A Bit of Good News - That's one sharp cookie
November 8, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 41
A cookie by any other name
As we head into the holiday season, my thoughts have turned to baking. I've been planning my annual Christmas-baking marathon for months, and now that Halloween has come and gone, it's time to head into the kitchen.
There will be cakes and pies and breads, of course. But I also make dozens and dozens of cookies. I'm talking chocolate chip, shortbread, oatmeal chip, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossoms, crinkle cookies, chocolate-mint cookies, gingerbread, Mexican wedding cookies and spritz cookies in all shapes and colors. My husband’s favorite depends on what’s coming out of the oven, but right near the top of his list are snickerdoodles.
Firstly, the name is just fun to say. Try it with me: Snickerdoodle! Utter it three times very fast, and like Beetlejuice, a dozen of these delicious, old-fashioned treats will magically appear.
Okay, not really, but they're super simple to make and they fill the entire house with the scent of cinnamon (the most wonderful of holiday spices).
Just combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, salt, butter, shortening, sugar and eggs. Portion out the cookies, shape them into balls and roll ‘em in a bowl filled with sugar and cinnamon. Bake and devour.
Here’s the recipe I use:
No catastrophe here
Turns out first responders really do rescue kitties from trees and other high places.
Last month, residents contacted the police in Columbia, Penn., about a cat who was perched atop a utility pole. No one knew how it got there or why it wasn’t coming down.
Officers soon arrived on the scene and began controlling traffic while a crew from PPL Electric Utilities turned off the power and used a bucket truck to save the fearless feline.
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A soapy solution to a difficult problem
Heman Bekele is only 14 years old and already he's working hard to save lives.
The ninth grader from Virginia was recently named "America's top young scientist" for winning the 3M Young Scientist Challenge. His project: developing a bar of soap that can be used to treat melanoma.
Best of all, the soap is affordable, accessible and easy to apply. He even designed the soap's packaging to be biodegradable because many people in poor countries may not have access to recycling.
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In case you didn’t know, baby platypuses are adorable
LAST WEEK’S POLL
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* Watching your favorite comedian perform
* Laughing until your stomach hurts
* Incorporating some of the jokes into your daily conversation
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." --Lauren DeStefano
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
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