Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Staff Holiday Recipes - Heart Attacks

Sometimes around the holidays you need to give in and just treat yourself to whatever your heart (and taste buds) desire. Today Diane is sharing a devilishly delectable dish that is sure to satisfy any seasonal craving.

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Heart Attacks


INGREDIENTS

1. Little Smokies (little hot dogs)
2. Bacon
3. Butter
4. Brown sugar
5. Garlic salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Start with the number of smokies that you want and wrap each one in bacon. 
2. Put them in a dish and apply butter. 
3. Next sprinkle brown sugar and garlic salt on to season them to your liking. 
4. Bake in the oven until bacon is cooked and the inside of the smokie is hot. 
5. Enjoy! 

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For more seasonal recipes check out one of our holiday cookbooks. The library has a great selection of holiday recipe books that can be found in the nonfiction section both on the main floor and children’s floor. We have a large variety of seasonal reading so also be sure to browse our holiday displays. Happy holidays!

 Recipe: Diane Wolfe, Administrative Assistant
 Posted by: Terry Pierson, Library Clerk

Friday, November 21, 2014

Staff Holiday Recipes - Pecan Praline Cookies

Today's recipe is a traditional family treat from Megan Harris.

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Pecan Praline Cookies



This is a recipe that I can remember making with my great grandma as a kid. They're so simple, but so good. It's a nice way to remember someone I love and miss at the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 20 graham cracker squares
Directions 
  1. Line ungreased cookie sheet with graham cracker squares.
  2. In saucepan, melt margarine and brown sugar.
  3. Bring to rolling boil and boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in chopped pecans.
  5. Pour over graham crackers and spread evenly.
  6. Bake in 350° oven for 10 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool, and break squares into halves.
  8. Enjoy!
Recipe: Megan Harris, Library Clerk
Posted by: Terry Pierson, Library Clerk

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book Review: The 13th Gift



The 13th Gift: A True Story of Christmas by Joanne Huist Smith

Many of us are familiar with the Christmas carol “The 12 Days of Christmas.” In this moving true story, Joanne Huist Smith tells how her family received a mysterious gift 13 days before Christmas with a note reading, “On the first day of Christmas your true friends give to you, one Poinsettia for all of you.”  The gift is not exactly welcome as the family is struggling with loss and grief, yet as the gifts continue the Smith family is slowly lifted from despair to hope.

It is a quick read full of emotion and real life. It is a poignant reminder that in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle there are many grieving the loss of a loved one. For these the joy of Christmas past can open a whole new depth of grief and loss. In spite of this sad backdrop, this is a story of the 13th gift. It is a story of joy and hope and paying it forward.

In concluding the book Smith writes, “… one of the greatest gifts we all possess is the ability to give. Wealth isn’t a prerequisite; compassion and a kind heart are all you need. What better way to honor our loved ones, past and present, than to reach out and change a life for the better? And, the holidays are a perfect time to look outside of ourselves and be a true friend.” One of the many lessons of this book is expressed by Megan, the youngest in the family, who was moved to say that every day can be Christmas.

If the spirit of Christmas is giving, then this book captures that spirit and more importantly inspires the reader to look for and respond to opportunities to give. This book would make a great stocking stuffer and is well worth checking out from your library.

To request the book, click here.

To request the audiobook, click here.

Submitted by: Jim Ritter, Library Clerk

Friday, November 07, 2014

Staff Holiday Recipes - Thumbprint Cookies


Happy Holidays! One of the best parts of this magical time of the year is the festive food we enjoy at family gatherings and on cold winter nights throughout the season. Through the holidays will be sharing some of our staff’s favorite recipes and we encourage you to try them yourself! Of course a lot of the time these kinds of dishes are tied to a tradition or memory so the staff may also reflect on what their choice means to them or why it is their favorite. Have fun trying out the staff’s favorite recipes and for more seasonal meals and treats check out one of the library’s many holiday cookbooks!
Our first recipe is from Kyla Waltermire. Kyla's recipe is for a delicious seasonal staple, Thumbprint Cookies.
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Thumbprint Cookies


Ingredients
1 1/2 cups butter or margarine (room temperature)

1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/8 to 1/4 cup water (as needed)

Your favorite jam/preserves (I prefer apricot and raspberry)

 Directions
Preheat the over to 350 degrees. Cream together the butter/margarine, sugar, and vanilla extract. It helps to have the butter at room temperature and add it in gradually. Add in the flour, salt, and water, adding water a little at a time until the mixture just barely sticks together. Roll the dough into small balls approximately the size of a walnut. Place the balls on a cookie sheet and press the tip of your thumb into them to form indents. Add the jam to the indents. Bake at 350 degrees for about 6-10 minutes. Allow to cool before eating (it doesn't take long--almost instant gratification). Makes about 4-6 dozen, depending on the size of the cookies. Bonus: these freeze and rethaw very well!

Recipe: Kyla Waltermire, Adult Services Librarian
Posted by Terry Pierson, Library Clerk