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 Ranch Homes/ Rambler A Ranch Style home is an American original. Originating in the 1920’s with the post war boom of the middle class, this architectural style home fused modernist ideas with the American Western period of wide open spaces to create a casual lifestyle. One story living with a long low pitch roof and deep overhanging eaves. The roof line was primarily cross gabled, single gable or hip. The home itself was either rectangular, L or U Shaped. Many had an attached garage, others none at all. The floor plan was simple with the living area separate from the bedrooms. Often times a sliding glass door leads to a patio and feature large glass windows. The exterior materials used where typically locally sourced and mixed such as stucco, brick, wood or stone. By the 1950’s, nine in every 10 homes built were a Ranch or Rambler style. By the late 20th Century the Ranch style home began to wane and Neo-Eclectic homes became the rage with their combination of the Cape Cod, Mission, T

The Only Christmas Cookie Recipe You Will Ever Need

Last Christmas, we visited my family's farm in Rogersville, Tennessee and stayed at the Hale Springs Inn. What a beautiful place filled with so much history! I'm not going to veer too far off course here though, we are talking about cookies! Well, My Aunt Sallie had made these cookies for our celebration and I fell in love. They are simple to make and though take like a regular butter cookie when you first bite into it, after you let it simmer and melt into your mouth, you want more. I would suggest these to anyone who is trying to watch their weight because you can't just eat one. 



What You Will Need:

A Cookie Press
Sheet Pans

Ingredients:
1 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp. Vanilla
3 Cups Self Rising Flour
Pinch of Salt

Preheat Your Oven to 350 Degrees.

Mix First Four Ingredients
Add flour, one cup at a time. You will need to mix by hand the last cup. 
Roll onto a cylinder and dive into three sections.
Press into Cookie Press. 
You should be able to get at least nine cookies on a small cookie sheet. They don't rise that much.

Bake about 8 minutes. 10-12 minutes the edges with brown.
You will want to let them cool but they are amazing fresh out of the oven.

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