Friday, November 21, 2014

Today's Quote

"We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future."

- Steve Maraboli: life-changing speaker, bestselling author, and behavioral science academic


Blue Ribbon Sugar Cookies

Prep time: 45 minutes
Baking time: 7 minutes
Makes: 6 dozen

1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon cream of tarter
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Sugar, if desired

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Combine butter, powdered sugar and 1/2 cup sugar in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cream of tarter and baking soda. Beat until dough forms a bowl. Shape dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Flatten to about 1-1/2 inches with bottom of glass dipped in sugar; sprinkle with decorator sugars if desired. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

Another Blonde Joke

A blonde and a lawyer are seated next to each other on a flight from LA to NY. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game?

The blonde, tired, just wants to take a nap, politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists and explains that the game is easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5.00, and vise versa."

Again, she declines and tries to get some sleep.

The lawyer, now agitated, says, "Okay, if you don't know the answer you pay me $5.00, and if I don't know the answer, I will pay you $500.00."

This catches the blonde's attention and, figuring there will be no end to this torment unless she plays, agrees to the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. "What's the distance from the earth to the moon?"

The blonde doesn't say a word, reaches into her purse, pulls out a $5.00 bill and hands it to the lawyer.

Okay says the lawyer, your turn.

She asks the lawyer, "What goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?"

The lawyer, puzzled, takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references, no answer.

He taps into the air phone with his modem and searches the net and the library of congress, no answer.

Frustrated, he sends e-mails to all his friends and coworker, to no avail.


After an hour, he wakes the blonde, and hands her $500.


The blonde says,"Thank you", and turns back to get some more sleep.


The lawyer, who is more than a little miffed, wakes the blonde and asks, "Well, what's the answer?"


Without a word, the blonde reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5.00, and goes back to sleep.

Honey Maple Pecan Pork Chops


Ingredients
•3 pounds boneless pork chops, 1/4 inch thick, *pounded thin
•4 tablespoons butter
•1/2 cup flour to dredge pork chops
•1/2 cup pecans, chopped (lightly toasted)
•1/4 cup honey
•1/4 cup pure maple syrup
•2 tablespoons soy sauce
•1/3 cup chicken broth
•salt and pepper to taste

Directions
In a small bowl, mix honey, maple syrup, soy sauce, chicken broth and pecans - set aside.

In a shallow dish mix flour and salt and pepper. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Dredge pork chops in flour, shake off excess and place in skillet. Brown both sides and cook until pork chops are *cooked through. Once ready, move chops to a serving plate.

Reduce heat to medium and add the honey-maple-pecan mixture to the butter drippings in the skillet. Heat until hot, stirring continuously. Once heated through, spoon mixture over pork chops and serve. Enjoy!



James Adomian at The Midnight Suggestion - Dec. 14, 2011 - Richmond, Virginia

Honey Roasted Mini Red Potatoes

Ingredients
•1 1/2 lbs mini red potatoes, cut in quarters
•1/4 cup sweet onion, diced
•4 tablespoons butter, melted
•3 tablespoons honey
•1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
•1/4 teaspoon salt
•1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Place quartered potatoes in a single layer on bottom of baking dish. Next, top potatoes with diced onions.

 In a small bowl, mix melted butter, honey, dry mustard, salt and pepper. Pour mixture evenly over potatoes.

Using a spoon, toss potatoes to coat with honey mixture. Place in middle rack of oven and bake for 35 minutes or until tender - stir potatoes half way through baking. Salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Serve with pork, chicken, fish...beef too.

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After Immigration Speech Republicans Admit That Obama’s Got Them By The Balls

Oh I am sure they will think up something mean spirited and unproductive.

Behind the scenes, Republicans are not feeling too good about Obama's executive action on immigration. They say they feel like Obama has them by the balls, according to MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Today's Quote

"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again."

Abraham Maslow
1908-1970, Psychologist

Perfect

Obama Uses Immigration Announcement As A Sledgehammer To Bludgeon The Republican Party

President Obama didn't just announce immigration action. He used the immigration issue as a sledgehammer to bludgeon John Boehner and Mitch McConnell while destroying their agenda.

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Here's The Joke

Q. How does a man show that he is planning for the future


A. He buys two cases of beer.

Saucy Baked Chicken Legs With Olives and Tomatoes

Serves 4
preparation - 15 minutes   
cooking - 60 minutes  

Ingredients
1 pound plum or small tomatoes, halved if large 
1/2 cup pitted green olives 
8 cloves garlic, quartered 
2 tablespoons olive oil 
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves 
4 bone-in, skin-on chicken legs 
Kosher salt and black pepper 
Bread, for serving






Directions
1.Heat oven to 425° F with a rack in the highest position.

2.Toss the tomatoes, olives, garlic, oil, and thyme in a 3-quart baking dish.

3.Season the chicken with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper. Nestle the chicken, skin-side up, in the vegetables.

4.Bake until the chicken is browned and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest leg (avoiding the bone) registers 165° F, 40 to 45 minutes. Serve with the bread.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today's Quote

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”

-Charles Swindoll

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Crust
1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 24 squares) 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted

Filling
1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 2 tablespoons brandy, if desired 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) 4 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened 1 cup packed brown sugar 2/3 cup granulated sugar 5 eggs

Directions
1 Heat oven to 325°F. Grease 9-inch springform pan with shortening. Wrap foil around pan to catch drips. In small bowl, mix cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and the melted butter. Press crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Wrap foil around outside of pan to prevent drips. Bake crust 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes at room temperature. Refrigerate about 5 minutes or until completely cooled.

2 Meanwhile, in another small bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, brandy and pumpkin together until well blended; set aside. In large bowl, beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gradually beat in brown sugar and 2/3 cup granulated sugar until smooth. On low speed, beat in 1 egg at a time just until blended. Gradually beat in pumpkin mixture until smooth.

3 Pour filling over crust. Bake 1 hour 15 minutes to 1 hour 25 minutes or until set but center of cheesecake still jiggles slightly when moved. Turn oven off; open oven door at least 4 inches. Let cheesecake remain in oven 30 minutes.

4 Run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Cool in pan on wire rack 30 minutes. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight before serving.

5 To serve, run knife around edge of pan to loosen cheesecake. Carefully remove side of pan before cutting cheesecake. Store covered in refrigerator.

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Lemon Pudding Cake

Cooking Time: 1 hr

Ingredients
• 1 box lemon cake mix
• 3 eggs
• 1 1/4 cup water
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 (3-ounce) boxes instant lemon pudding mix
• 1 1/4 cup water
• 2 cups milk
• powered sugar (optional)


Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and oil a 13x9 inch pan.

2.Add cake mix to a large bowl and make a well in the center. Add eggs, water and vegetable oil to the well, and mix until well combined with a handheld mixer. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

3.In another bowl, add lemon pudding, water and milk, and mix until well combined. Drop spoonfuls of the pudding mixture onto the cake batter, making sure to cover evenly. Using a spatula, spread out the lemon pudding.

4.Bake for 55-60 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve immediately. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Oh My God Slow Cooker Short Ribs Of Beef

Red Wine Braised Short Ribs of Beef From Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook

Serves 4

1 cup red wine [I used an Italian table wine]
2/3 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 pounds beef short ribs
2 medium-sized yellow onions, chopped


Combine first six ingredients (through black pepper) in the slow cooker and stir.

Add the ribs, submerging them in the sauce. [In my oval, this required cutting the ribs into one-bone widths, then dunking each end in the sauce. I cooked them with the bones positioned upright.]

Scatter the onions over the ribs, cover, and cook until the meat starts to separate from the bone, 7 to 9 hours on LOW or 4 to 5 hours on HIGH.

If you can, refrigerate the ribs and sauce separately overnight. Not only will the flavor improve, but you’ll also be able to discard a shocking amount of congealed fat.

If you must serve right away, I suggest pouring the sauce into a fat separatorfirst.

Here's the joke....

Two buffalo were standing on the range when a passing tourist said, "Those are the mangiest, scroungiest, most moth-eaten, miserable beasts I have ever seen."

One of the buffalo turned to the other and said, "You know, I think I just heard a discouraging word."

The Craziest Lies People Tell for Love

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9 Signs You're A Highly Sensitive Person

1. You're hyper aware of subtleties in their environment.

HSPs usually notice things that other people miss. Maybe it's a new haircut or furniture that's been rearranged. Sounds can startle them easily, and they're more sensitive to certain smells and fabrics.

2. You're easily affected by others' moods.

Everyone is affected by the moods of others, both positive and negative, but the effect is heightened in highly sensitive people. It's great if you're around positive people, but not so great when you're around people with heavy energy.

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The U.S. And China Have Agreed To Do Something We Hadn't Dared Hope For

The two countries are the world's biggest producers of the greenhouse gas CO2. They signed an agreement to cut CO2 and other emissions that cause climate change.

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GA Man Shoots And Kills Man Who Turned Into Wrong Driveway, Gets Probation

The family of the victim may be resigned to this outcome, but I'm not. I've been that person who's trying to figure out a screwy GPS, and I don't think anyone should get to shoot me in head because I pulled into their driveway by mistake:

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA-- A Gwinnett County man accepted a plea deal Monday for the fatal shooting of a man, who mistakenly pulled into the wrong driveway

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Today's Quote

"Time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life."

- Alan Lakein: a well-known author on personal time management


Why has busy become the new normal?

Busy has become go-to, normal and even glorified, because we use it as an excuse to avoid other things.

Constantly convincing ourselves how busy we are is a convenient way to avoid the things we don't want to push ourselves to do. Think about it: "I can't exercise because I'm just too busy," "I can't eat healthy because I have no time to cook!" "No sorry, grandma, I can't come to your birthday party because I am just way too busy."

We also use the "busy" explanation because our culture socializes us (and mothers in particular, I think) to feel a need to please, to be needed by others, and to feel important.

And especially given that we are living in the age of social media, our culture has become obsessed with status and competition. Busy can be part of that: it's a defense mechanism, a go-to "status symbol" to indicate your importance. By being busy all the time, we are trying to demonstrate to ourselves that we have full and worthy lives, that we are needed and

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With Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Imminent, Groups Blast Decision To Declare ‘State Of Emergency’

Monday afternoon, Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency ahead of the grand jury decision to indict Darren Wilson. But activists and civil rights groups believe the measure is premature and actually fuels the fire in Ferguson.

But civil rights organizations like the NAACP argue that the declaration quells free speech, and is actually fueling tensions ahead of the jury’s verdict. “Governor Nixon’s decision to declare a state of emergency without evidence of violence or danger only threatens to stir up tensions and denigrate the peaceful efforts of countless non-violent activists. We at the NAACP will work tirelessly to ensure that the civil rights of the demonstrators are upheld. And finally, we commend as well as stand with those practitioners of democracy who have stood strong for over 100 days.”

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The New Republican Plan To Rig The 2016 Presidential Election

Last week, Michigan state Rep. Pete Lund (R) revealed a plan that would rig the Electoral College to ensure Republican victories in 2016 and beyond if it were enacted in a sufficient number of states. Like similar proposals from GOP lawmakers who proposed rigging the Electoral College in the past, Lund’s proposal takes advantage of the fact that there are several large states that tend to support Democrats in presidential election years but that are currently controlled by Republicans.

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Bob Marley to Be Face of Corporate Pot

Bob Marley finally sold out. Marley has been dead for more than 30 years but he will be the name and face of the first global marijuana brand. A Seattle-based private-equity firm and the Marley family announced the launch of Marley Natural, “a premium cannabis brand rooted in the life and legacy” of Marley. “Bob Marley started to push for legalization more than 50 years ago. We’re going to help him finish it,” said Brendan Kennedy, chief executive of Privateer Holdings, which owns Marley Natural. “It just seems natural that Daddy should be part of this conversation,” said Cedella Marley, 47, the musician’s oldest daughter. “As Daddy would say, ‘Make way for the positive day.’

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Senate Republicans (soon to be) in disarray

Here's a story about the trouble the new Senate Majority Leader is about to find himself in.

The New Cruzians Are Ready to Make Life Hell for Mitch McConnell

Now that's a title. It's also almost certainly true (cc PolitiFact) because the dynamics of the new Senate will be pitting long timers like Mitch McConnell, who has been making promises about not shutting down the government again and whatnot, against all of Santa's craziest reindeer.

McConnell’s difficult job will be made enormously more complicated by the makeup of his incoming three-seat majority. It includes at least three senators eyeing a run for president (Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Rand Paul), and 11 new Republican members, three of whom have been pegged by grassroots activists as the conservative cavalry riding in as reinforcements for the Cruz wing of the party.

Those three would be the the car wreck in waiting Joni Ernst, Senator Tom "ISIS" Cotton, and Ben Sasse, whose "grassroots" claim to fame is, apparently, not being able to get along with Mitch McConnell. Neither of them has any particular interest in making the Senate work, for any value of "work" that a Senate longtimer like McConnell would plan on. They were elected to set fires and burn things down. Conservatives are expecting them to work with Ted Cruz to turn the stuffy Senate into the more conspiracy-minded and twitchy House.

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Make-Ahead Sex in a Pan

Ingredients

Crust
1 cup pecans, chopped
3 tablespoons white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
1 cup flour

Cream cheese layer
One 8.9 oz (250g) package cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar or less, if preferred
1cup cool whip

Vanilla pudding layer
5.1 oz (144g) of instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk

Chocolate pudding layer
5.1 oz (144g) of instant chocolate pudding
2 cups milk

Top Layer
2 cups cool whip
Shaved chocolate

Instructions
1.Preheat oven to 350°F.

2.Spray a 9X13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

3.In a medium bowl, mix all the crust ingredients and press gently into the prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned; let crust cool completely.

4.Prepare the vanilla pudding with milk as per package instruction. Allow the pudding to set.

5.Prepare the chocolate pudding with milk as per package instruction. Allow the pudding to set.

6.Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat together cream cheese, icing sugar and the cup of cool whip until light and fluffy.

7.Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust. Next spread the set chocolate pudding over the cream cheese layer, followed by the vanilla pudding. Cover the top evenly with the 2 cups of cool whip and then sprinkle with shaved chocolate. Let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight before serving.

Onion-Crusted Meatloaf with Roasted Potatoes

What You'll Need

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Tomato Soup
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can (2.8 ounces)  French Fried Onions (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
6 small potatoes, cut in quarters




How to Make It

1. Thoroughly mix 1/2 cup soup, beef, 1/2 can onions, egg and Worcestershire in a large bowl. Place the mixture in a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking pan and firmly shape into an 8 x 4-inch loaf. Spoon the remaining soup over the meat loaf. Arrange the potatoes around the meat loaf.

2. Bake at 400°F. for 1 hour or until the meatloaf is cooked through. Stir the potatoes. Sprinkle the remaining onions over the meatloaf and bake for 3 minutes or until the onions are golden.


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Monday, November 17, 2014

Today's Quote

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Michigan Cuts Player for Punching Woman

The University of Michigan’s football team cut senior defensive end Frank Clark on Monday after he was arrested for domestic abuse over the weekend. Police apprehended Clark outside of a hotel in Sandusky, Ohio, after a fight with his girlfriend. Cops charged him with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and one count of assault. (He pleaded not guilty to both on Monday.) Clark appeared intoxicated, according to the police report. “I didn’t do [expletive] to her, I didn’t touch that woman, she is a woman,” he said. Girlfriend Diamond Hurt reportedly had a welt on her cheek, bruises on her neck, and a scuff burn on her right hip. Her younger brother said he saw Clark grab her by the throat. Hurt said she bit Clark on the nose, and then he “punched her in the face.” Police said she did not initially want to press charges, but officers told her there were clear signs of domestic abuse and he would be charged.

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US may be at ‘tipping point’ where only ‘the billionaire class’ picks presidents

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders warned on Monday that the United States may have reached a “tipping point” where the “billionaire class” could block any presidential candidates who were fighting for the working class.

Sanders explained during an interview on CNN that he had been traveling the country to determine if he would have the necessary support for a presidential run in 2016.

“I’m giving some thought to it,” he said. “Taking on the billionaire class, and Wall Street, and the Koch brothers is not an easy task.”


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When Can You Find the Best Deals?

Adobe analyzed years of shopping data and found that the Monday before Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving day itself were the days for the biggest prices cuts and best bargains. And to show how prices vary from now until Christmas, the Wall Street Journal is unveiling a Christmas Sale Tracker to track prices of ten items at popular retailers every hour until then.

DEMONIZING DISSENT IN FERGUSON

With a grand jury decision looming, the authorities in Missouri have declared a preemptive war on anyone who speaks out against injustice.

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Al Franken Slams Ted Cruz By Strongly Calling Out His Idiocy and False Information

Sen. Al Franken was having none of Ted Cruz's intentional idiocy and propaganda. On CNN's State Of The Union, Franken took down Cruz by explaining that the Texas Senator was completely wrong and didn't know what he was talking about on net neutrality.

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Republicans Can’t Stop Obamacare As Over 100,000 Uninsured Americans Sign Up In A Day

HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that Obamacare is getting even stronger as 500,000 people accessed their accounts on the ACA website yesterday, and 100,000 uninsured Americans signed up.

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GOP Lie Debunked: Every President Since Eisenhower Used Executive Authority On Immigration

Every president since and including Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower has taken executive action on immigration without facing threats of lawsuits, government shutdowns, impeachment, or loss of executive authority.

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Obama Won’t Back Down and Dares Republicans To Shut Down The Government Over Immigration

Facebook to Launch Professional Website

Looking to compete with LinkedIn.

Chocolate as you know and love it could disappear by 2020

According to a recent report by two of the world’s largest chocolate makers, the gap between how much chocolate the world consumes and how much cocoa manufacturers can produce will become unsustainable in 2020.

Disease, drought, an increase in demand from Chinese markets, as well as the rising popularity of dark chocolate — which requires more cocoa to produce — have combined to create what will swell to a 1 million metric ton deficit by 2020, and a potential 2 million metric ton deficit by 2030.

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Once More, President Obama Is Doing The Republicans’ Jobs For Them

There is an idiom that parents and employers likely put in practice when an important task has to be completed correctly; "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." President Obama certainly understands that sentiment with a slight variation; if the nation wants anything done at all, the President has to do it himself due to Republicans who have done nothing since January 2009.

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Apple Slab Pie

Prep Time 20 min|
Total Time 2 hr 15 min|
Servings 24

1 box  refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
9 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (9 medium)
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk

Directions
1 Heat oven to 450°F. Remove pie crusts from pouches. On lightly floured surface, unroll and stack crusts one on top of the other. Roll to 17x12-inch rectangle. Fit crust into 15x10x1-inch pan, pressing into corners. Fold extra crust under, even with edges of pan.

2 In small bowl, mix granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and lemon juice. Add apples, stirring to coat. Spoon apple mixture into crust-lined pan.

3 Bake 33 to 38 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool in pan on cooling rack 45 minutes.

4 In small bowl, mix powdered sugar and milk until well blended. Drizzle over pie. Let stand until glaze is set, about 30 minutes.

Lemony Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves 8  
preparation - 45 minutes
cooking - 60 minutes  

Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil 
4 carrots and/or parsnips, cut into bite-size pieces 
2 stalks celery, chopped 
1 large onion, chopped 
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 
kosher salt and black pepper 
2 pounds bone-in chicken breasts, skin removed 
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth 
1 cup small pasta (such as alphabet or stellette) 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley



Directions
1.Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the carrots and/or parsnips, celery, onion, thyme, 1½ teaspoons salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender and just beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

2.Add the chicken, broth, and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. When it is cool enough to handle, shred the meat with 2 forks; discard the bones.

3.Meanwhile, add the pasta to the soup and simmer until al dente, 6 to 10 minutes. Add the chicken, lemon juice, and parsley and stir to combine.

4.This soup can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. To reheat, run the containers under warm water until the soup slides out. Transfer to a pot and cook over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until heated through.