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Killer Brownies With Frosting! - by Marla Mink-Johnson

In a 9 X 13 baking pan melt 2 sticks of butter. Mix in 4 T Hershey's cocoa, 2 C sugar and 4 eggs. Stir in 1 1/2 C. flour and 1 1/2 tsp Watkins vanilla (don't use any other brand, trust me). Add chopped walnuts if desired. Bake at 350 until done in the same pan it was mixed in.

Cream well with mixer 1/2 C butter. Add alternately 4 T cocoa and 2 1/2 C powdered sugar along with dabs of milk until you reach the desired consistency. Add 1 tsp Watkins vanilla. Frost the brownies when they are cool. 
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Decluttering is Not Just For the Home! - by Jeffrey Lambert

Most of us have some sort of office space somewhere either at work or at home. Office spaces can get quite disorganized and messy! Being disorganized and messy costs you time. And time IS money! Here are a few tips to help you get organized and stay that way.

Start with your desktop. Don't just shove stuff in files or drawers, actually look at it, evaluate what action needs to be taken and where that item should belong. Is it a bank statement that needs to be balanced and filed? Then do it and file it. Is it a bill that needs to go in a folder with other bills that need to be paid? Then put it in that folder. Is it something you know you do not need and will never use? Toss it. Then do the same with your desk drawers.

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IT'S COMPLICATED..... - by Marla Mink-Johnson

Love is the greatest gift in the world. Or is it? What factors into making romantic love last?

Love. We tend to equate love with possessiveness and jealousy. True love should be just the opposite. If true love exists the bond should be so strong that there is no room for these kinds of divisive behaviors. That bond is trust. Love and trust can not exist separately. For the best definition of love refer to 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love is more than an emotion. Love causes us to take action. It causes us to strive to look outside of ourselves and to be better, kinder, more patient and understanding.  

Trust. Trust protects love. How profound is that statement? When we love someone we trust them. The two go hand in hand. Love can not survive without trust. You can't truly love someone who you do not trust. Trust comes before love can begin to grow. Once trust is broken it can rarely be regained and if it is regained it is a very hard, arduous... Continue Reading

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