Red, White, and Blue Shortbread Cookies

Anyone from the Chicagoland area remember the Ray Raynor Show? It was a delightful show for children way back when, And it had valuable lessons.

My favorite memories are of his cooking a Thanksgiving turkey and when he showed craft projects for the kids. What made it so special? And hilarious? He always managed to mess up in some way. He would start off with a golden brown turkey or a pretty Mother’s Day craft. And whether it was trying to stuff the turkey upside down or adding too much glue to the craft project and ending up with a gooey mess, he entertained and gave good messages.

One might think at first glance “what is the lesson in that?”

He allowed children to be children. To let them know that it’s okay if something doesn’t come out just “perfect”. He got down to their level. It seemed to me to be a show for adults as well as the children.

What does that have to do with Red, White, and Blue Shortbread Cookies? Well, I thought of the Ray Raynor show several times while making the cookies. I just kept running into snags. They were delicious but the recipe didn’t exactly cooperate. Partly my fault.

It called for an 8×8 square glass pan. I didn’t have one so I increased the recipe by half again and put it in an 8×11 glass pan. The only real problem with that actually is the rounded corners. The cookies weren’t exactly squared off.

I was short 1/4C sugar so I added some Equal. That was no big deal.

They baked well. It took a little longer, of course, because of the change in pans and quantity of the dough, but that was okay too.

Then it came to the dipping the cookies in the chocolate and adding the sprinkles. It’s possible I bought the wrong chocolate, although none of the chocolate was listed as dipping chocolate. At any rate, I had a mess, I had chocolate dripping everywhere and so when I needed to add the sprinkles before the chocolate hardened, I ended up with sprinkles everywhere as well.

I had to chuckle and thought of Ray Raynor. Thank you Ray.

I have added a link to the original cookie recipe that I found on Pinterest. I do hope you will give them a try and learn from my mistakes. And if they don’t end up “perfect” give a smile and a nod to the Ray Raynor Show.

Have a great week!
Doris

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Primitive Flag

Hi there! With 4th of July upon us it seems to put everyone in the mood for the good ole red, white, and blue. I have always wanted a primitive flag and this year I finally got around to doing something about it.

I started by thinking of what kind of fabric I wanted to make it out of. First thought was muslin of course, but I happened to be in the kitchen section at Walmart and came across a perfect solution. White cotton kitchen towels. And the best part? They come in a package of 2 for under $3.00. I took them home and immediately washed and dried them. They took a little pressing but then they were ready to go.
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I stretched the first towel so I could paint the actual flag on it.I decided on the size 14″x25″. It just seemed to suit my needs. Trying to keep things as simple as possible I used 1″ tape to measure off the red and white stripes. Once they were painted I used a navy blue in the upper left hand corner on which to paint the stars. (tip: I cut a small stencil from poster board to keep the stars simple and regulated).
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Once the painting had dried thoroughly (ideally overnight), I cut the flag out , leaving at least a good inch around it.I also cut out 3 tabs aproximately 3″x8″. I used pinking shears so that I could keep a rough edge. I had some quilt batting laying around, but you could even use an old white towel. Just something to give it a little body. I stiched around the flag wrong sides together, leaving about a 4″ opening and inserting the tabs on the top. I cut a piece of batting just a smidge smaller than the stitching line. With a little maneuvering I slid the batting inside the flag and then stitched up the opening.

I used regular thread and ran sticthes along the stripes and pulled knots through the stars for a quilted effect.
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It was at this time I aged the flag. Remember my friend Karen? I used her instant coffee recipe for aging it. (Karen uses instant coffee. 1cup of water to 1/4cup of instant coffee to be exact.) After it had soaked sufficiently I wrung it out and hung it on a line to dry. It may need a little touching up with an iron to get out any dominant wrinkles, but other than that it is ready to hang. I found a few twigs and pulled them through the tabs and Voila!
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I hope everyone has a festive and safe 4th of July this year!
Doris