Martha Stewart’s Anytime Oatmeal Cookies

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Oatmeal cookie clip art from Martha Stewart

I love Martha Stewart anything. I have some of her cookbooks, her cookie cookbook and her cupcake cookbook. I also subscribe to her Living magazine. So imagine my delight when I discovered Martha Stewart.com.

Her clip art is so clever. All you have to do is print it out and glue or tape the labels on your container or wrapping. The oatmeal label is so cute and even has the recipe printed on the back.

If you give this as a gift, the recipient will have the cookies and the recipe and if you keep it yourself, you will always have it handy.

 

Anytime Oatmeal Cookies

Prep: 15 minutes Total: 50 minutes

Print our clip art labels and adhere them to an 18-ounce oatmeal canister for easy gift-giving. (And keep a few for yourself, too.)

Bonus: The recipe is printed on the back.

 

INGREDIENTS 

Makes about 4 dozen.

  • 1 cup cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
DIRECTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Beat butter and sugars until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla, then flour mixture. Mix in oats, then raisins.
  2. Using a 1 1/4-inch ice cream scoop (or 1 tablespoon), drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each scoop about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden, about 14 minutes. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.

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There is another recipe for cookies from Martha that I am going to try next. These are called Zucchini nut bread cookies. The labels for this are really nifty. The recipe for these follows.

 

Zucchini Nut Bread Cookie Sandwiches

Prep: 25 minutes Total: 2 hours

These cookies, cousins of zucchini bread, are perfect for packing up as picnic fare — even if the picnic table is right in your kitchen. A sweet cream-cheese filling goes in the middle.

Print these nifty labels onto adhesive paper or attach with double-sided tape.

 

INGREDIENTS 

Serves 14.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely grated zucchini
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
DIRECTIONS 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and 1/4 teaspoon salt into a bowl. Beat 1 stick butter and the sugars until pale and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla.
  2. Beat flour mixture into butter mixture. Mix in zucchini, oats, and walnuts. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop (about 2 tablespoons), drop dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden, about 17 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack.
  4. Beat together remaining 1/2 stick butter, the cream cheese, and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Spread 1 heaping tablespoon filling onto the flat side of 1 cookie, and sandwich with another cookie. Repeat with remaining filling and cookies.

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How to find that Golf Ball, Car Keys, Glasses Etc.

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About forty years ago I read a great book. I can’t remember the name of it, but I do remember what it was about. It was years before the advent of the computer, but someone had figured out that the human brain works much the same way.

You need a ‘password’ to unlock your brain sometimes. I know this sounds crazy, but it really works. The main thrust of the book was to help one find things that were ‘lost’. Things like golf balls that were hit who knows where and car keys and sunglasses.

The magic word for finding things is REACH. You can’t just think it, you have to actually say it out loud. And it really works. Many times over the  years I have laid my car keys down on the bed, on the bar counter, under a magazine and by saying the word Reach, have gone right to the spot.

This also works well in the kitchen, when you can’t find the vanilla or a salt shaker that you just had a minute ago.

I have told many people about this and most of them think I am crazy, but a few ‘believers’ have tried it and it does work all the time.

I remember when I first got the book I told my husband about it, as he was always losing his golf balls. He never would try it, as he thought it was nuts. Then one day he misplaced something at work and he and the entire office spent hours searching for the missing file.

Finally he sheepishly called me on the phone and said, “What was that word for finding things?”. I told him, “Reach”.  Five minutes later he called me back to thank me and say that they had found the missing item.

One of the most amazing ‘finding’ stories was the day I couldn’t find my car keys. I always throw them in my purse when I get out of the car and this time, they weren’t there. It seems that the day before I had gone to the mailbox, gotten my bank statement, opened it, put it back in the envelope and put it in my purse.

Later I threw my car keys in my purse. When I got in the house, I promptly filed the mail in the correct drawer, putting the bank statement envelope in the row behind the others.

The next day when I turned the house upside down looking for my car keys, I finally tried the word ‘Reach’. I immediately walked to the closet to the file drawer, pulled out the current bank statement envelope and there nestled in the papers, were my car keys.

This incident happened in 1971 and I have been a true believer ever since. Try it, what have you got to lose?

p.s. There are other words that do miraculous things, but the only one I can remember is the magic word for getting rid of a headache. The word is CHANGE.

I think it works, but I have only had three or four headaches in forty years. However there is another reason I don’t get headaches. I never buy aspirin or any pain killer. Do not have it in the house. It is a crutch. Throw away your crutches.

ppss. If you can’t remember the word Change, and you have a headache, here is an alternate remedy. Whatever side of your head hurts, take the opposite thumb and with the knuckle of your free hand press as hard as you can into the soft fleshy part of your lower thumb.

You may have to do this a couple of times and it will hurt. (If you do it to the ‘wrong’ thumb it won’t hurt at all). Your headache should disappear almost immediately.

The Best Shoyu Chicken

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Having lived in Hawaii my whole life, I have always had a love for Japanese and Chinese food. One of my favorites: shoyu chicken, and while I have made it many times, I never made it ‘right’.

So when there was a recipe in the Star Advertiser food section for the Best Shoyu Chicken, I got to work. Luckily I had all the ingredients including the fresh ginger root.

Here we go. Now this can be made in the oven, or a crock pot, but I don’t have a crock pot and so this is the oven method. First the recipe called for four or five pounds of skinless chicken thighs with the bone in. I had six boneless, skinless organic chicken thighs and that is what I used. So whatever amount of chicken is fine.

I think it is better with the bone in. Jucier and more authentic.

Make the marinade using 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup mirin, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 cloves of garlic crushed and minced, 1 inch piece of ginger root, crushed and minced and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves and stems (one bunch).

I put marinade in a plastic zip lock bag, added the chicken thighs and put in fridge (in bowl) for four hours. Now here is the important part.

Get a big skillet and bring to a high heat on top of stove. Remove the chicken from the marinade but save the marinade for the next step. Add a little oil and brown the chicken very well till almost charred. Remove chicken and place in baking dish. Add 1/2 cup water to skillet and stir all the little browned bits into the water. This is called deglazing the pan. Pour this all over the chicken and then pour all the marinade over the chicken also.

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes, less if you are using boneless thighs, turning the chicken several times to bake evenly. If you are using a crock pot, cook on low for four or five hours and turn chicken half way through. If you are using boneless thighs, cook a little less.

If you want to thicken the sauce, after the chicken is done, remove from pan. Thicken on top of stove, mixing with three tablespoons of cornstarch disolved in 1/4 cup water. Good over rice.

To be very authentic, serve with chopsticks.

Beware of ‘Baby Carrots’

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“Food” for thought…

Here is a bit of interesting info, I didn’t know. I thought I would share……

The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS,etc.

The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots – most people probably know this  already.

What you may not know and should know is the following: Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them. (this is the same chlorine used in your pool).

Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine.

You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables?

Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes cancer,I thought this was worth passing on.

Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed.

I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips.

I know that I will never buy them again!!!!!

Confirmed by Snopes..Com

> http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp%3Ehttp:/www.snopescom/food/

On a happier note, I love raw carrots, also cooked. It is easier and cheaper to buy carrots in the plastic bag. Usually these are about one dollar or so for a pound of carrots. These carrots are ok for soup and stew,but the carrot flavor is just so/so for eating plain or raw.

If you buy the carrots with the green leaves still on the top, they are much more delicious. They are more expensive as they are fresh and the texture is not like wood.

I also like to buy fresh beets the same way. I hate paying $2.99 a pound for the beet leaves and $1.69 a pound for the carrot leaves, which I just tear off and throw away, so I just break them off at the market.

I don’t know if the produce police will one day catch up to me, but I have been doing this for fifty years. So far I haven’t had a problem.

Mascara? Don’t Leave Home Without It … Alert: Neiman’s Beauty Event

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After and Before and Just Mascara

It’s amazing the difference just a swipe of mascara can make. I seldom buy mascara, as when I buy any makeup products and get a ‘free gift with purchase’, there is always a small mascara in the gift. Thus I have quite a few small sizes of Lancome, Estee Lauder, Chanel, Dior and Benefit mascara.

In the two views above you can see the difference quite clearly. In the first one I am wearing full eye makeup. Shadow, liner and mascara. In the second one, nothing. Ick. In the third little photo, only mascara.

However when Martha Stewart raved on and on about Cliniques high lengthening mascara I simply had to try it to see what all the fuss was about. First of all it is only $14, which isn’t bad, as it is a big fat tube. Now the best part, the ‘brush’ is a skinny wand that goes on smoothly and doesn’t splash all over the place.

Clinique also makes a white eye lash primer that is similar and goes on first. The two together are very good. But for everyday, I just use the mascara. In the photo above I am wearing the primer (which adds some length) and the mascara for darker color.

Every now and then Clinique has a mascara special, buy two get one free. This is a good time to get the black and the brown and get the primer as your freebie. Now you should be set for a year.

If you can time this with Cliniques ‘gift with purchase’, you could also wind up with a free cosmetic bag and six small size products from a very good line.

Although I did read that you are supposed to discard your mascara every three or four months, as it spoils. I don’t know that I have ever done this, but now and then I clean out my entire makeup department and start fresh. Just because.

Once you start using mascara (and eye liner) regularly, you won’t even want to go from your bedroom to the kitchen without it. I know that may seem silly, but you will feel better about yourself. And for free, if you use free samples, why not?

Just mascara

And here is something I learned recently. Put the eyeliner under the lashes, rather than above. This is a little tricky, but if you sort of hold your eyelid up, you will get the hang of it. Don’t be scared, it doesn’t hurt.

One of the greatest (and most expensive) mascaras is by Armani. Eyes to Kill is what it is called. Very red carpet. If you are going to the Oscars in person, it is probably a must have. I have a small sample tube and save it for special occasions.

Another very good brand of mascara is Maybelline. I know this is the old standby and they probably sell more mascara than all other brands put together. “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline” is a great saying and it is sort of true.

The thing about this brand is that there are soooo many different types and names, it is very confusing. There is the pink/green tube which is their most popular. Then there are various volumes from 300 x more lashes and up.

Now there is Falsies which looks like artificial eye lashes. I can’t see that that is so great. Sort of like saying your real hair looks like a wig.

I am not too good at ‘couponing’, as I often forget and coupons expire, but I am very good at keeping track of all makeup specials. I use several different brands depending on this and that, so I am open to quite an assortment of special offers.

I like Lancome and Urban Decay for eye color, Chanel for concealer, Cover Girl for Ageless foundation and Outlast lip stain, Makeup Forever for High Definition Powder and their purple eye shadow, and Clinique for their wand mascara.

I also use the free eye makeup remover that comes in almost every free gift with purchase. I always have several different brands on hand. They are all pretty similar, but if I had to rate them, I would have to say Lancome is the best.

Now for those of you who are truly cosmetic junkies (like me), don’t forget Neiman Marcus beauty event which starts on February 24 in the stores and is available online now. With $100 purchase in their cosmetic department you get a free tote in your choice of colors, filled with nice sized samples of about ten of their luxury brands.

Each brand also has gifts with purchase, but the minimum buy required is pretty high. So unless you are looking to spend $300 at La Prairie (which would get you about two or three products), or $100 at Estee Lauder, which isn’t too hard to do, you can mix and match for the $100 minimum.

By the way, the Estee Lauder gift with $100 purchase this time is a full size black mascara in a pretty gold case. This comes in a blue cosmetic bag and of course you also qualify for the free Neiman’s gift.

And if you feel ‘guilty’ about buying $100 of cosmetics for yourself, find a few items and buy them as Christmas presents for your girlfriends, mother, sisters or aunts. (Bath powder is always nice). Keep the mascara and all the free samples for yourself.

If you men readers are still with me, you probably think this is a silly column. But just think, when you are a man, the best you are going to look all day is how you look when you just wake up in the morning.

If you told that to a woman, she would start screaming.

Reading in Bed Glasses and My New Hawaii License

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Foster Grant Reading in Bed Glasses and my new Hawaii license

I was walking through Walgreens minding my own business, when I noticed something really neat. Reading glasses for reading in bed. These have little lights on each side of the frame. They beam right onto the page of whatever book you are reading.

As I am a big fan of reading in bed and have a lousy bedside lamp, these seemed to be made for me. I have tried all sorts of book lights that clip onto the book, or even make a whole page glow. But they never really worked for me.

This is perfect. The slideshow above shows the glasses from the sides and the front. The big starburst glow is strictly from the computer camera. That is why I am laughing in the photo. They don’t really look like this.

Now for the best part. It was buy one pair of Foster Grant reading glasses and get the second pair free. My favorite kind of sale. Now what to get for that second pair. I had chosen a 2.00 strength for the light up glasses, as reading in a darkened room is more difficult.

The other day when I went to get my driver’s license renewed, I had to take an eye test. I was told to look through two little eyepieces and read line 6. Well, line 6 was very blurry and I couldn’t read one number. I guessed at 5869 and then asked the lady at the counter if I could use my reading glasses.

Luckily I had a pair in my purse. I only need a 1.25 for reading a menu in a dark restaurant. And I don’t need glasses at all for driving and distance. But I put the glasses on and read the line indicated.

I guess I got it right, as she unsmilingly said, “$6 at the cashier and your license is good for two more years”. Last time it was seven years, but I guess as you get to be my age (over 70), you have to have it renewed more often.

Expires 3/16/2013

I got my license and all I looked at was my photo. It came out really good, so I was happy. When I got home I proudly showed my new license to my boyfriend, who read every word, including the restrictions on the back, which I hadn’t even noticed.

‘Corrective lenses’. Ick. I can’t wear my reading glasses for distance. What to do? I know, buy a pair of the weakest Foster Grants made. That would be a 1.00.

I tried on that strength, looked down the aisle at Walgreens and I could read an itty bitty sign about forty feet away. So I decided these would be just fine. Especially since this was my ‘free’ pair.

When I got in the car, I put my glasses on and started to drive down the street. It was night time and the red traffic light seemed to have a big glow around it. I pushed the glasses down my nose and the big glow disappeared.

OK. So I will wear my corrective lenses on my nose and look over the top. However I did notice that when I was stopped at a stop light, and I pushed the glasses up to look through them, I could actually read the small print on the bumper sticker on the car ahead of me.

Something about his kid being an honor student at Wai’anae Elementary School. If you are from Hawaii, you would know this is probably a joke.

Yesterday a twelve year old girl was arrested at Wai’anae  Elementary for threatening to punch her counselor in the face. I think at that school an honor student is probably someone who hasn’t been arrested. Yet.

True Love on the Internet

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Four years ago I met my boyfriend on American Singles. At that time, it was still considered somewhat of an oddity to actually meet someone and have it ‘work out’.

Now it is much more normal and not something to be embarrassed about. Even seniors are embracing this idea as a way to connect to others. It is difficult to meet someone if you are not in the working force and don’t go to bars.

Sunday February 20 in Lee Cataluna’s column in the Honolulu Star Advertiser was a heartwarming article about a man who found a woman on eHarmony. If you have ever tried to enroll in eHarmony, you know it isn’t easy. You have to answer about 400 questions about yourself before you can even apply.

So imagine the human interest in this article about an 80 year old widower, whose friend talked him into signing up for eHarmony. He lives in a very high class retirement home in Honolulu and is a retired university professor. He was looking for a pen pal and so he didn’t put any restrictions on distance.

When he posted his eHarmony biography, he was inundated with hundreds of responses from all over the world. He was so overwhelmed that he contacted eHarmony and told them to stop sending him email. But he read the last one he received.

It was from a woman in her sixties who had a great deal in common with him, including the fact that she was a widow and also a university professor. The only ‘problem’ is that she lived in Brazil.

Well love will out, as they say. Miraculously they started corresponding, realized that they had so much in common and really enjoyed each other and so finally agreed to meet in Atlanta. The reason for Atlanta is that it is a city that is a ten hour direct flight from both Honolulu, Hawaii and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

So, he went to Brazil and she came to Hawaii and they both think they are the luckiest people in the whole world to have found one another. Now he is seriously considering moving to Brazil, as she is still working as a music professor at the University.

Isn’t that an amazing story? It goes to show you that things do work out and if you don’t try something, you will never know.

I know in my case, I was a widow who was retired and had no logical way to meet anyone. When I joined American Singles I did not know what to expect. I don’t like driving long distances at night and so I put a 20 mile radius on my search.

I had four ‘dates from hell’ and was just about to give up, when Boom, I read a biography that was so unique, I just had to respond.

I must say, I am glad I did. I rather sheepishly said I was taken with his biography and philosophy but that I was nine years older than him and if he was bothered by that, I would understand.

Evidently that wasn’t an issue. But when he told me his height and weight, I wasn’t sure if I could handle someone who was four inches taller than me but weighed about the same as I do.

When I voiced this objection, he said women are more hung up about that than men. Really?

I have a girlfriend who is a 76 year old widow. She has joined several dating sites and states her age as 66. She is very popular and has a constant stream of dates. She hasn’t found ‘the one’ yet and the other day she asked me how old my boyfriend thought I was. When I told her, 72, she was floored.

I think it would be very difficult to pull off an age lie and keep everything straight. First of all, what about your 51 year old son and 50 and 48 year old daughters. How could you explain that if you said you were ten years younger than you really were?

If I were 68 and pretended to be 58, that means I would have had all three of my children before I was fourteen. And if I was a virgin when I got married at 19, how does that compute?

And what about high school graduation, and friends you might have in common. And you would have to edit events that may have happened before you were ten.

In my case, if I were pretending to be ten years younger than I am, I would have to eliminate World War II, the Pearl Harbor bombing, my evacuation from Hawaii and growing up with my aunt as my ‘Mother’ due to separation during the war. Then I would be all mixed up as to when I started high school and when I finished.

So even though it is a fact that many people lie on dating sites to make themselves seem more attractive, I still feel that honesty is the best policy. If you decide to join Match.com, American Singles or eHarmony, good for you. Have fun and you never know.

If the expense is what is keeping you from giving internet dating a try, there is a free site called Plenty of Fish. There you go, now you have no excuse.

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