Sticker shock

For most of my life I got my furniture from friends and family members as well-loved hand-me-downs. I can honestly say that I’ve only purchased furniture “brand new” from retail stores when I needed a new mattress and box springs, and one time a very long time ago when my hubby and I purchased a new bedroom set about thirty years ago. So when my brother was telling me that he and his wife were looking online at goods home furnishings best furniture I have to admit that I was a bit jealous. I went online to their website to check them out and I have to say that the price of brand new furniture was a lot higher than I would have expected!

Painted Nails

When I need a nice treat, I go to a nail salon and have a pedicure. This is more than just ending up with painted nails. This is an hour of bliss. Someone is paying attention to me, wanting to please me, and making me feel good. I used to think that is why I got married. But it is much easier, cheaper and satisfying to go to a nail salon and pay them twenty dollars once a month.

Yummy and Easy Tilapia

I have never tried to cook Tilapia although I have enjoyed it in restaurants. A distant relative shared an easy recipt with me for baked Tilapia. Mix equal parts of mayonnaise with grated Parmesan cheese and spread it generously over the top of Tilapia fillets. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes. So easy!

Who is Seymour Duncan?

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 Thumbprint Cookies

peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies (free clip art)

peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookies (free clip art)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints

Makes 40 cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Preparation

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.

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