Julie’s Family Favorite Coconut Crisp Cookies

3 06 2012

It has been far too long since I’ve done a blog!! I know…. I really enjoyed blogging when I had the time off – can’t believe I had a year and a quarter off. Do not take anything for granted – when I had that time off it seemed like one day turned into another and I really enjoyed my days!! It was wonderful – unless I win the lottery -well reality hits and I’m back working again. I am working part-time and I do believe some things are “meant to be” and “fate” has it’s way. I was thinking that when I came back from our trip to Portugal that I had to find a job. (That’s a tough thought to carry around when you are enjoying a holiday) When I got home it was only a couple of days later when I got a call from a good friend that she needed someone to work in her accounting firm and if I could put the word out. Amazing! Well I called back and said “me!!!” She did hire me and it has been just the right thing for me.

So…….. enough about me…… I am so grateful for all of you that read my modest little blog! Sometimes I can see from what country people are “checking me out” – Russia, Malaysia, Latvia, Portugal, U.S.A. and many others. I really am so thrilled. Sometimes we feel overwhelmed in our day to day lives but when I see that other people all over the world are reading my comments on life I am so very very grateful. Life is very precious. Take things easy …. I find as I get a bit older for some reason life is getting easier. It doesn’t mean there is more money – in fact we just saw on tonight’s news there are a lot more people retiring than people starting in the work force. So the benefits for people retirement age will not be around forever. It is kind of scary. For you younger people – you do not know how much a benefit it will be to you later in life if you just start to put away $50 a month or more into an RRSP. ASAP!!!

So I am going to share with you one of our Popham family cookie recipes. (that was my maiden name) – my grandparents were from Yorkshire, England on my father’s side and on my Mom’s side my grandparents were from Scotland.

Coconut Crisp Cookies

2 cups coconut

21/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter or margarine

2 eggs

Mix coconut, oats, flour, baking powder and salt. Add all other ingredients and mix well. (it might be easier to use your hands.)

Drop by teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Press lightly with a floured fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes until golden brown. Let stand on cookie sheet at least 10 minutes. Enjoy! These freeze well! Don’t forget to check out my website or refer it – http://www.jacksjule.com

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Butter Tarts – Delectable and Easy!

18 04 2012

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Doesn’t this seem like a sign of Spring?  I took this picture last year while Jack and I were Washington.  This young deer was only interested in the foliage around her.

I am so sorry it has been so long since I last wrote.  Lots has been happening.  I got a job right after getting back from Portugal – it’s in a busy office so I have to admit it has changed my routine somewhat.  I really like it and now instead of getting up at 6 ish after Jack leaves for work to make my double shot latte and check out the internet and try to prepare a blog or  work on my website at http://www.jacksjule.com or take Mom to an appointment now I have to decide what clothes to wear and whether I have time to stop for gas on the way to work.

So …… I know you are wondering what recipe I will post today since it is supposed to be a cooking blog.  I am going to give you my favorite recipe for Butter Tarts.  I make these mostly at Christmas.  I don’t bother to make my own pastry  – I buy the Tenderflake mini tart shells – I think they come in the freezer section about 36 in a box.

My recipe is simple –                  Butter Tarts

Remove about 30 mini tart shells from freezer and place on a cookie sheet.

Combine the following in a small mixing bowl:

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup raisins, broken pecans, crushed walnut pieces (optional) (this is the total of all combined)

Beat all with the beaters until bubbles form and then spoon mixture into the tart shells until almost full.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool as filling is extremely hot.  You will be a hit with your friends!  These freeze really nicely.  Quite often I have made these twice at Christmas time but they take no time to whip up so it’s not too time consuming!  Enjoy and have a great week and please don’t be so shy – leave a comment on my blog or if you like on my cooking page on Facebook at Julie’s Cooking.  Also don’t forget you can address all you shopping needs at my website at http://www.jacksjule.com

 





BzzAgent Jaxjule reporting

5 10 2011
Flowering tree in our area

Hi – it’s me again on a dreary, drizzly day in Vancouver.  Wanted you to know that I am a newly appointed BzzAgent which means that I get the pleasure of trying samples of products and get to voice my honest opinions after trying them.

My first mission is to try Scrubbing Bubbles One Step Toilet Bowl Cleaner.  First I cleaned the toilet thoroughly.  Well it was easy enough to set up the starter kit myself – no man needed for that part.  Once assembled comes the fun part – just a quick tap on the foot pedal twice a day and the sprayer sprays out powerful bubbles that take all the work expected from me.  That’s right twice a day I get to step on the pedal and enjoy the nice “fresh mountain morning” scent.  I have had it for about a week and I believe that the cleaner should last for about a month.  At that point if I buy a refill it will cost me $4.99.  I’d pay $5.00 not to have to clean the toilet for a month – how about you?

Then I will have more time to think up interesting blogs  – stay tuned as I hope to share something special for our Canadian Thanksgiving  that we are celebrating next weekend.   Lots to be thankful for!!


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