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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

250 Dollar Cookie Recipe

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I took today off from work and made these cookies this afternoon, after making my Great Grand Mother's Thanksgiving stuffing this morning. Someone forwarded me this cookie recipe in an email (I think back then it was originally the "$200 recipe"). The story was something about the person eating these delicious cookies in a restaurant, asking for the recipe, and getting charged $250 for it, so they were sharing it with everyone. The story is probably an urban legend, but the cookies are delicious. The recipe is below and free for anyone to copy. I made the recipe cut in half, which is shown below the original one.

$250.00 cookie recipe:

2 cups of butter
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp of vanilla
4 cups of flour
5 cups of blended oatmeal **
1 tsp of salt
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp of baking soda
24 oz of chocolate chips
1 8oz Hershey bar (grated)
3 cups of chopped nuts (your choice)

** measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine powder

Cream butter and both sugars together. Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Add chocolate chips, Hershey bar and nuts. Roll into balls, and place two inches apart on cookie sheet.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes 112 cookies.

Recipe halved:

1 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
2 cups of flour
2 1/2 cups of blended oatmeal **
1/2 tsp of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
12 oz of chocolate chips
4oz Hershey bar (grated)
1 1/2 cups of chopped nuts (your choice)

Makes 56 cookies

Clouds and Moon

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I took this picture of the moon this morning, as wispy clouds passed in front of it. The moon never ceases to fascinate me.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

"Harvest" – Gothic Arch

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This week’s Gothic Arches challenge was “Harvest.” I continue to struggle with artist's block. I've been spending a lot of time working lately, which seems to make it hard for my creative side to work also.

Monday, November 22, 2010

"Thanksgiving Greetings" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Thanksgiving.”

Full Moon through the trees

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I took these pictures of the full moon through the trees last night.

5 month old tiger

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He's about 5 months old now. He likes stretching out on the radiator now that it's cold here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"Autumn" - ATC

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This week’s Think Monday – Think ATC challenge was “Spotted.” I went with an Autumn theme.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

"Artistic Journey" – 4x4

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This week’s 4x4 Friday challenge was “Artistic Journey.” This week’s Take A Word challenge #3 was “Moon.” I'm still trying to stretch my artistic boundaries. I feel like my work is always confined and the same. I used to spend some of my time writing fiction. A writer critiqued my short stories and said my work was always like a pointillist painting, instead of being broad brush strokes. I continued writing, but still struggled with that problem. I think the same problem invades my artwork.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

White Squirrel

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I've seen this white squirrel in the trees on my property a few times now, but this time, he was in the front yard. He'll be invisible once the ground is snow covered.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Hats and Crowns/Blackbird" - Postcard

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This week’s Sunday Postcard Art challenge was “Hats and Crowns.” This week’s Three Muses challenge was "Blackbird."

Friday, November 12, 2010

"Angel" – Postcard

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This week’s Take A Word challenge #2 was “Angel.” All of these images are from Liam's Pictures from Old Books.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

"When Time Runs Out"– Postcard

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I found a new challenge on Mondays that is open to all forms of art, and uses a word as its theme. This week’s Take A Word challenge #1 was “Time.” I'm still into dark themes due to Halloween and All Soul's Day.