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Irish Fun With My Seniors

I feel “my life” has definitely taken a turn… and it’s all my doing…    k15264122

My job is getting easier all of the time… getting to know all of the adults and their “ways”…

also the other workers… such sweet folk!…

“Routine” may never happen… my days change “a little” every week…

Maybe that keeps me from getting stagnant… boredk1496315 … complacent…

The weather was so much warmer today… around 75 degrees

We walked or pushed most of the seniors outside…k4670503

We have a great picnic shelter area…with about a dozen picnic tablesk8119293 … Also benches… They enjoyed it immensely!… “Us” too! k13829488

There is also an attached deck on the side with a ramp going to it!…

We will eat outsidek3934543 in warmer days… play BINGOk12834083 … and have craft time

We can’t wait… but, for today… just sitting in the warm air was enough… as we talked about whatever came to mind…

We all come up with ideas and activities to do… with our wonderful people…

Today we had Irish Cream” Coffee… and Shortbread Cookies bottlek63197050003010054094_180X180to commemorate March and St. Patrick’s Day

They truly enjoyed that!…

I have found that as you age you crave “Sweets”  k14876324

No cookies were turned down!

I had made Shamrock Trees with them last week for “Good Luck”…sshamrocktree

We will be having an Open House next week…k16188886

The first one from what I understand…

We all have a “duty” assigned for the evening…

Mine will be doing a craft with the seniors and their families…

We will also have door prize drawingsk6183884story time… food…etc. …

I’m hoping for a good turn-out

It should be fun!

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Improvised Cookies!

Sunday Morning…

Got up way too earlyk13230802but, after having breakfast with husband k16585841 talking to the cats  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …

and my sister dougla0138s … I was awake!…

I decided to go ahead and make the cookies I’m taking to BUNCO

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My sister and I have the food/drinks this time…

MENU

Chicken Salad/ crackers /rolls =  Carolyn

Pimento Cheese = Carolyn

Plates/Napkins/Forks = Carolyn

Dessert (Cookies) = Me!

Fruit Salad = Me!

Cups/ Drinks/ Ice = Me!

We are deciding on one more thing… but, haven’t decided…

but, we’ll pull it off…

We always do fine!…

We each take half of the items we need after deciding on the MENU!

I saw these cookies… OK!… ate them also!… at the Casino the other day on their Buffett…

So simple… remember that’s ME!…

Sugar Cookies ( a little almond flavoring )… bent in half… with a little Raspberry Jam and Lemon Frosting Filling…

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I improvised on the Chocolate Chip… They didn’t have any… but, Why Not!…

We had to have something “chocolate!”…

So I made Chocolate Chip Cookies… bent them in half… filled with Chocolate Fudge Frosting ( a little ) and dipped in sprinkles… 

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I placed them in some small red/pink flowered cupcake papers I found after Valentine’s Day for 75% OFF… Made approximately 80… we sometimes have 30 ladies playing…

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Will freeze until I leave for BUNCO on Tuesday evening… Knowing they will be even better from experiences I have had in baking…

After getting home from work that afternoon I will make a Simple Fruit Salad of Oranges, Pineapple k2012746and Flaky Coconutk3022326 …( a few red cherries for color )k4150323

Sounds GOOD to me!

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Cookies* My Girls* SNOW

I had made these before but, had forgotten until a friend posted them on FACEBOOK…

Since tomorrow is grocery day… we were out of about everything… but, I did have the 3 Ingredients for these yummy Peanut Butter Cookies

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1 – Cup Peanut Butter( smooth or crunchy)

1 – Cup Sugar

1 – Egg

Mix thoroughly…

Roll by teaspoonfuls in sugar

Bake on ungreased Cookie Sheet 10-12 minutes 425 degrees…

Let sit a minute to cool before removing from baking sheet…

Makes approximately 2 – dozen

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New Kitty is now called “Kit Kit”… She is very smart and so curious!

Had to help as I loaded dish washer last night….

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She had to check out the water running down the drain as I cleaned up the kitchen from supper…

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Both Jill and Kit Kit playing in cabinet…

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This is the road I lived on all my life until I got married…

It is the road I take every day to work …

The scenery is beautiful… especially on these snowy days…

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Just a few things in my every day life that I enjoy!

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Ugly Christmas Shirt and Spumoni/ Fruitcake Cookies…

I had read two cookie recipes k12782833 … I just had to make

These will be for us to have at home and any company that comes by…

(if we don’t eat all of them)… pix1157

Terry http://terry1954.wordpress.com/

a fellow blogger mentioned Spumoni Cookies… and I love Spumoni Ice Cream k14020681 … so I had to try them!

and then I had forgotten about Fruitcake Cookies…

YES!…

I’m one of those that love Fruit Cake… full of candied fruit… nuts… spices…CB005631

Says Christmas to my taste buds… k15817676

Before starting to bake…

I finished Bobby’s UGLY shirt for our Christmas Eve Party at my son and daughter-in-law’s…

Actually I think it’s quite cute!… I said, “I don’t or can’t make ugly… it’s just not in me!”…

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I found this T-Shirt at the thrift store…

Red… Christmas color!…

It just said “Sugar Daddy”… like the candy…

My mind starting clicking… Santa could be a “Sugar Daddy”…

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I added words…”I’m your…” pointing to Sugar Daddy…

 that was already embroidered on shirt…

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Santa “Sugar Daddy” with arms full of candy was added…

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Added stockings with hot glue like rest of additions…

filled with candy… Plus Gold Candy Coins…

Mine is in the making…

I’m stopping here to continue cookie baking…

Be back…

I have a few more batches to bake… then I’ll show you some yummy cookies that you could make for yourself…

I’m back! … cookies are finished and cooling…

Spumoni… A flavor of pistachio, chocolate and cherries…

Ingredients: 2 cups self rising flour, 1/1/2 cups butter (I used Butter Crisco Sticks),1 cup light brown sugar,1 large egg + 1 egg yolk,1 teaspoon almond extract,1 teaspoon vanilla extract…

Mix these ingredients together well…

then (fold in) …

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup chopped pistachios, 1/2 cup cherries… either dried, candied… I used maraschino cherries in jar (drained well on paper towels and chopped)

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Chopped Cherries, Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Pistachios

added to other ingredients…

Cover cookie sheet with parchment

Drop by spoonfuls on pan

350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes (when light golden brown)…

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Fruitcake Cookies… ( I put in small baking cups like miniature fruitcakes)… or you may bake as a cookie

Ingredients: 2 sticks butter ( I used Butter Crisco Sticks), 1 cup brown sugar, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup milk, 3 cups  self-rising flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon…

Mix these ingredients together well…

then fold in…

18-24 oz. mixed candied fruit, 3/4 cup raisins (golden or regular), 4 cups chopped nuts (either pecan or walnut) …

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Chopped Candied Fruit, Raisins, Walnuts…

added to batter…

Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment covered cookie sheets or put into small paper baking cups like I did…

I also topped with more of the candied fruit before baking…

350 degree oven for 13-15 minutes… little longer for “small cakes”… light golden brown

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My husband couldn’t resist these k14902800Not overly sweet

Great with a hot cup of coffee k3702550or tea! k11396555

Salt Dough Ornaments and Packing Cookies

Today has been any day but, Saturday… k15592485

I don’t know how many times… it has run through my mind…

“This can’t be Saturday!”…

But, it is… k8244780

and Grandkids are coming to spend the night…

I’ve decided to make Salt Dough Ornaments with them…

I made them with my own boys when they were young…

and are still popular to make with kids today…

A batch is made from:

1 cup flour k5321953

1/2 cup salt k15567264

1/2 cup water k15231832

Stir and knead it like a dough… (NOT Edible)

Need:

Rolling Pin sps0484

Cookie Sheet (I’m covering mine with Parchment Paper) k3256346

Toothpick or any object that will make a hole to hang the ornament with…

I usually use a straw… Makes a perfect hole for the hanger…k11774114

Miniature Cookie Cutters or any shaped object that will cut like a cookie cutter… k1256891

After baking in a 250 degree – 300 degree oven for 2 hours…

Let cool completely and paint with acrylic paints k5428594

Glitter Glue or Glitter Paint can also be used… k5218174

I also spray mine with a clear acrylic to make them shiny and lasting…

Ribbon… twine… string for hanging… k12873004

Will post our creations tomorrow…

Today… after deciding it IS Saturday…

I decided to pack cookies for mailing next week…

This post shows my baking

https://babyjill7.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/making-christmas-cookies/

I had bought containers for the ones going out of town…

Neighbors were put on pretty Christmas Paper Plates…

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I layered the containers… with the cookies… parchment paper… more cookies… paper… more cookies… and a last layer of tissue paper to keep them from breaking in their journey out-of-town…

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I will put them in another box… so hopefully they will reach their destination with little breakage

I’ve been doing this for many years…

so I think I’ve got it pretty much in control…

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With mailing them next week… I feel they will get to enjoy them before Christmas when people come by to visit…

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Making Christmas Cookies

I bake cookies k4328807 to mail to out-of-town relatives and give to some of my neighbors every Christmas

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I do easy recipes… and ones I feel will keep during the mailing process

Some basics I want to share …

For most of the cookies I made I used cake mixes…

Recipe: k10015436

1- box cake mix (your choice of flavor)

2- eggs

1/2 cup oil or… 1- stick of margarine or… 1- stick of butter…

(they all work well… but, I think I prefer the margarine)

Mix by hand…

Add whatever other ingredients sound good to you…

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Candy Pieces orange_slices

Chocolate, Butterscotch, White Chocolate, Peanut Butter Baking Chipsk8953320

Coconut k13165428

Sprinkle with Decorative Colorful Sprinkles k0577487 if you like…

Makes them festive and yours!

DAY 1:

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Orange Supreme…

Added Orange Peel and topped with a piece of Orange Slices Candy

Also added chocolate/orange Candy Morsels to some of the dough…

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Key Lime

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Topped some with the Orange Slice Candy…

some with Green Sugar Sprinkles…

and some with Toasted Coconut…

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

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I also added Butterscotch Morsels…

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These 3 batches made 16 dozen cookies…

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DAY 2:

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Just added a few Chocolate Morsels on top…

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a few Peanuts on some with a Decorative Candy Snowflake

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Strawberry…

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Rolled batter in Strawberry Dry Jello (like sugar)

added a Snowflake Candy…

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Butter Pecan

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Added Chopped Pecans and Maple Flavoring…

Sprinkled with a few Colored Candies…

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Rolled some in Powdered Sugar…

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Funfetti (Vanilla Sugar Cookies)…

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Added Red/Green Sugar Sprinkles and

Candied Peppermint on some…

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These 4 batches made about 18 dozen…

Day 3:

Dark Chocolate Fudge…

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Added Choclate Chips and

some were sprinkled with Sugar Crystals

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Ginger Snaps…

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Pressed cookie dough balls down with a glass dipped in sugar…

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Made Candies (Chocolates) in small baking cups of red and green…

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Peppermint White Chocolate

White Chocolate/Pecan/Butterscotch

Dark Chocolate Pecan

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2 batches of cookie dough made 6 dozen cookies…

50 Chocolates…

They are all packaged and in freezer until next week… when I will package them in containers to mail… a variety going to everyone…

I hope they enjoy as much as I loved making them!

Cookies and “KABOOM”!

Yesterday… I baked cookies

“Simply”… as always… because that’s the “word” I picked to follow throughout the year 2013… SIMPLE…

Just a word… but, has made my life a lot “simpler”…

I don’t know if I can find a better word for 2014… but, if not… I’ll stick to this one…

Because it worked!

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Found Halloween Sugar Cookie Mix for 50% OFF…

It’s still Fall… so the Fall colored sprinkles in this
“Funfetti” Mix of orange and brown (Chocolate) is just fine…

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Just an egg and 1 stick of soft margarine mixed together with mix

Roll into balls and press down slightly…

I added additional “Autumn” Sprinkles I had bought for 50% too…

Orange, yellow, brown and green…

Baked for 10 minutes… and we have some sweet cookies to eat and maybe share…

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then today… since I kind of goofed off yesterday… was cleaning day…

and “KABOOM” came to my rescue!

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It sprays out in a foam that doesn’t drip all over… and is blue…

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My bathroom sink…

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the foam is slowly turning white…

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when it has turned all of the way white..

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the dirt has melted and it’s ready to wipe away

just a little water and down the drain it goes…

leaving my sink sparkling clean…

As I said, “I love these “simple” things I have discovered and used this year!

Butter Cookies

I was at a Dollar Store … actually “Deal’s”… picking up a few items the other day…

I always pick up something sweet… for my hubby and son…

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Mostly cookies

They have all of the old-fashioned cookies

by Lil’ Dutch Maid logo

Coconut bars… Windmills…Ginger Snaps… and many others…but, one of MY favorites is the little flower shaped Butter Cookies

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You know…the ones with the hole in the middle

I remember putting my fingers in the middle and wearing them…

These cookies have three different words embossed on them…

YES

NO

MAYBE

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I tried and tried to find out why these words were put on these little cookies

to no avail on the internet

I could only think it was like picking the petals off a daisy and saying…

“He loves me… He loves me not”… kind of thing…

I found they are made by Fehr Foods Inc. in Abilene Texas… and they carry all of the above mentioned cookies and more…simple_img_1

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but, had no reason as to why these words are put on the cookies

So please!… if anyone knows… let ME know…

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My curiosity is roused!

http://youtu.be/xMuY6UJICNY

I did find this cute video about them…

Yummy or Yucky???

After watching the Kentucky Derby… Kennedy and I decide to make the cookies I bought…

“Shortbread”… made by Betty Crocker

If you notice in the photos her left hand is in a cast… playing outside… she tripped and broke her wrist…

But, she did an awesome job with one hand!

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I’ve tasted shortbread before… Not overly sweet…but, sweet… kinda like a soft sugar cookie

“Lorna Dunes” come to mind… pre-packaged…510ER53HXPL__SX300_

Good!…

All you have to do is mix the dry mix from the package with two sticks of butter/ margarine

untill forms a soft dough

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Pat out in a rectangular shape or use a rolling-pin

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Cut into small rectangles

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Pierce  holes using a fork…

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Bake at 375 degrees for about 8-10 minutes…

They don’t get very brown… slightly on the bottom and tops…

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Cool and eat…

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WRONG!… we tasted and they were just awful!…

No sweetness what so ever!… just doughy…

disappointment for sure!…

Our sweet fix was not to be had!…

All of Kennedy’s hard (easy) work to no avail!…

I even looked on the package to see if I had left out something!… but, no… we had followed the directions just right!

So, not to waste them… I gave them to the birds this morning… Unbelievably… They seemed to really enjoy them…            OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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They’ve eaten over half of them already …

I guess you could say, They were…” for the birds!”

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“Affectionate” Compliments

I have received a few Blogger Awards since I started writing on January 1, 2011… and felt compelled to say Thank You fellow bloggers for these nice compliments…

1com·pli·ment

 noun \ˈkäm-plə-mənt\
 Definition of COMPLIMENT
1
a: an expression of esteem, respect, affection, or admiration; especially: an admiring remark

 

b: formal and respectful recognition : honor

I think I like the term “affection” the best… I hope I have given you  a little joy to your life… by reading my various blogs…
I know YOU have made my life seem more complete… I so enjoy your words…whether expressing your daily life…your poems…your haikus…your thoughts…your recipes…What a beautiful gambit of wonderful people with such inspiring feelings on so many subjects…
           
The Super Sweet Blogger Award was given to me twice in one week… by terry1954 and ahecticlife…
Thanks, you all… as we say in Kentucky
I am to answer these questions:
1. Favorite Cookies or Cake?…Homemade Cookies
2. Chocolate or Vanilla?…Chocolate immediately pops into my mind…but, a few Vanilla treats are sooo good!
3. Favorite Sweet Treat?…Something “fruity”…
4. Crave sweet things the most… when?…After I eat most any meal… a bite of sweet is grand!…Think I got that from my Mom…
5. Sweet nickname?… I have to say I have a few…Sugar Plum, Sweet Thing, Rosebud… Should I go on?… Sickening isn’t it???
I will pass this Award onto a few new bloggers I have been following…
Dianne Faw
Light Words
retiredruth
J.Keller Ford
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