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  • No, Polygamy Isn’t the Next Gay Marriage: Group marriage is the past—not the future—of matrimony.

    07/01/2015 8:47:28 PM PDT · 61 of 64
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  • Study: Most Americans suffer from ‘Digital Amnesia’

    07/01/2015 6:50:18 PM PDT · 36 of 41
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  • Are Key Republican Leaders in D.C. Being Blackmailed?

    07/01/2015 5:34:43 AM PDT · 40 of 53
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  • After 'gratifying' week, Obama sees long to-do list in time left

    07/01/2015 3:21:30 AM PDT · 23 of 29
    Stand Watch Listen to Battle Hymn of the Republic

  • Non-Western Countries Fed Up With Gay Agenda

    07/01/2015 2:19:57 AM PDT · 38 of 62
    Stand Watch Listen to Morgana

  • What Complete Nonsense=> Obama Says US and Brazil “Share Similar Histories” (VIDEO)

    07/01/2015 1:49:55 AM PDT · 57 of 61
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  • About that rainbow flag?

    06/29/2015 1:09:48 AM PDT · 29 of 54
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  • About that rainbow flag?

    06/29/2015 12:10:51 AM PDT · 28 of 54
    Stand Watch Listen to cradle of freedom

  • First the flag, then the guns

    06/28/2015 10:23:35 PM PDT · 15 of 44
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  • Juan Williams: People Shouldn’t Have ‘Tremendous Automatic Weaponry’

    06/27/2015 1:32:28 PM PDT · 36 of 113
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  • For many black Americans, Confederate flag debate a distraction

    06/27/2015 12:57:34 PM PDT · 10 of 24
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  • Monica Lewinsky Gets Standing Ovation at Cannes: I Was 'Patient Zero' of Cyber-Bullying [VIDEO]

    06/27/2015 12:44:59 PM PDT · 44 of 90
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  • BREAKING: UN Makes Huge Move to ARREST Benjamin Netanyahu

    06/27/2015 10:28:37 AM PDT · 46 of 107
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  • The Communist Family Tree of Valerie Jarrett

    06/26/2015 3:24:45 AM PDT · 5 of 18
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  • Millennials overtake baby boomers; minority babies outnumber white – Census

    06/26/2015 1:56:33 AM PDT · 22 of 38
    Stand Watch Listen to MinorityRepublican
    I was born in 1983. Am I a millennial or a X?

    millennial - "anyone whose birthday falls between 1982 and the new millennium is – you guessed it – millennial."

  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    06/25/2015 5:58:03 PM PDT · 95 of 95
    Stand Watch Listen to the scotsman
    A speech Shaw (himself an acclaimed novelist) wrote the night before. He enjoyed the filming, but hated the original novel.

    A bit more trivia regarding the evolution on THe speech...

    There has been so much mythology surrounding this scene; about authorship, what was improvised, what was scripted but an interview with Spielberg on Ain’t It Cool News is quite enlightening.

    Steven Spielberg advised that Howard Sackler, who was an uncredited writer, didn’t want a credit and didn’t arbitrate for one, but he’s the guy that broke the back of the script before we ever got to Martha’s Vineyard to shoot the movie.

    Howard one day said, “Quint needs some motivation to show all of us what made him the way he is and I think it’s this Indianapolis incident.” I said, “Howard, what’s that?” And he explained the whole incident of the Indianapolis and the Atomic Bomb being delivered and on its way back it was sunk by a submarine and sharks surrounded the helpless sailors who had been cast adrift and it was just a horrendous piece of World War II history. Howard didn’t write a long speech, he probably wrote about three-quarters of a page.

    But then, when I showed the script to my friend John Milius, John said “Can I take a crack at this speech?” and John wrote a 10 page monologue, that was absolutely brilliant, but out-sized for the Jaws I was making! (laughs) But it was brilliant and then Robert Shaw took the speech and Robert did the cut down. Robert himself was a fine writer, who had written the play The Man in the Glass Booth. Robert took a crack at the speech and he brought it down to five pages. So, that was sort of the evolution just of that speech.
    "Neil Hughes"

  • The Last Rebels: 25 Things We Did As Kids That Would Get Someone Arrested Today

    06/21/2015 4:04:45 PM PDT · 51 of 72
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  • Obama: We Must Prevent 21-Year-Old Angry Racists From Buying Guns

    06/21/2015 3:57:42 PM PDT · 34 of 42
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  • Reign of Terror: Inside the Islamic State

    06/21/2015 1:33:53 AM PDT · 9 of 11
    Stand Watch Listen to RetiredArmy
    Happy...Happy little bombs...
  • The clot scare that led Samuel L Jackson to go 'hardcore vegan'

    06/21/2015 1:10:43 AM PDT · 44 of 47
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  • The clot scare that led Samuel L Jackson to go 'hardcore vegan'

    06/21/2015 12:51:39 AM PDT · 42 of 47
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  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    06/21/2015 12:08:00 AM PDT · 83 of 95
    Stand Watch Listen to beaversmom

    Another part was that of gangster Doyle Lonnegan “The Sting” (w. Paul Newman/Robert Redford)

  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    06/20/2015 11:49:51 PM PDT · 76 of 95
    Stand Watch Listen to beaversmom
    A bit of trivia regarding the scene...

    Robert Shaw liked to drink. Indeed, the actor, author and playwright liked to drink a lot. It could sometimes lead to near disastrous results.

    During the making of Jaws, Robert Shaw had an alcohol-induced blackout during the filming of that famous S.S. Indianapolis speech. Shaw had convinced director Steven Spielberg that as the three characters in the scene (played by Shaw, Roy Scheider, and Richard Dreyfuss) had been drinking, it might be an idea to have a wee chaser before filming, just to get him in the mood. Spielberg agreed. It was an unwise decision as Shaw drank so much he had to be carried back onto the set. Hardly any filming took place that day, and Spielberg wrapped the crew at eleven in the morning.

    Later that night, in the wee small hours, a panicked Shaw ‘phoned Spielberg to ask if he had done anything embarrassing as he could not remember what had happened. And would the director let him film the scene again?

    The next day, a sober and contrite Shaw turned-up early for work, and delivered one of cinema’s most memorable speeches within four takes.

  • Reagan: Jeb won't be Trump's last GOP victim

    06/20/2015 11:02:27 PM PDT · 14 of 30
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  • Opinion: Obama looking to blame someone for church killings? Look in the mirror

    06/19/2015 10:56:14 PM PDT · 14 of 24
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    Opinion: Obama looking to blame someone for church killings? Look in the mirror

    Look in a mirror???
    Obie from Nairobi still discerns the image below...
  • FEMA Denies Baltimore Request For Disaster Aid To Cover Riot Expenses

    06/19/2015 10:27:43 PM PDT · 13 of 30
    Stand Watch Listen to joyce11111
    Well, what a surprise, the dumb cluck is getting her due desserts.

    She wanted those thugs setting fires and robbing and breaking things....she got her way about that and told the police to stand down, can’t get any better than this

  • Some consultants want Trump barred from GOP primary debates

    06/19/2015 10:08:02 PM PDT · 61 of 104
    Stand Watch Listen to eyedigress
    Do you have any breakdown numbers of Republicans, Democrats and Independents that voted for Perot?

    http://www.pollingreport.com/hibbitts1202.htm

    “….Exit Poll Data and the Perot Vote
    Now, let’s briefly consider the 1992 exit poll data and the actual composition of the Perot vote. According to the exit poll data, 38% of the Perot voters said they would have voted for Clinton in a two way race, 38% would have voted for Bush, 24% would not have voted. Perot won 30% of independents, 17% of Republicans, and 13% of Democrats. Put another way, of his 19% popular vote share, 8 percentage points came from independents, 6 from Republicans, and 5 from Democrats. Fully 53% of Perot’s vote came from self-defined moderates, 27% from conservatives and 20% from liberals; so about 10 points of his 19% came from self-described moderates, with 5 points coming from conservatives and 4 points from liberals. We also know from the exit polls that the Perot voters were angrier at the political system than supporters of the other candidates. Do these Perot supporters really look like voters that would have gone heavily to incumbent Bush in a two-candidate race?....”
  • Obama: Low-income Kids Do Worse in School at Month’s End Partly Because They’re ‘Getting Hungry,’…

    06/19/2015 8:35:56 PM PDT · 13 of 82
    Stand Watch Listen to Olog-hai
    “Too many of our kids still go hungry in this country,” said Obama.
    Perhaps these kids have been totally rejecting your wife's breakfast, lunch dictates.

    And many EBT recipients (parents) have been selling their food benefits to continue their various destructive additions.

  • World shocked at enduring racism, gun violence in US

    06/19/2015 8:31:27 PM PDT · 57 of 61
    Stand Watch Listen to justa-hairyape
    It was not armed US citizens that killed 100 million people last century. It was the armed government’s of Europe and Asia. Time for the world to wake up.

    AND the various nations of Africa and the Middle East.

  • Some consultants want Trump barred from GOP primary debates

    06/19/2015 8:17:09 PM PDT · 40 of 104
    Stand Watch Listen to BeadCounter
    A 3rd party Trump Oprah ticket might actually garner quite a few votes; 18% I’d guess which is enough to effect the election. I’m not sure if that is about what Perot got.

    1992 Election

    Candidate Party Electoral Vote Popular Vote Percentage
    Bill Clinton Democratic 370 44,909,806 43.0%
    George Bush Republican 168 39,104,550 37.5%
    Ross Perot United We Stand 0 19,743,821 18.9%

    1996 Election

    Candidate Party Electoral Vote Popular Vote Percentage
    Bill Clinton Democratic 379 47,401,185 49.2%
    Bob Dole Republican 159 39,197,469 40.7%
    Ross Perot Reform Party 0 8,085,294 8.4%
  • Favorite Female vocalists ?

    06/19/2015 8:09:27 PM PDT · 331 of 434
    Stand Watch Listen to Silent One
    La Vie En Rose (feat. Jackie Evancho) is a track (jazz music) by Jumaane Smith.
    ''La Vie En Rose'' by Jackie and Jumaane

    An older Jackie..."La Vie En Rose "

  • Favorite Female vocalists ?

    06/19/2015 7:59:18 PM PDT · 315 of 434
    Stand Watch Listen to Zeneta
    Have many favorite female vocalists in various genre...but two songs dwell in my mind for power and intensity.

    AND Reba in THAT red dress...(video not great)

    Reba McEntire/Linda Davis "Does He Love You?"

    Carrie Underwood "How Great Thou Art"

  • No Wonder Obama Won’t Let Us Read TPP

    06/19/2015 6:20:13 PM PDT · 122 of 128
    Stand Watch Listen to Extremely Extreme Extremist
    How did people react in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Many of them meekly obeyed orders and hid in their homes while the Feds hunted the killers.

    One must remember that we are referring to that bastion, that center of East Coast/New England progressive liberal mentality/beliefs/control/smugness

    I don't think Americans have the will to fight tyranny as they did in the late 1700s.

    I do somewhat agree with your statement here...however I'm more apprehensive about our 'evolving' police departments and the social engineered mindset of our Armed Forces General command.

  • Jeb Bush Says He Speaks 'More Spanish Than English At Home'

    06/19/2015 6:41:57 AM PDT · 49 of 70
    Stand Watch Listen to cotton1706

    Hey JEBstir!...
    This is America!!!...
    ...WE speak 'American' here!!! ;)
  • Actor and comedian Rick Ducommun, known for 'The 'Burbs', dies at age 62

    06/19/2015 3:15:37 AM PDT · 15 of 20
    Stand Watch Listen to Keli Kilohana
    Yes, as Gus, one of the two drunks with Bill Murray.
    Groundhog Day (1993)
    [Phil Connors drives (because Ralph and Gus are drunk) right through a mailbox]
    Gus: Hey Phil, if we wanted to hit mailboxes we could let Ralph drive.

    Phil: It's the same thing your whole life: "Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don't mix beer and wine, ever." Oh yeah: "Don't drive on the railroad track."
    Gus: Well, Phil, that's one I happen to agree with.

  • Actor and comedian Rick Ducommun, known for 'The 'Burbs', dies at age 62

    06/19/2015 1:49:18 AM PDT · 12 of 20
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    Walt, City Worker ...shutting off the utilities for the FBI.

  • So THAT'S how she does it! Rachel Dolezal 'gets regular spray tans for $60 a month'

    06/17/2015 11:26:59 PM PDT · 55 of 60
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    Pat McCormack
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    06/15/2015 11:25:10 PM PDT · 37 of 40
    Stand Watch Listen to Jamestown1630
    My 12 Days of Christmas….
    cookies…
    cookies…
    cookies…

    RAINBOW COOKIES (ITALIAN)

    Prep Time: 45 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 10 Hours 30 Minutes
    Servings: 63
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 8 ounces almond paste/ rec filling (12 oz)
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 4 eggs,
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • Almond extract ½ - ¾ TBs
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 6 drops red food coloring / gel
    • 6 drops green food coloring / gel
    • 1/4 cup seedless red raspberry jam
    • 1/4 cup apricot jam
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, Melted
    • 2 TBS butter
    • 1/2 tsp corn syrup OR butter shortening??
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Line three 9x13 inch baking pans with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, break apart almond paste/filling with a fork, and cream together with butter, sugar, and eggs. When mixture is fluffy and smooth, mix in almond extract, stir in flour to form a dough. Divide dough into 3 equal portions. Mix one portion with red food coloring, and one with green food coloring. Spread each portion into one of the prepared baking pans.
    3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned. Carefully remove from pan and parchment paper, and cool completely on wire racks.
    4. Place green layer onto a piece of plastic wrap large enough to wrap all three layers. Spread green layer with raspberry jam, and top with uncolored layer. Spread with apricot jam, and top with pink layer. Transfer layers to a baking sheet, and enclose with plastic wrap. Place a heavy pan or cutting board on top of wrapped layers to compress. Chill in the refrigerator 8 hours, or overnight.
    5. Remove plastic wrap. Top with melted chocolate chips/butter/corn syrup OR shortening, and refrigerate 1 hour, or until chocolate is firm (better, if overnight). Slice into small squares to serve.
    NOTE: CAN FREESE JUST BARS..THEN WHEN NEEDED CUT INTO RECTANGLES
    ----OPTIONS / TIPS: Adding some almond extract to it really enhanced the almond flavor. Another thing that helps is to melt the chocolate (without cracking) with 2 tablespoons butter and a 1/4 cup of heavy cream.
    • suggest using ALMOND FILLING instead of paste. This will make them moist and is easier to mix. Use almond extract, it makes the difference. Use gel food coloring instead of liquid. Use enough to get true rich colors. omit the apricot jam
    • I take the parchment paper and make it large enough to put under the pan on each side which makes it MUCH easier to spread.
    • make it easier by just spraying the pans with non-stick cooking spray instead of parchment paper and the cookies easily come out.. spray the pans with a little spray oil or use some butter then put the parchment paper in the pan (this keeps the paper from moving around when you are spreading the dough
    • those having trouble with the spreading: use 3 aluminum pans (usually 3 for 99 cents at the 99 cent store)and spray with ALOT of pam.
    MAKING ALMOND PASTE..
    Ingredients
    1 pound blanched almonds 1 (16 ounce) package confectioners' sugar 3 egg whites 1 teaspoon almond extract
    Directions
    1. Grind almonds in a blender. Thoroughly mix in confectioners sugar. Beat egg whites slightly, then stir into the almond mixture. Add almond extract, using your hands to blend the heavy mixture.


    PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

    Prep Time: 25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
    Servings: 40
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 cup peanut butter
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons milk
    • 40 miniature chocolate covered peanut butter cups, unwrapped
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; set aside.
    2. Cream together the butter, sugar, peanut butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and milk. Add the flour mixture; mix well. Shape into 40 balls and place each into an ungreased mini muffin pan.
    3. Bake at 375 degrees for about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately press a mini peanut butter cup into each ball. Cool and carefully remove from pan
    …..Options/hints:
    a. **Freeze PB Cups, unwrap, then pop back into freezer--until cookies are out of oven.**Allow middles to "sink" a bit before adding the pb cup(should happen when removed from the oven after 8 minutes) the "sink" will prevent the sides of the cookie from cracking.**ABSOLUTELY refrigerate the pan before removing cookies for cooling rack... BUT**Decorate with sprinkles BEFORE refrigerating pan--place decor quickly, as the chocolate will start to melt. Shifting placement of the decorations will be tricky!
    b. they dont look like they're done cooking after 8 minutes, but they are. Dont make the mistake of overbaking them


    CHRISTMAS WREATHS

    Prep Time: 5 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 30 Minutes
    Servings: 18
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 4 cups mini marshmallows
    • 1/2 teaspoons green food coloring
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp of almond extract OR peppermint extract
    • 3 cups cornflakes OR frosted flakes cereal
    • AND can fill in with 1 cup Rice Krispies
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon red hot candies
    Options: --also used springles and coconut to decorate
    --melted white chocolate and drizzled it on top for a "snow" effect
    --white decorating crystals
    --added a red licorice bow
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows, and cook until melted, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and stir in the food coloring, vanilla, and cornflakes.
    2. Quickly drop heaping tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper, and form into a wreath shape with lightly greased fingers (spoon a glob onto the waxed paper and use your fingers form a wreath by pulling from the middle out). Immediately decorate with red hot candies. Allow to cool to room temperature before removing from waxed paper, and storing in an airtight container
    …..Hints:
    a. shortcut for molding the wreaths is to drop a ball of the mixture onto wax paper and take the end of a plastic spoon, stick it in the middle to make a hole, then spin it around to make the wreath.
    b. put a plastic sandwich bag over your hand and it won't stick to you (or the bag)
    c. you can also keep the mixture warm in a slow cooker while you're shaping the wreaths.


    BANANA CRUMB MUFFINS

    Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 35 Minutes Servings: 10 ….MANY MORE IF MADE AS MINI--MUFFINS
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 bananas, mashed
    • 2/3 cup white sugar
    • 1 tsp of vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
    • 1 egg, lightly beaten
    • 1/3 cup butter, melted OR 1/3 cup canola oil
    • Streusel Topping
    • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3 TBSP chopped walnuts
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon and melted butter OR oil. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
    3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.
    ……OPTIONS/TIPS: • be sure to not overmix.
    • the advice of other bakers and added 1 tsp of cinnamon to the banana bread mix and then used 1/3 cup oil instead of butter.
    • added 2 TBSP chopped walnuts to the crumb topping


    CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY COOKIES

    Recipe Yield 36 cookies
    INGREDIENTS (DOUBLED):
    • 1 cup butter
    • 1 cups white sugar ; I cup brown sugar
    • 2 egg (maybe dry) OR 3 for more chewy/soft cookie
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract OR cherry extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 2 (10 ounce) jars maraschino cherries
    • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
    • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
    DIRECTIONS:
    This recipe's Ingredients were scaled (doubled) to yield a new amount. The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield of 18 cookies.
    1. ---Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
    2. ---Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and stir until smooth. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls about the size of a walnut (larger if desired). Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press center of each ball with thumb.
    3. ---Drain cherries and reserve juice. Place a cherry in indentation of each cookie ball.
    4. ---** In a saucepan, heat condensed milk and chocolate chips until chips are melted. Stir in 4 teaspoons of cherry juice. Spoon about 1 teaspoon of mixture over each cherry and spread to cover cherry. (More cherry juice may be added to keep frosting of spreading consistency.) Or pipe frosting (zig-zag) over cherry/cookie
    5. ---Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
    OPTIONS/TIPS:
    • 1) doubled the batter but not the chocolate sauce, 2) used a half cup of white sugar and a half cup of brown sugar, 3) placed the cherry in the center of the cookie immediately after I took them out of the oven, 4) drizzled the chocolate on after the cookie cooled. I also cut the cherries in half before inserting them into the center just to stretch the jar of cherries.
    • I use cherry extract instead of vanilla, so you will have more of the cherry taste. It really does make a difference. In the icing I use the whole can of condensed milk, add more cherry extract and extra cherry juice from the can. I mean about 1/4 cup or more. The more you use the more cherry and chocolate taste you will get.. I think they taste better the second day!
    • I did use 2 T (6 tsp) cherry juice in the frosting, and ** it still needed more. Next time I will also add some cherry juice to the cookie. I think those changes will make it amazing
    • ** halved the icing recipe and still had a bit leftover.
    • The glaze is excellent and should be drizzled on before being baked. Do not add on any additional baking time or they will dry out. The moisture of the cherries makes them perfectly soft by the next day.


    FROSTED NUTMEG LOGS

    Prep Time: 20 Minutes
    Cook Time: 15 Minutes
    Ready In: 35 Minutes
    Yields: 27 servings
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    FROSTING:
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
    • 1 tablespoon half-and-half cream
    • Sprinkle nutmeg
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and extracts; mix well. Combine the flour, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
    2. On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 1/2-in.-wide logs. Cut into 2-in. pieces. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 11-14 minutes or until center is set and edges are lightly browned. Cool for 2 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
    3. For frosting, in a mixing bowl, combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, extracts and enough cream to achieve a spreading consistency. Frost cooled cookies. Rake the frosting with fork tines..for bark ‘look’
    (hint) Sprinkle some nutmeg on the frosting while it's still wet for a really festive look


    SPICY OATMEAL CRAISIN COOKIE

    Prep Time: 15 Minutes
    Cook Time: 12 Minutes
    Ready In: 50 Minutes
    Servings: 36
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup white sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ** ½ tsp baking powder (OPT)
    • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 cups rolled oats
    • cup raisins (OR Craisins (soaked in warm water))
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (white)
    • 1/2 cup walnuts
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, white sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and salt; stir into the sugar mixture. Stir in the oats and raisins, chocolate chips, walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake 9 to 11 minutes until light and golden. Do not overbake. Let them cool for 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets to cool completely. Store in airtight container.
    OPTIONS / TIPS:
    • Used all butter
    • soaked the raisins/CRAISINS in just-boiled water for 5 minutes (this plumps them and prevents them from getting hard/dried out in the oven).
    • only used about ¼ tsp of the cloves but also added some powdered ginger, freshly grated nutmeg & allspice
    • noticed one pust the nuts in them they don't spread out as much. So press them down gently and they will made a perfect cookie
    • to use cool cookie sheets and to keep the batter cold. The cookies will be fluffier instead of flattening out during baking
    • added nutmeg, dried orange peel, ginger, allspice and extra cinnamon. Baking time was best around 8-10 minutes for especially moist cookies.
    • **added 1/4 tsp. baking powder to avoid any flattening or spreading
    • will admit, just used pumpkin pie spice in place of the other spices, them much better.


    SUGARED BLACK RASPBERRY TEA COOKIE

    Petite, crunchy, black raspberry filled thumbprints, dipped in granulated sugar, and studded with miniature chocolate chips. These cookies freeze well
    Prep Time: 30 Minutes
    Cook Time: 15 Minutes
    Ready In: 45 Minutes
    Servings: 36
    INGREDIENTS:
    • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup white sugar
    • teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons milk
    • 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
    • 3 tablespoons white sugar
    • (10 ounce) jar black raspberry jam
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. In a large bowl, cream butter with brown sugar and 1/3 cup white sugar. Blend in the vanilla and milk. Mix in the flour and corn starch. Stir in the mini chocolate chips.
    3. Form the dough into 1 inch balls, and roll in the remaining white sugar. Place on the prepared cookie sheet, about 1 1/2 inches apart. Use your finger or thumb to press straight down into the center of each ball, making a well for the jam. Neatly fill each cookie with a small amount of jam.
    4. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to turn golden around the edges. Let cookies cool before eating.
    ……OPTIONS / TIPS:
    • used raspberry and apricot jams and drizzled the finished cookies with some melted chocolate chips and oil, which made for a very attractive presentation
    • Thirteen minutes was almost too long. Watch these carefully. Overbaking dries eggless cookies quickly


    MOLASSES SUGAR COOKIE

    Prep Time: 25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 15 Minutes
    Ready In: 3 Hours 40 Minutes
    Yields: 36 servings
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 2 cups white sugar OR green & red
    o 1/2 cup molasses
    o 2 eggs
    o 4 cups all-purpose flour
    o 4 teaspoons baking soda
    o 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    o teaspoon ground cloves
    o teaspoon ground ginger
    o teaspoon salt
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Melt the shortening in a large pan on the stove, and cool.
    2. Add sugar, eggs, and molasses, beat well.
    3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together and add to the pan. Mix well and chill 3 hours or overnight.
    4. Form into walnut-size balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
    5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 8-10 minutes.
    6. Store in an airtight container to keep from getting overly crisp. If they do lose their softness, an easy way to restore it is to place one slice of fresh bread in the container with the cookies for a couple of hours or overnight and they will be soft again!
    …..(VARIOUS hint 1) 1) Instead of 2c. granulated sugar as written in the recipe, I used 1c. granulated sugar and 1c. brown sugar; 2) I used butter-flavored shortening; 3) I baked the cookies right away without refrigerating the dough; 4) I only used 1/2t. salt; 5) I used a baking stone, baked the cookies for 10 minutes, took them out of the oven, let them sit for one minute on the baking stone, then removed the cookies and placed them on a cooling rack.
    (hint 2 Definitely watch cooking time...if you like a chewy cookie, stick to the approx. 10min bake time-they may look too undercooked but that is fine. If you like a crispy cookie, let them go 2 mins longer. They definitely go from being chewy to being crispy QUICK so watch the time!!
    (hint 3))…drizzle with a buttercream frosting


    SPRING LIME TEA COOKIE

    are light, buttery tea cookies bursting with citrus flavor
    Prep Time: 20 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 Minutes
    Ready In: 50 Minutes
    Servings: 24
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 1/3 cup milk
    o 1/2 cup butter, softened
    o 3/4 cup white sugar
    o 1 egg
    o 2 teaspoons lime zest
    o 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    o teaspoon baking powder
    o 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    o 1,2- drops green food coloring
    o 2 tablespoons lime juice (bit of zest)
    o 1/4 cup white sugar (OR powdered sugar)
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine the 2 teaspoons of lime juice with the milk, let stand for 5 minutes.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, then stir in the lime zest and milk mixture. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda, food coloring, blend into the creamed mixture. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the ungreased cookie sheets.
    3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (or longer) in the preheated oven, until the edges are light brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
    4. To make the glaze, stir together the remaining lime juice (bit of zest) and sugar (OR powered sugar) TOUCH OF GREEN food coloring.... . Brush onto cooled cookies.
    …..OPTIONS / TIPS:
    • Not quite "limey"enough. add more lime zest and juice!
    • substitutes (orange zest, and powdered sugar in the glaze
    • add more lime juice/zest, and will use powdered sugar for the glaze.
    • made a thicker glaze with 1/2 a cup of sugar powder and about 3 tbsp of lime juice.


    STAINED GLASS COOKIE
    Melted candies surrounded by dough to resemble stained glass windows

    serving: 60
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    o 3/4 cup HONEY
    o 1/3 cup water
    o 3 cups all-purpose flour
    o teaspoon baking soda
    o 1/2 teaspoon salt
    o 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    o 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    o 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    o 5 3/4 ounces ‘Jolly Rancher” or similar hard candies
    DIRECTIONS:
    1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter or margarine, brown sugar and honey until smooth. Blend in water. Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Gradually add flour mixture to creamed mixture; blend well.
    2. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
    3. Cut out paper stars, bells, or other christmas motifs. Trace onto a sheet of aluminum foil.
    4. Roll pieces of dough into ropes about 1/4-inch wide. Outline the designs with ropes of dough. Press ends lightly together.
    5. Separate candies by color. In a blender or food processor, coarsely crush candies. Fill in dough outlines with the candies.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 4 to 5 minutes or until cookie is set and candy melts. Cool on baking sheet
    ……Options/hints:
    line pan…used tin foil covered with nonstick spray


    CRANBERRY PISTACHIO BISCOTTI

    used other nuts instead of pistachios with success. If your pistachios are salted, omit the 1/4 teaspoon salt from the recipe
    Prep Time: 25 Minutes
    Cook Time: 45 Minutes
    Ready In: 1 Hour 20 Minutes
    Servings: 36
    INGREDIENTS:
    o 3/4 cup white sugar
    o 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    o 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    o 2 eggs
    o 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
    o 1/4 teaspoon salt
    o teaspoon baking powder
    o 1 tsp orange zest OR UP TO 1 TBP (depending on your taste)
    o 1/2 cup dried cranberries
    o 1/2 cups pistachio nuts
    o DIRECTIONS:
    1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F
    2. In a large bowl, mix together oil and sugar until well blended. Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts, then beat in the eggs. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; orange zest, gradually stir into egg mixture. Mix in cranberries and nuts by hand.
    3. Divide dough in half. Form two logs (12x2 inches) on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Dough may be sticky; wet hands with cool water to handle dough more easily
    4. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until logs are light brown. Remove from oven, and set aside to cool for 10 minutes. Reduce oven heat to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
    5. Cut logs on diagonal into 3/4 inch thick slices. Lay on sides on parchment covered cookie sheet. Bake approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until dry; cool…
    .drizzle some frosting over add the combination of almond extract and orange juice into the frosting drizzle
    ….Options/hints:
    WET YOUR HANDS while working with the very sticky dough
    1 tsp. of orange zest and added it right into the batter
    slivered almonds instead of the pistachio nuts
    melted white chocolate in the microwave and dipped on end in, then sprinkled with red and green colored sugars
    substituted dried cherries and whole almonds, pulsed together in a food processor, for the cranberries and pistachios


  • WEEKLY GARDEN THREAD VOLUME 24 JUNE 12, 2015

    06/15/2015 1:34:05 AM PDT · 81 of 86
    Stand Watch Listen to greeneyes
    read that tart cherry juice will help a person sleep at night, but I have never seen any in the stores.
    Tart cherry juice concentrate is also utilized as a daily drink to offset gout (mix 2 oz. Of Black Cherry Juice concentrate with 4-5 oz. Of water). Can usually find cherry concentrate shelved along pomegranate juice in refrigerated produce department.
  • Rachel Dolezal: Yes, I Consider Myself Black (White NAACP Leader Speaks Out)

    06/14/2015 8:11:25 PM PDT · 52 of 58
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  • Sarah Palin on Rachel Dolezal: “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t laugh … this hard”

    06/14/2015 8:06:02 PM PDT · 40 of 55
    Stand Watch Listen to drewh
  • Rachel Dolezal Leader Of NAACP Revealed To Be A White Woman Pretending To Be Black

    06/14/2015 8:04:57 PM PDT · 21 of 24
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  • Biker arrested in Waco Twin Peaks shooting speaks

    06/13/2015 12:25:24 PM PDT · 135 of 201
    Stand Watch Listen to vette6387
    Well he did that, and now he’s out of a job!
    I believed he resigned due the enormous 'flack' he received because his treatment/actions towards bikini girl....not crouching threatening kid.

    I do agree that dealing with two suicides prior to being called to the scene of the illegal trespassing pool party/gate crashing youths would affect one's state of mind. His supervisor should establish new protocols to enable officers to 'deflate' prior to being placed in yet another stressful environment

  • Biker arrested in Waco Twin Peaks shooting speaks

    06/13/2015 12:05:11 PM PDT · 129 of 201
    Stand Watch Listen to vette6387
    ....by the cop in McKinney merely waving a handgun around a bunch of relatively innocent kids...
    various videos, snapshots, pic blow-ups set forth a different statement of facts.

    Bikini girl ignored three requests (orders) to disperse (and mouthed off after the last one. While the officer had the bikini girl down, two youths rushed the officer, stopped just feet, off to his right and somewhat behind his position. 'Relatively innocent kids' crouched down making fists, while one kid placed his left hand on his left back pocket.

    Given the ever increasingly dangerous situation, if I saw someone off my peripheral vision crouching, making a fist, reaching behind his back...I too would draw my weapon to defend myself. Two other officers came upon the scene and one officer gave chase to the crouching/reaching youth. Upon discerning the perceived genuine threat removed, the officer simply re-holstered his weapon and directed his attention to bikini girl.

  • With Hillary as front-runner, Mike needs to step in [What planet is this guy living on?]

    06/13/2015 9:32:19 AM PDT · 52 of 57
    Stand Watch Listen to Cincinatus' Wife
    On FReeper LUCY T's homepage...

    we all need to be reminded of our unvetted candidates…

    Who said it?

    1) "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
    A. Karl MarxC. Joseph Stalin
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    2) "It's time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few...... And to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity."
    A. Lenin
    B. Mussolini
    C. Idi Amin
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    3) "(We).....can't just let business as usual go on, and that means something has to be taken away from some people."
    A. Nikita Khrushev
    B. Josef Goebbels
    C. Boris Yeltsin
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    4) "We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own ... in order to create this common ground."
    A. Mao Tse Dung
    B. Hugo Chavez
    C. Kim Jong Il
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    5) "I certainly think the free-market has failed."
    A. Karl Marx
    B. Lenin
    C. Molotov
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    6) "I think it's time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in (the) entire economy that they are being watched."
    A. Pinochet
    B. Milosevic
    C. Saddam Hussein
    D. Barack Obama
    E. None of the above

    Answers
    (1) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/29/2004
    (2) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 5/29/2007
    (3) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (4) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (5) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 6/4/2007
    (6) E. None of the above. Statement was made by Hillary Clinton 9/2/2005

    As reported by the Associated Press, Sen. Clinton said, "Many of you are well enough off that ... the tax cuts may have helped you. We're saying that for America to get back on track, we're probably going to cut that short and not give it to you. We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good."
    Hillary Clinton (I think Karl Marx said that first)


  • Flaming Hawk With Snake in Its Talons Sparks Fire Near La Jolla

    06/13/2015 9:10:54 AM PDT · 266 of 1,380
    Stand Watch Listen to Monkey Face

    As my parents preferred the taste, perhaps you may try the Strawberry flavored ‘Ensure’. Most times it is close to being sold out as it is the best tasting. Another gentle product to include additional nutrients in your diet is ‘Pedialyte’.

  • Authorities: Singer Killed in Gunfight With Bounty Hunter

    06/11/2015 2:13:24 PM PDT · 30 of 60
    Stand Watch Listen to WayneS
    THE BOUNTY HUNTER
    (Mike Cross)

    Good evenin' to you Mister,
    The Bounty Hunter said.
    You don't know me but I know
    There's a price upon your head.
    I know you're wanted dead or alive,
    That's what the posters say,
    But I never shoot a man at night
    When he ain't had time to pray.

    So I'll give you until sunrise,
    Tomorrow, my friend,
    Before I come to shoot you down
    And bring your body in.
    I warn you that I do my work
    Quite well with gun or knife.
    I've tracked down many a man,
    I've taken many of life.

    Father, do not mourn for me --
    Mother do not weep.
    Whatever a man soweth --
    That also shall he reap.

    I spent a long and sleepless night
    With fear upon my breast,
    Tryin' to get ready for
    My morning duel with death.
    I hid up in a hayloft,
    Out on the edge of town
    And at sunrise the Bounty Hunter
    Came to shoot me down.

    I fired down at the Bounty Hunter
    Standin' in the street.
    He raised his gun and fired a round
    Of shots back up at me.
    He hit my chest and shoulder
    And my gun flew from my hand.
    Now I'm trapped up in this hayloft,
    A wounded, unarmed man.

    The Bounty Hunter holds his fire
    And hollers up at me,
    ``Come out and take it like a man,
    I'll make it quick and clean.''
    I know my time is running out
    And there's no way I can stall,
    So I reach and grab the pitchfork,
    That's hanging on the wall.

    My body arches as I stretch
    And face the risin' sun
    And I feel like a warrior's bow,
    Freshly carved and strung.
    I launch my body through the air,
    And the pitchfork in my hand
    Stabs the Bounty Hunter through the chest
    And pins him to the sand.

    Now my muscles start to rust,
    My thoughts are grownin' cold
    While Gabriel and Satan,
    Shoot craps for my soul.
  • Black tourist attractions seek more prominent role in Baltimore

    06/06/2015 9:50:32 PM PDT · 39 of 57
    Stand Watch Listen to Crystal Palace East
    Thieves generally steal what they do not have.
    Ergo; do these people come form homes exceptionally limited bodily hygiene resources?

    Hmmmm...out of paper again....time for a riot
  • Black tourist attractions seek more prominent role in Baltimore

    06/06/2015 9:06:15 PM PDT · 32 of 57
    Stand Watch Listen to Red in Blue PA
    Baltimore doesn’t understand the African-American market well enough to maximize its effort

    I suggest a ‘walking tour’ to view statues of Baltimore icons, as set below

  • The panic that dare not speak its name: Hillary looks like a loser to Dems