From time to time I’ll hear Mark and Justin talk about someone I had never heard of before. I try to mind my own business, but my curiosity often gets the best of me. However, if I ask them who they are talking about and why, I am told I am a “busy body” and to mind my own business. Now I try to just use the Internet as much as possible to “Google” the name of who they are. I end up finding out a lot more that way without being scolded. For example, last night they were talking about Seymour Duncan. Instead of asking them “who is Seymour Duncan?” I just “Googled” him and found out that he is a musician that got his claim to fame by repairing other musician’s instruments, and now he has a factory that makes musical accessories like guitar pick-ups.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints
Makes 40 cookies
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Beat peanut butter and butter with a mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add sugars, and beat until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, and beat until incorporated. Reduce speed to low. Add dry ingredients, and mix until combined.
Scoop level tablespoons of dough, and form into balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar, and transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
Bake until cookies are puffy, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and make indentations in centers by pressing with the handle end of a wooden spoon. Return to oven, and bake until edges are golden, 6 to 7 minutes more. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and let cool completely.
Heat jam in a small saucepan, stirring, until loosened, about 30 seconds. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon into each indentation. Cookies can be stored in a single layer for up to 1 week.
When Skeeter told me that he was thinking about buying a new amp, I suggested that he check out the koch amps. I don’t know how much of a variety they will have on their website, but every time I’ve ever heard of people shopping for musical things online, people talk about how often they will find exactly what they are looking for at that website, and they will often insist that they got a good price.
I don’t understand why so many people think that playing the accordion is ridiculous. My grandfather played the accordion, and he was really good. The music he played made me want to dance and dance and dance! When Marcel told me that he was thinking about learning to play the accordion because he was given an accordion, I think he expected me to laugh at him. I told him that I thought that was terrific, and wished him the best of luck. I hope he does well and has a lot of fun, too!