amos the churchmouse: amos falls into a vat of chocolate

Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens. This week’s column is being republished with the permission of the author.

Food at the speed of life: Memories come from mistakes

I tried to make a chocolate cream pie once. It didn’t work. I was maybe 14 or 15 when I decided to make Mom a chocolate cream pie for her birthday. It’s what she often made herself for her birthday. Since Mom’s birthday is in July, school didn’t interfere. One afternoon, I pulled out the […]

Machine embroidery featured on show

Information on machine embroidery, making a chocolate fondant cake and preparing breakfast treats will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Author and designer Cindy Losekamp will talk about the origin of stumpwork, which was formerly done by hand. She’ll demonstrate machine embroidery using dimensional flowers on sweaters, […]

Food at the speed of life: Cake has fewer calories

German chocolate cake is great low-fat. Really. I was skeptical when a friend first offered me a piece of her low-fat, reduced-sugar German chocolate cake about a year ago. It’s a good thing I tried it, though. The cake is chocolatey, moist and light. It doesn’t sit like a rock in your stomach for hours, […]

Food at the speed of life: Chocolate blessing too

I like Christmas. I try to remember the holiday really is about a loving God stooping to our level, becoming human, to save us from our own shortcomings. At the same time, I enjoy family, presents, the decorated tree and other things about the season. When I stop and look, I see the love and […]

Thursday morning briefing: Call for help, free hot chocolate and a scandal

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday morning briefing. Parade needs help Clovis MainStreet still needs volunteers to help ensure everything runs smoothly Saturday at the Clovis Christmas Light Parade. Volunteers are needed for one hour intervals beginning at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Information: Robyne Beaubien @ 575-309-8370 Question […]

Food at the speed of life: Thankful for rain of chocolate chips

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On Thanksgiving, I have to say I’m thankful for those irreplaceable things in my life: the love of God and redemption from Christ, the warmth and companionship of friends and family, good health, food in my belly, a roof over my head, living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. […]

Food at the speed of life: Chocolate, bananas go good in s’more pie

I’m no Betty Crocker, but I am a dessert fan. I created Banana S’more Pie to be easily made, and I thought the ingredient combination sounded good. Unlike s’mores, it’s cold, but it has chocolate, marshamallows and graham crackers, plus bananas. It’s rich. My co-workers tested the recipe and seemed to like it. Victoria, an […]

Monday morning briefing: Video games, chocolate secrets and calling all band parents

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday briefing. Calling all parents The Marshall Middle School band is looking for band parent chaperones for the trip to Amarillo May 7. This event involves all band members and is all day. They need five 5 parents. Information: Kelli Morrison at 693-386 Video game of the week Get […]

Chocolate addiction hard to stop

By Karl Terry: Fredom columnist “Where did you hide them,” whined my wife as she opened cabinets after supper on a recent evening. I didn’t have to ask what she was looking for, I knew she was after the Whoppers the Original Malted Milk Balls. If I played my cards right I knew she would […]

Lady Cats win in OT

The Clovis Lady Wildcats need overtime to beat Roswell 41-37 Thursday in the first of the three-team Milk Cow Classic at Rock Staubus Gym. Antiesha Brown led Clovis with 15 points and Jadee Isler added 11. Look for Dave Wagner’s game report on the VarsityNow section of this page. Other scores Thursday: Girls Clovis Christian […]

Recipe of the day: Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies

Outrageous Chocolate Chip Cookies INGREDIENTS 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup white sugar 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup peanut butter 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 egg 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips DIRECTIONS 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F […]

Chocolate chip cookie cheesecake

Can’t decide if you want cookies or cake for a potluck dessert? Go both ways with this simple, yet easy dessert. 2 rolls chocolate chip cookie dough 3 -8oz. pkgs. cream cheese 3 eggs 3/4 C. sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Slice 1 roll of dough and place in bottom of greased cake pan. Cream cream […]

Chocolate-dipped strawberries

16 ounces milk chocolate chips 2 tablespoons shortening 1 pound fresh strawberries with leaves Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Make sure the strawberries are completely dry. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. Turn […]

Halloween candy should bear warning

By Helena Rodriguez: Local columnist Diet commercials used to start in January, after people gained five pounds from holiday binging. Now they begin before the Thanksgiving turkey. Maybe they should run before Halloween. That’s when sweets appear in bulk. Halloween is like the pre-holiday kick-off, but there are no fat busters screaming over the television […]

New Orleans’ Mayor Nagin little too edgy

By Freedom Newspapers Ray Nagin must find it hard to walk with a foot perpetually lodged in his mouth. The New Orleans mayor was at it again last week, trashing New York’s Ground Zero rebuilding efforts in a pathetic attempt to deflect criticism over the slow progress in cleaning up his city’s Ninth Ward. Nagin […]

5/26 amos

Editor’s note: Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. a dieter s dilemma boss i ve decided never to talk to freddy the flea anymore he called me a big fat mouse […]

View from under the pew: Amos falls in a vat of chocolate

By Gary Mitchell Editor’s note: In response to a reader’s request, Amos asked to have his chocolate vat adventure rerun. Amos is a church mouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift keys, and he shuns punctuation marks – except dashes and hyphens.   amos falls into […]