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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

half-sugar cookies

For more than 30 years, I have not put a lot of sugar in cookies (or other baked items). They turn out just fine and now when I taste a cookie with the full amount of sugar, it is SO sweet. Too sweet! At one time, I used honey, but finally, I just started using half the amount of sugar. I usually try to use raw sugar, whether it helps or not, I do not know. But, I refuse to buy those fake sugars. I get tickled when people say, 'I bought this and there is no sugar in it!' Well, it is sweet. What is in it? I had a doctor tell me, when aspartame came out, to leave it alone. Have you noticed they don't even list that any more. They use another name for it that means the same.
Recently, I discovered a peanut butter by Peanut Butter and Co. I like the Dark Chocolate Dream. When I get to craving a Reese cup, I get a spoonful of that and know I did not eat all the fake sugar in the candy. It is cheaper at the grocery store, BTW, than from the Internet.
A couple months ago, I could not find it, so bought a small jar of hazelnut chocolate, not even thinking to read the label. Mistake! I tasted it and realized I had wasted my money. Today, however, I made cookies with it and there was enough sugar, I did not add ANY sugar to the cookie dough! They are delicious, if anything a little too sweet. :)

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Connecting with Friends

As Aggravated as I get with the Internet and computing, it is a blessing sometimes. Within the last half hour, I have talked via email with a good friend in Brazil and then via Facebook with a good friend in Alaska! That is really neat.
We have friends all around the world and to think, we thought we'd be in our home town all our lives and only know those we knew there. But, God had other plans for our lives which includes many, MANY  friends!!
Hello to ALL of them!
(as if very many of them even read this! ha!) But, I had to say it.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Well, it looks like pumpkin because it looks so orange, but it is watermelon. A seedless watermelon. Not as many seeds as a regular one, but a lot more than we expected. Steve said he would dry some of the seeds and plant them so we could grow seedless watermelons.  Think it will work? Can you grow seedless watermelons from seeds?

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Geraldine Eib Koblenz posted this on her facebook page. I think it is so lovely and fits my theme.

Thank you, Geraldine Eib Koblenz, for letting me put it on my blog.


My 200th Post. I imagine it would have happened a long time ago if I had not been busy with the family tree!