Friday, January 23, 2015

It's A Good Day

The sun is shining and it is a good day.

We heard from the stress test and the doctor said he sees no indication of further blockage since the original 'small' heart attack in 2004.  We are much relieved.  He still has to do the pulmonary function test next month which will no doubt show the results of many years of smoking, but we can manage that (I hope).  I know this has really been worrying DH and I can see a change in him already.

I have  spent two days with little nitpicking things but they had to be done.
The mixer was picked up by the serviceman who did the water heater and I received a call this morning that it was the gears and they hoped to have them replaced by later today!  Hallelujah!

I have received the portable mixer and made a very stiff batch of peanut butter cookies and it worked well.  I will say this it gives new meaning to the term 'wire' whips.  The mixer seems sturdy but the attachments seem very flimsy to me.

I believe this was originally from a 1960's era Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup shortening (not butter)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teas. Vanilla
2 beaten eggs
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups flour
2 teas. Baking soda
dash of salt.

I use this method: Cream together shortening and peanut butter; add sugars and eggs and blend well.
Dump flour and soda and salt on top and gently mix all together.

Form balls, press criss-cross on top with fork. Bake at 375° for 10 or so minutes.

I added some chocolate bits to a small portion just for me.

Note: the chocolate bits were made from some very hard fudge that I was going to toss. Instead I diced it and sealed it up. I have now used it in two batches of cookies and it works great. Sure better than wasting all those ingredients.

Funny how this is the only recipe that DH likes.....he has had others but they don't suit him.  
I  found a sewing machine  store that says they can fix my old Kenmore!  We have to take it in but she said a complete servicing and repair  would just be $70.  Keeping my fingers crossed this works out.  I was not impressed with the plastic Brothers machine.

I repaired DH's flood light.  He thought it was the bulb  so I found one online and installed it this morning.  Works like a charm.  I made one mistake I didn't take a picture of the set up before I removed the bulb and had a devil of a time putting the new one in.  It was not a simple screw in bulb!

 Here is something to think about:  It cost $70 to get the mixer fixed  (that is also what KA was going to charge plus $35 shipping), $70 for the sewing these guys get together and set rates??


  1. So glad to hear that your husband is in good shape for the shape he's in (that's what we say about ourselves).

    Peanut butter cookies sound like a great idea. I saw a recipe for making caramel popcorn yesterday. As soon as the rain is over so it will not be sticky, I think to make some. Maybe I'll add peanuts and make Cracker Jack.

  2. I haven't made caramel corn in forever due to a threat by my dentist! It sounds wonderful.

    I think the worry that it was his heart was making matters worse; he is like his old self now.

  3. So glad Max is back to his old self.

    Loved the idea of broken up fudge in the cookies. Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without. I wonder if that is meant as stern as it sounds. Maybe it could go either way, depending on who said it. But I didn't mean it in a stern way, of course. The cookies sound really good.

    Yes, everything is made more flimsy now. It's all about the dollar. *Sigh*