Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Great Cookie Exchange

Hear ye! Hear ye!  It's that time again for the Great Cookie Exchange!  I know that I have not been around as much as I would like, but if there's one thing that can get me blogging is brand spanking new recipes!  (Had to get spanking in there somehow!)  So I dug around the old recipe cards in the box and came up with two that are very new recipes to our family.  Now, the dilemma set in on which to use.  I'd recently looked these recipes up and even on my first go, I Baker-tized them!  Folks, I'm just not that good at following a recipe...even the very first time.  Thankfully, Hoss, has sort of kind of grown accustomed to my ability to improvise and therefore I bring ye the top two recipes of the fall season (at least at our house)!
German Peppernuts or Pfeffernusse (this is not my sister's recipe)  The kids and I made this for a class project not too long ago and it makes tons of these little German cookies.  They smell divine and I would NOT double this unless you want to make a ton!  We made the mistake of doubling it, because with a ton of kids cookies do not last long at all.  Well, in this case they did!
German Peppernut (Pfeffernusse) Recipe

1 cup softened butter (two sticks)
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 cup molasses
1 egg
4 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon anise seed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix together butter, sugar, molasses and egg until well blended.  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl.  Add to molasses mixture until flour can no longer be seen.   Roll out the dough to about 1 inch thick log (makes cutting them much faster and makes them round not square).  Refrigerate for an hour.  Before baking cut into one inch squares.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.  You want the tops to be lightly browned as this is meant to be a crisp cookie.

Our second recipe is truly a brand new one for me.  I have not made Key Lime Pie in ages and really wanted one for Thanksgiving.  This recipe was one I just had to share because it truly is a rich and creamy pie and one that Hoss and our oldest daughter fell in love with and will now be a favorite forever.
Key Lime Pie (for two pies)

Two premade graham cracker crusts (or make your own)

3 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sour cream
1/3 cup of lime juice
1/2 cup of lemon juice
3 tablespoons lime zest

Preheat oven to 359 degrees.

Mix together sweeten condensed milk, sour cream, lemon juice, lime juice and lime zest.   Pour into the graham cracker pie crust.  Bake for 5-6 minutes until tiny pinhole sized bubbles burst on the surface of the pie.  You are not trying to brown the pie, just bake it to set.  Chill pie and serve with whipped cream.

Seriously the creamiest key lime pie I have ever tasted.  It is a light lime flavor, not overly powering.
Other participants of the Great Cookie Exchange are listed below!

I do hope you all enjoy these recipes as much as we do!

Much love,
Baker and Hoss

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

EsMay's Gone Dark

Hello, all!  EsMay sent me an email earlier today explaining that she needed to go dark for a few days.  She's sorry for the inconvenience, but it truly could not be helped.  She plans to be back up and running by Friday afternoon.


Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of year again!  Happiest of Thanksgiving to all of you!  I felt like going with a fun theme this year, so bring on one of my favorites!!!  The minions!  They have adequately expressed my thoughts in a fun way!


And for all our friends not celebrating turkey day!

God bless--
Love Hoss and Baker

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

There's A Bit of Pinching Going On

So Lindy over at Downunder Dreaming, pinched this from Sunny from Facebook and now I've seen that Rosie from Rosie's Are Red has pinched it from Lindy, so I guess I will pinch it from all three of them and give it a go!

1.  Something people hate to find on their windshields?
Dead, squished bugs!

2.   Something a man might buy before going out on a date?
Breath mints.

3.   Something you cook in the microwave?

4.    An item found in an old man's wallet?
Old condom?

5.    Something always stocked in the fridge?
Chocolate Chips of course!

6.    An item found in a Grandma's purse?

Lip stick...Gum....Cough drops.

7.    Sport where you might lose a tooth?
Wrestling?  I'm not really perhaps?

8.    A fruit that isn't round?
A watermelon, though I've seen a few that might have come close.

9.  Something you put on a Christmas tree?
Pretty colored or white Christmas lights.

10.   Name five people you think will do this?

Miss Lindy and Rosie (who already have--so I'm counting them as one in the same), 
Miss Ella, Fondles, Amy and EsMay.

 Pinch away ladies!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy LOL days!

Welcome to LOL day!  Yes, we love our lurkers and hope you all come out and say, "hello!"
A few years back I was a lurker and a mighty fine one at that.  I would say that it took some definite guts, on my part, to send those first emails out.  Then commenting came later, then blogging, though everyone who comments does not necessarily have their own blogs.  One of my first true friends that I made through blogging was a reader and we still communicate regularly.  So go ahead, dip your toe in, the water's fine!  Come out and let us know you are here!  

And remember...

So feel free to drop a comment below and introduce yourself.  Hoss and I would love to hear from you!


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Happy 2nd Blogiversary

A Sweeter Approach to Life is celebrating two wonderful years of blogging!  Thank you to each one who has helped us along the way!  We are blessed over and over by so many who have encouraged us in one way or another.  Thank you doesn't seem like quite enough.
God bless!
--Hoss and Baker

P.S.  I have not been able to comment due to silly blogger refusing to let me comment as Baker on our laptops.  I will get around to remeding the situation once I figure out the reason it refuses to let me!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Love "Spank" Languages

I am a what is your "love language," kind of girl.  It's something I enjoy reading about and analyzing about people.  So come, explore with me the wonderful world of spank languages.  Oops, I mean love languages.

So let me start with the ones I know least about, but think fit right into this post.  Are you all ready?  Here...we....go!
Gift giving...many love to give and receive gifts.  It makes their hearts soar.  In the case of this love language spanking meets this need easily.  The gift giver (the spanker) gives the gift of a spanking thus giving the giftee (the spankee) a lovely red tush.  So the gift of a spanking can definitely be met if your love language is the love language of gift giving.  Hint, it is also the gift that keeps on giving... every time you sit down (LOL)!
Quality time...what better way to spend quality time and get your love language met than a nice trip over your loved one's knee?   Quality time spent just doing this thing together.  Enjoying one another's company.  Feeling your lover close and being "you" together.  You get the added benefit of a red bum to remind you of all of that time you spent together.  Also maybe some reminder stripes if you choose a cane or belt to include in that little quality time you spent together!
Words of how in the world does spanking apply to this one?  I have you completely covered.  No worries, people!  How he lectures during the spanking, the encouraging words he says as he spanks away, warming your cheeks, reaffirming his words with each strike.  Yum or not so yum depending on the type of spanking, but it definitely is worth hearing the sternness in his voice, the affirmation that you belong to him, the dominance he beholds.  Makes me melt inside just thinking about it!
Physical touch...this one is obvious and super easy.  The way he caresses your bum, or traps your hand to keep you from reaching back.  The gentle strokes that get progressively harder as your butt is being roasted for good or not so good reasons.  How he rubs away the stings or maybe gives you one or two hard spanks to finish you off.  This one also is wonderful as that touch stays with you each time you need to find a seat and it reminds you of his hands, his body, your body leaning over his lap, how he filled your need.
Finally, but not the least, is acts of service.  Now there are several ways spanking is an act of service to your loved one.  It can be through the act of the spanking, the act of calming you down, the act of claiming you for his own.  Spanking can be gentle or rough, soft or hard, quick or slow...just the giving of one to his own partner is a genuine act of service.  There's also the possibilities of the service after the fact, but I'm not about to get into all of that.

Now, I highly doubt that I'm the only one who looks at these love languages and thinks "ah, spanking", but if you haven't you've found my take on the subject! Hope you enjoyed it!
So what's your love spank language?  Do you and your loved one have the same spank language?

Thanks, Amy, for reminding me how love languages can apply in this area.