Pumpkin Cookies.

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1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar…
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Penuche Glaze
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 1/2-2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Have ready some ungreased baking sheets.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and the sugars together until light and fluffy.
Blend in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract.
In separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
Mix flour mixture into butter-sugar mixture.
Drop tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until golden around the edges.
Remove warm cookies and transfer to racks.
Let cool completely for a least one half hour, then frost with glaze.

For Glaze:.
In a medium saucepan, heat butter and brown sugar over medium heat until bubbly. Cook, stirring constantly, for one minute or until slightly thickened. Beat in the milk. Blend in confectioner’s sugar until the glaze is smooth and spreadable. Using a silicone basting brush, which I love and use religiously now, or a butter knife to spread glaze on cookies is the best tip.

Pumpkin Cheese Bread!

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INGREDIENTS
  • Batter:
  • 1-1/2 c. pureed pumpkin
  • ½ c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ c. whole wheat flour
  • ½ c. Stevia Cup For Cup sweetener
  • ½ c. granulated sugar1 t. baking soda
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon1/2 t. ground nutmeg
  • Cream filling:
  • 8 oz. reduced fat cream cheese
  • ¼ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 T. all-purpose flour
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. For the Batter: With an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin, applesauce, egg, and egg whites on medium speed until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine the flours, Stevia, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg. Slowly mix the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture.
  2. For the cream cheese filling: Beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, egg whites and flour until creamy and smooth.
  3. Grease 2 8x4x2″ loaf pans. Divide half of the batter between the two pans. Pour half of the filling in one pan and the other half in the second pan and smooth with the back of a spoon. Top with the remaining batter.
  4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Don’t overbake or your bread will be dry on the edges. Cool and remove from pans. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Brownie In Mug.

BrownieMug I got this simply amazing brownie in a mug recipe from the 16 YR old who found it somewhere online. It is the most chocolate-y thing I have ever tasted and the perfect thing if you’ve just had weed. Trust me. It’s  just perfect. The original recipe doesn’t have any pot in it but I have “revised” it to make it a little extra special and to give it some kick but if you prefer just leave the cannabis oil out and it’s still beyond delicious either way. Bon appetite!

3 tablespoons cocoa

3 tablespoons brown sugar

3 tablespoons flour

3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons water

1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract

1-4 ml (as you prefer) cannabis oil (optional)

handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Mix all the ingredients together except for the cannabis oil and the chocolate chips. Microwave on HIGH for 60 seconds and then let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in cannabis oil and chocolate chips and enjoy!

Rasta Pasta.

screen-shot-02-17-17-at-02-11-pm Pretty much everyone loves pasta,and alot of people love weed, so here is the perfect recipe to combine the two: Rasta Pasta! While your pasta cooks  in a pot( pot….get it? hee,hee) of boiling water , heat a jar of your favourite pasta sauce  in a pan, mixing in half a cup of chopped marijuana. After simmering it for about 20 minutes  in order to release the THC (it needs to be heated in order to be activated) pour it over the pasta  to create a mouth-watering, mind-altering meal.You may add other ingredients whatever suits you, such as meat or cheese.

Pasta by itself is a wonderful meal, now even more so. Your dinner guests will  have the best meal of their life. It will be an entertaining evening for all.

Mormon Temples.

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I don’t know if I ever mentioned it or not, but awhile before we left Ottawa, and for a total of about 3 YRS, we had left the Catholic Church for various reasons and had become Mormons for awhile. I have cousins that are LDS( “Mormons”, or “Latter-Day Saints”) and I was curious and one thing led to another and I really liked their pro-family and strong morals and the kids and I were re-baptized into the LDS church….but once I reached “higher standing” and was able to attend the Temple things went downhill from there….

Let me tell you why.

In the beginning they don’t tell you the really *WEIRD* stuff. If they DID then I am convinced that no one would ever convert as it’s just plain bizarre, like Scientology bizarre. It sounds so positive at first, and I want to be clear here, I am in NO WAY “bashing” Mormons or attacking them or their faith; they are good, decent, upstanding moral people and I still believe that. I’m just saying what *I* thought about the Temple, my experience there, and what made me leave. I don’t have any regret as my time as a Mormon, either, as I learned so much, met many interesting people,and made so many good friends and I have always studied,and been curious about, other religions.

For one thing, they baptize by “proxy” for the dead! Living people are fully immersed in a “proxy” “baptism” taking the “place” of someone who is dead, even people of other faiths, under the presumption that if they were still alive and were aware of the LDS faith that they would want to be baptized in it as it’s the only “True” Salvation. Once I got my Temple Recommend( an official card comparable to a license that the Bishop gives after an interview and an audit that you are, indeed, paying a full tithe and meet the moral obligations of the church, basically qualify as an upstanding cookie-cutter “perfect” Mormon) I was off to the Temple in Toronto for my initiation…..

I was stripped down and given “holy” undergarments to wear which had Masonic symbols on them otherwise just looked like a white T-shirt and white knee-length shorts. I also wore a white uniform on top of that and a funny hat and apron that made me look like a baker or chef. I looked ridiculous and I felt like an idiot. I was blessed and annointed.. I then sat thru a movie of some sort about Adam and Eve and Original Sin and proceeded to be given a “secret” name I supposedly needed to enter Heaven and was shown secret handshakes and passwords that originated in Freemasonry. They said you’re supposed to “feel the Spirit” in the Temple but I never did; it just felt freaky and weird and I felt very uncomfortable and uneasy. They also annoint missionaries there, marry couples, and “seal” families for all eternity in special ceremonies. It’s all a bunch of secret rituals and mumbo-jumbo that they call “sacred” but in actual fact is just taken from the Mason’s rituals as founder Joseph Smith was a Freemason and likely keep secret as if it got out people would see how weird it really is.

So they build you up that the Temple is this amazing mystical, sacred experience and you’re honoured to have achieved that level of enlightenment and here I was just totally freaked out by the entire thing and wondered how on Earth these people REALLY believed such things. Then now once I was “in” and in this “deep” they started teaching me the weird stuff they’d keep hidden up until now: how God was once a “man” and how WE can become “gods”(which I found to be blasphemous) and rule over our own planets which we can inhabit with our own “Spirit children”, and there are “many Heavens” where men have more than one wife( Polygamy is allowed,apparantly, in the Afterlife!), God has a “Wife”, Jesus and Satan are “brothers”,God has a physical body with flesh and bones, Jesus and Adam are the same person, etc…. it was all just too bizarre and I didn’t want my kids being taught such obvious falsehoods, plus I was in Europe and being back with my roots and touring the cathedrals of Europe and connecting with my ancestry made me miss the Catholic Church, so we ended up going back.

So, for all those of you who ever wondered what Mormonism, or the secret Mormon Temples were all about, now you know!