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Create your past April 16, 2010

Filed under: Food for Thought — winniepinnie @ 7:32 am

Tomorrow is your future but two days from now, tomorrow will be your past. It will be your yesterday…

Today is the day to create your past!

Create your past

Create your past

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Melting Moments or Mexican Wedding Cakes (Russian Tea Cakes) April 15, 2010

Filed under: Cookies,Food & Beverages — winniepinnie @ 8:02 am
Melting Moments or  Mexican Wedding Cakes (Russian Tea Cakes)

Melting Moments or Mexican Wedding Cakes (Russian Tea Cakes)

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour
1/2 cup (60 grams) cornstarch (corn flour)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup (30 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Topping:
1 cup (110 grams) powdered (confectioners) sugar, sifted

How to Make :
1. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate the dough for at least one hour or until firm.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

4. When dough is firm, form into 1 inch (2.54 cm) balls and place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 12 – 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies start to brown. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes.

5. Meanwhile, line another baking pan or tray with parchment or wax paper. Sprinkle about half of the confectioners (powdered or icing) sugar onto the bottom of the pan and then place the slightly cooled cookies on top of the sugar. Put the remaining sugar in a fine strainer or sieve and then sprinkle the tops of the cookies (or you can just roll the cookies in the sugar).

These cookies store very well. Place in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper and they will keep a couple of weeks.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Courtesy of Joy Of Baking

 

Laughter are good for mental health April 1, 2010

Filed under: Food for Thought — winniepinnie @ 5:38 am

Humans are the only creatures that can laugh and smile on the Earth. Every time when we laugh, about 80 muscles from the face to abdomen are in motions, this is good to our health. We will easily smile when in favorable circumstances and never burst into laughter when in diversity. Nevertheless, we should even laugh when in adversity. Don’t add salt to wounds, keep smiling when confronting with problems.