This venue is my way to reach out and stay in touch with friends. Hopefully, with the grace of luck and some harmless trickery, I might be able to make some new ones.
I have recently rekindled a love I thought was lost a long ago - and that is writing. For reasons I do not know, it has sprung back with a fury and a vengeance. I am grateful to all who have taken the time to read my autobiographical short stories. These are stories which capture the love and the humor for which I grew up in. I write these stories as a testament to my parents but I share them with you, my dear friends.
I have little concern for what your ethnic, cultural or spiritual background is. You will not be judged for anything more than your ability to be a human being with a grand soul. If you can't be a human being - if your purpose is to cause pain and discord - then I will come at you like a rabid badger.
Diversification is fine, for we are all part of the same race.... the Human Race.
Cherry_Blossom_: Homemade Nutter Butters
Servings 6 sandwich cookies
FOR THE COOKIES
1 cup sugar
1 cup peanut butter
FOR THE FILLING
1/4 cup butter room temperature
1/4 cup peanut butter room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk
#1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
#2 Stir the cookie ingredients together until smooth. Scoop out 1 inch balls of cookie dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction, to make the criss-cross pattern on top of each cookie.
#3 To make the cookie dough into the shape of a Nutter Butter cookie, form the cookie dough ball into a log shape.
#4 Roll the cookie dough in sugar (optional).
#5 Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction, to make the criss-cross pattern on top of each cookie. Finish by pinching in both sides of each cookie before baking.
#6 Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool on the tray for 1-2 more minutes.
#7 For the filling: beat the butter and peanut butter in a big bowl with a hand mixer together until smooth.
#8 Slowly add in your powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
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Thosny in reply to kkay583: Here is the mistake we ALL make. Our first inclination is always to label any national debt to whoever is the President at the time. The President will create a strawman of proposals, but it's the legislatures that will create the final version for his approval and signature. Obama fought Republicans every step of the way and what he initially proposed was never fully realized.
This can be said for ANY President that has a minority caucus in the House and Senate. You're fighting tooth and nail every step of the way.
On those rare occasions where a President is blessed with a majority caucus, things are easier. For Obama's administration to pull off what they did was nothing short of miraculous - because had we continued on our path - our economy WOULD have tanked and we would be climbing out of a Depression. It would have been absolute chaos, both nationally and internationally.
Again the numbers don't show the whole story and frankly, they never truly do. People still think the DOW is the go-to factorization of our economy's strength and vibrance (The S&P 500 is a more reliable source of economy and market strength)
Thosny: Pork chops made with seasonings like crushed fire roasted tomatoes, a light tomato paste, garlic and cooked in a pan with extra virgin olive oil over a medium heat.
Mix a small can of diced tomatoes with a small spoonful of paste to the tomato sauce consistency you prefer. Add various spices such as basil or parsley if you prefer. Add crushed pepper.
Heat pan with olive oil to a medium heat. Crush and carmelize garlic <or garlic powder if you prefer> and throw a small spoonful of your tomato sauce.
Drop in pork chops. Heat till cooked 1/3 thru. Add pepper to top. Flip chop and cook another 1/3rd.
Add your tomatoe sauce to top... After 3 or 4 minutes, flip over and reapply more sauce.
Use spoon to gather sauce cooking on the bottom and reapply to top of chops.
Do not over cook your chops! There is nothing worse than a dried out pork chop.
Yum yum... Enjoy
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Krystal Lane: Your story and experience of losing your mother is very touching and heartbreaking, but you have not lost her, only in body. What a remarkable woman in your life. I do feel your pain though, your loss, the tragedy of it, literally. She will always live within you. I want to share a small part of me with you on this topic too. Thank you for this. My tears fell for you dear friend. You were truly dedicated to her. So beautiful to see.
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Thosny: HAHA - I just noted there was a Boy Scout on the box....
Look closer at the picture. Look at the girl on the right. You'll see his hand coming up from the bottom and getting a free booby grab. Those damn Boy Scouts
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kkay583: Clean shirt, new shoes
And I don't know where I am goin' to
Silk suit, black tie,
I don't need a reason why
They come runnin' just as fast as they can
'Cause every girl crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man
Very intense eyes
booklovergal8: Would you stop teasing all the women...... the rest of us girls will have to put you back together again .....and you know what happened last time ..... lol lol lol be well sweetie and enjoy your life ....just be careful please !!!!!