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My Favorite

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Have you ever had a kitchen tool that you just fell in love with from Day 1?  There are a lot of tools and gadgets that make life in the kitchen so much easier.  From collapsible measuring cups to commercial ovens – they are all designed to make kitchen life easier and less complicated.

I love my stand mixer.  I burned up a lot of hand held mixers until I realized that spending the money and purchasing a stand mixer would be more cost effective and a lot easier.  Plus, it can whip up egg whites in no time!  As much as I love my stand mixer though, it’s not my favorite kitchen tool.

I have some really good, really sharp knives.  It is so nice to be able to slice through just about anything like slicing through butter.  Unfortunately, they also slice fingers easily, as well.  I really enjoy them, but they aren’t my favorite.

My very favorite kitchen tool is my rolling pin.IMG_1405

It is all one piece – so there is nothing to break.  It fits my hands perfectly and is just the right size and weight.  It is one of those tools that, after years of use, it becomes like an extension of my arms and hands.

I make lots of cookies and this is my go – to tool.  Rolling pins like this one are found in lots of places – just about anywhere kitchen tools are sold.

And I know – I know – just because I love it doesn’t mean that you will.  (Even though I think you will, if you give it a chance)  What is YOUR favorite kitchen tool?

Now, get out those rolling pins and give this wonderfully simple, delicious cookies a try!  They taste like a cross between a cookie and a brownie…YUM!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

3 cups self rising flour

1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2/3 cup cocoa

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix butter, sugar until light and fluffy.

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Add eggs, vanilla and cocoa.

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Gradually add flour and mix until smooth.

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Wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for about an hour.

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Roll out cookie dough on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.

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Cut into whatever shape you’d like.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes.

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These cookies are great just like they are.  If you’d like, make a cookie sandwich by adding a little frosting between two cookies.  So good!

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Until next time!

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Sand and Sun and Family and Fun

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Sand and Sun and Family and Fun

I just had one of the best weekends ever!  My daughter Erin, my Shih Tzu Atticus, and I left after work Friday afternoon and headed to Florida.  If you are an empty nester, as I am, you will understand how rare and how special it is to spend an entire weekend, uninterrupted, with your child.

The drive down and back was almost as fun as the days at the beach and shopping.  We got to our motel late Friday night.  It was our first time in a pet friendly motel and it was so much fun to meet other pets and their owners on the trip.  Atticus loved the king sized bed!

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As we drove down, we discovered via Google that not all beaches are pet friendly.  Imagine that!  When we go back, and I hope we do very soon, we will know exactly where to stay and what beaches to enjoy.

After sleeping in on Saturday morning, we went over to Cape San Blas.  I just don’t have enough good things to say about it!  The white sand looked like sugar.  Our little stretch of beach was nearly deserted.  We had it – almost – to ourselves!  And we LOVED it!  As much as Erin and I loved it, just multiply that by 100, and that’s how much Atticus loved it.  Once he realized what the ocean and beach were, he couldn’t get enough!  He waded in the water, rolled in the sand, ran, chased birds, looked at sea shells, made new friends and smelled all the smells there were to smell!

There was a pet friendly mall nearby.  Atticus got tired so…IMG_1323

There were even several pet friendly restaurants.  (As long as we ate outside!)

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On the way home, we got to see something that I have always heard about, but have never seen…the Boll Weevil monument in Enterprise, Alabama!

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The entire weekend went by in a blur, leaving me wishing it could have lasted just a little longer.  Everything that we did was great!  But the greatest thing?  The very most wonderful thing…was spending three days of one on one time with my youngest daughter!  I think she had a fun time and I didn’t seem to get on here nerves too bad.  And having Atticus with us was just icing on the cake!  The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Emily could have gotten away and gone with us.  Maybe next time!

So, what other recipe should I share, but Pecan Sandies!  (get it?)  My family has loved these little cookies for years.  Some call them Mexican Wedding Cookies or Danish Wedding Cookies or any other of a number of names.  I hope you enjoy these delicious, melt in your mouth cookies as much as we do!

Pecan Sandies

1 cup butter

1/4 cup sugar

2 cups finely chopped pecans

2 cups all-purpose flour

powdered sugar

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Cream butter until soft.

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Add sugar, pecans and flour.  Mix very well.

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Shape into balls and bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

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While hot, roll cookies in powdered sugar.

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Enjoy!

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10 Years Already

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10 Years Already

More cakes than I can count.  Enough cookies to fill several boxcars.  Pies, pies, and more pies. Pounds of Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, a plethora of Poulet, fountains of fudge, bunches of bread and on and on and on.

And none of it means absolutely anything without customers.  Especially customers who have become friends.  Those very special customers who regularly enter.  The customers we worry about when it’s been a while since we’ve seen them.  The customers who have made us a part of their celebrations and special occasions.  The customers who have made us a part of their plain old Tuesday nights and Thursday lunches – a part of their lives.  We ask about your “mama and ‘nem” and you ask about ours.  Customer that aren’t customers anymore – they have become friends.

And none of it means absolutely anything without friends.  Those friends who cheered when we began this journey.  Friends who helped start the dream.  Friends who continue to stand and cheer and support and love.  Friendship is one of the greatest blessings God has given us.  That great Creator who fearfully and wonderfully made us all, who blesses us and blesses us again, saw fit to bless us even more with the ability to love and be loved by friends.

And none of it means absolutely anything without family.  My poor family!  They have listened to my tirades, borne through all-night baking sessions, shared my tears and shared my joys.  They were there at the beginning and, I’m confident, will be there throughout the ride – however long that might be.  These cakes and pies and cookies have put two girls through school, helped out through their college years, seen one through a wedding and one through nursing school.

And none of it means absolutely anything without my God.  My God who has seen fit to allow me to live out a dream  My God who has placed people in my path to help fulfill my dream.  And my God who loved me so much that I have a hope beyond this dream to an eternal home.

So many people have walked through those doors at 1207-F East Forrest Street.  So many friends, so many family members, so many strangers.  And each person has played a part in the building of a dream.

I must lovingly mention Mike and Nikki Ogles, who have done more for me than even they know. My parents, Ronald and Judy Chandler, who have loved and supported me even when I didn’t deserve it.  My children, Emily and Blake Persell and Erin Schrimsher, who have borne the brunt of it all.  Also my church family who have helped out when I needed a hand and have been my most loyal customers.  And, all of my employees, both past and present.  I’m so afraid to name everyone for fear of leaving someone out.  Thanks to them, things somehow, got done.

So today, on the 10th anniversary of the opening of “Suzanne’s Bakery and Eatery”, I want to say thanks to all who have prayed for, worried with, helped out, laughed with, cried with, encouraged, listened, advised, and bought with us for the past 10 years.  It’s been quite a ride!