Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
1 pkg (Duncan Hines) lemon supreme cake mix
1/3 cup veg oil
1 T lemon juice
3/4 C chopped nuts or flaked coconut (we omit)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease cookie sheet or use parchment paper
Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and lemon juice in large bowl, beat at low speed with electric mixer until well blended it will lighten in color a bit
Shape into 1-inch balls. Place on cookie sheet 1 inch apart.
Bake 6-7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet, remove to cooling rack. Place paper towel under cooling rack and dust with confectioners sugar. paper towel helps make clean up easier!
Makes about 3 dozen.
Before the sugaring --
Easy PB Cookies
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 to 1 cup peanut butter
1 t vanilla extract
2 C bisquick baking mix
Hershey’s kisses, Unwrapped
Granulated or candy coating sugar
In large mixer bowl beat sweetened condensed milk, PB, egg, and vanilla til smooth. Add bisquick, mix well.
Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on I ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake 6-8 mins or until lightly browned. Do not overbake.
Press kisses in center of each cookie immediately after baking. Let cool.
4 oz saltine crackers (1 sleeve)
1 C butter
1 C brown sugar
2 C choc chips
Chopped nuts if desired
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
Line cookie sheet with saltine crackers in single layer to fill the pan, edges touching parchment paper lining helps wih clean up
In a saucepan combine the sugar and the butter. Bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Immediately pour over saltines and spread to cover crackers completely.
Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 5 to 6 minutes it will be bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate and top with chopped nuts. Cool completely and break into pieces.
2 C sifted all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/4 t baking soda
3/4 C butter
3/4 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 t vanilla
10X sugar for rolling
Measure dry ingredients into sifter
Cream butter with brown sugar until light
Beat in melted chocolate, egg, vanilla, and milk
Sift in dry ingredients a little at a time, blending well to make a stiff dough.
Chill overnight or until firm
Roll dough a tsp at a time into marble-sized balls. Place 2" apart on ungreased [parchment lined] cookie sheets
Bake 8 mins in 350 degree F oven, until tops are crackled
Remove and roll in 10X sugar while still hot
Cool on wire racks, then roll again in 10X sugar to make a generous white coating
Monday, December 21, 2015
I saved up vacation days from work to be at home with the family, and I am *still* working on gifts. So here's the skinny -- gifting plans have changed (they always do), but I am actually making some good progress.
I'm not sure who in the family has bothered to look for my wee blog (lol!), so I shouldn't go into detail nor show any pictures until after the big day. I have managed to finish something for DH, DS, and DD2, and am now near the end of DD1's boyfriend's gift. DD1's gift is the largest and I'm about halfway through, and have put it into brief hibernation until I was able to finish up the others. If I gave it to her to open with skein still attached, to give it back to me immediately to finish up, she would understand (she knows about it, anyway). I had wanted to knit something else for DH that he actually mentioned he'd like to have, which was a first, but as it turns out to be quite time-consuming, I went with something quick and easier with chunky yarn instead. Maybe next week, if I can get the yarn I have on hand to make gauge.
And for the first time in her life, DD1 will not be with us on Christmas day, but in another state meeting bf's father for the first time. So technically, I have more time to finish her gift before giving it to her.
Oh, getting back to the wedding blanket I mentioned back in March, the squares are done and I still need to seam them together. Bit of a win! I truly did have good intentions, but life just got away with me. I hope to get it together and shipped to them before Valentine's Day (it's good to have a goal, no?).
So that's enough about that.
I started listening to an audio book this morning, albeit tardily as it expires via the library in about 14 hours, An Unquiet Mind. I haven't shared here publicly, mostly due to the fear of stigma, and also because I don't know who may find this wee blog, but we have bipolar disorder in the family. It is a roller coaster ride, to be sure. I've requested to be put on the wait list for it again, and there is one reader before me, so not sure when I will have it to listen to again. Since it hits home so closely, it's hard for me to listen to for any length of time, but it is helpful to know that we are not alone. I mean, I *know* that millions of people are impacted by BP, whether in themselves or close family or friends, but often it does feel that we are all alone in this, that nobody would understand what we're going through, and not knowing where to turn for support.
DH and I attended a 6-week "Basics" class by our local NAMI chapter, and there were a few other folks there going through similar situations, but none with a clear BP diagnosis. And there really are no answers. Every situation is unique, each person dealing with it reacts in different ways. I have bought about 20 books now and each recommends different techniques for dealing and coping and redirecting. I continue to find myself in a haze of uncertainty and fear about the whole thing, hoping that we will make it through another day in one piece, praying it will be not as bad a day as the one before, and walking on eggshells if it was a good day, waiting for the hammer to drop and explode all around us. It's exhausting - emotionally, mentally, and even physically, and I worry when it negatively impacts my performance at work. I think I'm getting less resilient, the older I get, and that's not good.
So I knit. I knit so I won't kill people, lol. And try to take it one moment at a time. And I try to remember to breathe. Breathing is important.