Monday, January 28, 2013

Recipe for Kolaczki (ko-lah-ch-ky) - a famous Polish cookie/pastry

MY OWN, TWEAKED, RECIPE FOR CREAM CHEESE KOLACZKI



 
 A famous polish cookie / pastry that's very easy to make
It is pronounced "ko-lah-ch-ky." And Mmmm, they are GOOD (pronounced guud)

Feel free to steal! :-)

HERE ARE MY OWN PICTURES OF THEM








Ingredients

1 - 8oz softened cream cheese
3 sticks softened butter (12 oz total)
3 cups flour
Fruit Preserves of your choice (2 small jars) (I made strawberry and apricot, using Smucker's fruit preserves)
Powdered Sugar


Prep 

  1. Mix softened cream cheese and butter until fluffy, then slowly add in flour (1 cup at time)
  2. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Roll out dough about 1/4 inch thick and dust flour or powdered sugar underneath (I used powdered sugar) too keep from sticking
  5. Cut dough into 2 inch squares and place 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of fruit preserves onto each square
  6.  Fold over corners of dough like a blanket (into diamond shape). (I wet my finger in a bowl of water and rub onto the dough to make the "blanket" close. I found that when you don't, some of the dough comes undone in the oven because it expands)
  7. Bake for 15 mins in 350F (or until corners start to brown), then dust with powdered sugar



 ENJOY!


Agnes


Friday, January 25, 2013

7 QUICK TAKES #4 - Mistakes of 2012 and Resolutions for 2013




#1 LESS WASTING TIME on social networks and online in general

I've been wasting too much time ONLINE - especially on facebook
Facebook is a nice way to connect with people (especially for me, I'm a total introvert and thus not very social, so I don't talk to many people). Facebook makes me open up a bit and improve my social interactions. But facebook can become really addicting. Not sure if any one of you have experienced symptoms of facebook addiction, but they pretty much involve checking facebook all the time for new updates, and if you post a status update or pictures, you check even more frequently to see if how many people "liked" it. And sometimes you can't stop. There are evenings when I am desperately trying to write up a paper for school or study for exam, but I can't focus BECAUSE of facebook. I keep flipping between the 2 screens (word doc or pdf AND facebook). I can't focus on my school work for more than 5 mins without my brain going off "oooh, I wonder if there are any new posts on facebook." It's almost like having A.D.D. So, for the new year, I am restricting my facebook use to ONCE DAILY in the morning, just to check for any messages, notifications. No more endless scrolling through the newsfeed 10 or 20 times a day.


#2 MORE PRAYER & CATHOLIC EDUCATION /READING

I need to spend more time in THEE FAVORITE PLACE IN MY ROOM
So my resolution is to stop everything I am doing at 10pm the latest (even if it's some important school work) and pray and read scripture right in front of my crucifix in my bedroom. This is my little prayer station that I set up and I am proud of it. It helps me focus.

And these are the Catholic books I have read over the past year. The one on the very top is still in-progress...and has been so for the past few months. It is not the easiest material to get through. SO my usual strategy for reading catholic books is to highlight or underline all the quotes / passages that stand out to me or that especially teach me something valuable...After I finish the book, I go back over my highlighted quotes and take notes on them (usually re-type them over into a word doc for later reference). This stack of books below, except the top one, have all been read and highlighted, but I still have yet to go back and take notes on them. That will be my goal for summer 2013, because it's impossible to do with school right now.

And below are the 2 books that I am planning on reading in the next few weeks/months. Medical spanish to help me talk to my non-English speaking Hispanic patients at work and the one on the right is a summary of the unpublished/secret speeches (that he never gave) of JPII on sex and marriage. I'm excited about that one, especially with my wedding coming up in a little over 6 months.



#3 MORE  BLOGGING

I'm having a hard time getting this blog going. I'd love to be a regular blogger like all my fellow Catholic bloggers on here, but pharmacy school, work, and wedding planning have been getting in the way. I'm a fairly new blogger and still learning. Also, I think I am just having a hard time transitioning from journaling to blogging. I have been journaling (in a regular paper journal/diary) since the 6th grade, and it's hard for me to abandon my journaling and transition into an electronic form of reflection. But I really want to blog more. I am hoping to be a little more disciplined about that in 2013.

#4 MORE EXERCISE / START RUNNING

Again, it's hard to find time for the gym when you're a pharmacy student, intern, and are planning a wedding, and also remodeling your first home. It's difficult. But sitting on my butt and studying all the time isn't very healthy for me. SO for the sake of my health and for the sake of being a strong, healthy servant of God, I plan on starting to exercise at least 3 times a week. Also, GOTTA FIT INTO THAT WEDDING GOWN :-)

#5 MORE STUDYING / LESS PROCRASTINATION

Yes. This is what happens when I try to study. Haha. This is Greg taking pictures of me.

#6 LESS GOSSIPING / JUDGING PEOPLE

No more excuses. No more "I'm just stating the facts" or "I'm just sharing my opinion." I need to use my lips to praise the Lord and praise the Lord only, never to talk badly about His children. I need to focus on my thoughts because it is way too easy to judge what another person says or does. There are certain people in my life that I am especially negative / judgmental about and I really need to work on that.


#7 BEING MORE SOCIAL 

This one is hard for me. I am as INTROVERTED as they come.  I am too comfortable in my own little world of my love of God and love of my fiance...with the attitude of "I don't need anybody else butting into my beautiful little world....get your own." I need to starting interacting with more people. I also need to improve my communication and relationships with my family members. I kind of abandoned everyone with starting pharmacy school and working. 




AND FOR THE END, HERE ARE SOME PICS OF MY KITTIES. 










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Yours in Christ, Agnes