A Little Progress

Baking/cooking, Handful of Scraps, Postage Stamp Quilt

tn_FreeVintageImagesofChristmasClipArt6_jpgI sure have not accomplished much in the sewing department this week have I?  Nope not much other than progress each evening on The Postage Stamp quilt.  I rolled it down and I will be starting on the second half of the 4th row of blocks.  And what I show here in this photo is of the 4th and 5th row of blocks – the 5th row when finished will be the half way point.


Part of the next hexagon flower is done for the Handful of Scraps quilt – I have a feeling I will be moving along better on this quilt in the coming weeks. It will be entering into its second year of work so time to move it along.


The last of the cookies made – Speculaas – a holiday tradition cookie from Holland, Belgium, Northern Germany and Scandinavia.  I came across the recipe a couple years ago when I got some wooden cookie molds and the booklet that came with it had the recipe.  I wanted to try them out and they became a favorite of mine – not too sweet – spicy and full of flavor – very good with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.



3/4 cup softened butter
2 cups brown sugar – not packed in cup
1 egg
1 cup ground almonds (not finely ground like almond flour – just ground nuts)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon each – salt, cloves, ginger, cardamom (omit if you can’t find it) and mace.
2 teaspoons cocoa
grated rind of one lemon – I used 1 teaspoon grated from a spice jar
3 cups flour
4-6 tablespoons milk

you can brush the cookies with a little milk before baking and place shaved almonds under the cookies if you wish.

Cream butter and brown sugar together, add egg, almonds then the salt and spices – finally work in the flour.  Refrigerate the dough for several hours or over night.

Roll and print and cut out as many cookies as you can using the wooden molds – or cut with a cookie cutter if you do not have the molds.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes – yields 30 to 90 cookies depending on size – I got the amount shown in the photo above.


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22 comments… add one
  • LisaS Dec 24, 2016

    Do these taste like the windmill cookies that can be purchased at the grocery store? I will
    have to try the recipe.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      I have not purchased them in many years so i’m sure they do not taste like the kind you purchase in a store – I usually think baked at home taste better but that is me. I haven’t even seen these in the store in many years, I can’t find them here in Arkansas

  • Marianne Dec 24, 2016

    Thanks for the recipe – will give it a try. Even though I’m Dutch, I’ve never made them. My mom always said they just couldn’t be replicated. It would be a good project for me in the coming year to see if I can make some that taste better than store bought. Paul asked me to make gingerbread men this year, which I did, and I’m sorry I didn’t make your ginger cookies instead. They are so much better, so I’ll have to make some after the others have been eaten.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      your mom could be right of course I have never had them made from an actual Dutch person!

  • Deb Dec 24, 2016

    Those cookies look wonderful!
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    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      thanks! they taste pretty good!

  • LISA Dec 24, 2016

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas Karen, and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year. You and your blog keep me inspired – Thank you for that!!!

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      Thanks Lisa – Merry Christmas to and thanks for always stopping by and leaving a comment

  • maxine lesline Dec 24, 2016

    Gosh, those cookies ! The lemon in the spicy mix seems inspired. I am attempting home made pizza for a little family ‘do’ tonight.. the third attempt in two days.
    The first crust was so hard it had to lay in water in the sink before going in the garbage disposal.! Now …now it seems funny. The second was pretty successful and tasty.. but I ate quite a bit for my supper.. so-o back to the struggle.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      sounds like a mistake was made with the pizza dough – glad your second attempt was good. I have a good pizza dough recipe if you need it – let me know

  • Erlinda Dec 24, 2016

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      Merry Christmas to you – hope you and your family are doing well Erlinda – thanks for stopping by

  • maxine lesline Dec 24, 2016

    Yes, would like to have your pizza dough recipe… after the holidays ..or whenever you have time. I now bake bread weekly.. so perhaps pizza will become a frequent meal.. not a big stretch.. hopefully. Thanks so much….7

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      I have made myself a note and will send you the recipe later! no problem it is an easy one and have used it for years

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 24, 2016

    You’re almost to the half way point, I call that quite an accomplishment! A little at a time and you’ll get it done. Thank you for the recipe and I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      yes little by little quilting almost nightly and it gets done – of course the fingertips show it too – well need to take a quilting break!

  • Doreen Dec 24, 2016

    My first thought, also, was the store-bought Windmill cookies. I love those and I’m sure your recipe is MUCH better. BTW, our Walmart does carry those cookies as does some Family Dollar/Dollar General stores. Your hexies look so crisp!!!!!!!

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      when we lived in northern states I would see the windmill cookies but I have not seen them in years – I must check once again and see if there here – can never tell!

  • Rebecca Dec 24, 2016

    A Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your loved ones! The cookies you bake look wonderful. I will have to try out your recipe. You do a beautiful job on your hexagons.

    • Karen Dec 24, 2016

      thanks Rebecca – have a very nice Christmas and I hope the winter in the north will not be too bad for you – although I guess you are used to it.

  • Thimbleanna Dec 24, 2016

    Your cookies look great Karen — I’ll bet they’re wonderful! Have a wonderful Christmas — I hope Santa is good to you!!!
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    • Karen Dec 25, 2016

      Santa is always good 🙂 we have gotten to the point where we do not exchange presents -as we buy what we want when we need it

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