Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day {to you.}

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I want to share some virtual Valentine's Day cookies with you, my sweet readers.  Y'all are truly the *best*.  I appreciate you so much, and you encourage me everyday more than you'll ever know.


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I also want to give an extra cookie to Nita, Andrea and Susan.  Thank-you for your kind words.  Y'all get it, and I am grateful for the time it took you to share. Y'all are blessings to me!


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The cookie press and recipe is from Anthropologie.  I made these cookies at Christmas, and they were a hit!


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Almond Layer Cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1 t cardamon (ground)
2/3 cup almond meal
2 sticks unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups fine sugar
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract
raspberry jam

Procedure:
1.  Take out two mixing bowls.  In the first one whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and cardamon.
2.   In the second bowl, whisk with your mixer butter and sugar until fluffy.
3.   Beat in egg and vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.
4.   Gradually add the flour mix from Bowl #1.
5.   Form two discs, cover in plastic wrap, and chill for three hours.
6.   Preheat oven to 350.
7.   Roll out discs on a floured surface and cut out cookies and stamp half of them.
8.   Bake around 15 minutes (check after 12).
9.   Cool on a wire rack and stick them together in pairs using your favorite raspberry jam.

*I use Bon Maman raspberry jam and Cup 4 Cup gluten-free flour.


Speaking of love and encouragement, I also want to thank Miss Angie for nominating me for her blog awards.  I was nominated in three categories (The Bookish Babe, The Authentic Artist, and Best Linky Party for Literary Friday), and I'm very honored, but mostly humbled.  Go over and vote for me {pretty please} if you want, and also visit some of the talented bloggers she's featuring.  I'm finding some new bloggers to follow from her nominees list! Click on the link below to read more:


My So-Called Chaos Best of Blog Awards



Until next time…

Blessings!
Ricki Jill

16 comments:

  1. <3 Those look fantastic! xoxoxox

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  2. Happy Valentines day my friend! We all cherish the encouragement we get from each other. I just read your book review, too and enjoyed it. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs! xox

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  3. Happy Valentine's Day! Congrats on your nomination!!

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  4. Happy Valentine's Day to you dear friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  5. Congratulations to you!! And thank you for the recipe. I have seen these little cookie presses in Williams Sonoma...maybe next Christmas. Your cookies are so cute!

    XO,
    Jane

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  6. I love your cookie stamp! Those sound delicious....and thank YOU, for being inspiring. :D

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  7. It's an honor just to be nominated, you know. Thanks for the Valentine cookie! I wish I could reach through the screen at eat it. I ended up doing truck today and came home tired. I tried to celebrate but not much happened. I did get some conversation hearts!

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  8. And since these treats are virtual they are nonfattening, so thank you!

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  9. Congratulations on the well deserved nominations. I'm skipping off to vote now!
    Happy Valentine's Day! ~ Sarah

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  10. Congratulations! Your blog is so professional and I always enjoy reading your posts!

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  11. I hope you had a fantastic VAlentine's Day. You need me vote...you have always got it!! Off I go.

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  12. I hope you had a great Valentines day!! Those cookies are adorable

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  13. Your cookies are beautiful! I hope your Valentine's Day was lovely too. The cookie stamp is very interesting...going to check that out right now! ~ Ann

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  14. Your cookies are adorable! I hope you had a great weekend.

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  15. Those are adorbs as my girls say. I hope you had a nice V-day. We just got home from four days up the coast. I am wiped. Why does that always make us so tired when you are supposed to be relaxing. Oh right I have a five year old.

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