Happy Homemaker Monday 12/14

Spent the weekend baking, but I got it all done!!  I baked about 6 different cookies, and did a couple of them each day starting Friday, so it wasn’t too bad.  I am so proud that my Roshky/Kolaczki turned out really good this year.  Last year I had problems with them opening up when they baked.  I told my mom, maybe I needed to put my babushka on, but that wasn’t necessary.  My Polish just kicked in this year, and they turned out.

Saturday my daughter, and the two boys and I went to see the reindeer.  They basically were just lying around in their pen.  I thought we could actually take pictures WITH them, but we could only take pictures OF them, still so cute to see up close.  So those pics are at the bottom.  The weather was too warm, so the Ice Sculptors have been postponed.  Hope everyone is enjoying their preparations for the holidays and not stressing too much.  I actually enjoyed decorating the sugar cookies this year.  The Christmas carols were playing, and I took some time making them all fancy.  It was actually quite relaxing.  Last week for me and the boys with school before Christmas break…Woohoo!! (Yeah…the teacher is probably more excited, lol)

Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

😐 Warm-ish.


I finished The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans!!  It was really good!!  Just when I thought I had it figured out…yep…love stories like that!!  Five stars and two thumps up!!



1 (8-ounce) cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 (14-ounce) cans fillings of choice
   (apricot, prune, raspberry, etc.)*
Confectioners’ sugar

*I use Solo brand apricot and Prune Plum and a Nut filling as follows:

Nut Filling:
2 cups finely chopped walnuts
1 cup sugar
3 egg whites

Mix until well blended and moist.

1.  Mix cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add flour 1 cup at a time and mix well. Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate overnight.
2.  Heat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough 1/4-inch on a surface that has been dusted with equal parts confectioners’ and granulated sugars (not flour), because the granulated sugar will act as ball bearings and help keep the dough from sticking. Cut into 2-inch squares using a pastry cutter. Place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon filling on center of each square. Overlap opposite corners of dough to the center over filling.  (I put my apricot and Prune Plum filling in separate zip lock bags and cut the corner off, and use it like a piping bag to put the filling on the center of the square).

3.  Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or when corners start to brown. Cool and dust with confectioners’ sugar. These tend to become soggy if held for several days, so store them tightly covered (or freeze) without the confectioners’ sugar. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just prior to service.

I started watching episodes of Quantico, and I am hooked!!



The only thing really left for me will be wrapping the gifts.  Got my shopping done (all online) and finished the baking!!

Elf Yourself…too much fun!!  I saw another blogger (Hugh’s News and Views) post one of these, and when I showed the site to my kids, we just had a little too much fun with it!!



We got a smile out of one of them, but other than that…


they look a little bored, lol.







11 More sleeps until Christmas!!

5 thoughts on “Happy Homemaker Monday 12/14

  1. It’s so weird as my Gram always made something she called kolaczki (do you pronounce like: co – loch – kee?) and they were a pastry like a donut/danish that had an indent in the middle (not a hole all the way through) and that held apricot, prune or poppyseed filling. And then we’d frost the edges. I suppose just a different version of the same sort of thing. We often enjoyed them at breakfast time as a pastry and then had eggs and of course polish sausage too! 😉 Love seeing your recipe!

    I’m writing that book down and if I get any reading in before Christmas I’m looking to read that one.

    Love your elf video – hilarious!! You’ve got made music skills Lady. Hahaha! 🙂

    Love that cartoon too – perfect name for our weird winter. Love those bored reindeer too.
    Blessings to you for a wonderful week ahead! xoxo

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    • It’s funny how there are different names for the various baked goods. We have always called these Roshky, but I generally find them as Kolaczki. But when Googling, I have found what you talk about also being called Kolaczki (the way you are pronouncing it). You figure these are recipes that were passed down from generations, and were probably brought over from the old country…all I know is that they are delicious 😀

      Glad you liked the elf video…the kids had to teach me some new dance moves, LOL. Hope you are enjoying your week so far. xx


    • I wish we had some snow!! It’s a good recipe, and so worth the work that goes into them…they are filled with fruit so they are healthy right? Hope you have a great weekend, since the week is just about over 🙂


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