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Russian Tea Cakes

Russian Tea Cakes

Prep time: 20 minutes
Start to Finish: 30 minutes
Makes: 4 dozen cookies

1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts (these are wonderful without nuts too!!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and the vanilla in large bowl.stir in
    flour, and salt until dough holds together
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased
    cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie
    sheet. Cool slightly on wire racks.
  5. Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar; cool on wire rack. then roll in
    powdered sugar again.

In Remembrance


This post is dedicated to the memory of my grandma who passed away Monday evening. While I lived with her, we would drink tea in some old tea cups. When she moved from her house to an apartment / retirement home, many things were passed along or sold so she could fit a house into a two bedroom apartment. This tea cup was passed on to me. If my memory is right, this belonged to her mother (my great grandma) at one time. It was made in Prussia which doesn’t even exist anymore.

When I think of my grandma, I don’t think of things. When I look at some things, I think of grandma (like this tea cup). Thinking about “what I want of grandma’s”, I only came up with one thing. I want a picture of my grandparents together. I’d like to write on the back their names, the dates they lived, and when they got married. Really I just want a picture to look at and spark happy memories.

As hard as this time has been, I know that she is at peace and no longer in pain. I like to think that she is now reunited with my grandpa and they are sailing around in a yacht that he’s built while waiting for her. I miss her terribly and even if it’s hard to believe right now, I know that the pain will lesson and it will get easier to live with. I am so happy that we got to spend the time that we did.

Dear Grandma Sue, I love you! Be sure to give Grandpa Dick a big hug from all of us!

Sip Something Simple

I’ve never been a drinker of coffee, wine, champagne, beer, or energy drinks. I am however, a drinker of tea. I find simple calming pleasure in a nice cup of hot tea; sometimes iced but that’s only in the summer. My favorites lie in the green and chai families. Tonight I drink a beautifully brewed cup of Samurai Chai Mate from Teavana. It helps to quiet the mind while I wind down the night and watch my sweet little man do some work on his tummy.