It’s started snowing this morning, and we have that wonderful feeling of living inside a snow globe. Before the snow started, I was able to take a picture of a little chickadee, with the sun shining through his feathers.
If there is no import store near you, the molds can be purchased on line at shopswedish.com, which is the online store for the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. Also, if you google “pine cone cookie molds,” you will find a number of other sources, including www.fantes.com, which is a cooking equipment store in Philadelphia. The set include nine nonstick molds, and should cost about nine dollars (plus tax and shipping).
The recipe that comes with the molds works perfectly, except–don’t fill up the entire mold. Only use about a teaspoon or so of dough, and with floured fingertips line the mold with the dough almost up to the edge. After baking, they will pop out perfectly.
After baking the cookies, I drove over to the Durant Peterson House Museum, which is in Leroy Oakes Forest Preserve, in St Charles. It was built in 1843, and today they were having their candlelit open house. I always love their Christmas tree, adorned with dried orange slices, cinnamon cookies, and straw ornaments.
Here are a few full-length photos of this beautiful bird. Namaste. Fran