Cookies Make Everything Better

Hi, y’all.  🙂

First, thank y’all so much for indulging me with the last post and even more for reading it. I know it’s my blog and I can write about whatever I want…and I will always do that…but without you reading it would just be a journal or something. So thank you. 🙂   I have a few more things to add about that topic and will mix them into the randoms then I’ll move on til the next incident of athlete behaving badly.  🙂

Thank you to the new subscribers. 🙂  When I switched to this blog I was worried about expressing myself but holding back just isn’t me.

Words I will always live by so thanks for embracing that whether you agree with my point of view or not.  🙂

Since we last met…

Panera in the car.  Yum.  But is it really a grilled cheese if it’s not cut diagonally? One of life’s most philosophical mysteries.  😉

So this happened.

Remember that $10k package of maroon M&Ms I bought a while back?  Well I also had a full jar of Cookie Butter that I need to use.  So I made some Monster Cookies.

3 Eggs, 1/2 cup each brown and white sugars, 2 tsp vanilla, 2 tsp baking soda and 1 cup nectar butter of the Gods (Cookie Butter). 🙂

4 cups Oats and 8 oz M&Ms.

Baked 350* for 12 minutes.

I will most definitely use Cookie Butter in this recipe again.  But next time I think I’ll use butterscotch chips.  Don’t get me wrong these are really good.  I just think with it being cinnamon everything time of the year butterscotch chips and some more cinnamon in these would be divine.

Randoms…

  • In the year 2015 people are still this misguided / awful / hateful?  I don’t know what antiquated research this judge cited but it’s funny…the most horrible parents I know are all (as far as they let on) heterosexual.

 

  • Someone actually contacted me once here on this blog and wanted to know if I’m gay.  Not that it’s any of your business but no I am not.  Someone important to me is.  But ya know what?  Even if I didn’t know one single gay person I’d still call hateful people out on their bullsh..  Because this is 2015 and it’s way past time for this to stop being a conversation.

I don’t know where you’re located, Grace Lutheran Church but Amen x infinity. 🙂

 

  • Humanity, we have a problem.

 

  • Those are screenshots of commenters blaming the victim or minimizing her bruises. There are more comments like this than I cared to sit around and count.  I have zero problem posting these here.  They posted their comments on public comment sections.

  • Y’all just keep right on shining a light on yourselves.   And don’t think we don’t see how defensive y’all are getting at being called out for supporting him.  Really boys (well mostly boys) y’all know you’re wrong…stop acting out when being called on it.

  • Have y’all seen these scales that just tell you how much you’ve lost or gained?

 

  • I was on high dose steroids for a good part of this year.  From March to June I gained 12 pounds and then from Aug to Oct 13 pounds.  I’d reset the scale though between the two (thinking I was thru taking them and could start trying to get the weight off).  The scale just goes up (or down) so like I gained 13 pounds and didn’t reset it…have now lost enough to take it down to 4.6.  Am I making sense? If you don’t reset it won’t show your minuses on the way down til you get back to where you were when you set it the last time.  Anyway.  I like it a lot.  The model I have lets you see your progress without the emphasis on the actual numbers.  I just checked the website though for the link and it looks like newer models can do both…actual weight or just the plus / minuses.

 🙂

And lastly…

 

  • A reader reached out to me re: the domestic violence post and named some abusive musicians (because I put so much music on here).  I addressed this with him but want to say it here too.  I can’t be responsible for knowing the background of every single person in the public eye.  What I can be responsible for is not supporting that person in any way once I DO know about their history.  I don’t honestly think I’ve ever used the music of a domestic abuser on either blog but if I have and you want to call me on it…please do.  Because what you’ll get in return won’t be a bunch of excuses or defensive nonsense.  What you’ll get is that video’s immediate removal.  🙂

Y’all have a good weekend. 🙂

…and Keith, you always make things better too.  😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Laid Plans

Hey, y’all.  🙂

First…thank you to those of you who reached out re: the randoms from the last few posts.  I’ll definitely keep doing them. 🙂  Also…if you email me a bunch of rage filled nonsense because you don’t agree with me…I seriously just roll my eyes and delete.  Don’t waste your time.  My space…my thoughts. 🙂

So I don’t know if y’all know this but a fractured tailbone hurts like hell.  I’m sure you’re thinking no shi kidding, texas girl 😉 but I really didn’t think it would be this bad.  I haven’t really done much…well anywhere…but esp in the kitchen so I don’t have a lot to share.

Let’s see…

I’ve become ‘addicted’ to chicken and beef pot pies.  Some day when (if) I ever get some energy I’m going to try making homemade pot pies in a pan made specifically for it that I got a couple years ago but have never used.

I’d always heard about Freddy’s but there used to only be 2 in the Houston area…both located in parts of town I don’t visit.  Now there’s one in a part of town I do visit a lot so I finally tried it out.  Let’s just say I wasn’t impressed…with the food.  The custard on the other hand…I can’t wait to have again.  There was just nothing hype worthy about the burger.  And their pickle game?  A very strong F.   Give me a Whataburger any day and twice on Sunday.  The custard though was outstanding.  It’s a good thing it’s located in a horror of a traffic stop so it’s not super easy to just whip in for a custard shake every single time I drive by.  😉

If you skimp on icing I can’t respect youSorry. 😉  Sorry x 2, Sister B. 🙁  I made extra just for you.

In the texas girl casa we fight over the scrap stacks. 😉

As you can see a few pics above I made the cake in 9 x 13 pan only to have issues with physically getting to that size cake holder…thank you fractured tailbone…so I had to cut it in half and use a round cake holder.

At the time of this post that’s as far as I’ve gottenI’ll add a clean layer tomorrow after it’s rested / ‘soaked’ in some overnight.

So it’s birthday weekend and I had a fun trip planned but health and weather issues have ruined it.  🙁  So I made a cake. Red Velvet as always.  It looks kinda sad and ridiculous right now but it tastes good…or it will based on the scraps.  Here’s the post I wrote a few years ago as an homage to the grandparents anniversary / shared birthday / red velvet thing.  Muchos love to them this weekend. 🙂  And happy birthday to a certain someone else in my life whose b day is also this weekend.  🙂

Mostly because of the weather but also tailbone we’re staying in and then doing the whole b day meal out thing in a few weeks when things are better.

Hope y’all have a good weekend.  See ya soon.  🙂

Another Keeper

Yesterday would have been my Meme’s 96th birthday.  I’ve written about her here and here.  As a way of keeping their memories alive I always make certain foods on my loved ones birthdays / aniversaries / etc.  Normally I’d do some chicken fried steak in her honor but I just don’t have the energy for that right now so I stuck with chocolate chip cookies.  And let me tell y’all…they were fabulous.  🙂

These weren’t just any old cookies.  They were malted milk chocolate chip cookies. Recipe at the end of post.

The tan-ish color stuff is the malted milk powder.  I’d never used it before.

Forget what I said on Monday about making the apple dumplings right away.  Make THESE right now. They were so delicious.  And I think made a perfect tribute to my Meme.  🙂

Along with my love of cookies, chicken fried and cooking in general she was also 100% responsible for my love of Elvis.   Happy Birthday, Meme.  You were the very best. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtsmuVA0m7c

Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 cup (2 Sticks) softened Butter

3/4 cups Brown Sugar

3/4 cups Sugar

2 Eggs

2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

2 cups All-purpose Flour

1 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 1/4 teaspoon Salt

1/2 cup (scooped…don’t level off) Malted Milk Powder

1 bag Milk Chocolate Chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 325*.

Cream butter.

Add sugars and mix til fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.

Sift together flour, malted milk powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add to butter mixture til combined.

Add chocolate chips.

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes.  I used the convection oven and it barely took these 8 minutes so keep an eye on your first pan to gauge time.

 

 

Make this Now + Arm Update

Hey, y’all.  Happy Monday.  🙂

So I did it.  I got in the kitchen this weekend and made a couple things.

I think y’all know me well enough by now to know that we’ll just go ahead and start with dessert first. 😉

This was really good and so easy to make.  Perfect for fall apple / cinnamon time.

Apple Dumplings

I was pretty much done with the recipe by the time I realized the camera lens has a smudge of something on it.  Sorry for the haze on some of these.

1/2 cup White Sugar 

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Couple dashes of Cinnamon Spice

1 can Crescent Rolls

Apple Pie Filling.  You can use real apples but I wasn’t in the mood to mess with peeling and coring.

Rolled up.

1 stick melted Butter  and a splash of Vanilla added to the cinnamon / sugar mixture.

Mixed well.

Pour over dumplings.

6 oz of Mountain Dew poured around and over dumplings.

Baked for 25 minutes at 350*I used my convection oven which cooks a little faster.  Regular oven will probably be closer to 30 – 35 minutes.

Blue Bell.  All the Blue Bell.  😉    If you know me in real life you know that I only tolerate 2 kinds of ice cream…homemade and Blue Bell.  Blue Bell you were gone way too long.  🙂

Not that I wouldn’t eat 3 big scoops…but those are little scoops of ice cream.

This got thumbs up all around in the texas girl household.  So simple and definitely a keeper.  🙂

I’ll have the main dish up later in the week.

I have more doctor stuff tomorrow but not sure what else the week has in store.

****Gross Pic Warning****

So this was how my left arm looked a couple weeks ago when I first shared pics here…

…and this is how it looks today…

A lot better.  But

…this is how the right arm looks today…

…worse than it’s ever looked.  🙁

This is just so frustrating.  Oh well…maybe I’ll get some for sure answers someday soon.

In the meantime…

See y’all soon.  🙂

 

Baby Steps

Hey…how was y’all’s weekend?  Good I hope.  🙂

I took some baby steps back into the kitchen.  Not gonna lie…it feels both good and daunting.  I just have so little energy right now…I kinda run out half way thru whatever I’m doing.

First up…Brownies. 🙂

Those may or may not be actual licks…in the bowl. 😉

Next…Mexican Cornbread.

Quite possibly the best thing I’ve eaten in months.

Dorito Burgers 

1/2 pound of 80 / 20 ground beef

2 big handfuls of Doritos crushed up

Couple sprinkles of Taco seasoning

Make shift press. Large soup can covered in foil.

Smothered in cheese, salsa and sour cream.

So delicious.  I think we all could have just eaten a couple pans of cornbread and nothing else though…it was that good. 🙂

A batch of gluten – free pancakes for Mama B. I make her up a batch every couple weeks and she freezes them in individual servings so they’re ready to go.

Banana Pancakes

1 cup Cup4Cup gluten – free flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

dash of cinnamon

2 tbsp sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 very ripe banana

 

Cup4Cup, I might not need you anymore but I still think you’re the very best gluten – free ingredient ever invented. 🙂

Not sure what’s on tap this week.  I have my big appointment with the new rheumatologist today. Fingers crossed she can help me figure out what is going on with all the scary bruising.  I just know she’s going to put me back on Methotrexate and I’m dreading it so much.  I was on it before and it gave me the most horrific ulcer. But at this point I’ll do whatever I have to do to get better.  I can’t take much more of this. 

Everything in life is better with some Motown in the background so let’s have a little Motown Monday for luck. 🙂