Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Our family had a TON of FUN this year… homemade costumes (like normal), themed… and NOT SCARY! We decided to Honor our fore-fathers and wear traditional pioneer clothing for the girls and COWBOYS for the boys.

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Home-made Vanilla Waffers

AWESOME Recipe – Vanilla Wafers

Found this recipe on SERIOUS EATS!!! (http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2008/10/homemade-nilla-vanilla-wafers.html)

Vanilla Wafers

– makes about 8 cups of cookies (it makes a lot, but Ive never counted!) –

Though I developed these cookies to go with vanilla pudding and
bananas, they are delicious sandwiched with jam or ice cream or just
dunked into milk.

Ingredients

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (1 stick or 112g)

1/4teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar (210g)

1 vanilla bean, seeds only

1 large egg white (~33g)

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

1 1/3 cups AP flour (160g)

3/4 teaspoon baking powder (~3g)

Procedure

1. With an electric mixer, cream butter, salt, sugar and vanilla seeds until light.

2. Beat in egg white until well incorporated,
scraping sides and bottom of mixing bowl to insure that all white has
been incorporated.

3. Beat in extract and milk until well incorporated.

4. Whisk together flour and baking powder and add
to butter mixture. Mix just to incorporate, scraping down sides and
bottom of mixing bowl to insure that all flour has been incorporated.

5. Fit a piping bag with a large, plain pastry tip
(I use Ateco #806, but slightly larger or smaller sizes will also
work). Fill bag with about 1/3 of the batter. Holding the filled bag
perpendicular to a parchment-lined baking sheet, pipe batter into
nickel-sized mounds, about 1 inch apart. To make neat, well-shaped
cookies, as you finish piping each round, sweep the pastry tip
horizontally off to the side with a slight curving motion. (The cookies
should cover 2 to 3 standard baking sheets. Batter will hold for a
while after it is piped, so trays can be baked one or two at a time, as
your oven allows.)

6. Bake at 350°F for about 15-20 minutes, until
cookies are lightly browned, rotating trays every 5 minutes or so for
even coloring. Cool completely before storing. Cookies will keep in an
airtight container for at least a week.

Blastoff

Guess what! BLASTOFF
is FINALLY live. That means I can send out invitations to join this
network. I’ve been a member as part of the pre-launch since early
September. It’s FANTASTIC.

It’s been fun. (Cool games) – It’s easy. – And, it makes me money!

So,
I had to get some new domain names from GoDaddy.com. They are one of
the 400+ online retailers that are a part of Blastoff. So, I went
THROUGH the BLASTOFF MALL to GoDaddy.com and purchased my new domains. AND THEY ARE SENDING ME A CHECK ON MY OWN NORMAL PURCHASES!!

I got CASH BACK
on that purchase! Plus, when somebody made a purchase who’s in my
network (I don’t even know who) I got a cash back on THAT too!

It’s
really cool. But, I don’t want anybody to have to WAIT. I mean, if you
wait, you’ll miss it. You can only be part of ONE Blastoff network so
if you don’t get in you can’t invite your friends.

DO IT!! Join ME!!!