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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

To Do Tuesday 8-9-22

Good morning and welcome to To Do Tuesday, where we share events from our week and make plans for the coming week! Join us as by clicking on the link at the end of this post. Need more information? Just click on the busy couple above, and let me know if you have any questions.

My son and family!

Here's a little family update: Today is our second granddaughter's 19th birthday. She's the one on the right, next to my son. They celebrated her birthday early this past weekend at their favorite Mexican restaurant. She is not smiling her usual big smile because her boyfriend of three years broke up with her - by phone - the day before. Her second year in college starts next week. Our grandson (23) next to her has moved to Dallas (one hour from us!) into a condo with two of his friends, and he has a girlfriend who is attending law school in Oklahoma. Granddaughter #1 (21) has moved into an efficiency apartment at college and her junior year classes start next week - can you believe it is that time already! Our DIL is a counselor at a private high school, and our son works from home. They are all planning to visit us at the end of August!

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Beautiful new sourdough starter

In spite of the heat, I baked this past week! I attempted to make my own sourdough starter but it was unsuccessful, so I used the discard to make hamburger buns and some sourdough French bread loaves. I purchased some wonderful live sourdough starter from Breadtopia, and it was ready to go within a day! I can't wait to make "real" sourdough bread.

The cookies are peanut butter (mine with chocolate chips). This (slightly adapted) Jif peanut butter recipe used to be our standard, but I have found a new one we like even better. Here is my version - give it a try if you like soft peanut butter cookies with just a slightly crisp edge:

Big Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter (not natural) - I use crunchy
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Extra sugar, for rolling

Whip butter and sugars until fluffy. Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Whisk together dry ingredients and add to mixture until well blended. Scoop by heaping tablespoonfuls, roll into balls, roll in sugar, and place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Very lightly crisscross with fork dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 10-14 minutes, depending on how big your scoop is and if you like barely baked or slightly crisp. Let cool on cookie sheet. I always add a few semi-sweet chocolate chips to mine.

Here is my playlist from last week:
✔1. Piece backing, sandwich, and quilt RSS quilt - Partly done - I got it pieced!
❌2. Sandwich The Wedding Quilt - Not done - BUT it is all ready to spread out and sandwich. I put it off because it is big and I have to do it on the floor! 😒
✅3. Work on project for Melva and Brenda's September "Get On Board With Sewing" blog hop - Done and fun!
✅4. On Saturday, help our daughter with a few projects at her house then take her to lunch! (The Littles will be with their Dad) - We ended up staying with The Littles yesterday instead of visiting our daughter Saturday, in order for our her to go to a doctor's appointment yesterday. Lunch will have to wait until the next time The Littles stay with their Dad.

A Christmas squirrel may have entered my sewing room last week . . .

This list should keep me busy for the coming week:
1. Sandwich and start quilting The Wedding Quilt
2. Sandwich and start quilting RSS quilt
3. Continue to work on Get On Board With Sewing project
4. Give in to the clamoring squirrels and just have fun

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  1. Beautiful family, Linda. How wonderful that ya'll was able to gather together to celebrate. The Peanut Butter cookies look so yummy. I am going to have to try this recipe with the addition of the chocolate chips . I think that would take it over the top. Thank you so much for sharing it. How fabulous that a Christmas squirrel has caught your attention. Thank you for hosting the link party. Happy quilting.

  2. What a great photo of your son and family! I bet you're looking forward to that visit! Those cookies look yummy - now you've got me wanting to bake - peanut butter is my favorite! Have a great week, Linda!

  3. wonderful family! (rotten ex-boyfriend of your granddaughter) we love chunky peanut butter in this family but since the recall a couple months ago I still can not find chunky on the shelves! just creamy and still a limited amount of jars on the shelves - I wonder how long that will last?

    1. My husband bought the store brand of chunky. My favorite peanut butter is Laura Scudder's Natural Nutty, but it is too runny to use in the cookies. I eat it by the spoonful!

  4. Beautiful family. Happy birthday to your granddaughter. Sorry she is heart broken.

  5. What a nice looking family! I'm sure your granddaughter is heart-broken but as adults, we know life goes on. Your cookies look delicious!

  6. Thanks for the cokies receipe, Linda. Basting big quilts is very difficult for me either. I spy a Christmas tree being prepared. Have fun with the squirels

  7. Ok, now you have me curious. I can't read the info on your possible Christmas squirrel project page…whatcha working on? (Not that I need distracting but….)

  8. Nice looking family, Linda! You made a good dent in last week’s list.

  9. A-ha! I was successful at making a sourdough starter about 4 years ago and I still have it going! (Technically, you can dry it and mail it so I could've sent you some! Always wondered if it would work!). I keep two (I'm afraid I'll forget and use one entirely and be left with nothing! LOL) in the fridge because I so rarely make bread anymore. I bring them both out every so often to feed but I only make sourdough baguettes a few times a year--because I CAN. NOT. STOP. EATING. THEM. when they're hot of the oven! Oy!
    A Christmas squirrel eh? You're ahead of me! I have one or two planned but I need to get a couple more fall quilts out first!
    Have a great week! Enjoy that bread!

  10. What a beautiful family! How not nice of that ex boyfriend! Thank you for sharing that great cookie recipe. And I would love to make sourdough bread. Good luck with it. Nothing more fun than a Christmas squirrel!

  11. Linda your family photo was fun to see. It’s nice to see the faces I’ve imagined when you talk of your family. How wonderful you get to see them all soon! That Christmas squirrel looks like a good one. I think all the squirrels are going crazy right now with so many ideas running around. The recipe sounds like a good one and I just might have to try it. Thank you for it and for hosting To-Do Tuesday.

  12. I'll have to look up using sourdough discard for French bread! All I've done is make pancakes from the discard. Have a great week with your To Do list!

    1. Hi Gail, I can't find your email address, so I will reply here. We had some yummy waffles with part of the starter and for the rest, I adapted King Arthur's baguette recipe:

  13. What a gorgeous family, mean thing to happen day before her birthday though. When I was putting in my link last night I thought, hmmm going to have a go at making those peanut cookies. They look great.

  14. Hi,
    Your cookies look really yummy! I try my hardest to keep those squirrels out of
    my sewing room...but the little pesky things keep running through, causing all
    kinds of chaos. Have a great day!

    1. I've had no luck keeping squirrels out lately, so I created their own sidebar gadget for them - lol!

  15. Nice family! I hope you do have fun with your squirrels and other projects!

  16. What a sweet family photo! Happy birthday to your granddaughter! I’m sorry to hear about her break-up. I’m so glad you will have your grandson close by.
    You’re doing pretty good on your list! I love checking off my list, don’t you?
    Take good care!

  17. Wish I could have some of those peanut butter cookies right now

    1. I'd love to share some with you Marsha. :)

  18. What a lovely family! Good luck with your list

  19. Beautiful family! Tell Grand Daughter that there are better fish in the Ocean!!!! I did not get an email from you this last week on To Do Tuesday - Humm. Still hot and now hot and humid. Hugs


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