Winding Down

Want to see what happens when Susan’s grandbaby (well yes, she IS too young to have a grandbaby, thanks for noticing) comes to visit Loopy Central? I think we’re training a new Loopy Elf, don’t you? I’m bummed that I missed her there yesterday, but Susan sent me photos of the occasion!

Isn’t she a cutie pie? And she has good taste, because you know by her smile that she likes visiting Loopy just as much as we like having here there.

Our time in the mountains is winding down, but it has been great! Lots of knitting done, movies seen, places visited, and time spent with my favorite people. I’ve had fun making some new recipes, too, which I’ll be sharing over time. Today’s was adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe and it’s delicious.

chocolate-sugar-cookiesChocolate Sugar Cookies

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup shortening, melted & cooled
2 eggs
3 tsp. vanilla extract

Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in bowl.

In mixing bowl, mix butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in melted shortening, and then eggs and vanilla. Mix until creamy. Add flour mixture slowly and mix until just combined.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 13-14 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes and finish cooling on wire racks.

Sheri HappyFourthofJulyweekendtoallofourLoopyStatesiders!


  1. Happy 4th to you too. Enjoy your remaining vacation days and travel safely home. Yes, she is way too cute but a perfect Elf in training.

  2. Can’t wait to try those cookies and to see what other recipes you have to share. The next generation of Loopy Elves is adorable! Have a safe trip home.

  3. Tooooo cute!

    And…well, I wasn’t planning on baking anything today. But, I do happen to have all of those ingredients in the house.

  4. Happy 4th to you too Sheri!! She is just adorable. Safe travels….. I’ll be sticking close to home and knitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I knew someone would notice the Wollmeise….. had to sneak that out of Sheri’s stash for the photo ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. What a cute little grandbaby. Susan does she love hamming it up for the camera? I know mine do. She is adorable. Sheri, I hope the rest of your vacation is fun too, and safe travels home. Hugs Happy 4th to everyone.

  7. I immediately thought “No fair! That baby gets to roll around in Wollmeise!” and then realized that I can do that too, so I’m going to get my yarn out and play in it!

  8. You are bad for my wallet AND my waistline. I am not complaining, mind, just saying, is all. Thanks for being so entertaining!

  9. Happy 4th of July and hope you have a safe trip home.

    I’m trying not to look too closely at that adorable baby!

  10. Oh my gosh. I want those cookies RIGHT NOW. I’ll have to wait till tomorrow night to make them. crapcrapcrap! Thanks for sharing that recipe.

    And that baby? Holy Cuteness, Batman! She’s adorable!

  11. OH HOW CUTE! I just love the one where “Miss future Loopy Elf” is riding the Loopy Ewe – reminds me of the Kewpie Pie dolls! Absolutely priceless. Well I just finished making a no fat pineapple cake (before heading to work). We’re only open till 3 so I may get some knitting in – maybe – watching a MJAA concert tonight on the net (starts at 7) – live feed. And before that grilling for family. The chocolate sugar cookies are right up my (and my daughter’s) alley. Will have to try those soon! I may make one change and use the Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder (I am SO hooked on dark chocolate!) A happy, blessed,and wonderful Independence Day to all!!

  12. Those cookies look delicious. But I have to ask… what is “shortening”? I never heard of it before. And before I can translate it I need to knรณw what it is ๐Ÿ˜€

    Cute baby as well ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. I’ll buy that beautiful colored basket and I’ll pay double if you throw in the baby. She’s adorable. Truly a priceless treasure for all. Be sure to enjoy every minute because they grow soooooooo fast you won’t believe it. I just Love little girls. I had all boys and always thought I missed something until I had 2 grandaughters and 3 grandsons. Boys are easier, but girls are so so cute. I really missed out on the dolls and ribbons and dresses and all that stuff, but I do have loopy!!!!!

  14. Just caught up on the blog-the cookies will be made by WH this weekend. Love your flower photos, too. BUT, I really loved hearing that you’re watching Numbe3s. It is my favorite show, and that house is my favorite also. I think is it because the Arts and Crafts era remind me of my childhood at my gma’s house. Sorry your trip is drawing to a close. Love the new “elf-in-training”!

  15. Rose-Marie – shortening is a general term for a product like Crisco – you can find it in the baking aisle usually. It’s a solid (that’s what they call it – more like the consistency of soft margarine) vegetable oil product. Sometimes cookies call for butter and sometimes – shortening – they give different end results – ex: soft baked cookie vs. crispy harder cookie. Some people use it to fry things in or to grease a cake pan before you flour it (before the spray oil products like Pam. If you don’t live in an area that sells Crisco shortening – try Googling it and see what you can use – store brands work just fine!

  16. Aww! (My baby son also likes yarn, so much that I have to keep it up out of his way or else spend all my knitting time untangling!)

  17. I love to bake cookies ’cause I love homemade cookies. Now if I could just stop knitting/weaving/spinning long enough to bake them. Hope you had a happy 4th and have a safe trip home.

  18. Oh my gosh, what a darling baby. And the cookies. Now there are two recipes I must make!! And they’re both No-No’s for me! We came home from CO tonight and oh my gosh – the wind farm thingies are even strange at NIGHT! I didn’t know they all had red lights on top that blink in unison in the dark!

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