Saint James Anglican Church

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Mothers' Union - Recipes Shared

The St. James Mothers' Union Recipe Book Copyright © 2003

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Tips and Tricks

Sugar Softener

Cool Cashews

Buttermilk Substitute

Spicy Scents

Packing Cookies for Mailing

Vanilla Sugar

Stress-Free Day

Lasting Bequests


SUGAR SOFTENER:  To restore moisture to hardened brown sugar, place the sugar in an airtight container together with a large apple slice or a piece of bread.  Or warm sugar in the oven for a few minutes until a soft texture returns, then keep it fresh and moist by storing in a tightly closed bag in the refrigerator.


COOL CASHEWS:  Store nuts in the refrigerator in airtight containers to keep them fresh for holiday eating and baking.


BUTTERMILK SUBSTITUTE:  Use 2 or 3 teaspoons of vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to equal ¾ to 1 cup of buttermilk.


SPICY SCENTS:  Let the fragrance of Christmas drift through the house.  Put 3 cups of water in a pot, add a tablespoon of whole cloves plus two or three sticks of cinnamon, a few citrus peels, and a teaspoon each of ground nutmeg and ground ginger.  Bring mixture to a boil, then let it simmer on stove on low.


PACKING COOKIES FOR MAILING:  Package cookies in heavy boxes lined with plastic or foil.  Make generous cushions of filler, such as plastic bubble wrap, foam packing pieces, and crumpled tissue paper.  Wrap cookies in plastic singly or in pairs – back to back.  Start with the sturdiest cookies in the bottom, then add a layer of filler.  Continue layering cookies and filler, and end with more filler to prevent the cookies from shifting.  Insert a card with the recipient’s address.  Tape the box shut with strapping tape and mark it “perishable”.


VANILLA SUGAR:  Fill a quart jar with 4 cups sugar.  Cut a “vanilla bean” in half lengthwise and insert both halves into sugar.  Secure lid and store in a cool, dry place for several weeks before using.  Will keep indefinitely.


Stress-Free Day

TOOTH PICK: to remind you to pick out the good qualities in other people.

RUBBER BAND: to remind you to be flexible; things may not always go the way we want, but they always work out.

BAND-AID: to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s.

PENCIL: to remind you to list your “blessings”.

AN ERASER: to remind you that “everyone” makes mistakes and it’s “OK”.

GLUE: to remind you to stick with it; if you do, you can accomplish anything.

A MINT: to remind you you’re worth a mint.

A CANDY KISS: to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug every day, especially children.

A TEA BAG: to remind you to take time for “yourself”; you’ve earned it.


Lasting Bequest

There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other wings.