A Collection of Christmas Cookie Recipes – Featuring Mammy’s Sour Cream Cookies

A Collection of Christmas Cookie Recipes – Featuring Mammy’s Sour Cream Cookies

A Collection of Christmas Cookie RecipesTis’ that time of year again….  WOW, where did 2014 go…  I am convinced that Idaho is in a warp time zone…

I LOVE baking and one of the special benefits for me is that my Mountain Boy enjoys spending time with me in the kitchen helping…  Most kids would be in the kitchen to be able to eat as much batter as can go undetected, but I believe my boy enjoys just spending the quality time with me in the kitchen with good music and good conversation.   Trust me – he is the 1st to sample the warm cookies, but we do really have a good time and this has become a tradition just as much as doing the summer canning together.  SO I am looking forward to a weekend of baking and memory making….

I thought I would share one of my favorite cookie recipes with you today.  This particular recipe holds a lot of special memories for me.  My Mammy would make these cookies special for me EVERY year and when I got my 1st apartment a gazillion years ago (as the Mountain Boy would say), this was the first recipe I sought after!  My Mammy is in heaven now, but I think of here ALL the time and I have special thoughts of her while baking these cookies and also while canning…  Those were some special times in my life spent with her and I am so thankful that I had that time with her and my Pap.  Be sure to create traditions with your children and grandchildren and enjoy the memory making times…

 

 

Mammy’s Sour Cream Cookies

♥  4 cups flour                                      ♥ 1 3/4 cup organic sugar or sucanat

♥  1 tsp soda                                         ♥ 1 cup thick sour cream

♥  1/2 tsp salt                                       ♥ 2 eggs

♥ 1 tsp baking powder                       ♥ 1 tsp vanilla (I use my homemade vanilla)

♥ 1 cup butter

Instructions:

Combine all dry ingredients together and mix well.  Cream together butter, sugar and unbeaten eggs.  Add sour cream and vanilla.  Add dry ingredients and mix well.  Drop on a greased cookie sheet and add sprinkles.  Preheat oven to 425°.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

NOTE:  The cookies do not taste the same unless you use those EXACT sprinkles… 🙂  I will swear to that forever…  I don’t know what it was or why, but the cookies with those sprinkles ALWAYS tasted the BEST!!

I’d like to thank my dear friend’s for taking the time to share their wonderful recipes with me so that I can share them with you….  There are SO many wonderful recipes below and I hope that you have as much fun going through them as I did….

Viennese Whirls Sandwich Cookies Ginger Bread Cookies
 Christmas Cookies From The Pantry My Absolute Favorite Cookie Recipe
 Chunky Chocolate Pecan Currant Cookies Ginger Creams with Maple Icing
 Cookie Month Archives Raspberry Almond Thumbprint Cookies
 Molasses Cookies Raspberry Squares
 World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies  GF Chocolate Chip Cookies
 Soft Whole Wheat Sugar Cookies  Chocolate Cookies with Andes Mint Chips
 Coco Mocha Cookie & Raspberry Ribbon Cookies  Chocolate Almond Bon Bon Cookies
 Lemon Shortbread Cookies Caramel Mocha Sandwich Cookies
 Potica Cookies  Mexican Wedding Cakes
Mum’s Oatmeal and Stuff Cookies  Tie Dye Cookies
 Hot Chocolate Cookies  Chocolate Dipped SunButter Cookies
 The Best Oatmeal Cookies  Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
 Husarenkrapfen  Vanillekipferle
 Dark Chocolate Quinoa Sugar Cookies  Rob Roy Cookies
 SunButter Cookies Sesame Wafer Cookies
 Paleo Dandelion Cookies  Russian Tea Cookies
 Sprouted Wheat Welsh Cookies  Cheesecake Cookies (Grain Free)
 Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars  Ultimate Earthquake Cookies
Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies  Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 The Perfect Cookie  Lemon Crinkle Cookies
 Double Chocolate Salted Cookies  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
 Chocolate Almond Joyful Cookies  Brown Butter Gingerbread Cookies
 Honey Gingerbread Cookies  Ma Horton’s Sugar Cookies
 Cacao Dusted Peanut Butter Cookies  Monster Cookies
 Molasses Sugar Cookies

 What is your most fond memory from this time of year?

 What is your favorite cookie recipe?

Blessings,

Tam † ♥

Photo Credit:  A Special thank you to my dear friend Tessa Zundel from HomesteadLady.com for being so kind to share her image with me when I was in a pinch!

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A Collection of Cranberry Recipes – Featuring Our Trayer Wilderness Cranberry Chutney

A Collection of Cranberry Recipes – Featuring Our Trayer Wilderness Cranberry Chutney

A Collection of Cranberry RecipesMany of you know we love anything pumpkin, but along with pumpkin for me in anything cranberry!  Cranberries are SO good for you in SO many ways!

The health benefits are incredible.  They are high in vitamin C  and other vitamins, minerals and fiber they are known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

They are great to have on hand for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, immune support, cardiovascular benefits, digestive tract benefits and more.

Beyond all the health benefits, they taste incredible and can be used in SO many dishes.

Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner would not be the same without a Cranberry Chutney or Cranberry Sauce to which we often enjoy both.

Today, I thought I would share our Cranberry Chutney recipe.

Trayer Wilderness Cranberry Chutney Recipe

♥ 2 apples cored and sliced

♥ 2 cups whole cranberries

♥ 1/3 to 1/2 cup of honey

♥ 3 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil

♥ jalapeno pepper or habaneros (optional to add a little heat)

Directions:

  1. Combine apples, cranberries and pepper if desired in a food processor or hand mixer.  Mix till finely chopped.
  2. In a bowl mix the remaining ingredients together and then transfer them to a wide mouth canning jar and tighten down the lid and ring.  (wide mouth is easier to utilize and clean)
  3. I leave this in the jar on my counter for a day to allow to ferment a bit.

This is a great addition to our Thanksgiving dinner table and accompanies the turkey really well.

Here are some additional recipes shared by some of my friends…. ♥

Lacto-fermented Cranberry Relish Drying Cranberries In The Slow Cooker
 Heart Healthy Cranberry Recipes Gluten Free Buckwheat Cranberry Granola
 Cranberry Sauce Brandied Cranberry Sauce

 What is your favorite cranberry dish?

Blessings,

Tam  † ♥

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Got Turkey Leftovers?

Got Turkey Leftovers?

Got Turkey Leftovers?Are you still eating leftover turkey?  Yeah, so are we…

It is easy to get tired of turkey sandwiches so being creative can be a bit of a help in eliminating boring meals and still providing something healthy.  There is SO much you can do with leftover turkey.

We make a turkey spread by grinding up the turkey with homemade mayonnaise and homemade pickles and adding salt and pepper to taste.  This is a family favorite and one that has been handed down from the Mountain Man’s father (aka Poppa T).

Tomorrow nights meal will be turkey corn chowder which is another favorite and this will put an end to our leftovers….

Tonight we had Gluten Free Pancakes With Turkey And Gravy.  The original gluten free pancake recipe I found at Better Batter Gluten Free Flour, but I am well know for altering recipes, so I would like to share the altered version with you below.

Trayer Wilderness Gluten Free Pancakes

♥  3/4 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour

♥  3 tbsp Teff

♥ 1 cup Better Batter Gluten Free Flour

♥ 2 eggs

♥ 1 cup almond milk

Mix together well and add to a heated cast iron skillet.

Top with you turkey gravy and enjoy!

What are your favorite dishes with leftover turkey?

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A Collection of Pumpkin Recipes – Featuring our Immune Boosting Pumpkin Smoothie

A Collection of Pumpkin Recipes – Featuring our Immune Boosting Pumpkin Smoothie

A Collection Of Pumpkin RecipesAs some of you may know, ANYTHING pumpkin is a favorite of the Mountain Boy and I!   We are always looking for new recipes to add to our ever growing list.  One of our family favorites, which I just recently shared at GNOWFGLINS is our Trayer Wilderness Pumpkin Roll.   The Mountain Man finds some pretty ingenious ways to make sure that the Trayer Wilderness Pumpkin Roll‘s do not get gifted, shared or eaten out from under him! ♥  This I guess is a good thing because that indicates that I have gotten to him through his stomach… 🙂

The Mountain Boy’s other favorite is Grandma Robertson’s Spice Pumpkin Pie which is actually available in the Homemade Holiday Recipes – 80+ Recipes For Homemade Holiday Magic which was the 1st book that offered my name in print! YAY!

Another family favorite is our Trayer Wilderness Pumpkin Skillet Cake, but today I am also sharing  a collection of Pumpkin Recipes – Featuring our Immune Boosting Pumpkin Smoothie.

 

Trayer Wilderness Immune Boosting Smoothie

♥ 1 cup almond or coconut milk (or milk of choice)

♥ 1/2 cup pumpkin puree

♥ 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt

♥ 2 frozen bananas (optional)

♥ 1 tsp homemade vanilla extract

♥ 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

♥ 2 to 3 drops of Protective Blend of Essential Oils

♥ 1 cup ice

Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.  Top with cinnamon.

I am very excited to announce…..

The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook - Volume 1

All of our recipes that we have shared to date on our website are compiled into The Trayer Wilderness Cookbook – Homesteading the Traditional Way – Volume 1 (wooohoooo)  which is now available as a FREE e-book for all our newsletter subscribers and is available for purchase as well.  If you have not yet subscribed to our newsletter, you can do so right here.

I’d also like to give a special thank you to all my dear friend’s who were kind enough to share ALL their delicious pumpkin recipes below!

What is your favorite way to use pumpkin?

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pancakes Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie With Crust
How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds  Homemade Pumpkin Puree
 Homemade Pumpkin Butter  Pumpkin Lasagna with Sage White Sauce
 Lady Lee’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Immune Boosting Herbal Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
 Pumpkin Pie Latte  Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Filling
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Gluten Free Pumpkin Energy Muffins
 Sweet Cream Pumpkin Parfait How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds
 How To Process Pumpkin Puree  Pumpkin Maple Muffins
 Pumpkin Pie Truffles  Pumpkin Hot Chocolate
 Soft Pumpkin Cookies  Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice  Pumpkin Pie Spiced Creamer
 Paleo Pumpkin Pudding with Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream  Canning Pumpkin
Pumpkin Soup Pumpkin Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting 
 No Bake Pumpkin Cream Pie  8 Ways to Preserve Pumpkin

 

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How To Make Chicken Breasts in a Sun Oven

How To Make Chicken Breasts in a Sun Oven

Chicken breasts in the all american sun ovenHere in the wilderness our meals consist mostly of venison, elk and this year we were blessed with moose,  but occasionally we are blessed with chicken, turkey and pork.

I found some hormone free chicken breasts on sale and I love being able to cook them long and slow on low heat.  Today that is exactly what I did, only in the All American Sun Oven.

Being able to utilize the sun as a slower cooker is just amazing to me.  It allows me to work on other things that are important this time of year while at the same time dinner is cooking in the sun.  Doesn’t get any sweeter than that!!

Today, I did things very simply by just adding garlic, our homemade season salt and a little bit of water to the enamelware cooking dish that comes with the Sun Oven.

Chicken Breast in the All American Sun Oven
Stay tuned for many more recipes and experiments in the All American Sun Oven.  I intend to be dehydrating celery this week as well as other vegetables and fruit.Blessings and thanks so much for joining us! ♥What is something you would like to make in a sun oven?
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven – Solar Cooking Series

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven – Solar Cooking Series

Oh how I LOVE the sun!  I am as solar powered as my home and now I have an All American Sun Oven to do all my summer cooking.

As most of you know we are very frugal and try to eliminate as many extra expenses as possible.    So being able to cook with the sun in the summer months is AMAZING!!  A power free slow cooker if you will…  ♥

Today, I did the unboxing of my All American Sun Oven and decided to make my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake for my men.  Below you will find the video on how to use the Sun Oven and my new solar kitchen.  You will also find the recipe below.  My hope is that you will find this informative and realize the resources you have at your fingertips which could provide a meal at the end of the day and no money out of your pocket to do so.

I was very impressed by the construction, quality and ease of use for the All American Sun Oven.  It is light weight, easy to setup and even easier to use.  I am excited about the endless opportunities I have to cook and bake in this oven, the time saved on busy days and the beauty of a meal being ready at the end of a long hard busy day here in the wilderness.

Enjoy….

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the All American Sun OvenSun Oven Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake 2

 

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake in the Sun Oven

Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Tammy Trayer ~ Mountain Woman Journals
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cup flour (Better Batter Gluten Free Flour or Oat Flour)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup organic raw sugar, rapadura, sucanat or for sugar free use erythritol or xylitol
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or make your own Sugar Free Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl or measuring cup.
  3. Beat butter, sugars and vanilla until creamy in a mixing bowl and then add eggs. Beat well.
  4. Gradually beat in the flour and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. You can choose to drop the cookies on a cookie sheet with a spoon or you can place this whole batter into a 9 x 13 pan and bake for roughly 30 minutes. If you are making individual cookies the cooking time is roughly 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. You can also use the All American Sun Oven and bake for roughly 2 hours.

For those of you that are on a low sugar or sugar free diet as I am, I found a Sugar Free Brown Sugar recipe that I would like to share with you.  A special thank you to Gwen’s Nest for sharing the recipe which can be found here.  Eating healthy is a BIG concern of ours and everything we make here on the homestead is homemade which includes a lot of our main ingredients that are either freshly ground or as in this case the Sugar Free Brown Sugar is homemade to provide us with the healthiest ingredient.

Stay tuned for many more solar meals, desserts, breads, pizzas, sourdough breads and baked goods and casseroles, oh and all our fresh garden vegetables.

Thanks so much for joining me today….  God bless! ♥

What would you like to try cooking or baking in the sun?

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