Hello Dear Blog, sorry it has been so long

Dear Blog,
I am sorry that I have been away so long.  I have been busy, sick kids, school, lots going on, you know how it goes.  But I am here now and have lots of new recipes to post as well as some really important thoughts.  🙂

First the recipes.
Almond Butter Cake
3/4 C softened butter
1 1/2 C sugar
2 eggs at room temp
1 TBSP of almond extract
1/2 tsp of vanilla
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 C cake flour
1 1/2 C milk

Oven at 350.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  Cream butter and sugar  together til fluffy.  Add egs and milk, beat until smooth.  Beat in extracts.  Add dry ingredients alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour.  Beat until smooth.  Bake until golden brown. 

Cream Cheese frosting
1 8 oz pkg of cream cheese softened
1 stick softened butter
1 tsp of vanilla
4 C powdered sugar
2 TBSP milk

In a lare bowl cream together the cream cheese and butter.  Add vanilla.  Add sugar one cup at a time, beating well.  Scrape sides of bowl often.  Add milk after 1st and 3rd C of sugar.  Beat until fluffy.  Makes 3 C of icing. 

Chock-o-lotta Chocolate Chip cookies

1 1/4 C of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1 stick of softened butter
1/2 C of packed brown sugar
6 TBSP of sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp of vanilla
4 C of chocolate chips–choose a variety–I like the giant chips, the mini chips, some semi sweet and some milk chocolate but you pick the ones you like

Oven to 350
Sift blour, baking soda and salt together and set aside.  In a large bowl beat butter, and sugars until smooth and creamy.  Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth.  On low speed add flour and mix just until incorporated.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Drop by TBSP on to baking sheet.  Bake until edges are golden brown–about 15 minutes. 

Pink Lemonade Cake
1 1/2 C softened butter
1 1/4 C sugar
1/2 C pink lemonade drink mix (I used Country Time)
4 large eggs at room temp
1/2 tsp of lemon extract
4 C of cake flour
4 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of salt
2 1/2 C of milk
Oven to 350
Spray 3  9 inch round cake pans.  In a large bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt–set aside.  In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and lemonade mix until fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.  Beat in lemon extract.  Add dry ingredients to butter mixture alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour.  Spoon into prepared pans.  Bake for 20 to 30 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans then cool completely.

Lemonade buttercream
1 1/2 C softened butter
6 TBSP of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 tsp lemon zest
6 C powdered sugar

Beat butter, lemonade and zest until combined.  Gradually add sugar and beat until smooth.

Lemonade sugar cookies
1 C softened butter
1 1/4 C sugar
1/4 C lemonade drink mix
2 large eggs
2 tsp of lemon zest
6 C of flour
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 tsp of salt
1 C of sour cream

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.  Combine butter, sugar and lemonade.  Beat until fluffy.  Add eggs and lemon zest, beat well.  Add flour to butter alternating with sour cream, beginning and ending with flour.  Divide dough into 1/4’s, wrap each in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.  Preheat oven to 350.  Roll our dough to 1/4″ thickness and use cookie cutters to cut dough.  Bake 6 to 8 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans.  Frost with lemonade icing. 

Lemonade icing
3 C powdered sugar
6 TBSP softened butter
6 TBSP of thawed lemonade concentrate
Combine all ingredients together and beat until combined. 

My important thoughts:
If someone does something nice for you it is appropriate to thank them.  If they give you a gift it is appropriate to write a thank you note.  Recently, I have given a few gifts to people (younger than 25) and apparently no one has taught them this cultural more.  And I have to say that it bugs me.
If you are miserable and can’t say anything positive or nice then stay home and talk to yourself! After the 10th retelling no one wants to hear how terrible your life is or how badly you are treated by everyone in the world. 
If you go to someone’s house it is appropriate and expected that you will say hello and good bye to the person who owns the home.  Otherwise is just RUDE! Especially if you eat their food and let your child climb all over their furniture. 


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