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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Margaret's Lemon Shortcake Bars: A Hit Item at the Christmas Luncheon

image credit: Fine Cooking

Lemon Shortcake Bars (Fine Cooking, Dec 2006)

7 oz. (14 Tbs) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to "just warm"
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp table salt
2 cups plus 2 Tbs all-purpose flour
Line a 13 x 9 inch metal or glass baking pan with foil.  Lightly brush melted butter on the sides (not bottom).
Stir together first three ingredients and mix in the flour to form a stiff dough.  Press the dough evenly into
the bottom of the pan and ad prick all over with a fork.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.  Bake in
the centre of a 325 oven for 30 minutes or until golden and set. 

Lemon Topping:
4 large eggs
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
1 Tbs (generous) finely grated fresh lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
1 Tbs confectioners' sugar
Whisk eggs, sugar, flour, and salt together until smooth (about 1 minute).  Whisk in the lemon juice and zest.  Pour topping over the hot crust and return to oven, increase heat to 350 and bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, or until set.  Cool at least one hour, then list from pan using the tin foil and place on cutting board.  Pull the foil away from the sides of the bars and sprinkle with the confectioner's sugar.  Cut into squares. Will keep in the fridge for 3 to 4 days, but should be served at room temperature.

-from Margaret

Christmas Luncheon Fundraiser and Recipes

Last weekend, we had a lovely Christmas luncheon at Margaret's.  Margaret's lemon squares and Gloria's Cranberry salad were a BIG hit, and everything was so good...... Thank you Margaret for hosting this event and we very much enjoyed being in your lovely home and appreciated your hospitality.
Image: MoToMo on Flickr Creative Commons

With the donations of silent auction items, we made $136 for an African orphanage that a medical student Margaret knows, supports. Margaret is matching  this amount so it is a great day today to know that this money will go to a very good cause.

We plan to print some of the recipes on our blog, once those who attended submit their dish recipes.

Have a safe and happy Christmas season for 2011, and a big "thank you" for this year's donating of auction items and time, organizing, giving presentations (schoolchildren, Dye Class), fundraising, donating to AIDS Saskatoon, driving,  lending personal items for the school, and opening your homes for rughooking.

What a great group of ladies!
Craberries. Image: TAHbKA on Flickr, Creative Commons

Gloria's Cranberry Salad

2 packages cranberry jello
2 cups boiling water
3 apples peeled and chopped
1/2 orange peeled and chopped
1/2 lb fresh cranberries chopped
1 cup sugar ( I think you could use less)
1 cup chopped celery
1cup chopped walnuts.

1. Dissolve jello in boiling water. Place in fridge for half hour until it starts to gel.
2. Mix together cranberries, orange, apples and sugar. Mix well coat fruit and dissolve sugar.
   Add jello, celery and walnuts.
3. Pour in a glass bowl. Chill in fridge until firm. Can be made a day ahead.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Winter Reads & a Chance to Win Blundstone Boots

Looking for some good books to read this winter? Go to Deanne's blog. She is giving away a pair of red Blundstone boots to someone who sends in a suggestion of a book that was very meaningful in their life. There are over 200 suggestions of good books. (Hope I win the boots for my choice, Gabrielle Roy's  "The Tin Flute').

Deanne's favourite:  red Blundstones. You could own your own pair. Image: Deanne Fitzpatrick

Gabrielle Roy's The Tin Flute.  Image: Digital Collections at McMaster University
Liv's favourite book at the moment.  Image:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Supplier on Our List

Blue Heron Rug Hooking Studio is a new Canadian supplier listed on our site.  They sell backing, frames, hooks, scissors, and patterns, including some stunning Emily Carr designs.  Check it out!

Blue Heron Rug Hooking Studio in Victoria, BC

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Video: World's Largest Hooked Rug Exhibit

Photo credit: "Corn Stalks" by Jen Lavoie
Patti emailed to the members of the group a posting at the "Stuck in Vermont" Vlog: a video of the 15th Annual Hooked in the Mountains exhibit.  Watch at 3:17 for a couple of rugs that Rita admired on another blog recently!

"Aries Woman" by Mariah Krauss. Photo credit:

Heritage Rug Hookers Display at Sundog Tomorrow

Check out the group's handiwork this Saturday at the Sundog Craft Fair! Rugs and rug hooking will be on display.  Have a look and see if you'd like to give rug hooking a try.