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Month: July 2020

Sweet Treat

You know what makes a day better? A Sweet Treat!

Whether you’re making homemade cookies or fruit bars a good recipe always helps. One of my personal favorites is the cookies from DoubleTree hotel. One side effect of the Coronavirus is that tourism is down. In an attempt to keep their brand name positive, DoubleTree released the recipe for their famous cookies. Now before I share it, know that you can always stop by a DoubleTree anywhere in the world, go to the front desk and ask for a free cookie or 3. 🙂

Doubletree Signature Cookie Recipe

Makes 26 cookies

226 grams butter, softened (2 sticks)

164 grams granulated sugar

150 grams packed light brown sugar

2 large eggs

6.25 ml vanilla extract

1.25 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

280 grams flour

45 grams rolled oats

6 grams baking soda

6 grams salt

Pinch cinnamon

465 grams good quality chocolate chips

220 grams chopped walnuts

Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.

With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix. Remover bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.

Refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat oven to 150 ° C.

Bake for 20 to 23 golden brown and center is still soft. Remove from oven and cool on minutes, or until edges are baking sheet

Cook’s note: You can freeze the cookies, for about 1 hour and there’s no need to thaw.

Preheat oven to 150 ° C and place frozen cookies on parchment paper lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Use your Mark I Eyeball Tonight!

Hello, world.
Its a rough day, so why not post something unique.
Here’s a great quote from Obama and while I didn’t vote for him, I have come to appreciate him more.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” the former president told a group of young activists at an Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago in late October. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”

I have flaws, you have flaws and while we don’t advertise them, they are still there. I can think of 100 different things to be ashamed of, that would outright revolt some people from ever wanting to talk to me again. I have a set of friends who are married, who long ago once told me that I stretch the boundaries too far and that they don’t like hanging out with me sometimes. Keep in mind, I don’t do drugs or anything outright illicit, but I have been known to speed when driving, and use a bit of clout to get a discount or upgrade I might not qualify for.

So where am I going with this?
Regardless of your faith, the core of it is that we are all imperfect and we can do better. For some of us, we are saved through grace, some though works, some transcend when they further understand what that one thing is that connects it all. For me today, that one thing is love. Love of all the world has to offer, and all that it has and will take away. I love you and miss you. I thank you for being in my life and hope to grow as a human through a greater understanding of love.

Lastly, if you are looking up to the moon tonight, there is a new Comet to see: NEOWISE. You don’t need a telescope, just the Mark I eyeball. Take a look tonight, NEOWISE won’t make it back to the inner solar system for 6,800 years.
If you miss it tonight, look up to the moon, its the same majestic & wonderful moon we all see.

Thank you for reading & Peace be with you x3

Full Moon Tonight!

Most of the time, the full moon isn’t perfectly full. We always see the same side of the moon, but part of it is in shadow. Only when the moon, Earth and the sun are perfectly aligned is the moon 100% full, and that alignment produces a lunar eclipse

And sometimes — once in a blue moon — the moon is full twice in a month (or four times in a season, depending on which definition you prefer). [The Moon: 10 Surprising Facts]

This month’s full moon occurs on Sunday, July 5 at 3:33 a.m. PDT, but the moon will appear full the night before and after its peak to the casual stargazer. July’s full moon is known as the Buck Moon, though it has many other nicknames by different cultures. 

Remember this night!

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