The Penny Chronicles

My name is Penny.

My spot at the top of the hill

My pack lives in a place with a hill.  Usually I stay at the bottom of the hill.  That is where my bed is, and that is where most of the food is.  I like to stay as close to the food as possible.  If some of it falls on the floor, I want to be ready.

Some mornings, though, everyone else rushes around.  They rush around, and then they leave.  Why?  Where do they go?  Why don’t they stay with me?  On those days, I sit at the top of the hill.  It puts me in the center of all of the activity.  I know it bugs the old boring guy, too.  Ha, ha!  Stick it, old boring guy!  And, if Young Master goes downstairs, I can try to get into his cave.  If that works, I will quickly look for food.  Usually there is food in there, and if there is I will gobble it down.  Why not?  I am hungry!

If I can’t get into Young Master’s cave, I will sit on the hill and look outside.  Sometimes I will bark. It makes everybody in the pack pay attention.

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Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (2010) (Cont.)

In response to my 2010 call for Christmas cookie recipes, faithful reader Mike N. sent me the Columbus Dispatch 2010 Holiday Cookies recipe guide.  A number of the recipes look interesting.  I tried the recipe below because it looked tasty, traditional, simple, and fun to make — how often do you get to roll cookie dough into ropes, anyway? — and it was.

Swedish Logs

Ingredients:  1/2 pound butter (not margarine); 1/2 cup sugar; 2 egg yolks; 2 1/2 cups flour; 1/4 cup cinnamon; 1/2 cup sugar.

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Combine butter and 1/2 cup sugar by hand.  Stir in egg yolks.  Add flour and mix thoroughly.

Mix cinnamon and remaining 1/2 cup sugar on plate.  Roll cookie dough into ropes.  Cut each rope into 1 1/2-inch pieces.  Roll pieces in cinnamon-sugar mix, being sure to coat ends.

Arrange cookies on baking sheets, and bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until firm to touch.

Calling For Christmas Cookie Recipes (2010) (Cont.)

2009 Christmas Cookie Recipes