Monday, December 11, 2017

Date Logs

 The beginning of last week was in the 80's when I set up my outdoor tea party, but a few days later, the temperatures dropped to the 20's!  Brrrrr!!!  However, today is going to be in the 70's...crazy weather we have here in Texas!


I always look forward to using this Royal Albert December teacup that a dear friend gave to me from her late Mother's collection.  It looks pretty on my Big Star quilt topper that I made years ago.

 

 A very thoughtful, and sweet blogging friend surprised me with this Advent Tea Calendar!!!  I have never had one, and I am so delighted to open a window each day for a new tea to try.  She also sent me the stacked teacup Christmas towel.  Isn't it pretty?  I have an area between my kitchen and dining room, which is a Butler's pantry, that I use for my electric tea kettle and tea supplies.  I'm displaying the Advent Tea Calendar there.  Today's flavored tea, for December 11th, is Afternoon Tea.  Thank you so much, Mary!


Yield: 36-48, depending on how they're cut

Date Logs

This recipe comes from one of the first cookbooks that I purchased when I started teaching Home Economics, which is the Farm Journal Christmas Cookbook. I still refer to that cookbook all these years later! This recipe doesn't have any butter or oil in it, so don't let that fool you, as the date logs are incredibly moist.

ingredients:

3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup pitted dates, chopped  (don't buy the already chopped, sugared dates, just buy the pitted dates)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 eggs, well beaten
Powdered sugar for rolling the logs

instructions:

  • Sift together the dry ingredients.
  • Stir in the dates, nuts and eggs that have been beaten.
  • Pour into a greased 9" square  pan.
  • Bake in a 325 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Cool and cut into 36-48 logs.  (I prefer 36)
  • Roll the logs a bit and then roll or shake in powdered  sugar.
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Cissy and I made Peppermint Bark by finding a recipe on the internet.  It was a fun project to do after school.

 Thank you for your visit!  xo


I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

34 comments:

  1. What a sweet gift! Cissy is a natural! She makes me smile. I have the ingredients...I could try these!

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  2. Kitty, I love anything with dates! My mom made date balls, and they were my second favorite. (Loved her rum balls...lol) Cissy could have her own cooking show someday :-)

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  3. These sound delicious, Kitty. How nice that they don't have oil or butter! Goodness knows we get enough of those ingredients otherwise. I'd love to try these. At the risk of sounding silly I have to ask, do you use the dates that have sugar on them?

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  4. How lovely, an Advent Calendar with an assortment of teas. I too think your Cissy is a natural!

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  5. Dates are still on my 'new foods to me' list Kitty, these cookies sound like a winner:@)

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  6. Kitty, your Christmas tea party is just delightful. The recipe for date logs looks like something my family will enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I'm so glad you're enjoying your tea advent calendar Kitty and your mom's pretty Royal Albert December teacup is perfect for enjoying a cup! You date logs sound delicious! I always enjoying seeing what that cute Cissy is up to in the kitchen. It's in the 20's here too this week, stay warm. ♥

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  8. Oh that tea cup is just gorgeous! What a perfect cup for Christmas. I haven't heard of date logs. My aunt used to make date bars and they were one of the favorites and shipped so well!
    Can't believe the drop in temperature! Have a wonderful December!

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  9. I love dates and anything baked with them! These look wonderful -- yes, 20's, THAT's cold! My mom has a date nut pudding recipe I often make at Christmas too. Hope it's warming up for you a little -- not HERE haha! Brrrrrr!

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  10. Cissy is a sweetheart! We love dates here and this sounds like a great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Your Christmas tea cup is beautiful!

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  11. Hello Kitty, oh I love the cute Santa, the teacup and the the advent calander and to be gifted by your friend. Those date logs look so good and pretty easy to make. I know you and Cissy have a lot of fun in the kitchen together. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J. Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

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  12. Everything here is perfect: the gorgeous teacup,your cute Santa and the delicious date logs!Your gift is very pretty and Cissy is adorable as ever!Xoxo!

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  13. I will be sharing my December teacup shortly too, Kitty. I love that pattern for Christmastime. That tea calendar is adorable and what a wonderful friend to send it to you. I absolutely love anything with dates in them! Your date logs sound delightful and it's nice to still see your little Cissy baking with you in the kitchen again. I still use many recipes from my Home Ec days. It was there that I learned to cook because my mom didn't teach me. Also my Auntie always told me I inherited my Granny's genes for baking which is one of the most wonderful compliments I could ever receive. I adored my Granny and she was a fabulous cook! Your little Cissy seems to have inherited her grandmother's genes as well. You and she will always share a special bond because of that. Have a lovely week, dear Kitty. Hugs...Sandi

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  14. I heard that some parts of Texas got snow last week?!?

    I'm loving the RA December teacup and your Tea Advent calendar. It looks like it can be reused again? The stacked teacup towel is also super cute--just like your granddaughter!

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  15. How great are blogging friends, Kitty?! So great, and I am so grateful for so many. Perfect gifts for you & Cissy. Peppermint bark is a holiday staple in our house, and Cissy sure looks like the boss holding that plate. AS crazy as the weather is all around the country, I'm just happy that the days start getting longer in 10 days!

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  16. Look how CUTE that Cissy is!!! Darling!!! What a wonderful blogging friend to send you the advent calendar and gift. My grandmother loved dates and I have not made anything with dates in years. These sound delicious. xo Diana

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  17. This is such a darling tea table with the Santa chef! The date logs look yummy, especially with tea. Cissy is going to be a great baker when she grows up, thank to her grand mom. She is always a cutie and how nice the two of you enjoy being in the kitchen together..........

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  18. Look at that darling advent calender!
    I love it and such a great idea.
    Your dear friend certainly blessed your heart and knows you well.

    Now for those date logs...I must make these as anything with dates will get me every time. :-)

    What a delight it must be for you and your dear granddaughter to play in the kitchen together. Love shared for sure.

    Bless you, dear Kitty~

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  19. What a neat idea to have a tea Advent calendar!! Your quilt topper is so pretty! I just recently started realizing how good dates are and what a good source of sweetener they can be. I have been buying the Lara bars to eat as a healthy snack, and the only source of sweetness in many of them are dates. Thank you for sharing this, and may God bless you and your family this Christmas! Praying for you, sweet friend. :)

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  20. Hi Kitty, I love your beautiful December teacup and the quilt you made is gorgeous. What a wonderful gift to receive in the advent calendar. It is beautiful and I’m sure it looks right at home in your tea area. This recipe sounds so good. I love treats with dates. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Cissy looks so cute displaying her candy. It sounds good too. Many blessings to you and your precious family this Christmas and beyond! love to you xo

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  21. Hi Kitty, Cissy is a cutie. Love peppermint bark. Your tea cup is very pretty. I also love dates.

    Cindy

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  22. Very different weather here...cold, dank, foggy and bad air...not able to go outside and enjoy it! It looks so crisp and clean there! The setting is perfect! I love the Decenber teacup and have the book as well...a joy! The recipe looks delicious, and obviously the elves approve! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  23. Dear Kitty: I love the looks of these dates. When I was a little girl I only had them a few times and I remember dreaming "when I grow up I will buy dates"! What a sweet post and looks plenty warm at your tea time! Thanks so much for faithfully sharing and linking.

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  24. Well, I did not know that you are a former Home Ec. teacher...but it all makes perfect sense! The teacup Advent calendar is so sweet and so is that lovely towel. I used to make date-nut loaves in coffee cans every year at Christmas...MANY years ago and I bet those date logs of yours are so good! Did you get much snow where you are in Texas?

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  25. Looking and sound wonderful. Loving that Santa.

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  26. Love your teacup and I love date logs. They are so delicious at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing.
    Joyously,
    Betty

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  27. hi Kitty, first of all I laughed out loud when I saw your cute Santa chef!! So adorable! And the tea advent calendar is just the cutest, and so perfect for you! The date logs sound good, but ask Cissy to save me some of her peppermint bark!

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  28. Kitty, love your Big Star quilt topper! And I so appreciate how you specified what kind of dates to use in the recipe - the chopped dates you buy have an entirely different texture than dates you chop yourself.

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  29. I first noticed how full a beard your Santa has! So cute! And your tablescape is so festive. LOVE the advent tea calendar. What a great idea! And your teacup is perfect for the holidays. I've not heard of date logs before but yours look tasty! Thank you for sharing them with us. xx

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  30. I have a friend who would love those cookies. I love the Advent calendar, perfect for you. And the Dec. Tea cup.

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  31. Oh! I love dates! My mom makes the most delicious date bread. My gram used to always make these delicious date squares--they were like some sort of date filling between two layers of pie crust but we cannot find the recipe...these sound delicious! I am definitely going to try these! Cissy looks adorable! Love her bow! xx

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  32. Love your Christmas tea table, Kitty - you always have the cutest things! Your tea-cup is wonderful with your adorable Santa chef and teddy bear. I think I need that cookbook, too - one I don't have yet. The Advent tea calendar is such a nice gift and such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing the recipe - I just bought some dates, too. Cissy looks so cute - my gosh she is growing up right before our eyes. Sending hugs xo Karen

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  33. The Advent Tea Calendar is such a nifty idea and I love that tea towel with the stacked cups. I have many of the Farm Journal cookbooks -- they were some of the first ones that I owned, other than Betty Crocker -- and I love them.

    And Cissy -- your little chef is adorable, as always!

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  34. Hi Kitty,
    I know what you mean about the drop in temperature we were sure looking for the fire to get warm. Your teacup is just beautiful and so special along with your Date Logs. My Mother use to make a Christmas Date Dessert very much like your logs which look delicious. Hope you have a fantastic week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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