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Russian Tea Cakes [Dec. 22nd, 2008|01:03 am]
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[Current Music |Watching 'The Craft']

I haven't made Russian Tea Cakes since I was 15 and the last time I did they came out, well, not quite so three dimensional, haha.

Needless to say I was slightly intimidated, however excited, when I decided to make them this year. They came out beautifully! And I got much praise at a Christmas party I attended Saturday night, even from those who claimed to not like cookies. So, I would say they were a success!

Serving size: about 30.

I found the recipe at allrecipes.com, but I tweaked it just a tiny bit.

Here's what I did:

-2 cups of White Wheat Flour
-1 block of Irish Butter (unsalted), equating to 1 cup
-2 tsp of vanilla extract (I got a fancy bourban kind from TJ's, but I would usually consider an alcohol-free, organic one)
-6 TBSP powdered/confectioner's sugar (I might consider using 1 or 2 TBSP more)
-1 TBSP milk
-walnuts (to your liking, recommended: 1 cup)

I started out with the butter in a large bowl. After attempting with different techniques to soften the butter, I finally just resorted to using my hands. I added the 2 tsp of vanilla and began to squeeze the butter with my fingers until it was smooth and creamy.

When I was satisfied with the butter, I added the 2 cups of White Wheat Flour, powdered sugar, and 1 TBSP Milk and stirred until the ingredients were blended. Now, the mixture is going to look all crumbly, but don't worry! It's supposed to look like that!

Take a small chunk of the dough and apply pressure to it between your hands, somewhat needed it until the dough becomes more solidified, then start shaping them into 1 inch balls.

Place the dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. It should make about 30 cookies.

Let cool for about an hour. Get a regular bowl and put about 1/2 a cup powdered sugar (or more if needed) and roll the cookies until fully covered in the sugar. I like to start rolling them when they're still just a little warm because a thin layer of the sugar coats them somewhat like a frosting, but it all depends on your taste. :)
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New year, new look! [Dec. 13th, 2008|09:39 pm]
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[Current Mood |new]

As one of my upcoming resolutions is to be more domestic (cooking, sewing, etc.), this community is getting a reform. I'm trying to organize my life via blogging, so I think I'll being using this community to post recipes as well as other crafty projects I choose to indulge myself in. Feel free to post things you've been working on or recipes you think I should try, but predominantly this is where I'm going to be posting as it is unnecessary to keep 5 different blogs.

The layout is getting a makeover and all past entries and members will be deleted, unless you wish to remain on the list, in which case please leave a comment with this entry stating you still wish to be a member.

See you in the new year!

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Some Helpful Hints from SportaApey's Alter Ego [Aug. 26th, 2005|10:56 pm]
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[Current Mood |crappycrappy]
[Current Music |Do You Want To - Franz Ferdinand]

Lessee here...housewifery, houswifery...

1) If you keep forgetting to make lists or can't find a good place for notes, write on your bathroom mirror in dry erase markers!
2) Always ALWAYS keep ShoutWipes on you or at least in your home at all times.
3) Don't bother with the salt in most baking recipes, it actually doesn't make that much difference.
4) Keep dusting your computer or else when you take it to GeekSquad they'll mark it's condition as "dirty".
5) Check all pockets before throwing clothes in the machines because you just never know (I went through 3 chapsticks before I got the hang of that one).
6) What do you mean there's no soy sauce?! Well, go out and get some!!
7) Remember, Martha may be full of crap but she does occasionally have a good idea.
8) Buy the more expensive toilet paper and paper towels. It's just worth it.
9) Chopsticks can make great stirrers, too, and stainless steel ones can go through the dishwasher!
10) Shake up the routine a bit or else you'll start to go insane. You can tell when you've been doing something menial for too long when your brain supplies its own musak.

There, that's my first entry.
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(no subject) [Aug. 1st, 2005|08:27 pm]
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[Current Mood |optimisticoptimistic]
[Current Music |What Are You Waiting For? - Gwen Stefani]

Ok, first post! This is more of a test than an introduction because I'm currently working on the layout. But...
Welcome to The Domestic Life (of a Housewife)!
I started this community because I, as well as some of my friends, expressed our desires to one day become a housewife. Not that we don't have other career aspirations as well, but this way of life is very appealing to us. One of my personal goals for the future is to be able to balance a career as well as maintain a home. So I thought that all of us who express the same desire could gather here and support each other in this goal.
Also, the times have changed very much since the days when a woman's life was in the kitchen, so most of didn't really have the proper training for this way of life.
Some of the things I would like for us to partake in in this community would be:

1. Start a cook book - I want each of us to get a little journal or notebook in which we can copy down recipes that we share with each other here. It's preferred that the recipes you post are family recipes or ones that you've made yourself, but if you've found one that you've tried out and like those are ok as well.
2. Sewing Projects - I was thinking that we should have monthly sewing projects. We can each work on our own projects like a costume for a convention or a gift for family and friends. For anyone who doesn't have something to work on we can come up with a themed project (i.e. - dolls, bags, dress, etc.) Don't forget to post pics! ^_~
3. Social Gatherings - Throw tea parties and theme parties! Share party ideas such as foods, drinks, decorations, activities, themes, etc.
4. Scrabooks - Keep a scrapbook of all your memories. Share tips and techniques! :)

These are all the ideas I have, but if you have anything to add I'm all ears. We're here to have fun, just keep it clean! ^-^
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