Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Alex is sure attached to his Buddy.
This picture says it all.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The only time I have a hard time is if I haven't eaten the RIGHT food and I get hungry. It is very important to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks on a regular time schedule so you don't get hungry. Well, I hadn't eaten since breakfast, I was at Maryellen's when Heather VG brought the family dinner around 5pm. Included was a bag of fresh, warm chocolate chip cookies.
I caved. I ate one. The best thing I have ever tasted in my entire life. So of course I ate another one. Then another one. Then one for the road. Four Chocolate Chip Cookies!
On the drive home I came to the conclusion that diets are pointless and definitely outdated and don't work anyway. Why would anyone choose to live without chocolate chip cookies? Clearly I was not thinking clearly (maybe a sugar rush) but I seriously drove home thinking I can't live without another one of Heather's Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies! Tonight, I will not sleep. I will lie awake, cursing V8 juice and sugar free yogurt, and if I sleep - I will dream...of chocolate chip cookies.
Here's a recipe (not necessarily Heather VG's recipe):
1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
3/4 cup (160 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups (315 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (270 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (100 grams) walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) with rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter. Add the white and brown sugars and beat until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and beat until incorporated, adding the chocolate chips about half way through mixing. If you find the dough very soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).
For large cookies, use about a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop or with two spoons, drop about 2 tablespoons of dough (35 grams) onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake about 12 - 14 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely on wire rack.
Makes about 4 dozen - 3 inch round cookies
Note: You can freeze this dough. Form the dough into balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Freeze and then place the balls of dough in a plastic bag, seal, and freeze. When baking, simply place the frozen balls of dough on a baking sheet and bake as directed - may have to increase baking time a few minutes.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Morgan Freeman's character was loving and everybody's grandpa, and Jack Nicholson's character was just what you would expect, a crotchedy mean old rich guy. What was on their list? See something majestic. Do something to help a stranger for good. Kiss the most beautiful girl in the world. Get in touch. Go skydiving. Drive a Shelby 350. Hunt the big cat. etc. etc.
It certainly did make us think - so much so that we had to head over to Friendly's for Hot Fudge Sundaes to sit and discuss our own bucket lists. What is it that we would put on our list? (We all agreed we need some rich guy to finance our lists.)
Larish - go on a Windjammer Cruise
Tyler - Bike across the country (west to east), Hike the Appalachian Trail
Maryellen - Go to Ireland and Hawaii, Visit the Grand Canyon
Sue - Go on an African Safari (I decided the one at Busch Gardens would do!), Drive along the Gaspe Peninsula, Visit the Grand Canyon (I smell a Grand Canyon trip Thelma and Louise!)
So...what is on your bucket list? Does your list include lofty aspirations like write a novel, find the cure for cancer? Let's hear what is on your list.
For some, MS is a slow disease that becomes more and more debilitating over time. For others, MS comes like a thief in the night and takes over. It's been a rough road for the last 10 years, but Brenna has handled it with grace and dignity. For the most part, she has remained positive and cheerful. Brenna is a natural beauty as you can see from the picture, and has a beautiful smile. I love her dry sense of humor, and she has the fastest comeback of anyone I know. She can always keep us laughing. Sometimes so hard we wet our pants, especially if we have dropped her trying to gracefully transfer from wheelchair to van seat!
Brenna is now very sick with the Multiple Sclerosis working overtime on her tired body. Very soon she will be free from the limitations this disease has placed on her. I know she will be in a better place. Won't you all join me in praying for peace for Brenna and her family as she makes this final journey here on earth? Her family is my family, I love them all, and I know they could use all of our prayers.
I love you Bren. Thank you for enriching my life.