Winter is just beginning here in the Midwest with our share of snow, ice and very cold weather with horrific wind chill readings.
So many people around here love snowmobiling, skiing and even ice fishing. I remember when I met Bill and he told me about his father going ice fishing. I thought he was pulling my leg and I was waiting for the punch line. In fact, his father ice fished quite often. He had a home-made sled in which he placed a sterno heater to sit on to keep warm; along with an auger, an ice pick plus the usual fishing equipment. That was paradise to my father-in-law!
|My father-in-law loading up his sled to go ice fishing ~ Feb. 1974|
Paradise to me is sunning on a beach and swimming in the warm ocean water at the Riviera Maya or in a nearby pool. If I can’t be there, then second best is parked in my recliner at home, eating these Christmas cookies and watching TV.
|Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso ~ Riviera Maya, Mexico|
Speaking of TV, if you will be purchasing a new flat screen TV or should be lucky enough to receive one as a Christmas gift, you will be in need of a new TV stand and CSN stores is the place for you to shop for it! Sean at CSN has kindly given me another wonderful opportunity for a giveaway for you good people. Look at these great TV stands:
CSN Stores has about everything you could imagine in their over 200 specialty online stores ~ an amazing array of products for you to choose from. They have everything from wall art to lighting to au gratin dishes, furniture, baby items and even beds for your favorite cat or dog.
Or maybe you’d like:
|A Chicago Cubs inflatable chair|
|A new bed for your favorite cat|
So after you browse around CSN and see what you would like to purchase, take a break and enjoy one or two of these cookies with a cup of coffee or tea, if you favor. The dough for these kolaczki is what makes them irresistible.
The kolaczki are filled with jam or preserves, such as peach, apricot, strawberry or pineapple. I made some with apricot preserves and the remainder with blackberry preserves. They are a very popular item in this area of “Chicagoland” and after making them yourself, you will see why. They are delicious!
1 cup butter, at room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups flour
Your favorite jam, I used apricot and blackberry
Cream butter well.
Mix in cream cheese until smooth.
Gradually work in flour until a dough forms.
Gather in a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Roll out chilled dough on floured surface 1/8” thickness.
Cut out circles with a 2” round cutter.
Dot center of each circle with about ¼ teaspoon jam. Don’t use too much.
Place on greased cookie sheets, or sheets with Silpat mats or parchment paper.
Bake until golden about 8-12 minutes.
Let cool for a minute or two.
Transfer to a wire rack.
Sprinkle lightly with confectioners sugar when cool.
Now, more about the great $35 gift certificate from CSN…
The $35 gift certificate does not include shipping costs but, you can use the gift certificate on ANY product from ANY one of the CSN sites.
Here are the rules for entering:
- Leave a comment telling me you are a follower through Google Friend Connect (on the side bar of this blog) and tell me what you would like from CSN when you win the giveaway.
- For an extra entry, follow this blog on the Facebook Networked Blogs (on the side bar of this blog) and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so.
- This giveaway is open through midnight, CST, Monday, December 27th. The drawing will be by a random number generator on Tuesday, December 28th and is open to US entrants only.
Good luck and I hope you win!