Sunday Discussion: Last Week Tonight Sugar And State Legislatures


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This week on Sunday Discussion, I am posting something quick and easy, because I am working on something big, that I will put out on Monday, hopefully.  The videos are from the HBO show Late Week Tonight with John Oliver.  The first video is talking about sugar, and why too many Americans are consuming it.  The second video talks about the state legislatures, and the crazy things that happens, like a punch in the Alabama Senate.  But wait, why has ALEC have so much control in the legislative process?  Enjoy the videos!

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Guy’s Cuisine: Chocolate Cake With White Frosting


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For my birthday, I did not go out and buy a cake already made, or bought a cake mix and frosting already made.  Of course, I was going to make my cake from scratch!  So on this Guy’s Cuisine post, I am going to show you how I made a homemade chocolate cake, with white frosting!  Here’s what you need!

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water

For the frosting.

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 6 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

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2.  Add the eggs, milk, oil, water, and vanilla extract.  Mix for a few minutes until well blended.

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3.  Grease and flour a cake pan, pour batter into the cake pan, and bake in 350 degree oven for 30-35 minutes.  Check with a toothpick to see if it’s done.

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4.  While cake is cooling, mix together the softened butter, confectioners sugar, milk, and vanilla extract.

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5.  Since I used one pan, cut the cake in half.  Cover the cake with frosting!

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And that’s it, I enjoyed this cake, and you will too!

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Guy’s Cuisine: Strawberry Pizza


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It’s Summer time, and that means strawberries are in full season!  So last weekend, I made something with this delicious Summer treat!  How about making a pizza, with strawberries!  There’s no tomato sauce or cheese, but there is plenty of strawberries!  Here is what you need!

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 package (1 pint) strawberries, sliced
  • strawberry glaze
  • 1 cup water

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, confectioners sugar, and melted butter in a bowl.  Mix thoroughly, then spread out on a greased cookie sheet.

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2.  Bake dough for around 15 minutes or golden brown.

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3.  In another bowl, mix cream cheese and white sugar until creamy.

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4.  Slice strawberries, and let dough fully cool!

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5.  After dough has cool, spread cream cheese/sugar mixture onto dough.

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6.  Place sliced strawberries onto top of cream cheese mixture.

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7.  Place strawberry glaze onto top of strawberry mixture!

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8.  Place into fridge and let cool for 1-2 hours.

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There you go!  I hope you enjoy this strawberry pizza!

Guy’s Cuisine: Homemade Snow Cream


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Every Winter, many parts of the country gets snow.  And enough snow falls that people can collect the snow to do a lot of things from building snowmen, throwing snowballs, building luge tracks like the video below, and making snow cream!

Last week, Alabama got a couple of inches of snow which causes chaos because people can not drive on snow and ice in the south.  So I collected the dry powdery snow to make some snow cream.  If you are thinking about making some snow cream when snow falls, make sure you have these ingredients before the snow falls.  You would not want to be stranded, do you?  Here’s what you need!

  • 6 cups of fresh snow
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk or half and half

1.  Combine sugar, vanilla extract, and milk/half and half in a bowl and mix well.  You can substitute the milk for chocolate milk if you like!

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2.  Take two cups of fresh snow at a time, and mix together with the cream mixture.

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3.  You can serve right away or better, place in freezer for around 15-30 minutes to let firm.

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There you go!  This is a recipe you can only enjoy a few times every year, unless you have a snow machine!

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Guy’s Cuisine: Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


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Here is another Christmas cookie recipe you could do.  Everyone should love chocolate!  Chocolate is a Christmas favorite and if you love chocolate, you will love this cookie recipe.  This chocolate cookie is covered in powdered sugar for that extra sweet touch!  Here’s what you need.

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar.

1. In a bowl, mix together cocoa powder, sugar, and oil.  Then add in one egg in a time and mix well!

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2. Combine flour, vanilla extract, salt, and baking soda and mix well!  Then place dough in freezer for one hour.

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3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheet with wax paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray.  Roll dough into one inch balls, then coat each ball with confectioners sugar.  Then place onto cookie sheet.

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4. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Let baked cookies stand on cookie sheet for 15 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

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Yum!  Enjoy eating these chocolate rich cookies.  I liked sugar-coating these cookies because it looks like snow, something you expect for Christmas!

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