Monday, December 27, 2010

Wear Red on Friday's


George Strait has put out the call to his fans to wear red on Friday's. His request is to show support for our U.S. troops as part of Red Shirt Fridays.

Through the website redshirtfridays.org, George is inviting folks to wear red shirts every Friday, in an effort to let servicemen and women know they are not forgotten.

The legendary performer is an Army veteran. George enlisted in 1971 and was stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as part of the 25th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1975.

(theboot.com)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bonnie's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp water
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 pkg of semi-sweet morsels

1. Beat butter and sugars until light colored and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time until well blended. Add vanilla and water, blend well.

2. In a seperate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into butter mixture. Stir in morsels.

3. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake 10 to 15 min or until golden brown @ 350 degrees. Cool on wire racks.

4. Enjoy with a glass of milk. :)

5. Store in an air tight container or large ziploc bag with a slice of bread.

This recipe is from the Wegmans morsels package!! :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

James Otto's Chocolate Chip Cookies


James Otto's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Time and Yield

  • Cook time: 8-12 min
  • Yield: 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter (no substitutes)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (10 or 12 ounces) Hershey's Chips or Baking Bits (any flavor)

Directions

Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add corn syrup, egg and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned and almost set. Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheets to wire racks. Cool completely. Cookies will be softer the second day. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

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Shania Engaged!! :)


Shania Twain is planning a wedding! US Weekly magazine has confirmed news that the country superstar is engaged to Swiss-born Nestle executive, Frederic Thiebaud.

The groom-to-be is the ex-husband of Marie-Anne Thiebaud, the woman accused of breaking up Shania's marriage of 14 years to famed rock producer Robert John 'Mutt' Lange. The two scorned parties, Shania and Frederic, found comfort in one another during the scandal and have been inseparable ever since.

"I've never seen Shania so happy," a pal told US Weekly. "She has ended up with the love of her life."

Shania announced the relationship August 29, 2009, her 44th birthday, via her website. "A dear friend and true gentleman by the name of Fred, has been the most constant companion of support for both Eja and me," she wrote. "And having gone through the suffering of his family splitting apart at the same time under the same extreme circumstances, he understood me better than anyone. We leaned on one another through the ups and downs, taking turns holding each other up. We've become stronger and closer through it all, as have our children, Eja and Johanna (Fred's eight-year-old daughter)." (theboot.com)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Craig Morgan's Peanut Butter Cookies


Craig Morgan's Peanut Butter Cookies

Time and Yield

  • Cook time: 15-20 min
  • Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 ounces (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.In a mixer with a paddle attachment, combine the sugars, butter and peanut butter. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift together the flour, the baking soda and the salt and add to the dough. Dough should be stiff enough to shape with your hands. Make 1-inch balls and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Gently press thumb into the balls to flatten the cookies slightly and make an indentation in the center of the cookie. Press 3 or 4 chocolate chips into the indentation.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly golden brown. Remove cookies from the oven and transfer to wire racks to cool.

Recipe courtesy of FoodNetwork.com.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Salvation Army Shoe Fund


For over 30 years, WFLS has teamed with the Salvation Army for the annual Shoe Fund. With your help, we have raised over a million dollars. We THANK YOU so much!! :)

Nearly 2,000 area children were identified by school nurses and counselors this past year as being in need of Shoe Fund certificates. We realize that very few children in our area go barefoot, but there are so many that have inadequate footwear.

They may have one pair of shoes that may work for summer, but not for cold weather months.

They may be wearing hand-me-downs which are too big or too small.

They may be unable to play a sport because they can’t afford the specialty shoes.

The stories are numerous. Too numerous.

Please send your donation to:

The Salvation Army Shoe Fund,
PO Box 179
Fredericksburg, VA 22404

More info and items up for auction can be found on WFLS.com!

Trailer Choirs- Creamy Louisiana Pecan Pralines

Trailer Choir's Crystal Hoyt was the 1997 Louisiana Pecan Festival Queen — so it's only natural that she'd have a killer recipe for Pecan Pralines. Enjoy!

Creamy Louisiana Pecan Pralines

Time and Yield

  • Cook time: Varies
  • Yield: Approx. 2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup Steen's Louisiana Cane Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 tbsp vanilla

Directions

In a heavy 3 qt saucepan, combine sugar, cane syrup, water and pecans. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, and mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches "soft ball" stage (a small amount forms a soft ball when dropped into cold water-very important to not OVERCOOK!).

Remove saucepan from heat, quickly add butter and vanilla. Allow candy to cool. Whip until mixture gradually changes to lighter color and becomes creamy.

Drop by tablespoon on greased cookie sheet. Work quickly. Push mixture from tablespoon with a teaspoon before praline becomes too firm to shape.

Makes appox 2 dozen.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Rodney Atkins- No-bake cookies

Rodney Atkins No-Bake Cookies

Time and Yield

  • Cook time: Varies
  • Yield: Varies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let cool until hardened.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Little Big Towns- Kimberly Georgia Crackers recipe

Little Big Towns- Kimberly Schlapman's Georgia Crackers

Time and Yield

  • Cook time: Varies
  • Yield: Varies

Ingredients

  • Townhouse Crackers
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Bark; white or dark
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate bark. Spread peanut butter between two crackers. Then use tongs to dip the cracker into the melted chocolate. Lay the Georgia cracker out on wax paper to dry. Enjoy!

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Tim McGraw in another movie



Tim McGraw, the singer/actor is already jumping into his next role -- in an action flick that also stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. He has signed on to the Daniel Espinosa-directed 'Safe House,' which will be set in Washington, D.C., and will feature Ryan as a young CIA agent working to get a criminal to a secure location. Tim says he's playing a spy in the flick that will soon begin filming in South Africa and is currently scheduled to open in February 2012.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Taylor Swift Pumpkin Spice Cookies

* For the cookies:
* 1 cup sugar
* 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
* 2 tablespoons Maple syrup
* 2 eggs
* 1 cup canned pumpkin
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
* Pinch ground cloves
* 2 1/2 cups flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* Pinch of salt
* For the frosting:
* 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese
* 1 cup confectioners sugar
* 1/4 cup milk
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* Zest of one lemon
* For Garnish:
* Whole pecans

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a mixer, fitted with a paddle, cream the sugar and the butter until light and fluffy. Add the maple syrup and eggs. Mix to incorporate. Add the pumpkin and mix to incorporate. Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and cloves. Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix well. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes, or until lightly golden brown around the edges. Cool on racks. When cool, ice with the cream cheese frosting.

For the Frosting: In a mixer, fitted with a paddle, add the cream cheese. Beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the powdered sugar until smooth. Add milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. If frosting is too thick, thin with a little more milk. Fold in the lemon zest. When cookies are cool spread with some of the frosting. Garnish with a whole pecan.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Zac Brown's Campire Chili

As cold as it is outside, a nice bowl of chili will warm you up. How about trying Zac Brown's chili recipe?

Zac Brown's Campfire Chili

Directions:
1. Brown together:
1 cup diced white onion
1 lb. beef-tenderloin tips, diced into 1/2-inch cubes
2 lbs. ground bison (If unavailable, substitute with ground beef)
1/2 lb. ground pork
1 Tbsp olive oil

2. Drain the grease. Then add the following:
1 Tbsp masa flour
1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
14.5-oz. can organic beef stock
14.5-oz. cans organic chicken stock
8-oz. can organic tomato sauce
4-oz. can mild diced green chilies
1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 fresh jalapeƱo pepper,
chopped fine
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp organic chili powder

3. Simmer 1 hour. Then add:
4 oz. organic tomato sauce
4 Tbsp organic chili powder
2 Tbsp mild chili powder
2 Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Tabasco
1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
15.5-oz. cans low-sodium pinto beans, drained
15.5-oz. cans low-sodium kidney beans, drained

4. Simmer 45 minutes and eat. :)


If you try any of the recipes I post for you from your favorite country artists, let me know how it tastes! (Bmiller@wfls.com)

Taylor Swift Ornament

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·This musical ornament from the American Greetings Heirloom collection is inspired by the music video for Taylor's number one hit, "Love Story," and features Taylor standing on a balcony in a white dress. Pressing a button on the front of the ornament plays an audio clip from the song "Love Story." A must have for the Christmas tree this holiday season! Get yours here!

Brad Paisley Ornament


Celebrate Christmas country style with Brad Paisley! This clever licensed ornament measures 5" tall and portrays Paisley performing with his guitar before a microphone at the Grand Ole Opry®. Press the button on the back, and he'll warble, "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy." Three button-cell batteries are included for listening pleasure over the years. Coming ready to hang with a silver cord, this plastic Grand Ole Opry® ornament is a must-have for the Nashville or country music fan on your list! Get your ornament here.