Archive for November, 2008

Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 ½ C.  peanuts (raw or dry roasted)
1 C.  sugar
½ C.  light Karo
1/8 t. salt
1 t. butter
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda 

Stir first 4 ingredients in ½ quart glass casserole bowl (microwave safe). 
Cook 4 minutes on high.  Stir well
Return and cook 4 more minutes. 
Stir in butter.
Cook 2 more minutes
Stir in vanilla and baking soda until light and foamy, and then pour immediately onto a greased cookie sheet.
Let cool completely, and then break into pieces.

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Pumpkin Muffins

I found the recipe below at I made them today and have to say they are quite excellent! I did leave the cardamom out of the recipe, as a small container at the local mega-mart was $10.

Pumpkin Muffins

4 oz. Butter softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
8 oz. pureed pumpkin
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon allspice
2 tablespoons yogurt
milk to ¾ cup
2 cups whole wheat white flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400°. Butter a 12 count muffin pan.

Using a mixer cream the butter until smooth. Add the brown sugar and again cream until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, pumpkin, salt, and spices and mix well. Sift the flour, baking powder and baking soda into the butter/egg mixture, stir very little to combine. Add the 2 tablespoons of yogurt to a measuring cup and top off with milk until it measures ¾ of a cup; stir to combined the milk and yogurt. Add the yogurt milk to the batter along with the pecans and white chocolate chips and stir very little to combine. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown on top and a knife comes out relatively clean. Cool for about 5 minutes and then remove from muffin tin and cool on a rack.

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Local karate student promoted in Isshinryu Karate

During a quarterly meeting of Isshinryu black belts from Mississippi and Louisiana, Scott Roberts of Hattiesburg, MS was promoted to Nidan (2nd Degree black belt) and Baton Rouge student, Brad Taylor was promoted to Yondan (4th Degree black belt) by Sensei Ken Green, Shichidan (7th degree black belt) and Sensei Mike Junkins, Yondan (4th degree black belt).

Isshinryu karate is an Okinawan style based on the combination of two traditional styles of karate, Shorinryu and Gojoryu. Isshinryu founder, Tatsuo Shimabuku, introduced the style to American military forces during WWII. Shimabuku had an arrangement with the U.S. Military that allowed them to train at no charge in his Agena, Okinawa dojo. After their tour of duty was completed, the servicemen brought the style back to America and began their own dojos. One of the most prominent teachers in the style of Isshinryu is Arcenio Advincula. After completing his tour of duty in Okinawa, Sensei Advincula returned regularly to Okinawa for 17 years to further his training under Shimabuku until the founder’s death in 1975.

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Election 2008

While I am not pleased with the election of a liberal President, who has made it apparent that “socialistic” economics are a solution for America, I do believe it is time to stand up and go forward now. Our current President has been disgraced and left humiliated, not by his own actions and policies, but by the shallow and vain left of this country who have permeated every inch of the media. They have persecuted and crucified a man, who isn’t perfect, but had definitely been a better and stronger President than Jimmy Carter. And Carter even got the Nobel Peace Prize. Though I expect failures and mistakes by President-elect Obama, we should not throw him to the wayside as our current President has been. We can only judge after the fact, and though they may be right or wrong, we must defend our President.

My President is my President, and I will continue to defend his Office I am pleased to see America finally move past racial barriers visibly to the rest of the world. Not that I believe they were there in the first place, but because now there can be no more excuses. Now there can be no more legitimate apathy.

Now it is time to move on.

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Kaya’s Big Day on the Bike

Kaya has enjoyed her first day without training wheels on her bike. And, after about maybe three attempts, she took off like a rocket!


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