“Counting My BLESSINGS… TODAY!”

 

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Click on the above letter from the “PINK SISTERS” on Warne Avenue – Saint Louis, Missouri  –  just so you can read it better in  a size larger.

This letter is addressed to my GRAND-MOTHER, Anne  Smart Brady, a wonderful woman who had the strength to do all of  her own Baking, Cooking and tending to a household of thirteen  (13) – as you know –  my Mother, Marie Brady McClarren  was the 13th and last child!

This letter was  a note of Thanksgiving for Blessings received – as the “PINK SISTERS”  spend all  of their time in prayer  – for all the intentions of all those who wish to request their prayers   – as the more that  we pray for something special – we  will receive that  which  – the Almighty knows that  we may have “NEED” of – It is the needs  we have  – that are answered  – –  our  wants that –  end up in a selfish request –  sometimes – never see the light of day.

The back side of the above note  is an  encouraging   note of  letting Grandma Brady know  – that her and all of  the BRADY  FAMILY will be remembered in CHRISTMAS  BLESSINGS and Prayers for all the intentions of all  their  needs – with a note that they will be praying further –  for Mr Brady’s health and strength to be returned soon .  – This note was signed by “MOTHER M. ROSE”  – as  (your friend in C J )

I am grateful and Thankful that this letter survived all these many years – as I notice that  Mother Rose used the word  “rejoiced” –  I feel that the using the word “JOY” is so much better – than to just say  that you are “HAPPY” for someone. What do you think???

 One other thing – I just wanted the world to know that someone that I was praying for – called today to tell me – – that they received an “ALL CLEAR” of cancer  –  which they were being treated far – and they are now feeling so much better with this  good news.  So, all praise  and the glory  – be to the Almighty for prayers that have been answered! Amen.                                                                                                                  


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“LOOKING GOOD and DONATING BLOOD”

Have a picture of my Grand-daughter, Alyssa Aldrich –she is giving “blood “on her Lunch Hour  – and with that  big smile – you can see she is enjoying  – – the giving of  the  “best gift”  – one’s own blood…  to save another’s LIFE!

March is the Red Cross Month – and I am so proud of Alyssa for caring enough to give her own blood – and without having been, even asked to do so.

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When Alyssa, e-mailed this photo over to me – it was the best picture to have received – I just had to make a couple of copies  – immediately!

I used to give blood years ago and  was a RED CROSS volunteer worker…  for the grade school that my sons were attending – so you know how long ago that was.  There came a time- – –  when  my blood decided to change. Each time that you go to one of their  “DONATION” set-ups…   they do a  test to be sure you have enough iron – my blood would not do the drop and spin test  – and then they just could not get my blood to fill up the require amount needed for a successful donation? Guess that is what happens – – when you gave too many times and did not restore the “IRON” into your  own system???

Looks like I needed to take “iron supplements”  – and still have to take my vitamins – -one of the signs that the foods  – – that I like best – – do not do for the body – – that which  – – I wish that they would do.


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“Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Brownie Delight”

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Brownie Delight
 
Author: Kim Lange

Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Brownie Delight

Ingredients
  • 1 9 x13 pan of brownies baked and cooled whatever brand you like
Nutter Butter Layer
  • 10-12 Nutter Butters broken up into large chunks
Peanut Butter Fluff
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Drizzles & Pretties
  • 1/2 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • Reese’s Pieces Candies
Instructions
  1. While brownies are baking or cooling…you can make the peanut butter fluff ahead of time.
  2. Using mixer, whip whipping cream until it starts getting fluffy.
  3. Add in peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until continue whipping until peaks become stiff, keep in fridge until layering.
  4. Sprinkle an even layer of nutter butter cookie bits on top of brownies.
  5. Pour and spread the peanut butter fluff on top of of the cookie / brownie layer.
  6. Cover and put in fridge.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and add in cream after melted and whisk If it’s too thick, add in a little more cream. It should be thick and creamy. Drizzle with piping bag or snip hole in ziplock bag and fill with chocolate and drizzle on top of fluff.
  8. Pop peanut butter in microwave about 15 seconds and do the same drizzle method like the chocolate.
  9. Sprinkle some random mini Reese’s Pieces and transfer to the refrigerator overnight.
  10. Keep refrigerated or frozen until use.
Recipe Notes

Don’t overbake brownies

Pssst...Just in case you don’t know what a Nutter Butter is? 🙂

ChocolaTess Trivia: Nutter Butter is a Nabisco brand peanut-shaped sandwich cookie with a peanut butter filling, which was introduced to the public in 1969 and they are peanut buttery delicious. They also have Nutter Butter Bites, which are round instead of peanut shaped. (Which is what I used.)

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“7 Practical Steps for Self-Care”

 

7 Practical Steps for Self-Care

If you take the time to nurture yourself, everyone around you will benefit.

by Pablo Diaz — Posted in Health and Wellness on Mar 16, 2017

Even though it feels and looks like full-blown winter outside in some parts of the country, we are officially a few days from spring–a great time of year especially for baseball fans, gardeners, farmers and everyone who enjoys the warmer weather.

Spring is when plants begin to bud, and people care for their yards and clean house. Novelist and poet Margaret Atwood says, “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

While we care for the things around us and for others, spring is a reminder that we should care for ourselves, too. Without self-care, everything else suffers including our well-being. Self-care is under our control; no one can do it for us. Self-care is not only important, it’s crucial.

Read More: Welcome to a Positive Path

Below are seven practical steps that experts in the health field recommend:

1.  Make time to eat well and exercise, even if you’re busy.
2.  Know when to say “no” to requests.
3.  Find a balance between work, family and personal time–protect your schedule.
4.  Honor your emotional and spiritual needs.
5.  Foster and nurture meaningful relationships.
6.  Spend your time and money on what matters.

7.  Take care of your well-being every day.

Taking these steps is not always easy or without challenges, but worth the investment. I find that practicing these steps daily helps build good habits and a healthy way of life.

It may take time, but in the end we are all better for it. Self-care reduces stress, helps us to refocus on what’s important and allows us to be there for others. What is the best advice you have received for self-care? Please share.


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“Rich Fudgy Flourless Brownies”

 

                              “RICH FUDGY FLOURLESS BROWNIES”
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Looking for a gluten free brownie recipe? Look no further! These rich and fudgy flourless brownies are perfectly chewy, dense and intense! No strange ingredients required 🙂
Author: Natalie
Yield: 16 brownies
INGREDIENTS
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¾ c. granulated sugar
  • 8 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped*
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp. salt

 

DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 or 9×9 inch square pan with foil (prefer a metal one), then lightly spray or butter, set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan set over low heat, melt the butter, then add the sugar. Once the sugar is incorporated, add the chopped chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat beat for 2 minutes with a hand mixer or whisk. Add the eggs, one at a time, then the vanilla extract.
  3. Using a mesh sieve (or a sifter), sift the cocoa powder and cornstarch into the saucepan, then add the salt. Stir together, then beat the batter vigorously for 1-2 minutes. I like to use a hand mixer for this on a medium speed. Beat until the batter is smooth and shiny.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 22-30 minutes or until the brownies are set in the center, taking care not to over-bake. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 45 minutes before removing and slicing.
 
NOTES
*I like to use 2 semisweet Ghirardelli baking bars… as they are 4 oz. each.
-Fruit, nuts, chocolate chips/chunks, a sprinkle of sea salt, or a swirl of dulce de leche all make great additions to these brownies!

Recipe source: adapted from David Lebovitz

Quick Dulce de Leche

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup nonfat sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the milk and sugar and cook over medium heat until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. The mixture will turn the color of peanut shells


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“HAPPY BIRTHDAY RUSS LESSOR”

“When someone tells you that … they have a  “BIRTHDAY” on the first day of “SPRING” – – how in the world can you forget that date?”

This PHOTO was taken at the “CRESTWOOD FAMOUS BARR” store maybe…  mid  1980’s – – and since I could not make up my mind  – – do I like it enough to have   it finished with all the correct colors and framed – – well like so many things in LIFE – – forgot about – – and just  leaving this ‘copy’ …  to just about fade… away.

Russ retired from the Monsanto Company – – having put in his thirty years – – bought a 40 acres FARM in Perryville, Missouri and for the most part had a very good life. He had lots of FRIENDS and invited  those that would like to do a little  “DEER” hunting  in November – -to his Farm – – and they would stay for at least a week – -and now I am trying to remember – – did they ever  have success at getting  a prize deer???

  • One thing that I really can  say is – – RUSS could really DANCE – – it is not always easy to find another “DANCE PARTNER” that can move on the DANCE FLOOR – – with such ease – – and really move the body – – I remember … because we did  “WIN”  several  PRIZES” at the different DANCES that  we attended.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY… RUSS!

 


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