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One Man's Trash

If I learned, one thing about growing up on a farm and marrying a farmer, it would be farmers are very resourceful. It seems like every time my Mom would throw something out of the littlest use, it always ended up in my Dad's shop. He seems to think that there would be a need for it someday or that would be able to tinker with it to find a need it for later.

That all came in handy a month or so ago when we up at my mom's house, we noticed a stray kitten wandering around the acreage. My parents hadn't had a cat for over 10 years. The last dog had to be put down a year ago. But sure enough, we went in the shop and there was a cat food bowl and water bowls, too. We even found some old dog bones, which our dog at home was very happy about.


My husband and I had been talking about getting chickens soon. We always had them growing up but it had been 20 years or so since the chicken house was tore down and the chickens all disappeared. I was wondering through my Dad's shop a f…

Christmas almond cookies

It's the holiday season and that means Christmas cookies and sugary sweets everywhere. I like to bake an assortment of different kind of cookies and such to have around during the holidays. It comes in handy when your going over to someone's house for holiday dinner, if you forget to buy a friend a gift, or just want to bring some sweets over and brighten someone's day. Of course I like to incorporate almonds as much as I can when it comes to holiday baking. By no means am I an aspiring baker or a Betty Crocker, I just like to bake and have fun in the kitchen. The two recipes I am going to share are super easy and fool proof. I actually acquired these recipes from an email chain around the holidays a couple years ago.

First almond recipe: Almond bark.



All you need is one package of chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of chopped almonds. You could use all mint, white chocolate, dark chocolate, any kind of chips you wish. This time I used a mixed bag of mint and dark chocolate chips.








You simply bake the chocolate chips on a lined cookie sheet at 325 degrees for 2 minutes until they are shiny. The chips will maintain their chip shape. Take them out of the oven and with a butter knife, swirl the chocolate around.








Then scatter the chopped nuts over the melted chocolate. Lift the pan and drop the pan a couple times for the almonds to settle. Then place in the fridge for an hour to cool. Once cooled, break the bark into your desired sizes! I told you it was easy!










Second almond recipe: Almond snowball cookies.

Mix together 1 cup butter, 1 cup powered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla and 1/4 tsp salt until its creamy. Then add 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup chopped almonds and mix well. Form dough into balls as big or small as you like, mine are about 1 inch wide. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Once completely cool, place cookies in ziplock bag with powered sugar and shake to coat the cookies. That's it!

 










Hope you enjoy my almond Christmas cookie recipes and don't eat to many sweets this holiday season!

Until next time,
Almond Girl

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