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John Wesley United Methodist Church to hold arts, craft show

Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.

Try your hand at making these goodies which will be offered in the Sweet Shoppe. Clockwise, from top, are  applesauce loaf, old-fashioned gingerbread, coconut snowdrops and chewy chocolate cookies.

Applesauce Loaf

• 1/3 cup butter

• 2/3 cup brown sugar

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 13/4

• 1 tsp. salt

• 1 tsp. baking powder

• 1/2 tsp. soda

• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

• 1/2 tsp. nutmeg

• 1 cup applesauce

• 1/2 cup walnuts

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, combine thoroughly. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Alternate adding dry ingredients and applesauce to the butter mixture. Stir in nuts. Pour into lightly greased loaf pan or into a muffin tin.

Bake loaf at 350 degrees for one hour; muffins at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Coconut Snowdrops

• 2 cups all-purpose flour

• 1 cup flaked coconut

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 cup butter, softened

• 3/4 cup milk

• 1 egg

• 1 Tbsp. vanilla

• Confectioners' sugar

In 3-quart mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Beat at low speed, scraping sides of bowl often until well mixed (one-two minutes) Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

• 11/2 cup unsifted all purpose flour

• 11/2 tsp baking soda

• 1/4 tsp. salt

• 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

• 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

• 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

• 1 egg

• 1 cup light molasses

• 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

• 1/2 cup hot water

Lightly grease and flour an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. In medium bowl, sift flour with baking soda, salt and spices. In large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg, molasses, butter and water until well combined. Gradually beat in flour mixture until smooth. Turn into prepared pan and bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Let gingerbread cool in pan 10 minutes.

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

• 11/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

• 2 cups sugar

• 2 eggs

• 2 tsp. vanilla

• 2 cup unsifted all purpose flour

• 3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa

• 1 tsp. baking soda

• 1/2 tsp salt

• 1 cup finely chopped nuts

Cream butter or margarine with sugar in large mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla and blend well. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Blend flour mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes, do not over bake. Cookies will be soft and they will puff during baking, then flatten upon cooling. Cool on cookie sheet until set, about one minute. Move to wire rack to cool completely.

John Wesley United Methodist Church is holding its annual Angels and More Craft Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and door prizes will be drawn every half hour.

A dine-in or carry-out chicken spaghetti dinner, including, salad, bread and a drink will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Returning this year will be funnel cakes made to order and served warm. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will also be available throughout the day.

A variety of vendors from Victoria and the surrounding area will display their one-of-a-kind craft items. Examples of some of the items for sale will be cloth gift bags, jewelry, candles, quilts, handmade wearables, baby items, wreaths, hand-carved wood items, angels and Christmas items, including yard displays.

John Wesley will sponsor several church booths, including a silent auction displaying a wide range of items.

The church also sponsors a booth featuring all handmade items ranging from aprons to wall hangings to kitchen scrubbers.

An entertainment booth will offer new and gently used books, CDs and DVDs. Church bakers will show off their creations at the Sweet Shoppe, so be sure not to miss this booth offering pies, cakes, cookies, candies, bread and all kinds of goodies.

A raffle featuring "God's Multicolored World" quilt made by the Tuesday Group ladies is the highlight of the show. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any church member or purchased Saturday at the craft show.

The church is located at 8300 N.E. Zac Lentz Parkway at Mallette Street. For more information or questions, call Janet Myrick at 361-572-0390.

Here are a few of the recipes for yummy goodies available at the Sweet Shoppe.

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