Wednesday, October 1, 2014
For Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST, 2014
81 DAYS UNTIL WINTER
Sunrise: 7:25 am
Sunset: 7:10 pm
Life is a Special Occasion!
OCTOBER IS… Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, American Pharmacist Month, Apple Jack Month, Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Clergy Appreciation Month, Computer Learning Month, Positive Attitude Month, Cookie Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Eat Country Ham Month, International Drum Month, Lupus Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month, National Pizza Month, National Vegetarian Month, National Popcorn Popping Month, Sarcastic Month, Seafood Month, Halloween Safety Month and last but not least for me anyway…October means it’s Pumpkin Season!
Today is Homemade Cookies Day! Rather than stop by the store for your favorite brand of cookie, bake up your own batch of cookies today! Whether you use a family recipe or browse online for a fun new recipe to try, today is the perfect day to bake up delicious cookies.
This week is National Walk Your Dog Week
If you can't see the Bright Side, polish the dull side
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
Nothing Says Lovin' Like Something from the Oven
October’s cooler days mean that I’ll definitely be baking more and homemade cookies are always a treat. I did a search on the favorite cookie and this is what I found. Oreo’s seem to be the favorite store bought cookie, but for homemade Chocolate Chip heads the list.
This recipe has an Oreo baked inside a Chocolate Chip Cookie
You take a ball of cookie dough and smoosh it on the top of an Oreo. Then you take another ball of cookie dough and smoosh it on the bottom of the Oreo. Moosh it all together to seal the Oreo in and there you have it…one outrageous cookie.
2 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
10 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 package Oreo cookies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add to the wet mixture and combine thoroughly. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill the dough for 15 minutes to make it easier to work with and to keep the dough from spreading when baking.
Using a cookie scoop place one scoop of dough on top of an Oreo cookie. Place another single scoop on the bottom of the Oreo to create a cookie sandwich. Seal the edges together to completely close in the Oreo.
Place the balls of cookie dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 9 to 13 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
For many of us, cookies are the very first thing that we learned to make in the kitchen; because they don't require the use of sharp objects or direct heat, they’re safe for young, beginner cooks. Not only are cookies relatively simple to make, but baking a batch can teach us important basic foundations and principles about cooking and baking in general.
Many of us learned that if we were not careful in preparing the ingredients for a cookie recipe, the results were unsatisfactory. Too much flour would result in a thick and cakey cookie, while butter that was too soft would cause the cookies to run all over the sheet pan. Cookie recipes taught us to be observant and careful.
Cookies taught us to be consistent. The final step of making cookies is placing them on a sheet pan and whether you’re making chocolate chip cookies or gingerbread men, the goal is to be consistent so that they bake evenly. Lastly, cookies taught us to be appreciative of cooking.
The pictures today are just a few of my grandchildren taken last October with their pumpkins
I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!
84 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS
Be the hostess with the mostest. Check with family, friends and calendars now to prepare for holiday overnighters. With plenty of time to prepare, you and your family can be warm and gracious hosts.
COUNTING MY GIFTS
Happiness is Homemade
I have counted at least 3 things every day that I'm thankful for almost 2 years and have now reached 2000 gifts. On my way now to 3000. I'm not stopping, but will continue on counting. There is always, always something to be thankful for.
2087. for homemade cookies
2088. for cooler days to enjoy baking
2089. for my old oven it still works
Enter into His courts with thanksgiving — and in His presence is fullness of Joy!
PRAYER FOR OUR TROOPS
Please pray for God's protection of
our troops and HIS wisdom for their
Lord, hold our troops in
your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the
selfless acts they perform for us
in our time of need. I ask this in the
name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
AND bless our Police Officers, Firefighters
and Paramedics and EMT's
GOD BLESS YOU ALL !
ADVICE FOR TODAY
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
A little smile, a word of cheer,
A bit of love from someone dear…