Have you heard all the hype about Coconut Oil?
I finally decided to try it out, and bought the two-pack on Amazon. I have read that along with some health benefits, coconut oil can be used as a moisturizer or even in your hair. I love the smell of coconut, and this particular brand seems to get very good reviews (Nutiva’s Cold-Pressed, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil). No, they’re not paying me.
While I generally try to fry foods as little as possible, this oil is a fun alternative to my good old standby, olive oil. It does lend a slight coconut-y flavor to foods, but was very good in a chicken-broccoli-pineapple stir fry!
It made about 12 large chunky, chewy (dare I say decadent) cookies.
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspon baking soda
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In an electric mixer, beat together coconut oil, eggs, and brown sugar until well mixed.
- Add remaining ingredients, mixing together just until all are incorporated.
- Use a 1/3 cup-measuring cup to form cookies on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, or just until the outside of the cookies have browned.
- Remove to a wire rack to cool.
Halloween is fast approaching, and with all of the trick-or-treaters in Katy, you need a lot of candy! We decided to buy online this year through Amazon, and I wanted to write a quick review because our experience was very positive.
We ordered four types of chocolate candy, all for unbeatable prices. The bags came in one big box surrounded by about fifteen ice packs to keep the sweets from melting. If you get Super Saver Shipping (which is free shipping) you really could not ask for a better deal. Now, I do not have to worry about stocking up on overpriced candy, and I have a lifetime supply of lunch bag coolers!
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Texas Glory: 1835-36
This board game is appropriate for ages 10 and up. The theme is wargames between the Texans for independence and Mexico.
Fightball: Texas Wildcats vs. The Cruisers
This is a card game appropriate for ages 12 and up. It has a futuristic sports theme in which a game similar to Basketball is played.
Yahtzee: Texas Hold’em
This game is for ages 18 and up. It is a combination of Yahtzee and poker played with dice.
University of Texas Texasopoly
Ages 8 and up that like Monopoly and are University of Texas fans will love this game!
Ages 8 and up that like Monopoly and are Texas A&M fans will love this game!
Ages 8 and up that like Monopoly and are Texas Tech University fans will love this game!
Black Gold (Texas Tea)
An alternate-history wargame for ages 12 and up.
My sewing machine features 100 different stitches, adjustable sewing speeds, and is quiet enough that Carina can nap nearby while I sew. I have not had a chance to use all of the great features and stitches yet, but I’m excited for when I do!
I have found that it is extremely important to have a couple of pairs of good scissors, like the Fiskars Softgrip Pinking Shears and the Razor-Edged version, along with a Seam Ripper. I also have used my 96-inch, flexible vinyl tape measure and my large Clear Acrylic Quilting Ruler on almost every project that I have attempted so far. Along with the rulers, using one of the Water-Soluble “Mark B Gone” Pens on the fabric before cutting has helped me avoid mistakes.
I like using Quilting Pins because they are longer and easier for me weave through layers of fabric. I also bought a huge package of different sized Safety Pins at the dollar store. There are many pretty pin cushions, but I am going to wait to buy one because I may make my own. It’s a good idea to have extra Bobbins on hand so you can quickly change your thread. I am using a Wood Sketch Box to organize all of my thread, bobbins, pins, and other supplies.
I buy a lot of my sewing supplies online, but as a beginner, I like going to the stores to see what I’m buying, to feel the fabrics and compare them, etc. I visit Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby the most:
323 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450-1746
6811 South Fry Road
Katy, TX 77494
1787 Fry Road
Katy, TX 77449