Friday, December 30, 2011

Double Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies

This is my entry for the Zanussi Cookers make every meal a masterpiece competition.

3 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/2 cup of cocoa powder
4 oz. peppermint candy cane, ground into a powder
4 oz. peppermint candy cane, crushed (Save 2 oz. to sprinkle on cookies)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Start off by grinding the first 4 oz. of peppermint candy cane into a fine powder using a coffee grinder. Then take the other 4 oz. of peppermint candy cane and crush into little pieces using a food chopper/processor. Set aside.  
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, candy cane powder, 2 oz. of the crushed candy cane, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. 
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each egg. Then gradually add in the dry ingredient mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. 
Place 1 tablespoon of mixture into rows onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 4 minutes then sprinkle a bit of the extra crushed candy cane on top of each cookie and bake for another 5 to 7 minutes or until done. Remove cookie sheet from oven and let cookies cool for at least 2 minutes then place them onto a cooling rack and let cool.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednedsay - Amish Farmland

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Nikon D90 Giveaway @ Oh So Posh Photography

Here is a wonderful giveaway that will not only inspire both the amateur and professional photographer but also those who might hanging on the line just thinking about it. Oh So Posh Photography is giving away a beautiful Nikon D90 to one of their readers.

Here are the details for the camera:
Nikon D90 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

It's a dream come true. I highly recommend that you not only enter this wonderful giveaway but do a lot of browsing while your there. There's lots of beauty in store. Also if you get a moment, make sure you check out Oh So Posh Actions as well.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - Black and White

Wordless Wednesday - Black and WhiteSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Sunday, October 30, 2011

5 Minutes for Mom Christmas Giveaway 2011

With Christmas right around the corner, 5 Minutes for Mom is getting ready to begin their annual 5MinutesforMom CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY 2011! Starting on November 1st, the gals over at 5 Minutes for Mom will begin publishing their first giveaway with a new giveaway being published each day through to the end of November. You can enter one giveaway or all of them but each giveaway must be entered separately in order for a chance to win that specific prize.

Be sure to stop by 5 Minutes for Mom to read the Giveaway Rules. With great prizes for the whole family, this is an event you do not want to miss. See you there!

2011 Christmas Giveaway Prize List:  

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    Wednesday, September 14, 2011

    Wordless Wednedsay - Creme Filled

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    Wednesday, September 7, 2011

    I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Let Them Be Little

    I took this photo of my 2-year-old nephew during our visit to Dunkin Donuts. We had just left the farm and my sister and I thought the kids would enjoy a yummy donut. It was a great day of watching them be little.

    Share yours today!

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    Monday, August 15, 2011

    I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Beautiful Eyes

    My son was a little grumpy the day I took this photo.
    But it really helped to open up his beautiful eyes!
    Head on over to i heart faces and share yours.

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    Monday, August 8, 2011

    I Heart Faces Photo Challenge | Friendship

    A little laughter between friends.

    Share yours today!

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    Monday, July 4, 2011

    Happy Independence Day!

    Wishing everyone a blessed 4th of July!
    God Bless America!

    John 8:36 
    So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

    Psalm 118:5
    In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free.

    Psalm 119:32
    I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

    Psalm 119:45
    I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

    Luke 4:18-19

    The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

    John 8:32
    Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

    2 Corinthians 3:17
    Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

    Galatians 5:1
    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

    Ephesians 3:12
    In him [Christ] and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

    "The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were the general principles of Christianity. I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
    --Adams wrote this on June 28, 1813, in a letter to Thomas Jefferson.

    "The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever."
    --Adams wrote this in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 3, 1776.

    "The gospel of Jesus Christ prescribes the wisest rules for just conduct in every situation of life. Happy they who are enabled to obey them in all situations!"
    --The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush, pp. 165-166.

    "And as it is our duty to extend our wishes to the happiness of the great family of man, I conceive that we cannot better express ourselves than by humbly supplicating the Supreme Ruler of the world that the rod of tyrants may be broken to pieces, and the oppressed made free again; that wars may cease in all the earth, and that the confusions that are and have been among nations may be overruled by promoting and speedily bringing on that holy and happy period when the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ may be everywhere established, and all people everywhere willingly bow to the sceptre of Him who is Prince of Peace."
    --Samuel Adams as Governor of Massachusetts, Proclamation of a Day of Fast, March 20, 1797.

    "The hope of a Christian is inseparable from his faith. Whoever believes in the divine inspiration of the Holy Scriptures must hope that the religion of Jesus shall prevail throughout the earth. Never since the foundation of the world have the prospects of mankind been more encouraging to that hope than they appear to be at the present time. And may the associated distribution of the Bible proceed and prosper till the Lord shall have made 'bare His holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God' (Isaiah 52:10)."
    --Life of John Quincy Adams, p. 248.

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    Wednesday, May 18, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday - Life of the Amish

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    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday - Sweet Ham

    Wordless Wednesday - Sweet HamSocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

    Monday, February 28, 2011

    Anything But A Face! Photo Challenge | iheartfaces

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    Wednesday, February 2, 2011

    Wordless Wednesday - Enjoying the Snow

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    Monday, January 31, 2011

    People’s Choice Photo Challenge | iheartfaces

    So this is my first time entering one of I Heart Faces Photo Challenges. Here goes...

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