Grandma’s Tea Cakes


My Grandma made these.  Mother made them.  I make them.  My daughter makes them.  We all had our own twist.  They are the best tea cakes I’ve ever had.  It was so good to come in from school and find these coming out of the oven.

Grandma’s Teacakes

1 cup of butter

2 eggs

3 cups sugar

4 cups self-rising flour (for plain add 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/8 tsp salt per CUP flour)

2 Tsp vanilla

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Cream softened butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla.  Add 3 1/2  cups flour and mix till it is a stiff dough.  Use other 1/2 cup to dust over dough and dust your hands while rolling out.  Roll into 1- 1 1/2 inch balls and place on greased cookie sheets.  Cookies should be no closer than 3/4 inch.  Bake cookies center rack. 7 minutes, then turn pans back to front and bake 7 more minutes.  If you use three cookie sheets, switch those on lower rack to top rack.  Cookies are done when edges barely start to brown.  Cookies will be barely done and bend easily but still hold together when you slide a spatula under them.  Cool on wire rack or tea towel to cool.  The secret to keeping them soft is to take them out of the oven just as edges turn golden brown.  If you leave them on pan, they will continue to cook and get hard.



use cream cheese instead of butter

make a thumbprint and spoon in jam or filling of your choice before baking

press Hesheys Kiss on top

Make filling of cream cheese and fruit or chocolate to sandwich

Your family will love you.

I have rolled this dough up, wrapped in foil and frozen. It makes a wonderful gift.

BOOK REVIEW – Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure by Andrew Joyce

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book-andrew-resolutionI am a big fan of Andrew Joyce’s work, and I’m here to tell you that he’s done it again! Like the author’s first two books – Redemption and Molly Lee – Resolution: Huck Finn’s Greatest Adventure is packed with excitement, humor, adversarial encounters, treacherous experiences, and yes, exhilarating adventure.

Set in the late eighteen hundreds against the backdrop of the Yukon Territory gold strike, Huck Finn asks Molly Lee to go with him to Alaska.

“I’m not quite sure what will be waiting for us when we get there, but that’s why I want to go; to experience new things, new sensations, in a new land. I want to go to where there isn’t another person for hundreds of miles.”

Little did Huck know that he would soon wish to see a human face – any human face, regardless of persuasion.

************************ Andrew Joyce ************************

Huck and Molly leave…

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Footloose and Fancy Free (Part 3)

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breastBobo’s old truck rattled in one Saturday about four. White-headed kids in overalls piled out of the back, their bare feet kicking up a dust. Fishing poles dangled out of the truck bed. Grinning, Bobo slung a stringer of bream over his shoulder. Inez slid out of the front seat, wagging a newborn and helping her twin toddlers slide to the ground. One was diapered,

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