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Member Spotlight: Liana Ayres

Mary Baggs interviewing Liana Ayres

1- What’s your ‘go to’ bible verse to get you through the day?

As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” Joshua 24:15

2- Briefly tell us about a recent fun activity you and or your family participated in and why.

Our most recent “fun” activity was a fun trip to the mountains. It was so good to spend time together as both girls are now away at college and moments like this are far and few between

3- Do you have a recipe or take-out meal recommendation you’d like to share?

Emily’s Peppermint Cookies:

1 cup of unsalted butter (2 sticks)

2 cups of sugar

2 cups of flour

3/4 cup of baking cocoa

2 eggs

2tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp of baking soda

Approx 5 oz white chocolate chips (half a bag)

Approx 5 oz peppermint chips (half a bag)


Pre heat oven to 350.Cream together the butter and sugar, using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, until smooth like the consistency of frosting. Beat in one egg at a time to the butter and sugar. Then add the vanilla extract. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing slowly to avoid mess. Stir in the white chocolate chips and the peppermint Chips.


- For the peppermint chips the Andy’s candy peppermint baking chips are the best and can sometimes be bought at Walmart, but I usually have to get them off of amazon. The Walmart peppermint baking chips work as well. The Ghirardelli peppermint baking chips do not work as well for this recipe.

- For best results sift the flour and baking cocoa before measuring.

- To tell if the cookies are done baking touch the edge of one of the cookies. It should feel dry even if the center is still soft.

- To make sure the cookies have a slightly chewy texture, when taking them out of the oven hold them about 3-4 inches over heat resistant surface and drop the tray. The cookies should deflate slightly.

- Refrigerate dough between batches to keep the butter in the dough from melting

4- With Advent around the corner, tell us about a family advent tradition or how you prepare for our saviors’ birth in your home.

One of our favorite Advent memories has always been making Advent wreathes at Grace. Stephen has memories of coming to the church hall and making them with his family as a child. Both our girls have made them, since they were little with their help from Dad and of course Grandma Carolyn. Sadly, we missed this year as both girls had to head to their respective schools early Sunday morning.

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