What’s The Point?

Should you hold a grudge or just let it go? Let it go. It may be hard to do that because you were hurt. In the end, just let it go.

Why would you want to waste your time and energy on keeping a grudge against someone? I have learned the hard way that holding a grudge doesn’t do any good. Like I said, it just wears you out.

Besides, the person that you’re holding the grudge  against will move on and forget that they even hurt you.

Life is much too short. Enjoy each day to the fullest. Be positive. Be happy!

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

 

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Peanut Blossoms

These cookies are my favorite of all cookies. My grandma used to make these every year at butchering time and again at Christmas.

She used to store them in her bedroom because it was always cooler in there. I’d sneak into the room and eat them. I don’t know how she always knew some cookies were missing. There were dozens of them.

Here’s the recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

PEANUT BLOSSOMS

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup butter

2 eggs

1/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Chocolate bits for top of cookies.

Cream sugars, butter, and peanut butter together. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Stir into cookie batter. Chill for best results. Shape into balls about walnut size. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Press chocolate in center of each cookie while still hot.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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PBJ and Determination

The aroma of fresh baked bread filled the air. The little boy played on the floor when he stopped. He lifted his nose into the air and sniffed.

“What is that smell?” he thought as he heard his tummy rumble like the train he had been playing with.

He yelled, “Mom, I’m hungry!” No response. He yelled it again. Again, there was no response. Being an impatient little boy, he rose, put his hands on his hips and stomped across the floor. He spied the overloaded laundry basket of clean clothes. He turned the basket over, shook out the clothes and took it to the kitchen. He turned the basket upside down against the cabinet on the floor. No bread in sight.

He stretched toward the cabinet door in front of him. As the cabinet door opened, bread fell out onto the counter top. He ripped open the bread bag. The bread was not sliced. He ripped two big chunks off the loaf. He looked at them and shrugged.

“Peanut butter. Where is it? Oh yeah. Corner cabinet.” He stepped off the wobbly basket and walked to the corner cabinet. He spun the lazy Suzanne around until he found the peanut butter. He walked back over to the counter and slammed the jar on the counter.

He retrieved a butter knife from the drawer. He trotted back to where the peanut butter sat. He threw the knife onto the counter, which clanged against the wall. He turned and grabbed the refrigerator door. He searched for the grape jelly. As he lifted the jar from the door, it fell to the floor with a thud. The lid flew off and jelly spilled everywhere. He ignored the mess on the floor and picked up the jelly jar.
He climbed back onto the basket, picked up the knife and plunged it into the peanut butter. A huge glob rode on the knife onto the bread. He tried to smear the peanut butter. Most of it landed on the counter. The jelly did not cooperate, either.

There was peanut butter in the jelly. He didn’t care. The hungry little boy picked up both pieces of bread and slammed them together. Jelly splattered onto his white t-shirt. He took a bite and thought, “Just like Mom makes. So delicious!”

He stepped down off the basket right into the sticky jelly that was on the floor. Jelly squished between his toes as he wriggled them. He looked at the messy countertop and again to the floor.

“Mom will be mad but at least I made my own sandwich.”

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Chocolate Pixies

Here is one of my favorite Christmas cookie recipe

CHOCOLATE PIXIES

Sift together:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt:

1/4 cup butter

2/3 cup cocoa

Remove from heat and cool slightly.

Blend in:

2 cups sugar

4 eggs, one at a time

Beat one minute and add 1/2 cup walnuts (optional) and dry ingredients. Mix well. Freeze several hours or overnight. Shape into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 18-20 minutes.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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My Four Sons

Ever hear of the television show, My Three Sons? Maybe I should create a television show called, My Four Sons!

I was blessed with four wonderful, crazy sons. Each one is about as different as night and day and oil and water. They are all grown with their own lives. Guess what? Mama still misses them. She would love to have a phone call every now and then just to say, “Hey Ma! How are ya? I’ve been thinking about you and thought I’d call.”

Does that happen? No, of course, not. I’m not asking for an hour long conversation. Just a measly ten minutes would be nice.

Is this what Empty Nest Syndrome feels like? I hate it. I feel, well, empty inside. When they were little, they were my world. I was a stay-at-home mom for many years.

Am I proud of them? You betcha!! So very proud! I could not have asked for better sons. Each one had their own struggles. Each of them fought their battles with strength. I know they came out stronger the other side.

I would not trade any of them for the world. They were my gifts. They are my blessings. I love you! Just give your ol’ Ma a call. 🙂

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Skillet Spaghetti

This is one of my favorite recipes.

SKILLET SPAGHETTI

1 pound ground beef

3 cups water

2 cans (11 1/2 ounces each) tomato juice (about 2 3/4 cups)

1 can tomato paste

2 tablespoons dried minced onion

1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 package spaghetti

Parmesan cheese

In skillet, cook beef over medium heat, drain. Add water, tomato juice, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to boil. Add uncooked spaghetti. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until spaghetti is tender, stirring frequently.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Skillet Chicken Stew

SKILLET CHICKEN STEW

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

Dash pepper

1 1/2 pounds chicken, cut up

3 tablespoons margarine

1 medium onion, sliced

3 celery ribs, sliced

2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut up

3 medium carrots, sliced

1 cup chicken broth

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon ketchup

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Combine flour, salt and pepper in shallow bowl. Coat chicken. In large skillet, melt butter, brown chicken. Add onion and celery. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and carrots. Combine broth, thyme, ketchup and cornstarch. Stir into skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Brownies

There are probably more brownie recipes than I can count. Yes, I am sharing yet another one.

BROWNIES

4 tablespoons cocoa

1/2 cup butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 cup nuts

1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt cocoa and butter (keep hot)

Beat eggs until creamy. Add sugar and mix well. Add cocoa mixture and flour. Beat well. Add nuts and vanilla. Spread in shallow pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

When cool, cut in squares and roll in powdered sugar.

Double the recipe for and spread into a 9×13″ pan.

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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From Grandma’s Country Kitchen — Crusty (Soft Center) Spoon Bread

CRUSTY (SOFT CENTER) SPOON BREAD

Combine, then sift:

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

1/4 cup bread flour

1 tablespoon sugar

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

Stir in:

1 beaten egg

1 cup milk

Beat the batter until it is well blended. Melt 2 tablespoons in an 8×8″ baking dish.

Pour the batter in pan. Place it in a 375 degree oven. Pour 1/2 cup milk over the top.

Bake the bread for 45 minutes or more. (Until good and crusty.)

Enjoy!

Laurie Jackson

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