Spring Treats

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Buds are swelling on trees, the neighbor’s weeping willow tree is a cloud of soft green and redbud trees are popping, but the most positive sign that spring is here is that machinery is parked front to back and double in front of the tool shed.

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The planter at work

Ron is our mechanic and he will work as hard as the men who are planting crops as he greases, oils and fine tunes tractors and planting equipment getting it ready to plant corn.  When field work begins, some machinery seems to break down every day so he is also constantly repairing.  A farmer’s work is never done – and neither is his mechanic’s!

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Our indispensable mechanic, Ron

Jeremiah eating a cookie

Jeremiah enjoys one of Carol’s cookies between chores.

Ron’s wife, Carol, is not officially employed here but the guys all love her because she is a baker who sells her cookies at a local farm market.  She keeps our employees supplied with fresh baked leftovers that she is unable to sell on her marketing days.  Everybody wants to work the days that Carol brings in her unsold cookies.

She is a sweet-natured and hard working woman.  Besides selling her delicious cookies she also plants a garden of almost two acres and sells her excess produce at the market.

These cookies are my favorite of all the delicious things Carol brings in. (Check out Carol’s recipe below!)

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Carol’s German Chocolate Cookies

Carol’s German Chocolate Cookies

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Cookie Ingredients

1 cup butter
2 ¼ cups flour
2 cups white sugar
¾ cup cocoa
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ teaspoon salt

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add sugar, eggs and mix thoroughly.  Slowly add dry ingredients.  Bake at 350 degrees on a parchment lined baking sheet for 16 minutes.

Coconut Filling Ingredients

1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks
½ cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup coconut
1 cup chopped pecans

On stovetop cook evaporated milk, egg yolks, sugar and butter until thick.  Take off stove and add vanilla, coconut and pecans.  When cool assemble cookies by putting a spoon of filling between two cookies.

I could give up chocolate, but I’m not a quitter!

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