Lemon Square Cookies

Lent is approaching all too quickly. Time to think of a few sweets to soften the blow before the ‘give-ups’ begin! We don’t overdo our Fat Tuesday but a batch of fresh cookies made on the preceding Sunday to last through Tuesday always seems the best way to go for us.

Lemon Square Cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into small squares
2 teaspoons finely-grated fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix together the dry ingredients, place into a mixing bowl. Add half of the pieces of butter, the lemon zest and mix to form buttery crumbs. Add the second half of the butter and mix until no flour is visible. Add the extracts and lemon juice until the dough just holds together.

Lightly knead the dough and then divide into two portions. Place each on a square of waxed paper and form into about 1 1/2-inch square logs about four to five inches long. Wrap the waxed paper around the logs and refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight. Remove the dough rolls about 30 minutes before baking to soften a bit.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper. With a sharp knife, carefully slice 1/4th thick slices from the logs and place about an inch or so apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for approximately 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. They should be firm to the touch and golden brown around the edges. Remove them to a rack to cool before icing.

Lemon Icing
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Enough fresh lemon juice to form a medium-thick icing.

I’ve never heard anyone say no to some colorful sprinkles scattered over the cookies before the icing dries.

*A thought . . . If you have some walnuts or pecans on hand, you can toast a cup of them then finely grind them. After you form the log squares, you can roll and press the nuts all around the logs before you refrigerate them. That way, you get an extra bit of crunch and the flavor of the nuts goes well with lemon.

 

 

Your Vote in 2020 Could Earn You a Sin in Supporting Abortion

The past week or so, one of the ongoing conversations has been on the subject of abortion. Now, abortion is usually in the forefront of any Christian Pro-life Conservative mind but recent ‘advances’ in the process of an abortion has raised horrible mental images and fears in the heart of people who recognized abortion for what it is . . . the painful, horrible, brutal death of an innocent baby. Several states have increased the distasteful methods of depriving the world of people that could grow up and be the answer to many problems. Instead, the leftist politicians and people have made sure that many of the future possibilities of the world will not make it past their actual birth day. One politician actually went so far as to say that an ‘abortion’ after a live birth was a definite possibility. People applauded and smiled over the advancement of ‘reproductive health’ for the mothers. To me, reproductive means to reproduce and nothing comes of the ‘reproductive health’ procedure but a dead baby for whom even the parents will not give a decent burial. Many doctors/medical schools actually use fetal tissue and, in spite of many rebuttals, planned parenthood is selling discarded babies for money. Do people realize that actual fetal cells have been used in the development of foods that are on the market or in beauty products?

Given the seriousness of this downward evolution of human thinking, I wondered how the subject would be handled at Mass this morning. I thought for sure that there would be something mentioned in the prayer petitions at Mass . . . Not a word! In fact, thinking back over the years, I distinctly recall the 10th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade. We went to an afternoon Mass with prayers in mind for that event and wondered what the presiding priest would be preaching on that. Again, not a word which puzzled me given the ten year anniversary of this and the Catholic acknowledgment and viewpoint given at Mass that would surely happen.

There is definitely a change in the world and not to the good. We have a president and vice president that defend life and want to ban, at least, the horrors of late-term abortions yet the Democrats go out of their way to protect the sin of murder on the most helpless of beings. One congresswoman even went as far to say that the president wanting to ban late-term abortions was so sad. Then we have the women who brag about how many abortions they have had without a problem. For me, two decisions are often made that results in an unwanted pregnancy: immorality that brings around that particular near-occasion of sin and a lack of taking any precautions. That, however, in a sane world is where the woman’s decisions come into play. Once she is pregnant, her decisions should stop short of killing the innocent bystander, the baby.

Although the Catholics who publicly vote for such measures against the unborn children have already, by their public display of their support, have excommunicated themselves, it would be a good example to everyone if our bishops would confirm the excommunication and the pope would support it. Remember, too, that if you vote for politicians that support this vile means of providing a convenient end to a ‘problem’, you also share in the death of each and every child who died because your vote helped yet another pro-abort advocate into office.

The even worst aspect of all this? The various ‘catholic’ groups that support abortion and even the current agenda. It is beyond me why anyone who doesn’t respect life decides to continue in the faith that does respect life and then try to change the mind of the Catholic Church.

And, Whose Grandmother Will You Be?

THE DEMOCRAT MANIFESTO !
A belief held by Italian COMMUNIST Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) that the way to incorporate MARXISM in capitalist societies was best achieved from the bottom up by stealthily changing the beliefs of the cultural itself. CULTURAL HEGEMONY involves softening or radicalizing the culture’s beliefs about various social issues, such as homosexuality, marriage, education, women’s issues, religion, divorce, pornography, MEDIA, ABORTION, and established political parties. The idea is to move everything to the left so that eventually “”NEW NORMS”” are rooted into society.

Providing a ‘Need’ For Abortion

Hundreds and thousands of babies are being murdered in the womb these days. Recently, the Democratic Party strongly illustrated how that isn’t a problem for them and even increased the atrocities they are willing to allow in the name of ‘reproductive health’ to the point of  infanticide. Now we find out that one of the possible reasons for continuing and adding to the horror of abortion are all the medical facilities that are willing to purchase fetal tissue.

The list of universities on the list of those ordering and using fetal tissue for research.

Baylor College of Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Columbia University Medical Center
Colorado State University
Dartmouth University
Duke University
Drexel University College of Medicine
George Washington University
Harvard University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Medical College of Wisconsin
UCLA
University of Connecticut
University of Illinois
University of Massachusetts
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Pittsburgh
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Yale University

Renovating the World, One Democrat at a Time -How to Save the World, One Democrat at a Time?

  • Ban affordable energy. GND calls for the elimination of all fossil fuel energy production, the lifeblood of American industry and life, which includes not only all oil but also natural gas — one of the cheapest sources of American energy, and one of the reasons the United States has been able to lead the world in carbon-emissions reduction.
  • Eliminate nuclear energy. The GND also calls for eliminating all nuclear power, one of the only productive and somewhat affordable “clean” energy sources available to us, in 11 years. This move would purge around 20 percent of American energy generation so you can rely on intermittent wind for your energy needs.
  • Eliminate 99 percent of cars. To be fair, under the GND, everyone will need to retrofit their cars with Flintstones-style foot holes or pedals for cycling. The authors state that the GND would like to replace every “combustion-engine vehicle” — trucks, airplanes, boats, and 99 percent of cars — within ten years. Charging stations for electric vehicles will be built “everywhere,” though how power plants will provide the energy needed to charge them is a mystery.
  • Gut and rebuild every building in America. Markey and Cortez want to “retrofit every building in America” with “state of the art energy efficiency.” I repeat, “every building in America.” That includes every home, factory, and apartment building, which will all need, for starters, to have their entire working heating and cooling systems ripped out and replaced with…well, with whatever technology Democrats are going invent in their committee hearings, I guess.
  • Eliminate air travel. GND calls for building out “highspeed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.” Good luck Hawaii! California’s high-speed boondoggle is already in $100 billion dollars of debt, and looks to be one of the state’s biggest fiscal disasters ever. Amtrak runs billions of dollars in the red (though, as we’ll see, trains that run on fossil fuels will also be phased out). Imagine growing that business model out to every state in America?
  • A government-guaranteed job. The bill promises the United States government will provide every single American with a job that includes a “family-sustaining wage, family and medical leave, vacations, and a pension.” You can imagine that those left in the private sector would be funding these through some unspecified “massive” taxation. On the bright side, when you’re foraging for food, your savings will be worthless.
  • Free education for life. GND promises free college or trade schools for every American.
  • A salubrious diet. The GND promises the government will provide “healthy food” to every American (because there are no beans or lettuce in your local supermarket, I guess).
  • A house. The GND promises that the government will provide, “safe, affordable, adequate housing” for every American citizen. I call dibs on an affordable Adams Morgan townhouse. Thank you, Ocasio-Cortez.
  • Free money. The GND aims to provide, and I am not making this up, “economic security” for all who are “unable or unwilling” to work. Just to reiterate: if you’re unwilling to work, the rest of us will have your back.
  • Bonus insanity: Ban meat. Ocasio-Cortez admits that we can’t get zero emissions in 10 years “because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.” The only way to get rid of farting cows is to get rid of beef.

Reception of John the Baptist Today . . .

So sad to think that this cartoon isn’t all that funny when you see much of the same happening in today’s world and in today’s churches. Pastors and ministers to tread softly in the face of today’s immorality, abortion issues, faith, etc., are actually the problem.