Brad plowed the garden last week. Should have been done last fall, I know, but we never got around to it. He used his grandpa’s old John Deere H which he and his brother fixed up. It’s a beauty of a thing! Did a good job with its little one bottom plow. I love it.
I also made some sugar cookies last week. The most delicious, old fashioned sugar cookies. Not something I’m allowed to eat at the moment but I made some to sell. It was difficult not to taste one. Had there not been other people around when I made them, I probably would have snitched!
By the time I remembered to take a picture, there was only one lonely cookie left. And it had been on the bottom of the stack so it was all crumby. I’m sorry I don’t have a better photo to document these tasty things with.
This recipe came from my great Aunt Lizzie (or was it great great?). I suppose she knew her way around a kitchen because these cookies are good. Did I say that already? I apologize. They really are that delicious.
1 cup (7.5 oz) lard (don’t substitute with more butter!)
1/2 cup (4 oz) salted butter
2 cups (14 oz) white sugar
4 large eggs
2 1/2 t vanilla extract
1 cup (8 oz) thick buttermilk
1 t baking soda
4 1/2 cups (22.5 oz) all-purpose flour
1 t baking powder
coarse sugar (colored is optional)
Put the lard, butter, sugar, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat good together. That’s what Aunt Lizzie says to do.
In a measuring cup, mix the vanilla, buttermilk, and baking soda. In a small bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add the liquid alternately with the flour to the creamed mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto well FLOURED (or parchment lined) cookie sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and poke a raisin in the middle of each one. Bake at 400 for 10 to 12 minutes or until just starting to brown on the bottom.
Yield: 6 – 7 dozen 2 1/2 to 3-inch cookies