Creative candy cookies

Creative Candy Cookies
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 (1 1/2 ounce) bars chocolate covered coconut or almond candy, cut up
1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix
Cream together butter, sugar and egg. Add nuts, candy and baking mix. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes, or until light brown. Leave cookies on baking sheet a few minutes before removing.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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I didnt give in!

I feel so proud of myself. Today in work, at lunch time, all of the girls in the office got chipper food, for those who might not know, its take away food like chips, burgers, sausage in batter, fish, peas, curry sauce, chicken wraps etc. There is a lot to choose from but its all very unhealthy.

I didnt have any. I said no to it. I decided I didnt want to sabbotage my weight loss result for this coming week. So I said no, and went home and had stir fry instead.

Usually I would just cave and have it. I am so proud of myself for not giving in. I just hope when I step on that scales next week, all the fruit and vegetables I’ve been eating will pay off and I will have lost a few pounds.

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Spiced chocolate cake

Spiced Chocolate Cake
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup shortening
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon instant coffee
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup buttermilk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Melt chocolate; set aside to cool. Stir shortening to soften. Sift in flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cloves, cinnamon and coffee. Add 1 cup buttermilk and mix until flour is dampened. Beat vigorously for 2 minutes. Stir in 1/2 cup buttermilk, eggs, chocolate and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes longer. Pour into greased and floured 13 by 9 by 2 inch baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until done. Cool; frost with your favorite 7 Minute Frosting.

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Creamy peppermint cheese cake

Creamy Peppermint Cheesecake

6 to 8 servings

A friend of mine was invited to her aunts for Christmas dinner and was asked to bring a dessert. Her aunt had asked four other people to bring desserts, too. And guess what? They all brought pecan pie! After I heard that, I gave her this recipe, cause its quick, easy, and rarely duplicated.

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2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

6 drops red food coloring

One 9-inch graham cracker pie crust

Whipped cream and candy canes for garnish (optional)

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the sour cream and vanilla; mix well. Place 1/2 cup of the mixture in a small bowl and stir in the peppermint extract and food coloring; mix well. Pour the remaining cream cheese mixture into the pie crust. Smooth the top. Drop the peppermint mixture by spoonfuls into the mixture in the crust and swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the edges are set (the center will be slightly loose). Allow to cool for 1 hour, then cover and chill for at least 6 hours before serving. To serve, top each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a miniature candy cane, if desired.

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TIP: If you can sneak an extra few moments, make your own homemade graham cracker crust.

From A Mr. Food Christmas

By Art Ginsburg

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I love my dads lamb stew

My dad made a gorgeous lamb stew for dinner today. It was just mom and dad and me for dinner today, as my sister went to her partners family. Normally she goes to them one week and then to mom and dads house the following week.

The stew was amazing! I dont know exactly how he does it, but he flavours it with all sorts of things, and it tastes delicious. The meat was so tender. I really enjoyed it. I was totally famished by dinner time so I ate a huge plate of it.

After dinner I got ready and went home to my own house, mom came with me and we picked up her sister on the way also. Now mom and her sister have left and they are going to go shopping for a while. Then tonight moms babysitting for my sister.

I’m going to go make a coffee and then watch the celebrity X factor on tv. I hope its going to be good. I have beenn looking forward to it all day.

Disappointing result at weighin!

Well, I had a bad result tonight at weigh in!
I was up a pound! Not good!
I’m disappointed, but I know what to do, and I will just stick with it, I’m sure I can get back to losing again.
For the coming week, I’m going to eat plenty of fruit, vegetables, and make sure I do a lot of exercise and drink a ton of water. That has always helped me in the past. So I am hopeful it will help again.
I’ve been gaining and losing the same 3 pound for weeks!
I gotta do something to make myself start losing properly each week and keep it up!
Anyway, its onwards and upwards from here! I can do this! I got this!

Stuffed apple dumplings

Stuffed Apple Dumplings
Recipe By : National Apple Harvest Festival, 1998
pastry for 2 crust 9″ pie
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon raisins
2 tablespoons walnuts
6 large baking apples
2 tablespoons lemon juice
whole cloves
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Chop together raisins & nuts; mix with butter, sugar, & cinnamon. Core and peel apples, brush with lemon juice. Stuff cores with raisin-nut mixture. Divide pastry into 6ths, roll out each piece to about 8″ square, trimming
evenly at edges. Put an apple on each square & bring up opposite corners of the square to join at top & pinch together. Pinch moistened edges together to make sort of a pyramid-shaped covering for each apple. Stick 1
clove in top of each. Brush with egg yolk diluted with 1 tablespoon water. Bake at 425ø F. on greased pan 40 minutes or until apples test tender with a toothpick.

Enjoy.

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