Thursday, December 27, 2012


Schliefferlies are a delicious, deep-fried Swiss pastry. My Great-Grandma Buhrley brought this recipe with her when she emigrated from Switzerland to the United States. My Grandma White would make them every year at Christmastime and when my parents got married, they continued the tradition. When Sam and I were engaged, I told him about the recipe and we decided to make them to surprise my grandpa. We've made them every year since and it's been fun to carry on the tradition.
We decided to make them after Christmas this year since my parents would be hear and they are my dad's favorite.
2 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
1 stick butter, softened
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 t. vanilla extract
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
4-5 cups flour (that's what my grandma's recipe says but I usually add quite a bit more)
powdered sugar
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar until lemon colored. Add butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, baking powder and salt.
In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form and add to the other mixture.
Add flour until you have a soft, not-sticky dough. (It may seem like you are adding an obscene amount of flour, but trust me, you don't want your dough to be too sticky.)
Cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge for several hours. DON'T SKIP THIS STEP!
Take a ball of dough, about the size of a softball out of your bowl and return the remaining dough to the fridge. It's much easier to handle if it's cold. Roll dough to 1/8" thickness. Feel free to flour the heck out of it. If the dough is too sticky it may make you angry and traditions should be happy, not angry.

Cut into 2"x4" strips. I've found the pizza cutter to be quite helpful for this.

Cut 1" slits in the center of each rectangle.

Take one end of the dough and pull it through the center, like so:

It should look like this.

Heat the Crisco in a deep pan. 355-360 degrees F is ideal, though it may fluctuate five degrees or so.

Add a few Schliefferlies to your pan. Turn over when the bottom side is lightly browned. It only takes about a minute. (I recommend having a fryer and a roller, if you can find a partner in crime.)

When both sides are browned, remove them to a paper towel-lined strainer.

Spread the pastries out on the table. We usually put down a brown paper grocery bag to absorb more grease and prevent mess. Sift powdered sugar over the top.

Repeat with remaining dough.

One recipe makes quite a bit, so plan to share some with your friends or neighbors, or don't. I won't judge.

We like them for breakfast or dessert or a midnight snack.

Store in an air-tight container. You can reheat them in the microwave for a few seconds. They taste the best when they are warm.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Morning

On Christmas morning, Abby came in to greet me while I was in the bathroom. I said, "Merry Christmas!" Her face lit up with excitement and she said, "You made me so happy!" She hadn't remembered that it was Christmas. Then I sent her out to check out the goods and she was jumping for joy saying something that neither Sam or I could figure out.
I got them to pause to take a quick picture before getting started. We got this real, little tree at the grocery store. It was just right for our little apartment. Unfortunately, it was starting to look pretty shabby by Christmas morning.
Clara was a little under the weather but after a shot of Tylenol and some unwrapping, she was good to go.

Abby got tape! Four rolls all for her.

Clara loved unwrapping. Sometimes she would take the paper off and set the box aside without looking at what was inside. It took her a while to catch on that it was more than just paper on boxes.

This was probably Clara's favorite gift--a cash register. (Proof that I was there.)

Abby got dentist Barbie which we all love. Now her Barbie can be just like daddy.

The girls had a blast playing all day with their new stuff. They didn't ask to watch shows and we could hardly get them to eat. We had a few Skype chats with family and had a delicious Christmas dinner. It was nice having out first Christmas with just our little family.
Grammy and Grampy are coming to celebrate the New Year with us so stay tuned for some more holiday excitement.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day was never one of my favorite Christmas songs until I learned this beautiful story behind it. The song truly has a powerful message:

1. I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

2. I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th’unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

3. And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

4. Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

5. Till, ringing, singing, on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime,
Of peace on earth, good will to men!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Gingerbread Houses

Or, more properly named, graham cracker houses. We had fun making these little houses. We always made them growing up and Sam and I made them with some nieces and nephews when we lived in Utah but we haven't done it for a couple of years.
Sam and Clara were partners. Clara put a few candies on the house and a lot of candies in her mouth.

Abby and I were partners. She loved making hers but was a little upset to find that she wasn't allowed to eat the whole thing immediately.

Oh, Clara. What would we do without you?

Our finished house.

I'm wishing my basic photo editing program had "bruise removal." Abby gave the coffee table a head-butt last weekend.

Daddy and Clara's House.

We've been trying to do lots of fun crafts and activities to bring the Christmas spirit into our home. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, holidays are way more fun with kiddos in the house!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Color Me Mine

For my friend Anika's birthday, she invited a group of girls to Color Me Mine. She brought sandwiches and an adorable zebra-print cake and we we all ate and talked and painted pottery. It was so much fun. I've always want to go and now I want to go back on a date with Sam.

I decided to make a celebration plate that our family can use on birthdays and other special occasions. I just got it back and I think it turned out pretty cute. I might just deem myself special tonight so I can use it!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Meeting Santa

You may not know this, but we go to church with Santa. Seriously though, isn't this guy legit? He is so jolly and sweet with the kids. All of the children were very excited to visit with him at our Christmas party. All of the children except Abby. As soon as she heard that Santa would be there, she told me she didn't want to sit on his lap. She proceeded to tell me several more times throughout the morning. She wasn't even swayed by the offering of candy. I could really care less if she sits on Santa's lap. However, we did contemplate forcing it on her to enter a local radio contest's bad Santa Photo Contest.
Clara, on the other hand, was all about it. She will do anything for some candy. I don't think she has any idea what she's doing on this man's lap, but she sure was excited about her candy cane.

Our girls have very different personalities and it's fun to see how the react to different situations.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Cookie Exchange

For Girl's Night this month, we had a cookie exchange. Everyone brought three dozen cookies and we all got to take home an assortment of treats. I made Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge. To see my recipe and some of the other recipes check out our Philly Food Blog.
I'm sure going to miss these Girl's Nights and all of these amazing ladies when we leave.
And, that's me, doing my tradition pose. I've decided that if I make a silly face on purpose it will stop me from looking silly on accident.

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