Totally Off Topic – #SugarCookies #ReluctantRetiree’sKitchen

Okay, all bloggers deserve to have one totally off topic category on their blog. I’ve been through several, and I’m doing it again. This started out as a basic Sugar Cookie recipe I found in the “Joy of Cooking” cookbook. As far as it went, it’s nice, but a bit bland. So here is a somewhat jazzed up version:

Basic Sugar Cookies – Cherry Flavored

2 1/2 cup all purpose-flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 teaspoon cherry flavoring
3 ounces pecans, chopped

  1. Heat oven to 375 deg.
  2. Sift dry ingredients together in small bowl.
  3. Mix oil, butter and sugar together until smooth. Add eggs and flavoring and beat well after each addition.
  4. Add flour mixture and beat well.
  5. Form dough into small balls and place one lightly greased cookie sheet. If desired, flatten cookies before baking.
  6. Bake for 10-12 min. Cool on rack.

Makes 36 cookies approx. Here’s the nutrition info:

Serving size: 1/36 of a recipe (0.9 ounces).
Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Amount Per Serving
Calories 112.56
Calories From Fat (50%) 55.83
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.36g 10%
Saturated Fat 1.45g 7%
Cholesterol 13.72mg 5%
Sodium 73.13mg 3%
Potassium 23.83mg <1%
Total Carbohydrates 12.65g 4%
Fiber 0.5g 2%
Sugar 5.69g
Protein 1.48g 3%

You Think? #Coronavirus #Covid-19

Yesterday, the local ABC news channel carried story titled “EPA releases list of approved cleaning products to kill coronavirus.” Now this is something everyone is interested in right now. What shouldn’t have surprised anyone is some of the products listed are on the shelves on any grocery story.

The Environmental Protection Agency released its list of approved cleaning products to kill the coronavirus.

Many of the products include brands you’re used to seeing on store shelves, including Clorox, Lysol and Purell.

The products include Clorox Multi-Surface Cleaner + Bleach, Clorox Pet Solutions Advanced Formula Disinfecting Stain & Odor Remover, Clorox Disinfecting Bathroom Cleaner, Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and more.

Lysol products include Lysol Brand Power Plus Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Lysol Brand Bleach Mold and Mildew Remover, Lysol Brand Clean and Fresh and more.

PURELL Professional Surface Disinfectant Wipes also made the list, as well as a series of medical-grade cleaners.

Now as any Baby Boomer can tell you, there was a time when smelling bleach or lemon as you entered a home meant the house had recently been cleaned and the lady of the house cared about her family. Sadly that has gone by the way.

I’m not saying that today’s families aren’t cleaning their homes. But perhaps we need to back to the basics. I tried to purchase some wipes yesterday but the shelves were bare. For me, this wasn’t a problem. I had just bought a case of bleach and could readily make up a bottle of bleach water to spray the counters.

If you look in your cleaning closet, would you find the supplies to keep your family safe?

Ascension Saga: 5 (Interstellar Brides® Program: Ascension Saga)

Thordin Jax always gets what he wants. He’s rich. He’s gorgeous. He’s the heir to one of the most powerful families on the planet. But when his body comes alive at the sight of Faith Jones, it will take every ounce of seduction and skill he possesses to get into her bed.

But there is a traitor under his roof. A very dangerous adversary. And his beautiful, mysterious new mate is hunting him…alone.

This is such a great pairing! At this point, I can’t wait to see how things turn out. Please tell me the rest of the saga will be coming out soon!


Grace Goodwin is a USA Today and international bestselling author of Sci-Fi and Paranormal romance with nearly one million books sold. Grace’s titles are available worldwide in multiple languages in ebook, print and audio formats. Two best friends, one left-brained, the other right-brained, make up the award-winning writing duo that is Grace Goodwin. They are both mothers, escape room enthusiasts, avid readers and intrepid defenders of their preferred beverages. (There may or may not be an ongoing tea vs. coffee war occurring during their daily communications.) Grace loves to hear from readers.

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