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Fresh and Fruity Spinach Salad

This might sound strange, but I promise this salad is AMAZING!

 

Baby spinach

Fresh strawberries

Feta cheese

Italian dressing

Fresh peaches (optional)

Chopped pecans (optional)

 

1.  Fill a large salad bowl with baby spinach leaves

2. Slice fresh strawberries and throw in the bowl

3. Dice fresh preaches and add them in if you want

4. Crumble up a chunk of feta over everything

5. Toss in a couple handfuls of chopped pecans if you like some crunch

6. Drizzle with a small amount of italian dressing

7. Toss it all together and serve.

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Life is Short

Life is short, so live it,

Is no time for holding back.

don’t give up, don’t just quit,

Time won’t cut one any slack.

this is not a time for hate,

For  pointless petty grudges.

Happiness is what we need,

to truly live life at all.

And, with a good life lead,

Love for one, love for all.

 

 

 

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Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

This is one of my favorite peanut butter cookie recipes, because it’s so simple and so delicious.

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2 cups smooth peanut butter (I use Jif brand)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons baking soda

1.Move oven rack to the top position, and preheat to 350 degrees.

2. Stir the peanut butter and sugars together in a large bowl until well combined. Beat in eggs. Lastly, stir in vanilla and baking soda.

3. You can either roll dough into 1-inch balls or use a tablespoon scoop to drop the cookies on a greased cookie sheet.

4. Bake for 8 minutes. Let them cool on the cookie sheet a few minutes before transferring to wire cooling racks. Cookies will be kinda flat, but extremely soft and flavorful.

5. Variations: add 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips to the dough, or make a small impression in each dough ball with your finger a place a Hershey’s kiss on top.

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Peanut butter jelly gems: Make a small impression in each dough ball with your finger and fill it with your favorite jam or jelly before baking. I recommend strawberry jam 🙂

This recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies. Enjoy and happy baking!!

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Eggnog French Toast

This is a new favorite for the holidays! 🙂

1 cup eggnog

6 eggs

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

6-10 slices bread

1. Heat non-stick griddle or large non-stick frying pan on low.

2. Pour milk into a bowl or large measuring cup. Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon,and nutmeg. Whisk well until thoroughly mixed. Pour into a rectangular baking dish.

3. Submerge two pieces of bread side by side in eggnog mixture, moving them around to be sure they are covered. After 30seconds to 1 minute, turn bread over by hand and submerge other side until pretty soggy.

4. Place soaked bread on hot griddle, and cook 2-3 minutes on the first side. Then, flip each piece over and cook another 1-2 minutes on the second side or until slightly firm in the center.

5. Place cooked french toast on a plate, and repeat steps 3-5 to cook the rest.

The french toast can be served plain or with powdered sugar and syrup or fruit. Serves 3-5 people depending on how much bread is used.

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Dreams

Obstacles and dreams go hand-in-hand,

to achieve them means to overcome.

those who succeed are those that stand,

not just sit waiting for them to come.

Stand on the mountain and own your self,

and leap to a life of achievement.

fears and snubs won’t keep it on the shelf,

When the passion for it can’t be pent.

Take the plunge, it’s time to shine.

Show your passion, say “This is mine”

 

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Soft Snickerdoodles

These are the cookies that are referenced in one of my poems and are simply perfect for the holidays or any special occasion.

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2¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon baking soda

a dash of salt

1½ cups granulated sugar

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

¼ cup sugar (for rolling)

2-3 tablespoons cinnamon

 

1. Adjust oven rack to top position and heat oven to 375. Then, whisk the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl, and set aside.

 

2. Beat butter and sugar (except the ¼ cup granulated sugar for rolling) until creamy. Then, beat in eggs, vanilla, cream of tartar, and cinnamon (1 tsp). Add flour mixture and mix until just combined.

 

3. Mix ¼ cup sugar and 2-3 tablespoons of cinnamon in a shallow bowl. Roll dough into a 1-inch balls; roll each ball in cinnamon sugar mixture before placing them 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

 

4. For soft cookies, bake until just set (8-9 minutes). Add an extra minute or so for a crispier cookie. Let cookies cool for a few minutes of the baking sheets before using a spatula to transfer to wire cooling racks.

 5. Enjoy! Makes approx. 4 dozen cookies

 

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Warmth

Moments of comfort and pleasure,
like your bed on a rainy day,
those impossible to measure
that leave you complete in some way.

Being with the people you love,
after an absence much too long,
it envelopes you like a glove,
and feels sweeter than any song.

Cookies baking, the aroma.
So sweet with just a hint of spice
and the first soft bite, melting, ahhh
…Yes, it does feel that nice.

When you can convey how you feel,
with perfect words which flow and roll
from deep inside, sweet words so real.
Poetic words words can warm the soul.