Friday, October 6, 2023

Words & Brush Weekender: Easy listening music and chat, Friday 6th October 2023, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome

 Easy listening music and chat, Friday 6th October 2023, Free Choice - all genres of music welcome!

Enjoy some good music here on Words & Brush, it's your free choice so please post any of your favorite music of all genres!


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Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Words & Brush Recipe Corner: CHINESE ALMOND COOKIES


In the Kitchen with Henny: 

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Chinese almond cookies (credit: HENNY SHOR)

When researching desserts for Asian night, the obvious first choice was to make fortune cookies. But don’t worry, I won’t give you a recipe that I found time-consuming and with poor results. But that’s a story for another time.

So I went back to the drawing board for desserts, until I came across these Chinese almond cookies. Firstly, I must say how I love almonds and, of course, I love cookies, so this seemed to be the perfect ending to a fun and festive meal. They are crisp and light, and what’s best is that they can easily be made gluten-free.


Yields 2 dozen cookies.

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups finely ground almond flour
  • 1 cup flour (or gluten-free flour substitute)
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds, for topping cookies

Egg wash:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar


Preheat the oven to 180°.

In a large bowl, mix the oil, eggs, and sugar until smooth. Then add the vanilla and almond extracts and stir. Add the baking powder, salt, almond flour, flour, and mix well.

Line a cookie sheet with baking paper. With wet hands, roll 1-inch balls of dough, place them on the cookie sheet, and keep them 2 inches apart. Lightly flatten the balls with the bottom of a glass while pressing very gently. Gently press an almond in the center of each cookie.

In a glass, mix the egg and sugar, and brush lightly over each cookie.

Bake cookies for 12 minutes, let cool, and enjoy!


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Sunday, October 1, 2023

October Open Thread 2023


                    Hello October!  

Fall cooler days are around the corner here. Also our new coffee station is open.  Looking forward to putting holiday lights on it and making it festive, as there are quite a bit of holidays just around the corner. With any morning, first coffee is a must. Or tea if you prefer. At least the coffee grinder back up works. Just hammer the beans in a bag.


        As we go through walks and drives to see fruity pebbles of fall on trees, their branches growing ever barren, it is a nice change to the hot summer here in the South. Sometimes we get snow, other winters it is just cold with rain.   A great hush settles over the land as the forest animals take note and start their storage.   They know more than we take notice.    

                Adventure is calling at the corn maze with bluegrass music, gem mining, and tasty eats courtesy from the food trucks.





                          Van Gogh Art GIF by CBBC

                           van gogh GIF

         Check out the local fair that comes by. Seeing everyone have fun, hearing children's laughter  to their sense of wonder brings on a nostalgia when we were kids.  County fair food from funnel cakes, hot dogs, slushies to frozen fried icecream to accompany the fun with our sweethearts and families. Try out one of the many games to win that stuffed unicorn or bear.  They look way too easy is deceiving.

                                Sydney Sweeney Dancing GIF by Halsey

                                       okstatefair ok oklahoma fair okc GIF

       Don't forget to walk through the forest in its change of colors to gaze at the splendor and hear the forest speak to us in its language with the wind.

        Thank you for visiting and passing on the word to follow.  Take a break. We're getting more coffee from the stockroom after this incident below.