother in law arrived to save the day. Surgery went well and we traveled back down to D#3's to drop off gifts for her significant other and then home for me run like a mad woman to try and get a few more things done around here.

   We also came home with a car full of presents for our son-in-laws brother and their family.  So we have to deliver those today.  We are like Santa Claus.  We will take all of daughter #1 and the in laws gifts down on Friday,we have no decorations up around here except a wreath on the front door, but we will have delivered gifts all over the state by the time Christmas gets here.

     Today is Hub's birthday so I will be whipping up a German Chocolate cake and cleaning a little house in my mad time.  I usually make a big fried chicken dinner but I told Hub's I was cutting back so I am ordering pizza and his cousins and their 4 boys will come over as usual for an early Christmas with Uncle.  I hate to cut back at his expense and mine (cost of pizza)but I still have sewing that needs to be done today and mom and I have packages to send, the house needs love for company and I am still making some gifties.

So here is Monday's money saving madness a day late!

1. Did all my usual money saving strategies. Cooked all meals at home, reused plastic containers,fed food scraps to chickens, etc.
2.  Made three beautiful pillows for D#3 from left overs in shop.  Even the zippers were given to me and the pillow forms were picked up at goodwill (brand new) for .99  a piece making this gift a whopping $3.00  (picture later)
3. Picked up a beautiful hand made 100% wool sweater from goodwill it had never been worn and was made in Iceland.  $6.00  (now everyone wants it)
4. Added to my embroider stash from good will.
5. Used coupons at Joanns, good dish towel to embroider 70% off.
6. Picked up remnants to finish projects for pennies at Wal-mart
7. wrapped all presents so far in paper purchased at 90% off last year.
8. asked for extra boxes at stores to wrap gifts so I didn't have to buy any.
9. ordered gift making supplies off amazon rather than ordering gift already made allowing me to make many for the price of one (picture later)
10. waited for a particular gift to go to 50% off and then added a 20.00 and two 25.00 coupons to take total down 75.00 dollars more.  It pays to wait.Although this close to Christmas it was nerve racking.
11.  Watched bi-rite's small sewing department for sales and picked up already stamped pillow cases for 1/2 price.  I will add my own lace from my stash.  (picture later)
12.  Helped mom make pillow cases for gifts from flannel purchased for 2.50 yard.

     So what have you done this week to save money on the Holidays or other wise?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday, see what I can do when left alone?

     I feel like I have tried really hard to get things done all week and I have been thwarted at every turn.  Between the studio ( I know this was an emergency) and mom's appointments and Hub's needs (wants) and my lingering cold/crap I have had a hard time getting to the projects I need to finish and the sewing I need to do.

      I did manage to get dinner made and not burned (that was Hub's fault on Wednesday).  I was able to get our nephews gifts purchased last night.  So now it is just the two son in laws.  Blah they are so hard to by for.

     Yesterday, I was able to get 11 pairs of pants hemmed and some mending, a bridesmaid dress hemmed, a zipper replaced, elastic replaced in two sets of sleeves.  I also hauled mom's butt through 3 stores, no easy task.  I picked up her meds did a little shopping, went to Joanns to fix a mom problem.  So I feel like I actually accomplished something.

     We have a holiday party at Hub's old office tonight.  I have to finish a unusually hard alteration on a white dress and also mend a quilt.  Mom and I are wrapping and mailing gifts today, which means I am wrapping and mailing gifts today.  I still have some things to make to add to a gift box I will mail on Monday.

     We have to leave here early as it is a 1 hour drive to Hub's old office and I am not sure about the roads.  Other than narrow goat trails.  Ask sluggy about our super highways out here.

     I have to get to work, this dress has to go out today!  Ugh and double ugh.....

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thursday, Look at them numbers!

Wish I could sit on money like this.

  Well I am so happy as I am below the $8000.00 mark on the house loan. (okay by .98 but below)  The studio bill is down another $500.00 dollars,and the house is down another $1,100.00.  I am making progress!

     Yesterday was a bust and I have to really sew today.  So frustrating when mom takes up my whole day.  Ugh! I also have to go out and pay the rest of the monthly bills I have all the checks written out.

Now I need to get to my sewing machine.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Wednesday, Doctor day!

Image result for doctor imagesMom has two doctor appointments today. I also got a call from the new owner of the dance studio.  Her mom has had a stroke so I will be going down to the studio for a couple of hours.  I will try to sew between appointments.  I really dislike having my day broken up but what can you do?  This too shall pass.

     Some good news.  The kids that have been driving my poor sister crazy that live in her basement are moving out!  This will make my sister's life so much easier.  It is hard to see her under so much stress with this situation.  Mom is bad enough and with the two of us trying to care for her outside stress is just not needed.  I am so grateful for this blessing, she has needed this for a while.

     I finally got the Thanksgiving decorations down.  Yeah it is the first day of Christmas.  In Sweden it is Santa Lucia Day. Good day to take them down right?  I also was able to get all of hub's cookie trays done and the cookies that are left down sized into smaller boxes.

     I finished a big project in the shop that was stressing me.  I still have so much to do in there but I am getting it done.

     I was also able to get another Christmas gift that was stressing me off the list.  Now it is just one son -in- law and my three nephews and I am done.

     Just thankful for the small blessings in my life.  Feeling better, getting things done, earning money, talking to my twin sister, projects that bring me joy, the Christmas season,good medical care, peace in my life, down time, sleep.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you're in the negative.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday, Cinderella is coming!

     My eldest daughter hired a cleaning company for me.  Can you believe it? I get a housekeeping service, at least for a while.  I think once I can get things to status quote I will be all right.  Actually I will be alright without the service but it sure is a nice gift.

     I was able to catch up on the laundry yesterday but low and behold there is more today.  How does that work?  Can we just stop wearing clothes?

     I was also able to finally sew yesterday, hooray!  It has been a while.  The shop was busy also and it will be today again.  Which is all right as I have earned very little money in the last 6 weeks.  This is not good.

     It was just so nice to have the pressure off.  I could putz from room to room and do what I wanted.  Loved it. Hubs tries to help but his help is hit and miss.  Like he can do the dishes but cannot put anything away so the cupboards are covered with crap.  I just tell myself to be grateful for what he does do.

     Yesterday I concentrated on the shop (cleaning) and laundry.  Today it will be the shop and putting things away upstairs in the kitchen and dining room.

     Mom is still at Lil sis's and I don't know when she will return but she has two doctor appointments tomorrow so I will be taking her to those.  Which reminds me, I really need to clean out my car.  It is full of show crap and misc, stuff thrown there and not cleaned out over the last month.

     I want to get several things done today, but it will depend on how I feel and my mood.  How is that for an excuse to lay around?

Well I am off to set the world on fire...... but I can't find my matches.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday, Money Saving Madness

Swedish treats
    I think I will survive this last batch of crud.  It was a virus then a bacterial infection and then another virus and who knows what is next?  The last several days have been rough and I only did what I had to do.  The problem is I had too much I had to do, but I did not stay and clean up after the show.  I did not put the flats away.  I left mom's open house at 4:30 and came home and slept until 10:30 last night.  I was up for a while and then back in bed.  I also slept for 2 hours between shows.  Like I said the minimum.

     I actually did cut back as I did not make Kringla or any rolls, but everything went well.  The show was well attended and I think the new owner is well on her way to being able to do this by herself.  I have one more show with her in the spring but I will be very much in the background.  She has fledged. I am so proud of her.

     Now I have to attack my dirty house, even Hub's is complaining and he rarely notices anything.  But I told him I was taking it slow.  My first priority is the shop.  I really have so much to do in there after about a two week lull. Plus I have many Christmas projects I need to get done.  I am not even dressed yet and I don't care.  I have had two customers here already, but my jammies are nice.

     I am so looking forward to going to my daughters for Christmas.  I think Hub's and I will take a quick trip up to Spokane this weekend to see other daughter and deliver Christmas to her.

Last Thursday I took mom in to get her hair permed and cut and on the way home we cashed in our Christmas bank.  It had $322.17 in it.  We just saved our change all year, which is a fun and easy way for extra Christmas cash.

 More on the treat table, I love to dip apricots and pretzels, they add a nice touch to the table.  You can buy a big bag of pretzels for about $3.00.  I purchased my melts when they were on a close out for .50 a bag and I bought candy canes at the dollar store.  So for under $6.00 you can make a huge batch of dipped pretzels with crushed candy cane.  A small bag will cost you more than 6.00 at Costco.  I made 5 times that much, and it is a great gift for friends and teachers.  But these are addicting so hide them from yourself.

Money saving madness:

1.  All Joanns things with really good coupons
2.  No grocery shopping at all this week
3.  No meals out even fought with hubs on this
4. Wal marts fabric debt can beat Joanns with out coupons they just have less, but always check there first.
5  Went to a thrift store and picked up many embroidery supplies for pennies on the dollar.
6. Used my indoor clothes line and it worked really well!
7.  Had a wonderful open house with almost all treats from scratch.
8.  Made mom pay for her share of the festivities (This is and will be a toughy)
9. I will have to do only a little more baking to complete Christmas trays as enough left over from mom's shin dig to do everything else.  Hooray!  That is a load off.

     I plan to spend the next five days, cleaning, sleeping, sewing, sleeping, working on projects, sleeping, laundry, sleeping, gift wrapping, sleeping, enjoying my self, sleeping How about you?

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wednesday, trying to Maintain....

Well I was right I have a sinus infection.  I am on a really high dose of some drug it is a 20 day supply with a refill. I think it is working as I am not coughing as much but I still have a really, really bad headache and when I do cough I think my brain will explode.
You Have to love Calvin and Hobbs.

Monday mom came home from Lil sis's and she asked for the the krumkakke iron.  I said no and she had a fit.  I had neither the time nor the energy to deal with this.  I did help her make up the batter.  She could not find her recipe as she has strewn her recipe box all over the house.  So she used one that she nor I had made before. I left her alone and went downstairs to get done what I needed to get done.  Needless to say her work was less than stellar.  She tried to frost cookies at Lil sis's and they were a mess. I feel bad but I am also at my wits end.

     Last night I was trying to get some dinner ready before hubs left for the high school and she is up mess around in her dried up mess from the night before.  I found my recipe after I dug through the cook books.  Then I left her to her nonsense.  She could only finish 1/3 of the batter and then I had to go finish and clean up.  Gee thanks.

A box of Krumkakke these can be eaten alone or with whip cream and berries.

 See how I have not taken down any Thanksgiving decorations? I was so fed up with mom's mess and attitude that Lil sis came last night and got her.  Great I was able to clean the kitchen and make a double batch of caramels, and two batches of almond toffee.
Now all we have left to do is the kranz kakke and the rosettes.  Rosettes are a pain.  We are also going to dip pretzels and apricots not very Swedish but it will give mom something to do.  She can also wrap the caramels.  Oh I forgot we have Kringla to make, crap it never ends.
Old fashioned Almond Roca

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter put in sauce pan and bring to boil stirring constantly.  Once boiling lower to a low bowl and stir for 6-7 minutes.  This is tedious but put on some Christmas music.  Now pour over slivered almonds on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle choc chips over hot candy and cover with another cookie sheet to keep heat in.  Spread chocolate once chips are soft and sprinkle with almonds.  You can also substitute pecans or walnuts.  Let harden over night and break into pieces.  Store in an airtight container.

My favorite caramel recipe.

2 cups sugar,
1/2 cup butter,
1 cup half and half   (Another cup ready for later)
3/4 cup karo syrup (white)

bring this to a full boil stirring constantly now add another cup of half and half so you will need a total of 2 cups.
Now let mixture boil stirring frequently until caramel "goes to Moses."  It will darken and thicken and will split like the red sea when you run a wooden spoon through candy as it is boiling.  So when you can split caramel and it refills itself as the Red sea covered Pharaohs men your caramel is done.  Pour into a greased 8/8 pan.  I love to use my tart pan.  Cool over night and then cut and wrap in squares of wax paper.  This is a great gift by the way.

     Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday, Money saving madness

     Sorry about the late post but I have developed a secondary infection and I am some what down.  Yesterday was not fun to say the least.  I was cranky, and miserable, didn't want to be around myself.  Called eldest daughter and cried for and hour.  I am better today, but as the day drags on I am feeling more and more crummy.  I see the doctor tomorrow morning.  In the mean time it is lots of meds.

     I have really had this crummy cold now since the Monday before Thanksgiving and I am really sick of feeling punk.  I was getting better and then boom I took a nose dive.  Mom is at Lil sis's I think she is afraid of me.

     My house is so shameful and I am trying to get to the piles as I can.  There is still so much to do around here.  My goal for the day was to get a doctor's appointment made for a soon as possible.  I did that first thing this morning.

     I have all the laundry downstairs and I am working on it as I do other things.  I have to get into my shop today.I also want to get caramels and almond roca made.  I will try to do that later this evening if my strength allows.

  I have pulled up all the area rugs upstairs either to wash or to sweep and vacuum.  The kitchen is sticky as in every surface has been touched by mom's fingers and it is just gross.  I am trying to ignore and just clean as usual and wait to do a deep clean after all the baking is done.  As she will just trash everything again. I did manage to get a roast chicken in the oven for dinner.  Yeah!

     I started to pay the bills for the month and will get all of them out that I can later tonight.

Money saving Madness.

1. Cooked all meals at home but one.  We ordered a Pizza on special with a coupon Friday night as I was done in and starting to get sick.
2. used coupons at Joanns to purchase supplies for Christmas gifts I am making.
3.  Found a really nice remnant  for the back of some pillows I have finished.
4. found a remnant of heavy plastic for $1.27 to make a project.
5. Bought only loss leaders last week at grocer.  Two large packages of thick cut bacon and eggs, milk, also found a Prime Rib roast marked 1/2 off so splurged on that for the new year.
6. Pulled several pieces of fabric scraps from my stash to make more gifts without spending any money.
7. Baked all week long and did not purchase a thing as everything had been bought on super good loss leader sales.
8.  Made a delicious burrito recipe that can feed and army and froze most of it for later recipe as follows. Even mom liked this and ate it 4 times!

Cook 1 1/2 cups of rice, I used my rice cooker .10

1 lb. burger  .99
1 small onion chopped  free
1 large pepper chopped (free grew in garden and froze)

brown onion and pepper in a little oil add beef and cook through.

Now add
1 can corn  drained  .50
1 can  black beans do not drain .50
1 package taco seasoning ( I make my own) .3
Add cooked rice and stir.  This will make a HUGE skillet full

flour tortilla's 12 for $2.49  Or you can make your own

shredded cheese  4.99 for 2 lbs

Take a flour tortillas and spoon rice/meat mixture in and top with shredded cheese.  Roll up and add more cheese on top microwave for 1 minute.  You can now add sour cream, salsa or lettuce and tomato if you wish..  These burritos were large and one was a meal.  But I think we could have made 20 burritos with this recipe.

I estimate this meal cost us less than $2  Since it would feed a crowd it is a great money stretcher.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Friday, Swedish Sour cream Cookies!

    Well as I run through my week not much sewing is getting done.  In fact none at all.  It is very slow with little coming in but I still need to make a living.  I will have to put my nose to the grind stone next week.  Of course mom does not care and does not have a clue as she only thinks about what she wants.  This is just a little bit stressful.

     I have been at the studio every night this past week and I am looking forward to that being over.  We pulled all the costumes yesterday for the show.  We also did a green room tour for props and furniture.  We have everything but tomb stones which will be easy to knock together.

     As I have been sitting on my butt doing nothing all week, there is no laundry done, the ironing basket is reaching the ceiling and my house is approaching the filthy stage.  I have not taken down any Thanksgiving things.  There is just so much to do and so little time to do it in. 

     I have been trying to keep mom on a schedule with this baking as she tries to do too much at once and then just makes a big mess.  She cannot do anything any more with out strict supervision and even then her work is questionable.  She asked me to get down her Krumkakke iron this morning and I told her NO!  We are doing that next week.  Well did you get the cod?  No, I am picking that up next Friday.  Remember mom fish has a three day window?  She is just so sure I will not get things done.  I keep  reminding her.  I had a good teacher.

So yesterday was Sour cream cookies.  This is also a really old recipe.  It can be made many ways but at Christmas we roll and frost this cookie.
I cannot say enough about parchment paper SO important for getting cookies on and off the sheets

8 cups of flour
2 tsp of baking soda
2 tsp of baking powder

Whisk all of the above together and set aside

2 cups of real margarine NOT BUTTER.  Make sure it is NUCO or a good brand for baking if you use a cheap vegetable margarine the cookies will fail.
3.5 cups sugar
tsp salt ( remember that salt kills leavening so do not add to dry mixture )
2 cups sour cream 4 eggs tsp vanilla
Golden brown, parchment paper also helps to prevent burning

Cream margarine, sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and salt,

Add creamed mixture to flour mixture and make a soft dough.

These can be dropped on a cookie sheet and frosted with a lemon icing So good,
Or I love them sprinkled with nutmeg and cinnamon and sugar.

If you are rolling them put in fridge over night.
You can pick up a corner of the paper and slide the entire sheet off the tray.  You do not need to use a spatula which will wreck the cookies.  Once parchment is off slide cookies to counter or racks.  Much faster and easier.  Then return parchment to baking sheet.

This dough is very sticky and you will need to add more flour to roll them out.  Experiment until you get the right rolling consistency. ROLL OUT ON A WELL FLOURED SURFACE.

Bake at 350 for 12 -15 minutes this dough will puff up and make a soft cake like cookie that is easy to frost.  ( you may also 1/2 this recipe) . 

You need to invest in a couple of dough scrapers so much better than a pancake turner.  They are thinner and make transferring cookies and working dough easier.  Sorry for picture quality.

Dough scraper, buy one now, you will never make cookies again with out one! Now get in the car and go, go, quit telling me you can't make rolled cookies.:)

So  today I will make Swedish wedding cakes, and 4 almond cakes.  I hope to clean the house a little and get plenty of laundry done. My house needs love.  We will also be frosting the sour cream cookies.  I can't believe it is the 1st of December.

Have a great and productive day staying positive while you are in the negative.