Monthly Archives: November 2012

Yummy shortbread cookies with black raspberry jam


I would like to share the recipe for some wonderfully scrumptious cookies today. I’ve made shortbread cookies with a black raspberry jam filling.

Makes about 30 cookies

2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour, sifted
1 cup (two sticks of butter or margarine, I used I can’t believe it’s not butter) at room temperature cut into small pieces
1/2 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 almond extract
1/2 to 1 cup of a seedless black raspberry jam
Powdered sugar for dusting

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy, about 4 minutes then add in sugar, vanilla and almond extracts. Start adding the flour about a cup at a time and mixing until you’ve added all the flour. Shape together into a ball and place back into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Put in the icebox for at least one hour until chilled. It will not roll out smoothly until this is done.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Once removed from the icebox, roll out onto a floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out cookies. Use a whole cutter for the bottom of the two part cookies and then the same cutter again but make a tiny shape in the middle so when stacked with jam (after cooking) you can see the jam.

Bake in the oven for 14-16 minutes or until you see the edges just start to brown very lightly. Let cool and dust the cookie tops with powdered sugar. Next use about a 1/3 of a teaspoon of jam and place on the bottom piece of the cookie and put a top cookie on top.

They look wonderful and taste amazing!

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.




Scholastic bookclubs at school, $1 books for November


These are the wonderfully priced $1.00 books I’ve found for November from the Scholastic bookclub.

Flyer name:

SeeSaw December
Item # Title Quantity Price
#29 The Gingerbread Kid Goes to School 1 $1.00

End-of-Year Clearance Sale
Item # Title Quantity Price
#18 The Littlest Christmas Tree 1 $1.00

My First School Year
Item # Title Quantity Price
#37 Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Waking Up? 1 $1.00

Firefly December
Item # Title Quantity Price
#28 Gingerbread Mouse 1 $1.00

Arrow December
Item # Title Quantity Price
#7 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever 1 $1.00

Also don’t forget that if you order online of at least $5 for your bookclub using your child’s teachers online order/activation code, you will receive a coupon for a free book up to $5 value on a future order!

My Rangoli for 2012


This year I have made a simple contemporary rangoli design of my own for Diwali. For those who are not familiar with making a rangoli, many things can be used for the design. Great things to use are chalk, colored sugar or colored powders, flower petals from roses or marigolds etc.

I drew my pattern with chalk and then used rangoli colors to fill in by hand. I used battery operated tea lights to avoid the danger and mess of oil and fire.

Happy Diwali to everyone and their families.





Easy and beautiful Diwali diya decoration


We are having a Diwali Celebration at my daughter’s school and I decided to make a large diya with lights as a decoration.

I used a huge piece of cardboard (free from Costco) and drew the diya design, then I poked holes with a sharp pencil for each of the lights on a strand of lights to show through. I taped the lights on the back and colored in the diya with markers.

It came out cute and I will be displaying at the school and at home in the window for years to come.

Happy Diwali All!




Diwali gifts for teachers


Diwali is quickly approaching and while I wished I had the time to come up with a more elaborate or homemade gift for teachers at my daughter’s school, I have just put together something simple that can be enjoyed as a little taste of India for her teachers.

I have purchased for each teacher a lovely decorated diya in the shape of a flower, a battery operated tea light (why fumble with oil and wicks and the danger of fire if we don’t have to and especially when children are around?) also two packages of snacks, one biscuits (parle hide and seek) and Maska Chaska 50/50 crackers and lastly a fragrant soap (Mysore sandal soap.)

I thought this little grouping would be something that could be enjoyed. Hopefully they will like them.

I will try to wrap decoratively or use a small gift bag for each set.

Happy Diwali Everyone!