Hello, hello, hello. Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit with me and all of the other hoppers who are exchanging virtual goodies this week. Many thanks also to Carol for again taking on the task of coordinating this special event.
I have mentioned before that I am not a baker. I have determined that the problem for me with baking is that it requires to much rule following and I don't like to follow rules ( that's why I'm a quilter ). I discussed this with my sister who does bake and we determined that our mother (another who didn't follow rules) didn't bake. We could only remember her making one type of cookie when we were growing up. All I could remember was that it had sweetened condensed milk in it.
Magic Cookie Bars by Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
I googled cookies with sweetened condensed milk and there they were. Apparently it is an extremely popular cookie world wide. What I loved most about finding the recipe on google was that people responded to the recipe and wanted to know why it was put together in a different order than they were taught. It really did make me smile.
Well I choose to make them the way the questioners were making them. It felt more comfortable for some reason.
The recipe uses nuts in addition to the chocolate chips and coconut flakes and has suggestions for other items. My household splits on the use of nuts so I divided the pan into 3 sections. One end section I used nuts while the other end section I used craisins and the middle section got some kind of a mix of the two.
Since this is a Christmas hop I packaged an assortment of my cookies for 2 of my friends as early presents. I etched 2 small plates with Christmas trees and wrapped them up in cellophane. Then I added an etched ornament of the same but smaller tree.
This turned out to be a wonderful look back into my childhood so thanks Carol for a great time on so many levels.
So I'm having a give away of sorts. Of late I have had to admit to myself that I am drowning in scraps. Scraps of all sizes and shapes. None of them organized or pressed because that would be close to rule following.
I have at least 6 large laundry baskets and several drawers of them and I want to give most of them away. Huge variety of types colors and prints no rhyme no reason. I am willing to ship boxes, bags and envelopes of assorted scraps to some of you in the US (sorry but postage is limiting).
If you are interested in scraps leave a note in your comment and I'll be in touch. I'd love to know what you might do with them but that's not a necessity in getting some. Depending on the interest will determine how much I mail to how many. I won't start mailing until the new year and then depending on how many of you are interested, packages may take a bit to get shipped out but my goal is to get this project done by the end of February at the very latest.