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.

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]