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Although thrilled to see the snow covering the ground when we woke at 5 for our morning walk, I was not so excited to get out in it. However, after dressing in many layers, we completed our usual hour, debating whether schools would be closed due to the accumulation – and on our return there was a message informing us school was definitely canceled for the day.

the boys sledding at the park

the boys sledding at the park

A snowy day just seems to invite one into the kitchen to bake, and after the kids spent the day sledding at the park and greeting their friends, refreshments were welcomed  along with mugs of hot chocolate and cups of steaming sweet tea, by the fire in the living room.


grandma sylvias salt butter cookies


2 egg yolks

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon whiskey

2 sticks butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

2 1/4 cups flour

Heat oven to 350F.

Whisk yolks, vanilla and whiskey together. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the yolk mixture and beat until combined, add flour. Shape the dough into balls, flatten slightly. Bake until lightly browned around edges, 10 to 12 minutes.


1 ounce chocolate, chopped

1/4 cup water

2 cups powdered sugar

Combine chocolate and water in saucepan and stir over low heat until smooth, about 5 minutes. Off heat, whisk in powdered sugar until smooth.

Join cookies together with filling.



peanut butter brownies

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Heat oven to 350F. Spray a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.

Beat butter and peanut butter in large bowl with electric mixer at low speed 3 minutes or until well blended. Beat in sugar and vanilla until blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well blended after each addition. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt until just blended. Reserve 1 3/4 cups batter. Stir cocoa into remaining batter.

Spread chocolate batter in prepared pan. Top with reserved batter. Bake 30 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.