Pumpkin Cookies (Self-Rising Flour)

So the title tells it all. This recipe I adapted against the one I normally use, which uses All-Purpose Flour. My in-laws live in the south, they use more Self-Rising Flour than they do All-Purpose. The difference is (this is if you don’t bake and have no idea the difference…FYI) Self Rising flour has baking powder (a leavening agent), and salt added to it before packaging. All-Purpose Flour does not. A recipe that calls for All Purpose should have a leavening agent such as Baking Powder,or Baking Soda. I am saying should…there are other types of leaven-er and depending on what recipe you are using, it may call for some other ingredient.

So I adapted this specifically for my Mother-in-Law Teresa. apparently they really hadn’t eaten Pumpkin cookies until I introduced them to it last year. She has been asking me to give her the recipe and make her some. After looking at my recipe, I realized I should see if I could work a recipe with self rising flour instead of the all-purpose.

Recipe-Pumpkin cookies


Drop by teaspoonfulls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.  15 minutes.

Add Chocolate Chips, Nuts, Raisins ETC (Optional) I recommend the chocolate chips.


Very Simple, No need for a mixer, this can all be done by hand, and very quickly.


A Baking scoop from pampered chef comes in real handy for cookies like this. Mine Broke. (reminds me I need to order a new one)


Transfer to wire rack, shortly after pulling from the oven. Keep them in a ziplock, or sealed container to maintain freshness.

Tell me how this recipe works out for you. When I get back to Germany, I will post the other recipe using All-Purpose flour for those who would prefer that method.




Baking……On a Roll

MeAs I said in the previous post, with the Meatloaf Cupcakes, I am at my cousin’s house in Denton, TX.  I was asked to bake some things for her.

Tonight I baked. And I baked, and I baked some more.

I took my place as her temporary house wife. Her house smells heavenly.

She is one of those who orders a basket of produce through a community co op and gets one every week.  She had some Zucchini that needed to be used, so I thought well Zucchini Bread never gets old. At least I enjoy the spice bread.

She also has a smaller version baking cupboard, that compared to mine is small.  I need to show you mine one day when I get back from this long long vacation of mine,

You are probably thinking who cooks and bakes on their vacation? Well, I do. I am always enlisted to help someone somewhere.  I love the kitchen even on vacation. If I can get a few precious hours to myself I can come up with many a delicious thing.

So while my daughter was napping/sleeping (whatever it is she does when her eyes are closed and her mouth is not moving), I mixed up a batch of zucchini bread, came up with a new cookie, Raisin Bran Oatmeal Cookies, and made a classic cookie: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies.

Whipped those babies up and postponing the chocolate chip til tomorrow. Thinking of also doing a brownie 🙂

Next few posts are the recipes with some photos. As I don’t have my camera, and I borrowed my cousins IPAD to take photos as I went.

Please enjoy!

Wimmer’s Wiener’s, Twin Bings, and Cherry Vodka


 A state offering many things. It’s where my mother was born, and where her entire family is from.  We went back for my grandparent’s 60th anniversary which was a big hit in a town with a population of less than 200. No, kidding.

Things to take from the state of the Corn Husker.

First Wimmer’s Wiener’s: By Wimmer’s Meats. I have only seen these in Nebraska. A company that still uses all natural casings, and the Wiener’s are Red, Yes, Red. There will be a test at the end. Note the trend



Twin Bing’s a favorite in my family. Although, personally I am not a fan.  If you have ever heard of a cherry mash, this is the Midwest equivalent. My family will tell you if it’s not the Twin then it’s not the same.  A Very old fashioned candy treat, but apparently still popular. At least in Nebraska.




And finally to the alcohol.  I was told my grandma used to drink. But that she drank strictly Cherry Vodka. Back in the day 1950’s in the midwest. Cherry Vodka which had that red dye that most everywhere has been taken off the market now. From what I hear you can still get it in some places in Nebraska. My grandma doesn’t drink anymore, I have never seen her drink in all my years, my grandpa well he sticks with the O’Doul’s.

I definitely need to have me some Vodka, and Cherry 7-Up if I am to give you some more postings.  Sorry for the long wait. I was with my family in a little town called Page, Nebraska. The train only comes through 3 times a day. A town surrounded by corn, slowly disappearing of the map. The city doesn’t even have money to upkeep the roads anymore. Sad, if it wasn’t in the middle of no where, i might like to start up a bakery in one of the old buildings 🙂

On the side of the Store. The only gas station/mercantile in town.

On the side of the Store. The only gas station/mercantile in town.





Naturpark Frankenhohe: Picnic Epiphany

Eyrie and Sign

Had I really planned something today I would have brought a picnic on our walk through the Nature Park. We live in Burgbernheim, Germany, and the majority of Burgbernheim is a Nature Area where people from all over Germany come to walk, or Nordic walk through the forest.


So some Picnic food Ideas:

How to Pack a Picnic: http://www.countryliving.com/cooking/entertaining/packing-picnic-0905   (Stylish)

Sandwiches, which are easy to pack and light to carry: I’d go with a chicken salad, egg salad, veggie salad sandwich, tuna sandwiches. Wraps… But any will do


A Slug we came upon

Salads: As those above that you used as a spread, a pasta salad, potato salad, even a slaw. Fruit Salads a possibility also.

Fruit: Dried or fresh

So Green

Big Stump









If you have any recipes you would like to share, feel free to comment. My husband just ordered a tent. We are hoping to do some camping here in Germany before the warm season goes away.  I will be looking for some easy recipes to prepare ahead of time for a camping trip. I’m sure we will be cooking over the fire a bit, but having some food already prepared will make it all the better.