Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sorry I've not written, blame Mom

I'm so sorry I haven't written, Mom has to help me with the typing and she has been busy.  She went to that WORK place again on Friday and says she is going to go there again tomorrow.  I think that is OK, she seems pretty happy.  I want her to stay that way too!

The boys are out on the patio, being stoopid.  You know, they just cannot help it. Thankfully the lizards are not out there.  I'm sure they are terrified of the heathens. 

Mom tried to go clothes shopping today but nothing looked interesting.  So she came home and looked thru the closet and found some things she can wear for this week at least.  Whew!  Next weekend she has a 3 day weekend...a HOLIDAY already!  Yes, it is funny.  We kitties are not complaining of course.  We get to have Mom home an extra day.  She can go shopping to another mall maybe. 

Today the house got cleaned (bout time too) and Mom has stuff on the stove to make soup and she is going to make some 'Strong Arm Cookies' too.  The dough is in the fridge right now.  Don't tell but I am pretty darned sure that Mom is going to eat some of that dough. 

Isn't this cool?  It is MISTY only he has been changed just a bit.  Someone online in a place Mom frequents, did the picture modification.  It is really neat.

Just helped Mom make the bed.  I sat in the middle of the sheets, helping.  Mom made me MOVE off the bed.  But I was helping. 

Mom said I can share the recipe for the cookies.  And to make sure to tell you that they are called 'strong arm' cause you need a strong arm to stir them at the end.  Oh, and the dough is really yummy.  She also said that she uses Nestle's semi-sweet chocolate chunks (she had some) or some good semi-sweet chocolate chips can be used but to make sure to use good ones, not the cheap, full of wax kind of chips.  Here it is, now I must nap.  Helping with the bed making was hard work!

Strong Arm cookies (aka chocolate chip & cherry cookies)
• 12 T (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
• ¼ C solid vegetable shortening
• 2 C dark brown sugar, firmly packed
• 2 large eggs
• ½ C buttermilk
• 3 ¼ C flour
• 1 t baking powder
• 1 t salt
• 2 C pecan halves, toasted and cooled
• 2 C dried cherries
• 2 C chocolate chips

In large bowl, beat the butter and shortening on medium speed until will blended, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beat until the sugar is thoroughly creamed into the butter mixture. Thoroughly beat in the eggs, then stir in the buttermilk. Set aside

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Gently stir into the butter mixture until you can see no more flour. Stir in the nuts, cherries and chips. Chill the batter, tightly covered with plastic wrap, for at least an hour and up to overnight.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone nonstick sheet (Silpat) or parchment paper.

Using a 1/2 – tablespoon scoop, measure out a dozen evenly spaced cookies. Using the heel of your hand, gently push each cookie to flatten slightly. Bake for 8 to 11 minutes or until you can touch them lightly and leave almost no imprint.

Cool slightly on pan, remove and let cool completely. Store at room temp in an air tight container.

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