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......Trail Camera Catch of the Day......: Story Time: A Tale from the Lower Loop

Check out this cool blog that follows several trail cams just outside of Athens, Ohio. The guy who writes the blog was my boss when I worked at Ohio University's College of Communication as a work study student back in 1987.

......Trail Camera Catch of the Day......: Story Time: A Tale from the Lower Loop: Last time I showed you the beginning of the loop. The other camera was set up on the high side of the loop, very near where it intersects w...
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Hershey's Kisses Peanut Butter Blossoms

This is an easy enough recipe to find, especially around the holidays, but today is the first time I've ever made them. I'm sharing the recipe on here so it will be easy for me to locate the next time I set out to make them. This recipe makes a LOT of cookies: 48!
48 Hershey's Kisses1/2 cup shortening 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter1/3 cup granulated sugar1/3 cup packed light brown sugar1 egg2 tablespoons milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour1 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon saltGranulated sugar
Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.Remove wrappers from chocolates.Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended.Add 1/3 cup sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy.Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well.Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.Shape dough into 1-inch balls and roll in granulated sugar.Place on ungreased cookie sheet, baking 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly bro…

No Bake Cookies

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher had us copy recipes as a handwriting assignment. We assembled the recipes into cookbooks, and I held onto mine for years. One of the copied recipes was for no-bake cookies. At some point in the late 1990s, I copied it into my "grown-up" cookbook, and I'm still using it almost 35 years after Mrs. Joyce Clausen shared it with my class.
No Bake Cookie Recipe 1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk

Boil two minutes. Remove from heat and add:

1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups quick oats
1 teaspoon vanilla

Spoon onto wax or parchment paper and cool.

Noodling Around

Noodling Around

It's been a long time since I've given this blog any attention. Honestly, I hate to admit it, but the main reason was because I couldn't FIND the thing! I just converted the publishing tools from Blogger to Google+. I don't really know anyone who regularly uses Google+, but I'm tied into Android via my DROID phone and Kindle Fire, so at least it's an interface that I can access easily from several sources.

Okay, back to cooking: it's all about noodles around here right now. For the past several weeks, my husband Jeff and I have had the pleasure of having my best friend from childhood join us for dinner on Monday evenings. She lives almost 100 miles from us, so it was a real treat to get to see her so often during the past month. Her visits motivated us to clean our condo and to kick the cooking up a few notches.

On my friend's first Monday night visit, we had chicken and noodles made with canned chicken broth and leftover chicken that I…
Monkey See Monkey Bakes Quiche

My husband Jeff and I are on vacation this week. We've been eating out almost every evening; however, we watched Throwdown! with Bobby Flay on the Food Network this afternoon. Bobby and a restaurant owner were competing over "manly quiches," and we decided to stay home and have quiche ourselves tonight.

Now, I'm not even going to touch that whole Real Men Don't Eat Quiche thing. That's so 1980's, and I'm not going to claim that the quiche I whipped up was "manly" in any way. Here's my gender neutral quiche recipe that my my man gobbled up eagerly:

Spicy Sausage Quiche

1 refrigerated pie crust (or whip one up yourself if you've got the gumption)
1/2 lb. hot sausage, such as Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Hot Sausage
8 oz. grated Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups half and half
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon seasoned salt, such as Lawry's

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Prepare pie crust…

Happy New Year! - Consuming Nothing But Food

I just watched a segment on the Today Show about going on a money diet. They suggested writing down everything you spend money on for a week. Well, on the first day of 2011, I didn't even walk outside of my house. I didn't log onto eBay and buy any old lunchboxes paying tribute to TV shows from the 1970s. I managed consume nothing but food I already had in my pantry - no ordering out. I was a great money dieter.

Two days before, I bought my very first e-book, Eat, Pray, Love. I had asked for this book for Christmas; however, when I didn't receive it, I bought it for myself with some money I got for Christmas. I don't own an iPad, but I have access to one from work, so I decided to see how I would like reading an entire book on an electronic tablet. I'm about 130 pages into the story, and so far so good. The best part about reading on a tablet is the ability to read in low light. No need to sit right next to a lamp. I'll put on my fortune teller hat right now a…