Children are…

Today’s Quote:
Children have this amazing way of becoming exactly who we tell them they are. If we tell them they are strong, they become strong. If we tell them they are kind, they become kind. If we tell them they are capable, they become capable. Speak life into your kids, so they will have what it takes to tackle their own life one day.
Amy Weatherly

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Brownies with nuts

Brownies With Nuts
1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted
1 cup chopped nuts, divided
1 (23 ounce) package brownie mix
Pour melted butter into a baking insert designed to fit into your slow cooker. Swirl butter around to grease sides of insert. Sprinkle butter with half of the nuts. In a bowl, mix brownies according to package directions. Spoon half of the batter into baking insert, trying to cover the nuts evenly. Add remaining half of nuts. Spoon in remaining batter. Place insert into 5 quart slow cooker. Cover insert with 8 paper towels. Cover cooker. Cook on high for 3 hours. Do not check or remove cover until last hour of cooking. Then insert toothpick into center of brownies. If it comes out clean, the brownies are finished. If it doesn’t, continue cooking another 15 minutes. Check again. Repeat until pick comes out clean. When finished cooking, uncover cooker and baking insert. Let brownies stand for 5 minutes. Invert insert onto serving plate. Cut brownies with a plastic knife (so the crumbs don’t drag). Serve warm.
Makes 24 brownies.

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Maple butterscotch brownies

Maple Butterscotch Brownies
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
Powdered sugar, optional
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Add maple flavoring. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour and baking powder; add to creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts. Pour into a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.
Makes 16 brownies.

Book review: Denied a mummy by maggie hartley

Just finished an amazing book, denied a mummy by Maggie Hartley.

Here’s the summary of the book, and my thoughts are below.

When Maggie’s latest placement arrives on her doorstep, the three young siblings have clearly been through unspeakable traumas in their short lives. Violent, malnourished and showing signs of sexualised behaviour, the two brothers and their big sister have been left to fend for themselves by their drug-addicted parents. Maggie must use all of her skills and experience as a foster carer to help these damaged siblings to learn to be children again. With much love, care and patience, their behaviour gradually starts to improve, and social services start looking for a forever family for them.

But alarm bells start to ring when Maggie meets the couple who have been matched to adopt the siblings. It is clear that they’re looking for the perfect ready-made family, and they’re not going to get it with these vulnerable brothers and sister. Despite raising her concerns with social services, Maggie is powerless to prevent the adoption from going ahead, and she must put aside her own fears to help the siblings settle in with their new parents. But she can’t shake the feeling of dread as she waves them good-bye.

Six months later, Maggie’s worst nightmares come true when she learns that the children have been handed back to the care of social services following the breakdown of the adoption. Maggie must fight to get the children returned to her, but is it too late to undo the damage that has been done?

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My thoughts…

An absolutely fabulous read. Gripping, a page turner. This book you wont be able to put it down! It was heartbreaking in parts, uplifting in parts, an overall great read! You cheer as the children progress, you cry with them, laugh with them, I highly recommend you read this one! It will not disappoint!
Its available on audible, kindle and in paperback.

Lemon bars

Lemon Bars
Crust:
1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
Topping:
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add flour; beat until crumbly. Pat into an ungreased 8 inch square baking pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, for topping, combine eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, extract, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl; beat until frothy. Pour over hot crust. Bake at 375 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes, or until light golden brown. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar.
Makes 1 1/2 dozen.

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Wishing cookies

Wishing Cookies
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons light or dark molasses
1 tablespoon water
1/2 to 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Icing:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
In a mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add egg, molasses, water and orange peel; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into stars or desired shapes with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter dipped in flour. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. For Icing, combine powdered sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a drizzling consistency. Use ising to decorate cookies as desired.
Makes about 6 dozen.

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A quiet thursday

Todays been pretty uneventful. I didn’t get up to much.

I woke up in the middle of the night last night, stayed up for a few hours, as I was unable to go back to sleep.

Eventually at around 6:30 I fell back to sleep. I didn’t wake again until mom woke me to ask if I wanted eggs for breakfast, that was around 8:30.

I’ve been at my parents house all day. I basically just lazed around the house doing nothing. I didn’t care though, I feel we all need a day every so often where we just totally chill out.

My dad made a delicious shephards pie fro dinner. It was so yummy. My sister was working late today, but she dropped me home after work.

I got home to my own house about half an hour ago. Mom came too, she’s doing some things around the house for me.

My sister had laurens parent teacher meeting today also. The teacher said some really lovely things about lauren.

She said lauren is really kind and thoughtful, considerate of others feelings, and that she’s really popular and all of the girls in her class want to sit by her.

She also said Lauren is really good at maths and English.

I’m glad she had a good meeting and Lauren got a good report. That’s really positive. Mom was babysitting the kids while my sister was working this afternoon, lauren wanted to watch youtube on my phone, so I let her. She was quite happy to just sit and watch videos on it.

I don’t have any plans this evening. I just plan on maybe watching some tv. Maybe reading. And possibly doing a little bit of blog surfing.