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Monday, March 2, 2015

Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies


St. Paddy's day at our house has always been just for fun, the abundance of shamrocks, rainbows, pots of gold and leprechauns always bring out anyone's mischievous side.    I drag out all my green depressionware dishes and set them up on tables, throw a few good luck pieces amongst them and add a few shamrocks and then, start cooking anything that is or can be green.  I have been know to serve my children green milk for St. Paddy's day!!   So sad my grandbabies don't live close, I can think of loads of tricks to play on/with them on this tricky holiday.  But I decided they needed a batch of special magic cookies, cookies with a stained glass translucent center in the shape of all things lucky!! 
A shamrock!


Stained Glass Shamrock Cookies


Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 8 ounces green fruit-flavored hard candies, such Life Savers, crushed (1 cup crushed)
  • Different size shamrock cookie cutters
Instructions
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy
2. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and salt
3. Slowly add flour, mixing until just combined
4. Divide the dough into half,flatten into two separate discs, wrap with clear wrap and place in fridge for at least 3 hours
5. Heat oven to 350 degrees
6. Remove dough from fridge and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each piece of dough to an ⅛-inch thickness.
8. Using your largest shamrock cookie cutter, cut the dough into shamrocks and place on parchment-lined baking pans, spacing them 1 inch apart.
9. Using a smaller shamrock that fits inside the shamrock cookies , cut out the centers from each cookie.
10. Spoon the crushed candy into the center of each cookie, filling full.
11. Bake until just golden at the edges, 7 to 9 minutes.
12. Let cool on the baking pans for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Social Media Weekly #7



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Pinterest

 Link up your Pinterest account, then go get some Pinterest CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 

Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Pinterest Page not your blog so we can find you easier!  




Sign up to be notified when the party goes live


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #69

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 



If you don't already like us on Twitter, I would love for you to follow us - 
You can even do it right here:







This Week's Features!
Pinterest Tips that will blow you Away from The Pin Junkie  ***Most Viewed*** 
DIY Beaded Tassel Necklaces from Made in a Day
 DIY Chocolate Bath Salts from Simplistically Living
Cheese Straws from Summer Scraps
Pineapple and Cinnamon Shortcakes from Cooking on a Budget
How to Organized the Kitchen with a Door from C.R.A.F.T. 
Irish Stew with Celtic Bread Trinty Knots from Jo and Sue

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Soups, Stews and Chili


With this cold weather still hitting us at The Ranch this winter, this line up will come in handy. I am working hard at keeping our soup pot filled and our souls warm!!
Easy bowls of warming comfort these are!!  
(Ok, I must confess, we are re-watching Star Wars again!)













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Monday, February 23, 2015

Homemade White Bread

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Have you noticed that so many homemade bread recipes are hard to slice, I mean forget about getting a normal slice of bread, much less trying to get a couple slices to make a sandwich!   This little recipe makes a great bread which can be sliced for perfect slices of toast or for the best sandwiches!!


Homemade White Bread

Ingredients
  • 2 packages of active dry yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 6 to 6 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
Instructions
1. Dissolve yeast in warm water, stir in sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour
2. Mix in enough of the remaining flour to make dough easy to handle
3. Turn dough onto lightly floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, 8 -10 minutes
4. Place in greased bowl, brush top with salad oil. Cover; let rise in warm place until double, about 45 minutes. (dough is ready if impression remains)
5. Punch down dough; divide in half. Shape each into loafs and place in loaf pans (9 X 5 X 3)
6. Brush loaves with salad oil. Let rise until double, about 1 hour
7. Heat oven to 400 degrees, bake about 35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.
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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Social Media Weekly #6



New Year!     New Goals!
New Ways to Meet Those Goals!

Welcome to Social Media 
Weekly.


We are back with a great new party and we are throwing out some challenges to grow your social media one week at a time!!


We're also here to make sure everyone has the best possible opportunity to make connections with each other on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.  

  Each week, we will focus on a different social media platform and we challenge you to increase your following and increase your interaction on these social media sites each week!


Now for this week's challenge,
 it's Facebook!

 Link up your Facebook account, then go get some Facebook CONNECTIONS from everyone else who's here! 

Reminder:  Be sure and link up your Facebook Page not your blog so we can find you easier!  




Sign up to be notified when the party goes live


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Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Great Luck of The Irish Giveaway


Feeling lucky?  
 I have teamed up with 80+ lovely bloggers to offer you an opportunity to enter a huge giveaway with 3 chances to win $500!!  Get your Irish On, grab your lucky charm and
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May good luck pursue you each day and night! Happy St. Patricks Day from all of us to you!

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Giveaway is open worldwide to participants with a verified PayPal account.
Three entries will be drawn for $500 PayPal Cash to each of the three winners.
All entries will be verified. In the event an entry can not be verified participant chooses to forfeit that entry and another winner will be chosen.
Winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email.
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party #7


Welcome, Welcome all to the 7th Monthly
"Our Favorite Things Pinterest Party!"

We are so very glad you could join us!


Please meet our hosts:
Evelyn from My Turn for Us
Robin from Redo It Yourself Inspirations 
Kim, Cassie,Amber and Jessica 
from Lou Lou Girls



Awesome Featured pins!
(Just click on the pictures to view)
I will be sharing these features this month on my Social Media Sites so keep an eye out for yours!!  

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So how does this Pinterest Party Work?

2. Link up 6 of your Favorite Pins:

**Each host will be re-pin 25 of their 
   favorite pins.

**They must link back to your Pinterest pin, NOT your blog**
**They must be your original creation**


3.  It would be great if you could Re-pin the 6 pins before you,
 or more if you can.
It would also be great if you repinned 
the featured pins! 


Here is a great button to grab for a reminder for next month's party!





Lets have fun,
And let the linking begin!


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Freedom Fridays With All My Bloggy Friends #68

Welcome My Friends to another week of sharing, bloggy love and lots of fun!! 
This party is a Rules Free Party and we welcome all your recipes, crafts, projects, giveaways, etc!!
 Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes , Linda @With A Blast and I love to see what you are doing and we work hard sharing as many of your links as we can on our social media sites!! 


If you don't already like us on Facebook, I would love for you to follow us - you can even do it right here:






This Week's Features!


Rocks in my Path from Saved by Grace ***Most Viewed*** 
Paleo Thai Chicken Pizza Recipe fromMy Natural Family
Custom Starbucks Inspired Cup from Simply Darrling
Nautical Quote Glass Block Nightlight from Mom's Favorite Stuff
Croissant Strata from The Ramblings of an Aspiring Small Town Girl
Easy Rolled Muslin Roses from Shaken Together
Pomegranate Lemon Cupcakes from The Lou Lou Girls

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Over a Dozen Healthier Recipes


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After Valentines Day we usually begin thinking about those holiday pounds that we have been collecting since Halloween.  We also know that swim suit season will be upon us shortly and it's time to get into shape and lose some of that winter budge.    

Since we need to lower those calories and carbs in our favorite dishes but refuse to give up all the flavors we love, we have to be creative.  
It can be done and we have been successful!  
We hope you enjoy some of our favorite lower calorie and/or lower carb dishes that we enjoy on the Ranch.   







Evelyn




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