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Awesome Oatmeal Cookies

Rachel Clark : October 7, 2013 8:08 pm : Lumberton Gazette, The Chaotic Kitchen

This recipe for oatmeal cookies is a favorite here at the Lumberton Outpost. It was hard not to triple-check the recipe!

In a mixing bowl place:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup plain sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Mix the above ingredients in a heavy-duty mixer, whipping until smooth and creamy. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the above mixture until well mixed:

  • 2 1/4 cups soft whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder, plus one heaping pinch

Slowly add while the mixer is running:

  • 2 cups large raisins
  • 2 cups large pieces of walnuts (optional)

Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes or until done. (We’ve found that it differs from batch to batch, depending on the ingredients. Watch it carefully.)

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Reading the Bible Cover to Cover

Rachel Clark : October 4, 2013 9:54 am : Lumberton Gazette

A member of Silsbee's First Baptist Church finishes up the reading for the night.

A member of Silsbee’s First Baptist Church finishes up the reading for the night.

The people of First Baptist Silsbee are accomplishing in a week what it takes many Americans a lifetime to finish.

 

The reading started in the afternoon on September 28th and continues until Monday, October 7th.

From 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM, faithful churchgoers read the Bible aloud. It takes eight days to read it cover to cover – and it takes over twelve hours each days of nonstop reading to finish on schedule.

 

In 2009, First Baptist Silsbee’s 100th anniversary, the church completed the same project with great success.

 

The 2013 Bible Reading has yielded many positive results. Although passers-by don’t usually pop in to listen to the recitation or reading going on in the sanctuary, the scriptures read oftentimes minister to those who do, whether visiting church members or curious spectators.

 

Overstuffed schedules, the experience of most families with school-age children, rarely accomodate personal or family devotion time. Families that sign up to read together are especially blessed by the time they spend together in God’s Word.

 

Other readers observed that “I normally skip over this part” or “This chapter never seemed interesting before.” Genealogical chapters and prophesies are apt to be skimmed over in personal Bible-reading. When the audience at First Baptist hears them completely, it is likely to be the first time.

 

“It’s like a filibuster,” one reader and regularly attending member explained, “The reading of the Bible cover to cover reminds our community what we believe and why we believe it. I think it slows us down a little bit and gives us time to really consider the words that we are reading; it slows down the parts of our lives that maybe God isn’t pleased with.”

She continued, “And yes, there is a lot of talking involved.”

More than anything else, the reading is a reminder that it is not only possible to read the Bible “all the way through,” but that it is possible, with dedication, to finish it in a little over a week.

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How the Government Shutdown Affects You

Rachel Clark : October 3, 2013 11:27 am : Lumberton Gazette, News

The government shutdown isn't much of a disaster. Obamacare, the reason for the budget struggle that caused the shutdown, is the real problem.

The government shutdown isn’t much of a disaster. Obamacare, the reason for the budget struggle that caused the shutdown, is the real problem.

With leftist howler monkeys wailing nationwide about the government shutdown, many Southeast Texans are left wondering whether this temporary budget situation is truly detrimental.

 

The IRS has warned the nation that all audits are being suspended and all taxpayer services will cease — although taxes still must be paid. Around 800,000 of 2,000,000 federal employees have been furloughed. Many Americans will be pleased to hear that the Environmental Protection Agency (a.k.a. the Economic Punishment Agency) has declared 96% of its employees non-essential.

 

The majority of Texan taxpayers have yet to see a downside to these developments. (However, non-taxpayers are complaining because their benefits may be slashed.)

 

To the average American spectator, the politics of the shutdown are revolting, to say the least. The much-publicized Honor Flight of veterans disallowed from visiting the Washington, D.C. World War II memorial sparked a public outcry, in addition to inspiring a number of Congressmen and Congresswomen to move aside the barricades. To the average public sector worker, the politics of the shutdown may be painful: federal employees are protesting, picketing, and demanding their jobs.

 

The howler monkeys’ trump card has been the unemployment aspect of the shutdown, and how the millions of bureaucrats rely on the government for life itself. The great irony of the week-long “end-of-the-world” budget situation is the fact that the dispute is not over the budget itself, but over Obamacare – one of the greatest job-killing laws of all time.

 

Millions of hardworking Americans will experience extreme financial hardships to accomodate the President’s healthcare law, including lost access to lifesaving medical care or drugs, unemployment, or demotion to part-time status. Meanwhile, the same Congressional howler monkeys that heartlessly demanded passage and implementation of Obamacare are now crying foul when federal employees are temporarily furloughed. In reality, these bureaucrats are merely sharing the experience of thousands of other Americans and small business owners — a taste of their own medicine, because hundreds of thousands of these employees are in charge of enforcing the Affordable Care Act’s regulations.

 

President Obama’s October 1st message asserts that the federal government is the nation’s largest employer, almost as if his objective was to point out how staggering the amount of bureaucrats had become.

 

The President’s message to the American people claims that “…the House of Representatives can end it [the government shutdown] as soon as it follows the Senate’s lead, and funds your work in the United States Government without trying to attach highly controversial and partisan measures in the process.”

 

Fortunately, the defunding of Obamacare is anything but highly controversial. Over 53% of Americans support a full repeal. Even in light of thousands of polls conducted on this subject, the statistics cannot express the average citizen’s contempt for the Affordable Care Act.

 

The government shutdown is not severe, and is far from a complete shutdown. Lumberton residents in particular have little to fear — unless one is a government employee or welfare recipient, life may actually be a little easier for now.

 

Although Southeast Texans may not be able to visit the Big Thicket National Preserve or be inconvenienced by the local IRS office for half a day, they can look at the bright side of things. First of all, Texas Congressman and Senators are leaders in the fight to exempt America from the Affordable Care Act, and make an enormous effort to oppose the howler monkeys’ agenda. Lastly, the National Endowment for the Arts has finally given us a cause to rejoice: they finally admitted that their employees are useless.

 

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Orange Chocolate Cake

Rachel Clark : October 1, 2013 8:58 pm : Lumberton Gazette

 

 

1 1/2 sticks (170 g) unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing flour, only for dusting

6 ounces (170 g) bittersweet chocolate

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (220 g) sugar

Zest of one large orange

4 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks

1/2 cup (55 g) unsweetened cocoa powder

 

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Butter and flour a 10-inch (25-cm) round cake pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, then butter and flour the parchment paper.

Gently melt the chocolate over a double boiler. Stir the butter into the chocolate to melt, and stir until smooth.

Remove from the double boiler and whisk the sugar and orange zest into the chocolate mixture. Add the eggs and egg yolks and whisk well. Sift the cocoa powder over the chocolate mixture and whisk the batter until totally smooth.

Pour the batter into the pan and bake for approximately 35 to 40 minutes, or until the top has formed a good crust. The cake will puff up some, but it will settle down later and look like other brownies or brownie cakes.

Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto a serving platter. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and if you like, serve with candied orange peel and/or vanilla (bean) ice cream. Makes 9-10 servings.

To serve:
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting. Try some candied orange peel or other types of orange candies to top it, plus vanilla ice cream.

This was one of President Reagan’s favorite cakes, created by the White House chef.

 

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February 2012 Gazette Archives

Rachel Clark : September 24, 2013 8:16 pm : Lumberton Gazette

The Lumberton Gazette 2012-02-22

The Gazette was founded in February 2012, and since then has published many issues. We are delighted to bring you our LG archives.

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Nancy Reagan’s Monkey Bread

Rachel Clark : September 23, 2013 11:50 pm : Lumberton Gazette

Monkey Bread

6 ounces butter, softened, plus extra for greasing pan

4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for flouring pan and work area

1 package active dry yeast

1 cup lukewarm milk (110 to 115 degrees)

3 large eggs

3 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

4 ounces melted butter

 

 

Preparation

1.Butter and flour a 1-quart or larger ring mold or tube pan and set aside. Whisk the yeast with the milk in a large bowl. Whisk in 2 of the eggs and then the sugar, salt and 4 cups of the flour, switching to a spoon when the dough gets stiff. Stir in the softened butter and knead the dough in the bowl until it comes together in a ball. Turn out onto the work area and knead until it forms an elastic ball, sprinkling with and working in up to 1 cup more flour to keep dough from getting sticky. Place dough in a clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

 

2.Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured work area. Roll dough into a log and cut into 28 equal-size pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, dip in melted butter and place in the prepared pan, staggering pieces in 2 layers. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 30 minutes.

 

3.Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Beat the remaining egg and lightly brush over the top of the bread. Bake until top is nicely browned and dough is cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. (Test by turning out the loaf onto a rack; the bottom and sides should be nicely browned.) Turn upright on another rack to cool slightly before serving.

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Presidents in Uniform

Rachel Clark : September 23, 2013 10:22 pm : Lumberton Gazette

If you would ever like to run for president, it seems that you already have a great start if you’re a veteran. Many past presidents demonstrated their patriotism by military service before they decided to help their country from the White House.

 

From George Washington to George W. Bush, all but thirteen Commander-in-Chiefs have served in the military. Most presidents served in either the U.S. Army or a state militia.

 

President Abraham Lincoln had the lowest rank in the military of any president; and President George Washington had the highest, with President Dwight Eisenhower as the second highest-ranking president.

 

Interestingly enough, no member of the Marine Corps or Coast Guard has ever been elected president.

President Reagan was a Captain in the Army during World War II.

President Reagan was a Captain in the Army during World War II.

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