Wednesday, October 3, 2012


  This month starts the check-ups again and today a new test. They checked the Arteries in my neck for blockage. The left showed some blockage but not enough to be alarmed or worried about, the right was clean. I have to go to Dr. Panella this round and have a chest X-Ray before going for the visit. Throat cancer he said can follow a tree of lungs and brain, but no brain scan or x-ray is scheduled. I have confidence that he wouldn't order anything I don't need and orders what he thinks I will. Dr Rathfoot comes I think right before Dr. Panella, hopefully he will do the scope. I never thought I'd ever say anything like that but it's strange how one can get use to something and learn to look forward to a little discomfort for security and confidence. Yeast infection again and so I had to do the Flukinol (spelling ?) to get rid of it.

  I haven't mowed the yard at either house in a month, didn't bush hog again either. It almost seems I can't quite get on top of it. The Acid Reflux has went way down since we started limiting the Gluten. We try as much as we can to do Gluten-Free in our foods, seems to be working out for all of us, but sometimes we stumble and tonight I fell off a bit. :) Denise has lost 13lbs and I've lost 10, though how I have no idea with all the cookies. I seem to rest better at night too. It makes it a lot better just eating your food once I guess.

  Everything is a push right now. The hay is in, though 120 rolls and already we have 31 cows and calves total. If it's a hard winter that may not be enough. Frost is going to set in here they say this weekend so the field back here Mark won't get cut in time to bale, that also means an early start to feeding. That equates to finishing the trim and 2 planks in the Sunroom before we bring the Banana Plants and Palms indoors. Winter proofing some stuff too. I use to do this stuff without a second thought in a day or two. At  night I research recipes and stuff, print them out and put in a notebook. Misty baked her 1st successful loaf of bread. If they come down this weekend I told her to pick one of the bread machines out. She's baking regular wheat bread and we have the two, older but like new. We only need one and I usually oven bake now. Baking wheat bread I'd rather use a bread machine. She does her blog on Autism and so far has a good response.

  Speaking of, Misty, here is the Cookie Recipe from the final tweaking you and the kids like. 

 1/3 Cup Millet Flour (I mixed 1/2 the last time. :) )
 1/2 Cup Buckwheat Flour (light)
 1/2 Cup Oat Flour
 2   Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract (or a bit more give or take)
 1/2 Cup of Butter
 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
 1/2 Cup of White Sugar
 1/4 Teaspoon Salt (non Iodized)
 1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
 1 Egg
 1 Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

  Mix all the dry stuff together well, the start by adding the Brown Sugar and head for wet. After you have it mixed well then add the Chocolate Chips and let just mix in enough to mix in.

They do better as far as not running if you let the dough chill in the fridge or freezer for a little bit. For thinner cookies though just place them directly on the baking sheet. I put ours in little balls on a butter greased cookie sheet or pan.

  At 375 Degrees F on the average they take 10-12 minutes, but sometimes.... 


Cali said...

If you are going to be doing a lot of baking I have a couple of tips for you: First, your sugar should go with your wet ingredients. It wasn't here, I think it was on facebook that you said you were mixing it into dry ingredients. I know it seems dry, but it melts as soon as it touches anything wet and I guess that's why it is supposed to go with the wet.

Second, a small portion scoop makes cookie baking MUCH easier! It's just a little ice cream scoop but it only holds about one and a half tablespoons. I got mine at Walmart and paid less than $5 for it. If you have a restaurant supply place nearby it would probably be a little cheaper and you'd have a wider selection. Portion scoops come in all sizes from something like a half-ounce to 16 ounces, I think. It makes cookies, dumplings even meatballs so much more quickly and easily that you won't know how you got by without one once you try it. They make the cutest little ice cream sandwiches and you can portion most anything with them.

When my chihuahua, Jethro, was a baby he couldn't finish a can of wet food before it went bad in the fridge so I used to scoop his wet food out of the big can onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze it. When they were solid I'd put them in Ziploc bags. When it was dinner time I would pop one out, give it 30 seconds in the microwave, mix in a little kibble, and dinner was served!

You can do the same thing with your cookie dough, too. It makes freshly baked cookies a wonderful, unexpected and quick treat when guests drop in. Just add a couple of minutes to your baking time and/or drop the temperature 25 degrees. You'll have to experiment a little and for heaven's sake watch them, but you'll get the timing just right after a few batches.

anthony7 said...

Thanks Cali, I'll try that tomorrow,

anthony7 said...

Thanks Cali I'll try tha.