Archive for August, 2015

M&M’s Dark Chocolate

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Hi Friend,

I enjoy cooking. By the grace of God my family is Italian and so I usually prepare Italian cuisine. I love cooking with wine. Did you know that you can even put wine in the food?

I have never been much of a baker. I have baked some bread but generally I don’t have the patience and precision it takes to be a good baker.

The one except are oatmeal cookies. I have been baking oatmeal cookies for a few years. Our friend Danny that use to work with us died a couple of years ago. Danny was a huge fan of my oatmeal cookies. Whenever Christmas or his birthday was coming up, Danny would lean into me and quietly say, “A couple dozen of your oatmeal cookies would make a great gift.”

Danny believed my oatmeal cookies were world class and in fact he would proclaim them to be the best cookies he had ever eaten.

There is nothing special about my recipe. It is actually the same recipe that is printed on  the lid of every Quakers Oatmeal box. Of course I do use real butter and organic sugar. I also add a cup of walnuts. Instead of raisins I have take Alton Brown’s (of the Food Channel)  advice that: any recipe that calls for raisins will be improved by using M&M’s instead. As fortune would have it about the time I heard Alton Brown’s suggestion the M&M Company came out with Dark Chocolate M&M’s. Hooray!

I am on a diet and have lost 5 pounds….okay 4 pounds… so I shouldn’t be baking cookies. However, my granddaughter Bailie is leaving for college and our next door neighbor Sheila had a knee replacement.

I baked up a double batch on Sunday and gift wrapped cookies for both Sheila and Bailie. I put a card in Sheila’s gift bag wishing her a quick recovery. In Bailie’s bag I put a note telling her, “If you get tired or homesick just take one or two of these and you’ll feel better.”

I saw Sheila this morning and she said, “those are best cookies!” I hope the cookies work as well for Bailie.

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Best Wishes,

Manzie R Lawfer

Now She Is Jogging

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Hi Friends,

Most mornings I ride my bicycle through the neighborhood and down to the beach. I travel down the key that runs along the beach for a couple of miles. The total trip is six and a half miles.

Most mornings I see the same people either walking, jogging or biking. Because Naples is a resort community some people are only here during “season” while others are year round residents.

I usually wave good morning to everyone I pass. The reserved Joy Ann not so much so. She only waves to people she knows and typically isn’t very approving of my outgoing gestures. Joy Ann reminds me these people don’t want their space invaded and they didn’t come out to socialize.

I may have a little beagle in me. I greet everyone as if the war just ended.

There is one woman I have seen most mornings for years. She is a year round resident. She is plump. She is pretty but she is plump. She appears to be the same size today as she was 10 years ago when I first saw her.

I remember seeing her years ago strolling along the same path I bicycle. Over the years she has increased her speed. She increased her speed from a stroll to a walk, then a fast walk and on to a near trot. I saw her this morning and she was jogging. She was wearing a headband but I still recognized her. She was jogging and she was just as plump as ever.

If she is exercising to lose weight it is not working. Maybe she is exercising to just maintain her weight….in which case I guess it is working just fine.

I use to wave good morning to her but she never returned the wave. From time to time I have wanted to say good morning or offer encouragement but she seem so stern in her rebuff of my greetings that I have learned to simply not acknowledge her.

And now she is jogging. If she would have waved back at least she could say she has one more friend today.

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Manzie R Lawfer