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Monday, February 29, 2016

Andes Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Printable Recipe

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 cup grated, sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 package Andes Peppermint Chips
Cooking Directions
  1. Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy (about 3 minutes).
  2. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. Add baking soda, salt and flour. Mix completely.
  4. Stir in oats, coconut, nuts and baking chips.
  5. Drop by spoonful onto baking sheet. (2 T. size for large cookies, 1 T. size for small cookies.)
  6. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes for large cookies and 12-15 minutes for small cookies.
  7. Do not overbake. They're crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Holly's Note:
This is the recipe on the back of the Andes Peppermint Chip package. The Doctor loves these because most cookies that have mint in them, also have chocolate in them and since he can't eat chocolate, he's usually out of luck. I hate coconut and I love these cookies. The dough freezes well too. I can only find the Peppermint Chips around Christmas time, so I have to stock up then!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lucy and Ethel

Because who doesn't love Lucy and Ethel?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Best Ever Lasagna

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 T basil
  • 1 can (14 oz) stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato past
  • 1 box lasagna noodles, cooked (~9)
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 2 cups 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown beef and sausage together. Drain.
  2. Add garlic and basil. Stir.
  3. Add tomatoes and tomato paste.
  4. Mix together and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, blend together cottage cheese, eggs, parsley, and parmesan cheese.
  6. Layer everything in a 9 x 13 pan. (Noodles, sauce, cottage cheese mixture, mozzarella, etc.)
  7. Bake at 350° for about 30-40 minutes or until bubbly.
Holly’s Note:
My sister got this recipe from Jr. High School Home Ec. Back in the day when we had Home Economic classes. I make the sauce alone, tripling the recipe, and then freeze it flat in bags and use it as Spaghetti Sauce. My family prefers it over any canned or jar sauce. When I prepare the lasagna, I prepare a 9x9 pan for our family and then freeze a 9x9 pan for later.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Beets BLU Bluetooth Scale... Review

About the product:
Wireless Scale measures people's muscle mass, body weight with body fat percentage, water (hydration level). Scale supports kg and lb weight mode.

Connects to mobile via Bluetooth Smart (4.0), uploads all information to free native mobile application for Android and iOS, with saving history. Recommended weight limit is 150 kg/330 lbs.

Helps you to analyze the data and choose the most apt way to track your weight loss. Our scale is high precision.

iOS: Uploads all measurements to the Apple Health app (configurable).

Our biometric scale is suitable for men, women and children. It's a great device for slim, normal and overweight people.

If you're looking for something fancy and high tech, this is good. You download an app and when you step on the scale, your weight, BMI, fat percentage, hydration, etc. are all recorded. The app is not available for my Blackberry, but it was for Android and I downloaded it onto my Samsung tablet, my husband has it on his Galaxy phone. When you step on the scale, a voice will state your facts as they are recorded on the app. The voice is loud, even if you turn down your volume, so don't use it someplace you don't want to be overheard! You can turn off the vocal feature. I do like that the app shows progress in graph form, so it's very visual.

You must use the app for everything and you must open that app first. The scale claims to be able to track more than one person and it does, but if both people and their phones/tablets are in the room and both phones/tablets are turned on, the scale gets confused.

It's sleek and attractive and fairly lightweight. You can sync it to online health trackers such as Apple or Google.

I received the product free for review from Beets Blu. I wasn't even aware that such a scale existed. I don't know that I would have sought it out and purchased it on my own at this price.

Currently on Amazon, the price for this scale is $84.95. If you want a scale that simply measures your weight, this is an expensive way to do it. If you like high-tech fitness gadgets and track your progress, this will be something that you may find useful.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Chocolate is a Serious Thing

I'm a proud Trekkie. This is probably one of my favorite ST:TNG scenes. I love Deanna and she knows chocolate. Even if you don't know Star Trek, this scene is perfect. Any chocolate lover will understand.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Gingersnap Cookies

Printable Recipe
~4 to 5 dozen cookies

  • 2 1/4 cup shortening
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 t vanilla
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 6 cups flour
  • 6 t baking soda
  • 3 t cinnamon
  • 2 T ginger, ground
  • 1 1/2 t salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, molasses and mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll into balls and roll in additional sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 9-10 minutes.
This makes about 6 dozen cookies.

To make a smaller batch of about 2 dozen:

  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 T ginger, ground
  • 2 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
Cooking Directions
  1. Cream together shortening and sugar.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, molasses and mix well.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  4. Roll into balls and roll in additional sugar.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 9-10 minutes.
Holly's Note:
These are delicious and is one of my family's favorite cookies, especially because they are not chocolate, so The Doctor can eat them. The dough freezes well.