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The perfect Happy Woman's afternoon:

Repair Your own Transmission and make 3 1/2 dozen Maple Butter Cookies!

By Sharon Grehan-Howes


What you will need:


Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F) degrees.

Raise your car--do not attempt to do this yourself cars are very heavy. You will probably need a jack or two.

Clean any yucky stuff from the exterior of the transmission using a spray-on degreaser or some Fantastik.

Allow the transmission to cool off and drain the transmission fluid (the car should be turned off)

Remove the transmission, it is the big thing underneath the car.

So that you may reattach them correctly, mark all of the cables and linkages etc. We like post-its and smiley labels.

Try to separate the hardware so that you know which bolt goes where, but if you get mixed up just guess.

Nip back to the kitchen and Beat cream butter, sugar, maple extract, brown sugar, salt and egg yolk with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually beat in flour. Wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate for 1 hour.During this time, the flavors blend and develop, bringing out the butter flavor of the dough.