Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy Holidays-!


"Finnish Santa" By Robert Rae -Holiday Painting-
 & Cookies By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)

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Filled
CHRISTMAS COOKIES
(Sweet Ravioli)
(I bake these Cookies Every Year - 
to most Everyone's Delight-!)
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Preheat Oven to 350*

Using your Kitchen Aid:

Cream: 
One Cup (2 cubes)
Softened Unsalted Butter
with 
2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
Add:
1 Large Egg
1-1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
1/4 Tsp. Almond Flavoring
And:
The grated Zest of 1 Medium Lemon

Slowly Add:
2-1/2 Cups Flour
1/8 Tsp.Salt
1/4 Tsp.Baking soda

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Have Ready:
1 Cup Apricot Jam
And/or Apple Butter Preserves
and Cookie Cutters.

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Divide dough in Half -
Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness.
Cut into desired Shapes.
Lay first half of Cookie on a Baking Sheet.
Dot in the center with Jam filling.
Cover with second half.
Press down Edges with tongs of a Fork.
Bake at 350* for 9-12 Minutes -
(or until - Edges are just Brown.)
Cool.
Store in Air-tight Container 3-4 days-
Or may be kept in freezer up to 3 Weeks.

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Happy Baking-!
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Thinking About Christmas


"A Christmas Bouquet" 24"x24" - Mary Maki Rae-2016(c)

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Thinking about Christmas Decor for this year.
I'm Inspired by this Painting with Dahlias arranged in a Straw Basket and a Sunflower placed in a Vintage Glass Coffee Jar. I'm enjoying them placed upon an Antique - Embroidered Shawl. ( I added the lace for this painting -In reality - it has the classic 12" Silk Fringe and Large Bright flowers - similar to the ones in the Basket.) I think the Painting radiates a beautiful "Bohemian Style" - that I've always enjoyed-!

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It Snowed Today-! The first time for this Year. 
So now I'm really enjoying the "snow" and the Snowberries added to the small paintings of "A Winter Walk"-! (May add a few Snow Flakes-!)



"The Winter Walk" Small Painting -(One of a Pair)- MMR - 2016(c)
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"Happy At Home" Painting By Mary Maki Rae 2016(c)

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 "The Little House" Painting worked well
as a Design for wrapping Paper.

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