All you Saw was Sugar?

I never really look at a picture of someone else kids and only see whatever food or drink items they are holding. I just don’t work that way. When I see a picture on Facebook or online with someone’s happy children, I just see the smiles and happiness within the picture. Apparently when I posted this picture…

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All everyone saw was sugar? Are you freaking serious? My 4, 6 and 10 year old just walked about 1.5 miles  in preparation to walk another 1.5 miles back home and all you are going to do is say they shouldn’t have sugar. Yeah, you are right, maybe a long walk like that deserved a better energy type snack but the story behind the WHY we even walked to the store would make sense as to why they are holding their slushies {previously called Slush Puppies when I was young} and their choice of candy snack.

For one, I don’t buy candy on a regular basis. I am not a health freak but there are certain snacks that come on occasion. I have not had a ton of money lately so my kids get what they can get at this time, and not getting the fruits I would normally purchase because we basically will probably be living off of pasta for a month during our transition to a new place. That is just how it is.

I have lived this way before and I will do it again. I have zero issues allowing my daughter to spend her own money on her snack after taking such a long walk with me, who cares. It’s not like that zebra cake in her face is something I buy all of the time and even if I did, it’s my choice. Remember #strongmomsempower That means back off, and just share the happiness of my proud Mom moment showing off that my kids walked such a length, together, happily with their Mom and followed all safety rules during the walk.

I would much rather allow my kids to have sweets from time to time than let them grow up with having no sweets. Do you realize that once I hit 18 I spent near $300 on little debbie snacks because they were not something I could even have the luxury of fully enjoying as a kid? I know other adults that as a child were never, ever allowed to have any sweets and they became sweet aholics as adults. So to me, if I let the kids have their own little piece of the sweet world from time to time, then they will never really have that feeling of indulgence on them because I am teaching them that such food is okay in moderation.

Besides, you are only a kid once. My sons hate walking, so for them to walk near 3 miles without complaint? I personally feel that deserves a nice treat. The whole reason we walked anyways was because when I went to start my car to drive down there, it had no gas in it, so the kids decided let’s walk to get our slushy then. The store is about 1.5 miles down the road. So we walked down, took quick break and walked back.

Happily. Merrily. And yes, I let them have a sugar treat alongside a slushy and we even had my 24oz water bottle that we sucked down on way down to the store. It’s all good. I don’t raise my kids to make you happy, but please next time you want to post something that can be attempted to be judging or telling another parent what to do, think twice before you hit that little enter key. There is no need, just be happy that someone else is happy, thanks!

Make Your Own Sugar Cookies Recipe #foodie #recipe

This past weekend we had company over and the girls had a blast looking up ways to make their own sugar cookies. This is their creation. A delicious recipe and treat worth sharing with you all.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • pinch of salt

Mixing Sugar Cookies Ingredients

Additional Items Needed

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Plastic wrap or aluminum foil
  • Mixer
  • Baking sheet(s) x 2
  • Spoon for putting mix onto baking sheet

Sugar Cookie Dough Prepared for Firming

Start Making the Sugar Cookies

  • In a bowl, with mixer on medium, beat butter and sugar until fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla extract. On low, beat in flour and salt.
  • Divide dough in half; shape each half into a 1/2-inch-thick disk. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill until firm. {we used aluminum foil}
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • On floured surface, roll dough 1/8-inch thick; cut into shapes. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet(s). Bake until lightly golden around the edges, 10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes on sheets; transfer to racks to cool. Decorate as desired; store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks, or freeze, undecorated, up to 3 months.

Hershey Kisses on Sugar CookiesAdditional options for you to do could be to place a Hershey Kiss on top of each sugar cookie, the girls only had a handful of chocolate kisses, so they placed a few on some of the cookies. Place the kiss on the sugar cookies after they come out of the oven, to allow for the Hershey Kisses to “melt” into the cookie.

This recipe yields approximately 30 cookies.

Pecan Cookie Recipe

GE’s Test Kitchen Manager Brigid Blocker shares her personal cookie recipe that is the favorite of her three grown sons.

Pecan Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tbsp. water
2 cups pecans, finely ground

Cream butter and sugar until light.  Add remaining ingredients, and mix well.  Chill dough until firm.

Preheat oven to 325°. Shape dough into ¾” balls.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 20-23 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Roll warm baked cookies in granulated sugar.  After cookies have cooled completely, store in airtight container.

Makes 6 – 8 dozen cookies.

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*Note image is not that of the recipe shared. It’s simply an image of cookies.

A Christmas Cookie Tradition with a Twist

In these times of prepared foods and mini-marts, it’s understandable that many folks forego baking and decorating Christmas cookies and settle for store-bought instead. It’s the patient home cook who bakes dozens of cookies, one sheet at a time, in a traditional radiant heat oven. And really, how many Santas, stars and trees can you slather with icing and spot with sprinkles before your eyes glaze over?

Rather than let the cookie cutters gather dust in the pantry this holiday season, try holding a Christmas cookie decorating contest. By injecting a little friendly competition into your cookie decorating process, you can create an activity that brings your entire family together or adds some merriment to your cookie party. And with advances in cooking technology — such as convection ovens — the home cook can bake multiple sheets of cookies, all at the same time, with the confidence that each cookie will be come out of the oven evenly browned.

Rules:
The rules for our Christmas cookie decorating contest are simple and forgiving:

  1. Anyone of any age can participate.
  2.  Each competitor can decorate as many cookies as he or she likes.
  3. Competitors must decorate the cookie so that the finished product differs from the cookie cutter’s intended shape. In other words, a Santa-shaped cookie can’t be decorated as a Santa — the finished product must be something else, say, a boy in a canoe; a Christmas tree shape could become a colorful fish; a gingerbread man turned upside down, an insect’s face.
  4. Breaking off parts of the cookie to alter its shape is discouraged.
  5. This should be a fun activity. Good-natured ribbing or boasting is allowed.

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Recipe for Peanut Butter and Chocolate Lovers

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter flavored pieces
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky

Preparation:

In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, the 1/2 cup sugar, the 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and baking powder. Add the milk, oil, and vanilla; stir until batter is smooth. Stir in peanut butter pieces. Spread batter evenly in bottom of a greased 3 1/2-4 qt crockery cooker.

In another mixing bowl, combine the 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa. Stir together boiling water and peanut butter; stir into cocoa mixture. Pour evenly over batter in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean. Uncover and let cool slightly, about 30 minutes.

To serve, spoon warm pudding cake into dessert dishes, and serve with ice cream or whipped topping.

Guest Recipe:

This recipe  was shared by Robyn, and I advise you to fully check out the first recipe and then the full blog post on site {–fun pics here}  to ensure you are making this the way she made it.

Thanks for sharing this recipe during Peanut Butter Lovers Month!

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