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Lacey’s Pantry

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By Lacey Newlin

For the Butter Pecans:
• 1 and 1/4 cup pecan halves, finely chopped
• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the Butter Pecan Cookies:
• 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoons cornstarch
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, melted until browned
• 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
• 16 pecan halves, for decoration, optional
Instructions:
For Butter Pecans:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in chopped pecans and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Set aside until needed.
    For the Butter Pecan Cookies:
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cornstarch, salt, cinnamon, and baking soda. Whisk well to combine then set aside until needed.
  3. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue to cook the butter. swirling the pan occasionally. Keep a close eye here. The top of the butter should become foamy, and you should hear tiny popping noises. The butter will develop into a rich amber color, with tiny brown bits at the bottom. It will have a slightly nutty aroma. Once the butter reaches this stage, remove from heat immediately and pour into a large mixing bowl.

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Holding the Ball

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By Brandon Baumgarten

Did you play basketball in high school? Did you ever notice how some teams would hold on to the ball for extended periods of time? The strategy is to eliminate as much time off the clock as possible and close out the quarter with the lead. Some teams do this. Other teams do it more frequently than others. It is grueling to watch as a spectator as you watch the game evaporate as the team just holds possession of the ball. However, things are changing.

In fact, in Oregon, things are about to change when it comes to high school basketball. Their state just voted on adding a 35 second shot clock for the 2023-2024 season. No doubt, this move will increase the pace of the game and create scoring opportunities.

The problem has become that many people want to hold on to the ball too long without doing much with it. I could not help to think this week of how this scenario relates to our faith in God. It is one thing to have an opportunity, but it is another thing to make the most of it.

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Lacey’s Pantry: Pan-seared Venison

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By Lacey Vilhaue

Ingredients:
1/2 pound of venison backstrap or tenderloin
Salt
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 shallot, minced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cups brandy
1/2 cup venison or beef broth
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 cup heavy cream
Minced basil, parsley, chives to garnish

Instructions:
Bring the venison loin out of the fridge, salt it well and let it come to room temperature, at least 20 minutes. Heat the butter in a large saute pan over medium-high heat for about 90 seconds. Pat the venison dry with a paper towel and cook it on all sides. Turn the heat to medium so the butter doesn’t scorch. It should take about 8 to 10 minutes or so to get a nice brown crust on the venison without overcooking the center. Remove the venison, tent loosely with foil and set aside.

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Jesses Jewelz

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This might be one of my favorite dresses to date. The horse print and colors are a subtle statement for any occasion. This dress is such a classic piece and has a fantastic, flattering fit. Great for year-round wear, no matter the weather. See this and more at www.jessesjewelz.com.

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