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and not a drop to drink

Delicious Cookies - Peanut & chocolate Chip
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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy prefered)
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
2 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flower
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups minimorsal Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips (approx. 1 package chopped semisweet chocolate chips)

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)

2. In large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar unitl smooth.
    Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the corn syrup, water, and vanilla.
   (in sperate bowl) Combine the flour, baking soda and salt: stir into the peanut butter dough mixture.
   Fold in chocolate chunks (chips).
   Drop by 1/4 cupfuls aprox. 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

3. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden.
    Allow cookies to cool for 1 min (60 seconds) on the cookie sheet before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Serve and Enjoy!

Too soon to tell - too early to celebrate or mourn.
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WHY is there a spirit of fear, a spirit of dread, a feeling of emptiness upon the land?
Just because Obama left the office of president?
His second term was up – legally, constitutionally, and morally it was time to pass the baton of leadership on to the next Civil elected president.
Oh, it’s not because Barack Obama and Michelle are no longer in power – but due to the fact Hillary Clinton (former First Lady), lost the race and was not there to receive the reigns of authority.

WAKE UP!
It’s not time to mourn – the Obama’s are still alive and kicking – just behind the scenes.  They impacted the nation in a huge way, hired people, placed others in position, fired some, pardoned a few – their impact is still felt today, and will be felt for a long time to come.
Just because it is not HIS name on the paper, on the orders, does not mean Former President Obama is gone for good.
Only after he has passed from this world, will it be appropriate to mourn his passing.
Please stop this crying and bemoaning for times lost – it’s been only a day (two, depending on which side of the Greenwich International Date line one lives), since he left office.
Be strong and support those he wanted to favor.

WAKE UP!
It’s still too early to celebrate.
President Donald Trump has opposition on every side.
Well, maybe not from his Cabinet and chosen Advisors, but from the public (media?) and traditional, and Establishment.  Oh, and the inertia of government – Government always has a hard time accepting change, even if everyone working in the system are working to make a different – to be something other than what-has-always-gone-on/been-done.

WHY are we dismayed by the fact Madam Hillary Clinton was the runner-up, and not the President-Elect?
I’ve heard it said that WHEN she got to the highest position of power and authority possible, she would have done everything possible to ELIMINATE part of the United States Bill of Rights!
That’s right – those “pesky second-amendment” people, the pro-gun individuals who are willing to fight for the right to PROTECT THEIR LIVES, THEIR FAMILIES, THEIR HOMES from government takeover, would have seen the very basic law that allows them the RIGHT, no the PRIVILEDGE to protect what is theirs from unjust government.
Take that right away, and America becomes just one more dictated country, where the people have no say to who will lead them, where the families cannot choose what they will do for a living, where individuals are in fear for their very lives.
Take away our Second Amendment, and The United States of America is no longer the land of the free.

In this respect, Donald Trump was a better choice – he wants to keep the Constitution (which has been in effect since 1789, and has had ONLY twenty-seven amendments – ten of which became known as the “Bill of Rights” and are as well known, if not better known, that the original, unaltered Constitution of the United States of America) intact.  Hillary Clinton wanted to tear out the parts that offended her (and her supporters).


So, I ask again:
Why do you cry for the past?  It was just yesterday (or the day before), that the transition of power happened.
Please stop behaving like children who can’t deal with receiving bad news – you’ve had two months to get used to the idea that Donald Trump and Mike Pence were taking over; surely it didn’t come as a surprise to see Madam Hillary Clinton sitting in the sidelines, watching as someone else was sworn into office.

I adviese taking a stance of wait and see.
If you like what’s actually happening – and not what’s rumored to be occurring – then support our new President.
If you strongly dislike the direction Donald Trump is taking, then go out and make your opinion known.   Just no riots, please.  Shouting mobs of protest don’t do much beyond getting a lot of people hurt and businesses destroyed. 

Start of a new era (end of another)
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Why are people so afraid of now-President Donald Trump? 
In his inaugural speech, Trump said “do not look at this as a victory” – which could mean “don’t see this as a loss” just because one man (Obama) has had to pass the buck to someone else. 
Would individuals be panicked if Hillary had won the voter-elected role?  Perhaps.  But it would be a different demographic. 

Yes, today is a day of change – but isn’t that what the Former-President Obama promised to bring?  Change and “progress”.
How has he benefited ALL of America?  The Poor?  The Middle Class?  The rich?  Those in the Establishment/Government?  Those in the outskirts? 
Might depend on what Media sources one listens to – and how deep one digs into the statistics presented.

What Trump has said, is that he will restore Power and Authority to the People!  Not the government which is in for itself, but for the citizens who make up the nation.

It’s been perhaps sixteen hours since President Donald Trump took his oath of office, and I have noticed a few things that show just how dynamically opposed he and Barack Obama are:
One.  During the speech, Trump used a personal pronoun (“I”, “Me”, “Myself”) three or four times.  (Compare that to the personal pronouns (“me”, “myself”, “I”) that pepper every one of former-President Obama’s speeches! 
Instead of using “I”, Trump did use “we” and “our” very frequently.  Not sure it’s a  improvement, but at least he’s not a self-conceited narcissistic, using his power to get his name, face, and ideologies stamped onto all of America’s policies: internationally, domestically, and foreign.
Wait:  it’s been less than twenty-four hours.  Impossible to say Trump can’t and won’t try shaping The United States of America in his own image.  And every president does do that – it seems to be innate human reaction to being granted power. 

Two:  former-president Obama (and his wife Michelle Obama) went to ten Inauguration balls.  Current-President Donald Trump and the First Lady went to three Inaugural balls.   
See the difference between the two?  Okay, so the number of public presentations the first day in office, might not speak much to their differences, but it’s still something to note.

Three:  I don’t recall Barack Obama ever going to the Armed Forces/Freedom-and-Independence Balls.  Donald Trump made a point of going and talking with the soldiers overseas.  (Even if it was a ten-second wait between them asking a question and us hearing what was asked).

Stopping here – mainly cause sixteen hours doesn’t give one much time to show the disparity between him and his predecessor,  but those differences, though small, are important.

Fresh start - pleasant!
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It’s a new year, and new beginnings:
(Actually, every moment of every day is a chance to start afresh, but it is traditional to begin “with a clean slate” on New Years Day – kinda defeats the purpose when whatever resolution made is broken or failed before the end of the first week, but why mess with something that works?)

In lue of resolution that will not come true, (past experiences says so, as does the widly held viewpoint that “everyone breaks their New Year Resolution”), I have chosen to do something slightly different.
Instead of relying on only self to A) lose weight, B) stop wasting time on the computer, C) approve sitting/standing posture, - which can be healthy goals (and make oneself look/feel taller and slimmer), - I am doing something different.

Heard on the radio earlier this week a tip to improve (or brighten) one’s outlook.
Step one: once a week, take two minutes or so and write a sentence (or list) the positive things that happened that week.
Step two: when feeling down, go back and read/remind yourself of the good things that happened in your life.
Step three: stick with it – it’s okay if the list (or paragraph) isn’t done the same day of the week, every week.  
Okay, so they didn’t say it in those words, but when one deliberately makes note of good things and sticks the list somewhere to view later, it should bring a more positive/brighter feeling to oneself.

So, to start off with: my “I am glad this happened”!

1. I can breathe again!  And talk!  Last week of December, had such a bad head/sinus cold, that it hurt to talk in anything louder than a whisper!  (And waking up in the middle of the night coughing does not help one get a restful night’s sleep).

2.  It’s raining – nearby foothills have had a flash-flood warning earlier.
(I like hearing the rain tapping the windows, the water drops land on the roof, seeing the falling precipitation – makes for a cleaner atmosphere and brings much-needed water to yards that need moisture after a too-long summer, hot and dry drought-like conditions).  Now, while the flashflood warning is not necessarily a GOOD thing, because with it comes mudslides, rockslides, and too much early snow-melt, but it does cleanse the ground of surface debris (usually), and brings fresh elements to the surface (you know, those minerals and elements that were buried under that hill of dirt that just caved way and buried the road?).  It’s just too bad that some mountain roads and National Parks might be closed – temporarily – due to floods, but the last time Yellowstone had visitors stuck on whichever side of the valley they were when the massive storm system came through was twenty years ago, back in 1997.  About time!

3. Another week and the three musketeers (Sister’s blue healer, mom’s lap dog, dad’s no-longer-a-puppy), will be fully up to date on their shots and immunizations so they can go out on long walks around the block!
Wait, that hasn’t happened yet, so this should, technically, be part of next week’s list, not this week’s note of interest.

4. Got to make a few batches of cookies – may have found a new favorite Chocolate chip recipe.  (Note to self: Crisco Baking sticks seem to create a more rounder cookie than regular butter – and if the cookies come out too flat, add a little more baking soda; if too dark brown/burnt, reduce oven temp by 5 degrees, or cut baking time by a minute or two).

5.  Youngest brother got engaged!  ~ According to his girlfriend/fiancé, it wasn’t a romantic proposal, but they are going steadily and are wanting it to be serious.  IF they don’t break up (God willing), my youngest brother will be the second one to marry.
Okay, so he got engaged before New Years – but it happened RECENTLY, so it still counts!

6.  Went out with a friend, on a “date”.   It was just the two of us (B.A and myself), going to dinner a few days after his birthday, but it was a DATE!  (mainly, due to the fact no one else from my family went with us, and He asked Me out!)  I can’t remember the last time I went out alone … the first time I was asked, was for the High School winter dance, but that failed to pan out.  Poor kid moved halfway across the state a month before the dance.

7. Found the chipmunk CD.
Dad said that if I found the Compact-Disk with the Chipmunks (1963 original Chipmunks, not the remake), I could play the songs.
Heh.
Tore the house apart looking for that beloved music disk because I WANTED to hear the crazy Chipmunks and their adaptation to beloved classic Christmas tales, so bad.  They were a favorite of mine growing up – and one of the few bands/groups I could listen to nonstop.  (Plus, it’s not Santa or Frosty or Rudolf, so even now I don’t get tired of them after a few repeated lyrics).
Yes, I did put the house back together again … least, most of the mess I created was taken care of.

8.  Finished crocheting a lap-throw.  Only took five days.  Instructions said it was supposed to be a 5 ½ hour project.
Maybe if I had actually used the RIGHT SIZED HOOK!  (Honestly, the biggest hook I could find in the house was a “K” and the project suggested a “Q” or size necessary to obtain proper gauge.  I need to figure out how not to be so tight in my stitching.
Perhaps I could have used my fingers for a larger spacing?  That might have worked out fairly well – but four skeins of yarn later, not interested in tearing the thing apart and starting over.


Why stop here?  There's lots more I can (and should) be glad for.  And they all happened within the last eight days or thereabouts.
However, I am WAY past the two minutes, so signing off.


 

True reason for the season
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Answers in Genesis
article:
In the true Christmas story, the Prince of Peace takes on human flesh, conquers sin and Satan by His death and Resurrection, and reconciles sinful believers to the holy God.

The Christmas classic ballet The Nutcracker spins the tale of a wooden nutcracker whose fight against the evil Mouse King transforms him back to a prince. The true Christmas story is far more miraculous and magnificent: the Prince of Peace took on human flesh, conquered sin and Satan by His death and Resurrection, and reconciles sinful believers to the holy God.
As the Son of God, this Prince has reigned in harmony with His Father from eternity past. The Bible begins with the truth of the Creator: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). The Gospel of John begins similarly and identifies the Agent of Creation as the Son: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1–3).
AT CHRISTMAS TIME, WE CELEBRATE THE DAY THAT THE ETERNAL CREATOR ENTERED HIS CREATION.
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It can't be over yet!
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The instant December 25th is over, ALL Christmas music is dropped.
Listening to the radio, I slowly became aware that some stations began playing “regular” music before the day was over.
They didn’t even have the courtesy to wait for “The Day After Christmas” to change the theme!
I say, December is still here!
Don’t put decorations away or clear away all signs of the festivities just yet!
January 1st comes soon enough on its own.  No need to hurry.
Why rush the process?  Give yourself some breathing room between Christmas and New Years.  Take a moment to relax.
REST.
ENJOY this time, as you are able – to realize that the year (and its hectic holiday season) is almost over.

Why is it that Christmas is dropped like a hot potato?
Hmm, reminds me of the President Election right after the Electoral College cast their vote.
The day Trump’s win was confirmed by the states, all news coverage of the election was dropped.
It seems major news networks didn’t even wait for shouts of denials, cries of foul, screams of frustration, to finish echoing before they changed topics to just about anything and everything else.

Gone, not forgotten
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~ anonymous ~
God’s finger touched her and she slipped away
From earth’s dark shadows to a brighter day;
God saw the road was getting rough,
The hills were hard to climb;
He gently closed her weary eyes,
And whispered, “Peace be thine.”
To a beautiful garden this friend has gone,
To a land of perfect rest;
Though she is gone she still lives on
In the garden of eternity.
~ Unknown~


Death is only an old door set in a garden wall.
On quiet hinges it gives at dusk, when the thrushes call.
Along the lintel are green leaves, beyond, the light lies still;
Very weary and willing feet go over that sill.
There is nothing to trouble any heart, nothing to hurt at all.
Death is only an old door in a garden wall.
~ Nancy Byrt Turner

What is love?
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Love Never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut.
Love doesn’t have a swelled head,
Love doesn’t force itself on others.
Love isn’t always “Me first”
Love doesn’t fly off the handle.
Love doesn’t keep score of the sins of others.
Love doesn’t revel when others grovel.
Love takes pleasure in the flowering of truth.
Love puts up with anything.
Love trusts God always.
Love always looks for the best,
Love never looks back,
Love keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.  Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end, understanding will reach its limit.  [Knowledge and wisdom will be rendered useless].

True love disciplines.  Honest love will NOT let consequences slide.  Pure love chastens and rewards.
Love is more than sweet, soft feeling of supreme delight.  Love is passionate – Jesus Christ, who is the PRIME example of  love complete, threw thieves, merchants, and money-exchangers out of the Lord’s Temple!  He did not sin then, for Jesus the Messiah, sinned not – he suffered Temptation, was tested by Satan, tried at the cross, and rose after Calvary.

Love is tough.  It has to be, to bring its children up in the straight and narrow.
Love will not compromise – it does not lie, not to family, not to friends, not to self, not to enemies.
Love can be harsh.  Truth is harsh.  Together, they save lives.
Love does not gloss over – it can be blunt; it can be direct, it can be soothing, it can be peaceful.
Love will never end.  For God so loved us that He gave us His one and only son, so that we might have life everlasting with him.

Short & sweet
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Title: Simple starts.
Rating: K+
Author: Rose0mary
T-Universe: Generation 1
Characters: Prowl, Sunstreaker
Prompt:   pride goeth before…
Summary: It started with a common enemy: the always-chaotic repair bays.

A Fall.

Sunstreaker suspected he knew why Prowl avoided medical bays like scraplets.  It wasn’t Ratchet’s cheery disposition either.
Mechs said Sunstreaker was vain, and perhaps he was, obsessing over his paint job and threatening to kill anyone who scratched his just-waxed finish.
What those mechs never saw when the yellow hellion clenched his fists, throwing punches at those who got too close, was Prowl’s microscopic smile.
A nod of thanks.
Sunstreaker had no problem yelling at Ratchet – or helping Prowl avoid the medic’s tender mercies while the 2IC let his mask slip privately.  Only after the mental equilibrium had been restored,  would the tactician allow himself to be ‘cornered’ and checked over.

Characters: Sideswipe, Sunstreaker
Prompt: Prowl/Sunstreaker – pride goeth before…
Notes: I have no idea where this came from.
Shame

Having the reputation as berserkers did not endear the twins to Autobot Command.
Sideswipe was okay with being considered crazy, murderous, and short-tempered mechenoid.   Their perception of him did not change who he was, or how he reacted to situations.  (Plus, for the first dozen vorns, it meant nomech, nomech at all, thought of him as the prankster plaguing whichever of a hundred bases they’d been stationed at.
Sunstreaker, did not react well.
His outgoing brother tried cheering him up – mainly gossip or tales of events – but always, the fact they were seen as broken, simply because they grew up in Kaon, dragged him down, and he’d start reacting exactly the way others expected him to.
Mainly, breaking things and destroying sparks, because “everyone knew, twins were maulers, with no thought of right or wrong, no disguising between allies and enemies”.
Then they ended up with Prime, under Prowl’s command.
Prowl took one look at Sunstreaker and saw something no other mech had noticed.
A hurting spark that needed positive confirmation.
Good leaders knew how to compliment, how to build up, how to encourage.  Under Optimus’s gentle guidance, Prowl was learning and applying those lessons to the troops.
Sunstreaker benefited most – and the twins never fled from an Autobot base again.


 

Chocolaty goodness
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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake
Crust
1 ½ cups crushed cholate sandwich cookies (about 15)
2 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsals, divided

Filing:
2 packages (8 oz each) chreem cheease, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
¾ cup evaporated milk
½ cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
Combine cookie crums with butter in medium bown until moistened: press onto bottom of ungreased 9-inch springform (pie) pan.  Sprinkle with 1 cup morsels.

Beat cream cheese, sugar and vinlla extract in large mixer bowl until smooth.  Beat in eggs and flour.  Gradually beat in evaported milk and sour cream.  Pour over crust.
Sprinkle with remaining morsels.
Bake for 25 minutes.  Cover loosely with foil
continue Baking for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until edge is set, but center still moves slightly.  Place in refrigerator immedietly: refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
Remove side of springform pan.  (1 pie = 12 slices or thereabouts)

Alternate: Cheesecake may be baked in 13x9 inch baking pan. 
Prepare as above.
Bake in preheated 300 degree F oven for 20 minutes.  Cover loosely with foil.
Bake  for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

(No, I am not addicted to chocolate.  ... okay, so maybe I am - nothing wrong with eating chocolate made from cocoa beans / real cacoa)

More Holiday baking
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Toll House Pan Cookies

2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12 oz package) of Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (can use regular size or minis, or chunks, or bitter-sweet chips)
1 cup chopped nuts (Optional!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease 15x10-inch jelly-roll pan.
Prepare dough
(Combine flour baking soda, and salt in small bowl.
(In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until creamy
(add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
(Gradually beat in flour mixture – ½ cup to ¾ cup at a time.  Stir in Semi-Sweet morsels and nuts.)
Spread dough into prepared pan.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool in pan (upside down?) on wire rack.
When cool, cut into bars.

Should make about 4 dozen rectangle pieces.

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Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies

2 cups (12 oz. pkg). Semi-Sweet Chocolate morsels, divided
½ cup (1 stick) butter or margarine (cut into pieces)
3 large eggs
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract.
¼ tsp. baking soda
1/3 cup chopped nuts.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease 13x9 inch baking pan.

Melt 1 cup morsels and butter in large, heavy-duty saucepan over low heat: stir until smooth.
Remove from heat.
Stir in eggs.
Stir in flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.
Stir in remaining 1 cup morsels (semi-sweet chips) and nuts.
Spread into prepared baking pan.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky.
Cool completely in pan on wire rack (upside down?)
Should make about 2 dozen bars, when cut.

Holiday baking
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Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies
¾ cup butter or ¾ cup Crisco vegetable shortening
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup firmly backed brown sugar
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
2 ¾ cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries

Heat oven to 375 F. Coat baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.
Beat shortening, (white) sugar and brown sugar in large bowl on medium speed with electric mixture until creamy.
Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
Beat into shortening mixture until blended.
Stir in oats, cranberries and walnuts.
Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

Bake 10 to 13 minutes or until lightly brown.
Wait 2 minutes before moving cookies onto wire rack and cool completely.
(Should yield about 3 dozen cookies)

Ultimate Chocolate Chip cookies
 ¾ cup Vegetable shortening (Crisco) – or ¾ cup butter
1 ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 ¾ All-Purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt.
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Heat Oven to 375 F.
Beat shortening and brown sugar in large bowl on medium speed until light and fluffly.
Beat in milk, vanilla and egg.
In separate bowl Combine flour, salt and baking soda.
Stir dry ingredients into shortening mixture until blended.
Stir in chocolate chips and pecans (if desired).
Drop by tablespoons 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 13 minutes until lightly browned.
Remove from oven, cool on pan about 2 minutes.  Remove cookies to wire rack and finish cooling completely.

(should make about 3 dozen cookies)

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