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From Food Network Kitchens
These Tuscan cookies are a Christmas classic. They're nutty, lacy and crisp, as well as deceptively simple to make. Drizzling them with chocolate turns them into the perfect holiday indulgence.
1 3/4 cups sliced, blanched almonds (about 5 ounces)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Finely grated zest of 1 orange (about 2 tablespoons)
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Chocolate Topping, optional: 2 to 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
Pulse the almonds in a food processor until finely chopped, but not pasty.
Stir together the nuts, flour, zest and salt in a large bowl.
Put the sugar, cream, corn syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a rolling boil and sugar is completely dissolved.
Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla, then pour mixture into almond mixture and stir just to combine.
Set aside until cool enough to handle, 30 minutes.
Scoop rounded teaspoons (for 3-inch cookies) or rounded tablespoons (for 6-inch cookies) of batter and roll into balls.
Place on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 3 to 4 inches between each cookie since they spread.
Bake 1 pan at a time, until the cookies are thin and an even golden brown color throughout, rotating pans halfway through baking time, about 10 to 11 minutes.
Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool.
Repeat with remaining batter. Serve.
Optional chocolate topping: Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 1 inch or so of water to a very low simmer; set the bowl over, but not touching, the water. Stir the chocolate occasionally until melted and smooth. (Alternatively, put the chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt at 50 percent power in the microwave until soft, about 1 minute.
Stir, and continue heat until completely melted, about 1 to 2 minutes more.)
For sandwiches: Drop about 1/2 teaspoon chocolate onto on the flat side of half of the cookies and press together with remaining halves. Return to rack and let chocolate set.
For chocolate decor: Drizzle melted chocolate over Florentines as desired. Set aside at room temperature until chocolate is set.
Busy baker's tips: Store baked cookies carefully, separated by parchment or waxed paper, in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. Florentines are best stored separated from moist cookies and cakes.
Copyright (c) 2007 Television Food Network, G.P., All Rights Reserved
Recipe SummaryDifficulty: Medium Prep Time: 30 minutes Inactive Prep Time: 45 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Yield: 5 dozen 3-inch Florentines, or 2 1/2 dozen 6-inch Florentine
OMG sooooooo Cute.:) I Like goats, I once dragged one into church , up the aisle, right to the altar, in the middle of choir practise , I was about 4, visiting Little Grampa in the country( church was next to a Farm :)....
from Brienus, I can see him laughing at this...
A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad
> attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's
> mouth was rude, obnoxious, and laced with profanity. John tried and
> tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite
> words, playing soft music, and anything else he could think of to "clean
> up" the bird's vocabulary.
> > Finally, John was fed up, and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled
> back. John shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and even ruder.
> John, in desperation, threw up his hands, grabbed the bird, and put him
> in the freezer.
> > For a few minutes, the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then
> suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute.
> > Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the
> > The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said to
> John, "I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and
> actions. I'm sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions
> and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and
> unforgivable behavior."
> > John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. Just as he was
> about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his
> behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"
> > HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
A woman was in town on a shopping trip.
She began her day finding the most perfect shoes in the first shop and a beautiful dress on sale in the second. In the third everything had just been reduced to a fiver when her mobile phone rang.
It was a female doctor notifying her that her husband had just been in a terrible accident and was in critical condition and in the ICU.
The woman told the doctor to inform her husband where she was and that she'd be there as soon as possible. As she hung up she realized she was leaving what was shaping up to be her best day ever in the shops. She decided to get in a couple of more shops before heading to the hospital. She ended up shopping the rest of the morning, finishing her trip with a cup of coffee and a beautiful slice of cake complimentary from the last shop.
She was jubilant. Then she remembered her husband. Feeling guilty, she dashed to the hospital. She saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about her Husband's condition. The lady doctor glared at her and shouted, "You went ahead and finished your shopping trip didn't you!
I hope you're proud of yourself! While you were out for the past four hours enjoying yourself in town, your husband has been languishing in the Intensive Care Unit! It's just as well you went ahead and finished, because it will be more than likely the last shopping trip you ever take!
For the rest of his life he will require round the clock care.
And you'll now be his care giver!"
The woman was feeling so guilty she broke down and sobbed........... . . . . . . . .
.The lady doctor then chuckled and said, "I'm just pulling your leg.
What did you buy?"
I thought you all might
> appreciate this cookie recipe. Sounds like one I can handle....although
> I might substitute the vodka with rum. And
> this is so easy, even the guys could handle it.
> > Christmas Cookie Ingredients:
> 1 cup of water
> 1 tsp baking soda
> 1 cup of sugar
> 1 tsp salt
> 1 cup of brown sugar
> 1 tsp of lemon juice
> 4 large eggs
> 1 cup nuts
> 2 cups of dried fruit
> 1 bottle Smirnoff Vodka
> > Sample the Smirnoff to check quality. Take a large bowl, check the
> Smirnoff again, to be sure it is of the highest quality, pour one level
> cup and drink.
> > Turn on the electric mixer... Beat one cup of butter in a large
> fluffy bowl.
> > Add one teaspoon of sugar... Beat again. At this point it's best to
> make sure the Smirnoff is still OK, try another cup ... just in case.
> > Turn off the mixerer thingy. Break 2 leggs and add to the bowl and
> chuck in the cup of dried fruit, Pick the frigging fruit off floor...Mix
> on the turner. If the fried druit gets stuck in the beaterers just pry
> it loose with a drewscriver. Sample the Smirnoff to check for
> > Next, sift two cups of salt, or something. Who giveshz a sheet.
> Check the Smirnoff. Now shift the lemon juice and strain your nuts. Add
> one table. Add a spoon of sugar, or somefink. Whatever you can find.
> > Greash the oven.
> > Turn the cake tin 360 degrees and try not to fall over. Don't forget
> to beat off the turner. Finally, throw the bowl through the window,
> finish the Smirnoff and make sure to put the stove in the dishwasher
.> > CHERRY MISTMAS
ok this is making me cry, what a sweet doggie she is the best.
Welcome to Web page. Bliss to you.
Is me, Trixie Koontz, dog and spirit.
Dad wrote about my passing in June.
Peanut butter, ice cream, watermelon--all you want.
Enjoy web site. Check out Dad's chat with me, Trixie, dog and spirit, and news about big fun dog novel by Dad, THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR, in hardcover this month.
Bliss to you,
The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert.
After they got their tent all set up, both men fell sound asleep.
Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger andsays, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see? "
"The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars.""What that tell you?" asked Tonto.The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says,"Astronomically speaking, it tells me there aremillions of galaxies and potentially billions ofplanets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is inLeo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately aquarter past three in the morning. Theologically, theLord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautifulday tomorrow. What's it tell you, Tonto?"
"It tells me Kemo Sabe dumber than buffalo dung."
It means someone stole the tent. "
cool check their xmas tunes...like Robot xmas 3000
A farmer has three sons. One day, his oldest boy comes to him and pleads
with him that he is graduating from school and would really like to get a
car. His father says, 'Son, come with me.' He takes him to the barn and
points to the farm tractor and says, 'That tractor is needed here on the
farm and I promise that as soon as it's paid for, we'll get you a car.' The
boy was not too happy but he did understand that situation and said, 'Okay,
A week later, his second son (10 years old) approaches him wanting a new
two-wheel bicycle. Well, he gets the same excuse ... 'as soon as that
tractor is paid for ...'
Shortly, a few days later, son no. 3, his youngest, comes bugging him for a
tricycle. Again, 'ol Dad gives him the lecture about the tractor being paid
for first. While leaving the barn, the young boy, more than a little
disgusted with the whole thing, sees a rooster mating with one of the hens
and promptly goes over and kicks the rooster smooth off the hens back,
mumbling to himself the whole time. His dad says, 'Son, why on earth would
you do something like that? He didn't do anything to you to deserve that!'
The little boy looks Dad right square in the eye and says,
'Hey, nobody rides anything around here until that damn tractor is paid for.
Date: December - January
Location: Most Major Cities
Greatfather Winter :
Greatfather Winter is visiting the great cities of Ironforge and Orgrimmar - courtesy of the fine folks of Smokywood Pastures and he's spreading cheer in celebration for the Feast of Winter Veil. But, all the cheer-spreading is making Greatfather Winter hungry, and he's looking for adventurers to get him his daily fix of milk and cookies.
Smokeywood Pastures' Missing Shipment:
Smokeywood Pastures needs a few brave adventurers to investigate the disappearance of a shipment of holiday goods. Rumors are the shipment are in the possession of the Abominable Greench, found somewhere in the snowy regions of the Alterac Mountains.
Metzen the Reindeer:
Disaster has struck! Metzen the Reindeer has been kidnapped! Metzen is one of Greatfather Winter's eight reindeer - and property of Smokywood Pastures. The Jinglepocket Goblins have received two ransom letters from groups claiming to have Metzen. Concerned adventurers should visit Ironforge or Orgrimmar for more information.
Jinglepocket Goblins' Fare Shops:
The Jinglepocket Goblins have set up their seasonal fare shops in major cities. Adventurers can purchase many holiday favorites - including Greatfather's Winter ale, candy canes, gingerbread cookie recipes, and mistletoes.
Whether you pick them up from your local vendor or ask a friendly engineer to craft them for you, no feast of Winter Veil is complete without some frozen projectile-weapons. Get your mitts on some snowballs and say, "Merry Feast of Winter Veil" the old-fashioned way!
Accompanying Greatfather Winter in his journeys across Azeroth are his loyal troops of snowmen. They can be found wandering around Ironforge and Orgrimmar, bringing with them the chill breath of winter into even the warmest climes.
In the quiet, early hours of the 25th of December, the industrious goblins of Smokywood Pastures are already awake. As a much-deserved reward for the noble adventurers throughout Azeroth, these generous harbingers of the holidays deposit gifts underneath the decorated trees in Orgrimmar and Ironforge. Keep a keen eye out for these presents, as they're there for the taking!
have abit of a cold blew my nose and air keeps puffing out of my right eye,
feels totally weird and I will mention it to the dr next time I go...
This one is TRUE
***I personally checked this with snopes and other sources.***
Written by: Laurinda Morris, DVM
Danville Veterinary Clinic
Danville , Ohio
This week I had the first case in history of raisin toxicity ever seen at MedVet. My patient was a 56-pound, 5 yr. old male neutered lab mix that ate half a canister of raisins sometime between 7:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Tuesday. He started with vomiting, diarrhea and shaking about 1AM on Wednesday but the owner didn't call my emergency service until 7AM.
I had heard somewhere about raisins AND grapes causing acute Renal failure but hadn't seen any formal paper on the subject. We had her bring the dog in immediately. In the meantime, I called the ER service at MedVet, and the doctor there was like me - had heard something about it, but.... Anyway, we contacted the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center and they said to give I V fluids at 1 1/2 times maintainance and watch the kidney values for the next 48-72 hours.
The dog's BUN (blood urea nitrogen)level was already at 32, (normal is less than 27), and creatinine over 5 (1.9 is the high end of normal). Both are monitors of kidney function in the bloodstream. We placed an IV catheter and started the fluids. We rechecked the renal values at 5 PM and the BUN was over 40 and creatinine over 7 with no urine production after a litre of fluids. At that point I felt the dog was in acute renal failure and sent him on to MedVet for a urinary catheter to monitor urine output overnight, as well as overnight care.
He started vomiting again overnight at MedVet and his renal values continued to increase daily. He produced urine when given lasix as a diuretic. He was on 3 different anti-vomiting medications and they still couldn't control his vomiting. Today his urine output decreased again, his BUN was over 120, his creatinine was at 10, his phosphorus was very elevated and his blood pressure, which had been staying around 150, skyrocketed to 220. He continued to vomit and the owners elected to
This is a very sad case - great dog, great owners who had no idea raisins could be a toxin. Please alert everyone you know who has a dog of this very serious risk. Poison control said as few as 7 raisins or grapes could be toxic. Many people I know give their dogs grapes or raisins as treats, including our ex-handlers. Any exposure should give rise to immediate concern.
If you don't have a dog but have friends who do, this information is worth passing on to them.
pets and poisons
human foods that poison pets
With the recent tremendous marketing of Poodle crosses, we thought a cross that had unique qualities not already found in the Poodle made more sense.
After long hours in the lab tinkering with the DNA, we have created a "doodle" which does not lessen the original.
(Note: A couple of "My Little Pony" toys accidentally fell in the gene splicer, hence the neon-pink hair.)
In addition to the traits of the Poodle, the Ponydoodle can be ridden by small children, mow your lawn, and can be maintained on either a meat-based diet or on hay and grain -- thereby cutting the cost of feed.
Our Ponydoodles are between 21-24 inches tall. They have great dispositions and are patient with small children. They are highly intelligent, learn quickly, and are eager to please.
Ponydoodles are athletic and excel in such events as jumping, driving, obstacles, halter, and "liberty" classes (where the Ponydoodle is turned loose in a ring to perform to music).
Being somewhat stronger swimmers than their Poodle counterparts (occasionally wild Ponydoodles have been seen swimming the bay between Chincoteague and Assateague), Ponydoodles have also done remarkably well in duck retrieving trials.
Best of all, after a day in the pasture or working in the performance ring, Ponydoodles can curl up beside you on the sofa to watch T.V.
sent over from Cinnabar Frames:)