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Biscuits Are Easy!

I know that might be obvious, but biscuits are easy. So much so that most people have a basic version memorized. So here’s a easy-peasey version that after a few uses you’ll have it memorized too. 2 c flour (all-purpose) 4 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ⅓ c shortening ⅔ c milk Preheat oven to 450° Mix flour thru shortening on low for 1 minute. Slowly mix in milk until just clingy. do not over beat Pull out dough & on a lightly floured surface, knead for about 20 seconds. Roll out to ½” thick. Cut out & bake on a cookie sheet. Bake 12 – 15 minutes. Serve immediately. I would suggest checking your baking powder expiration date because otherwise they’ll fall flat!

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Blogger I like

She is a kind woman who definitely says what we women need. How do you become a more Godly woman by reading the Bible & Godly counsel. She is one of those!

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Favorite Food Tracker

Favorite Food Tracker

I know, a food tracker on tasty tuesday?! But I seriously use this tracker, and it is online! It is free and it really can help keep you on track. You can enter your inches, your weight, your favorite recipes (it breaks down the calories for you per serving!) and every eaten and drank thing daily. It gives you a number of calories to shoot for, and adds some back if you are active. For you who need to drink more water, it can help you total that as well. I really like the app, it does not pick on your for your choices, but it does make food journaling that much easier and appealing. Give it a shot, it might just help you loss, gain, or keep your weight!

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Concert Love

Concert Love

I get to see my favorite band this weekend. So excited. While this isn’t my favorite venue this is my favorite living band. It’s a loud venue with poor ventilation in a not so well lit area of town. Now, it could have changed since I last ventured down there, & that is my great prayer because I AM going. Again, they’re my favorite band!

 

Rock on friends!

Where have you gone just because you love someone/something & you don’t like the place itself?

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I’d like to Interrupt this Normal Thursday…

…to bring you a breaking story. Ha, well, maybe that’s not true. But I will break to talk a little about city involvement. I went to a city planning meeting (the kind for the actual citizens) & it was worth making the contacts & being heard. If I run across my YouTube pro-city video I might just post it one Thursday. 

But hey – end of soapbox, I’m going back to my tv show & popcorn. It’s been a looooong Thursday.

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Peanut Butter Time!

So, I love peanut butter. It’s great with apples, graham crackers, in peanut butter jelly bars, and of course in cookies. 

 

I’m making some cookies tonight from one of my favorite bloggers: Sweet Pea Kitchen. She’s just a might pregnant (congrats!) and she’s very excited about chocolate and peanut butter lately. She’s posted Reese Peanut Butter Cookies and I thought that sounded great! My coworkers aren’t pregnant, but they have gaping sweet teeth. 

 

So here it is; this will be brought to work tomorrow. 

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup light brown sugar

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips

  • 2 cups chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups

 

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugars and peanut butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and beat at low speed, scraping the side of the bowl occasionally, until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Roll a heaping tablespoon of dough into a 1½-inch ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten balls slightly into 3/4-inch disks. Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing the balls about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake 8 minutes, then remove cookies from oven and lightly press cut up pieces of the Reese’s peanut butter cups over the top of each cookie. Return to oven until Reese’s peanut butter cups are slightly melted and cookie edges are slightly golden brown, about 2 more minutes. Cool cookies for 2 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.


Yields: 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes

Recipe From Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2012/08/06/reeses-peanut-butter-cookies/

 

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Family Feeding Frenzy

A late night post, I know, I know. Been a bit busy & not slowing down! I have a big reunion this weekend & I’m getting ready. Food, like at most of my family gatherings is center front.  🙂

We eat… A lot. Some healthy, some not, but all delicious. So I just have a question of what do you feed your family when it’s hangout time? I’m looking for a new favorite to try out.

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Week full of Sorrow

We have all heard of Colorado. What pain & misery has been bled through unexplainable horror. Oh our God is weeping. Weeping. He does not love us to be in such pain but this is an evil world. What humans have done through sin is unbelievably disappointing. We have failed from Gen 3 on. But the God of the universe feels & empathizes with our pain. One of theshortest verses has so much meaning.

     John 11:35 – Jesus wept. 

This verse takes place after Lazarus’ death, which we all know doesn’t last. Read chapter 11 again & study everyone’s take on the “lateness” of Christ & then study his reaction. He WEPT. He knew he was to raise Lazarus again, but he felt their pain & he grieved for HIS friend. He knows pain and he knows suffering & yes the cross is big on that but this is him losing a friend & knowing how much of a hole that leaves behind. What power these two words really have.

There are many links but this one hit home, & the tears flowed. I hope I know that a man other than my father (who’s awesome) would take link info of authority in a time of need. May God be with those who lived & must keep living.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/aurora-shooting-died-bullets-sweeties-article-1.1119395

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Cherry Slab Pie failure

I used a recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers. This “pie” tastes great but the dough she recommended (no refrigeration) performed poorly. I will not try to make another dessert with that dough again! Here’s the link to her filling recipe, but I suggest you use your own favorite pie dough! You will need to make enough to cover the bottom of a 15×10 rimmed cookie sheet & to top it off. It will look slightly like a large pop tart in all honesty.

http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2012/07/11/sweet-cherry-slab-pie/

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BillyB’s on Thursday!

BillyB’s on Thursday!

I don’t know how many of y’all have heard of Billy Bob’s, but it’s the Largest Honky Tonk that you can twirl under a rhinestoned saddle disco ball. Thursday’s are College Night and only 2$ entry with a live club band. On Friday & Saturday nights famous country folks stop by to woo and croon as you shake a tail feather. 

But I’ve got the need to boogie, so I might just see y’all there…

While it’s a slightly touristy place, with a large gift shop, and bull for photos, it’s affordable and any age can get in early for tours and food. 

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