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Sep 192011

Cuttings from a flowering Camellia Japonica bush
I was cutting the bush back as it was intruding on the walkway and when I looked down at the pile I’d made on the concrete, this is what I saw.  I just had to take a picture.  The flowers are pretty, but the bush loves to spread all over the place.  I loathe cutting it while it’s blooming, but sometimes it has to be done or become a trip hazard.
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 Posted by at 6:50 pm
Sep 192011
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar
2 large egg yolks 2 Tablespoons five-spice powder
1 Tablespoon finely grated orange or lemon peel 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups all-purpose flour Decorative sugar
  1. Cream butter and sugar in medium bowl until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg yolks.
  2. Stir in five-spice powder, orange peel, and salt.  Stir in flour.  Continue stirring until the dough comes together and is evenly mixed.  Divide into three flattened balls and wrap in plastic wrap.  Chill for at least 3 hours.  Can be chilled overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350.  Butter two baking sheets.
  4. Roll out one ball of dough to 1/8 inch thickness between sheets of lightly floured wax paper.  Cut into shapes and place on cool, buttered cookie sheets.  Keep the remaining dough chilled until ready to cut.
  5. Sprinkle tops of cookies with decorative sugar.  Bake 8 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown.  Cool on wire rack.
 Posted by at 12:15 pm
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