NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY

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2-11 IF I WAS PEPPERMINT PATTY

Today is NATIONAL PEPPERMINT PATTY DAY!!!  Low in fat and calories (but watch the sugar), peppermint patties are fabulously tasty, especially after dinner with a cup of your favorite coffee. But if you don’t believe me, just ask Charles M. Schulz. He nicknamed a character after this minty, chocolaty snack. Good grief!

I think Peppermint Patty is the ultimate tomboy.  She’s everything I am not, therefore I think she is great.  She can be one of the guys and is comfortable out on a baseball field.  Me – well…  what can I say?  I throw like a girl!  That is, I pitch like a girl. 

Peppermint Patty doesn’t like school – there is one thing I can relate to.  I hated school with a purple passion.   There was the day when it was raining cats and dogs.

Remember the day when Charlie Brown had to go to her school???  She decided that maybe school was not such a bad thing after all – on that day.

She was in love with Charlie Brown – and he was clueless.  Imagine that – a guy being clueless.  Hmm…  so then Peppermint Patty just comes out and asks “Chuck” to explain love to her.

 http://youtu.be/eGopQvlMDnY

 Forget love — I’d rather fall in chocolate!  – Sandra J. Dykes

Yes!  Let’s fall in chocolate!  Back to the other peppermint patties.  They are so delicious and addictive, especially with hot coffee.  I found a copy cat recipe for York Peppermint Patties.  If you are a type 2 diabetic, take note of the amount of sugar in this recipe and think twice before making them.  I don’t think you can substitute Splenda for confectioner’s sugar – I think it can just be used in place of granulated sugar.  I won’t be making this but thought the recipe looked interesting.

Now here is a recipe I might try, using sugar-free honey.

Peppermint Patties

  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup agave nectar or honey
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint oil
  • ½ to 1 cup chocolate chunks
  1. In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, agave and peppermint oil, mixing with a spoon
  2. Smash clumps of coconut oil against side of bowl until mixture is smooth
  3. Freeze mixture for a few minutes until it starts to harden, then remove from freezer
  4. Use a 1.5 teaspoon ice cream scoop to measure out little balls onto a parchment paper lined plate
  5. Place plate in freezer to firm up mint balls; when firm, remove from freezer
  6. Squish balls down into flat little patties on parchment paper
  7. Melt chocolate over very low heat; allow to cool slightly
  8. Dip patties into melted chocolate (use spoon to drop patty into melted chocolate, dip and remove)
  9. Place patties on parchment paper to harden (takes 10 minutes though on a summer day you may need to refreeze)

Makes about 12 patties

No matter which recipe you use, you could make these and have people over to share the calories and sugar (and of course, the coffee).  Yes, you have to share the coffee!  Wow – you could make the peppermint patties, have some people over and watch old Charlie Brown DVD’s that feature Peppermint Patty!  Isn’t it great how I can plan your whole day for you?  You’re welcome!  Wink!  😉

 

 

 

 

 

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THANKSGIVING DAY

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(11) HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE STEEPLE

Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.  – Psalm 95:2

What is Mel thankful for?  Well, God healed him of terminal leukemia in 1998, so it’s obvious that he is very thankful for life.  He’s also thankful for the Holy Ghost.  He’s thankful for another day to praise God for His goodness!

How many ways can we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed on us?

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice.  – Meister Eckhart

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High.  – Psalm 50:14

Thanks be to God for all the miraculous deeds He has done in my life.  I don’t know why He is so good to me, but I’m sure glad He is!

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”  – William A. Ward

What would Thanksgiving be without Charlie Brown.  Put on your jammies and fuzzy socks.  Grab your favorite snack and watch this cute cartoon with me.

 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.  –  Psalm 26:7

This day and every day I will lift my hands to the heavens and praise the Lord for all the many blessings He has bestowed on me.

As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world.   – Terri Guillemets

This is a cute little song –  you’ll be singing this all day!  You’re welcome.  😉

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.  – Psalm 69:30

Shine Your everlasting light in my perpetual darkness, heavenly Father.  May everything I do be for Your honor and Your glory, for there is no other reason to do anything I do.

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve made Monkey Bread in the past, but this Apple Monkey Bread looks so delicious!  I’m always thankful for the food on Thanksgiving Day – aren’t you?

I’m thankful for food, shelter, love of friends and family and Charlie Brown cartoons around the holidays.  All of these things bring to mind happy times of the past and provide hope for the future.  I hope you will take some time today to let your friends and family know how much you love them.  Take time to let God know you love Him too.  ❤