Saturday, January 9, 2010


Oatmeal Cookies


· 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
· 3/4 cup trans-fat free vegetable shortening
· 1/2 cup granulated sugar
· 1 egg · 1/4 cup water
· 1 teaspoon vanilla
· 3 cups Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
· 1 cup all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon salt (optional)
· 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation Heat oven to 375°F.  In large bowl, beat brown sugar, shortening and granulated sugar on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add egg, water and vanilla; beat well. Add combined oats, flour, salt and baking soda; mix well.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.

· Prep Time: 20 min

· Cook Time Time: 09 min

Cook’s Notes HIGH ALTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Increase flour to 1-1/4 cups and bake as directed.

Variations Add 1 cup of any one or a combination of any of the following ingredients to basic cookie dough: raisins, chopped nuts, chocolate chips or shredded coconut. LARGE COOKIES:Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 15 to 17 minutes. ABOUT 2-1/2 DOZEN BAR COOKIES: Press dough onto bottom of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars. Store tightly covered. Makes 24 BARS

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Well the weeks keep flying by, but I still can find things to be thankful for, may I look for the blessings God sends and not at the things that seem to be wrong. I am thankful that we were able to go to church last night, what a wonderful reception we got, they really missed us, but I sure missed them too, the message was really good, on reaching others for Christ, like Jesus did with Nicodemus, it is funny brother Chuck preached on that a few weeks ago, almost the same things, but with another preacher preaching it was different it again, God's word never gets state, and never runs dry, I am thankful for that, because after 35 years of reading my bible it is still as refreshing as it was way back then, still something new daily, and I learn daily, I tell you when it gets to the point when I know it all, and have nothing else to learn, I do pray God takes me home, it sure would be dull with learning.

I used to teach my students in school, you learn to read, then you read to learn...It is a good point and one never forgotten.

Well I am off to the doctors, hoping to get some medication for this congestion, it is still here, but we are not as weak and coughing as much as we were, I hope your Thankful Thursday is a blessing to some one you meet today.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


It is a good day for cooking soup,  it is 10 am and still only 30° here in Southern Georgia, I am so ready for summer already, but in the mean time I will survive and I am going to make my Cheesy Potato Soup for dinner today, this is guaranteed to warm you up an to make you feel all warm and cozy on this cold winters day: Enjoy, I know I am going to.

Hearty Cheesy Potato Soup

5 cups peeled and diced potatoes
1½ Tablespoons grated Onion
2½ Cups water
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 Tablespoons of Margarine, I use real butter
1 12-Ounce can evaporated Skim milk, I use 2% milk
1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese

Combine potatoes, onion and water, salt and pepper, cook 8 minutes or until taters are tender,

Remove from heat, drain off half the water, Add butter, milk, and cheese, return to heat and cook on low heat, stirring until cheese if melted, pour into soup bowls and serve with Italian bread, crackers or what ever you choose, we like the soak the bread.. Enjoy and hope it suits your taste buds I love it. Also you can use all low fat and low sodium in this.
Then for dessert try this wonderful Orange cake with, Cream Cheese/orange frosting.

1 Box of yellow cake mix, instead of using the recommended amount of water replace it with the orange juice from a fresh squeezed orange, I think I used 3  oranges to get the cup and half of juice. Then follow directions on your package.
When cooled use half bag of confectioners sugar, and about 8 oz of cream cheese, milk to get consistency, then top with coconut, oh this so moist and good, makes a good variety of a plain old cake.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Good Eating Here Now

A Friend and his son were in our woods out back last night, we heard a shot, about an hour later here they come dragging this big boy.. Gonna have some good sausage from him, I have never ate any other of the meat so not sure if I would like it or not, I do not like any wild tasting food, may will try. Isn't he a specimen of a wild hog, and our friend said he is a smaller one.