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MN HD 66B Republicans Endorsement Convention June 22, 2020 6:30pm

Mikki Murray at the 2019 CD4 Republican Convention where she was elected CD4 Chair.

On Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm, the MN House District 66B Republicans will hold an Endorsement Convention to determine whether to endorse Candidate Mikki Murray to be the HD 66B Republicans Endorsed Candidate.

Precinct Delegates and Alternates should have received a notice in their emails  concerning the convention.  The only change is the cut off for Registration is 10 pm Sunday night, June 21st.  Those Delegates and Alternates who Register will receive a link a few hours before the convention as it is a Zoom Remote Convention.  An agenda and Endorsing Convention Rules will be sent out this week to those who register.

There is only one item of business at the Convention and that is to endorse or to not endorse Mikki Murray to the be the 2020 HD 66B Republican Candidate.

There will be a time for the SD 66 Republicans Endorsed Candidate Greg Copeland as well as the CD4 Republican Endorsed Candidate Sia Lo to address those who attend.

After we determine the quorum, and voting strength to achieve an endorsement of 60% of the Delegates and Seated Alternates, Candidate Mikki Murray may address the Convention about her candidacy and answer any questions  before a vote is taken.

*Those eligible to Register are those People who were elected Delegate or Alternate at the HD 66B Republican February 25, 2020 Precinct Caucuses. Those who may vote are those who register and are Precinct Delegates or Seated Alternates. These are not those who were elected to the CD4 or State Conventions.


What: 2020 HD 66B Republican Endorsing Convention

When: June 22, 2020, 6:30 PM

Where: Remote Zoom Meeting (link will be sent out on June 22nd)

Cost:  Free (though you may make a Donation to our Treasurer Paul Vlahutin)

Refreshments: Feel free to bake a Snack from one of our posted Convention Cookie Recipes.

Convention Cookie Recipes

Initially when I started posting recipes here it was to help people turn down the stress level they were facing. A high stress level will actually weaken one’s immune system.

Here are the recipes I’ve posted so far and the links are here so you don’t have to rummage through the posts to find them.

Have a Happy Convention!

–Tom Polachek HD 66B Republicans Chair

(Click on the title for the recipe link)

Double Chocolate Chip Snack Cake


Healthified Chocolate Chip Cookies


Oatmeal Raisin with Molasses Cookies


Chewy Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies


Peanut Butter with Reese’s Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Shared Recipes: Peanut Butter & Reese’s Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Our Chair, Tom Polachek, has an older brother who is allergic to peanuts. His brother carries a shot to save his life if he should ever eat something with peanuts in it. So growing up Tom never really had anything with peanut butter in it until his brother went off to college when Tom started 7th grade.

This recipe seems to have a lot less peanut butter in it than others. The Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips are great. One thing I don’t do from the recipe is I don’t roll the sugar on the dough as the instructions say to do.


Ingredients

A. 1 cup packed brown sugar

B. 1/2 cup peanut butter

C. 1/2 cup butter softened

D. 1 egg

E. 1 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour

F. 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

G. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

H. 1/4 teaspoon salt

J. 1 cup peanut butter chips

K. Granulated sugar (optional)


Directions

1. In a large bowl, beat A, B, C, and D with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy, or mix with spoon.

2. Stir in E, F*, G*, and H.

3. Stir in with mixing spoon J.

4. Heat oven to 375°F and prepare cookie sheets. Roll 1 1/2 inch dough into white sugar and drop on ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake cookies 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown.

6. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

* Many Recipes have either Baking Soda or Baking Powder in them, not both. You might wonder what is the difference and what do they do separately and together. It may be a good separate post. Briefly they are used as leavening agents and they deal with acid in the recipe. For now Click on the highlighted link Baking Soda & Baking Powder together.


Directions with Photos

1. In a large bowl, beat together A-D.

Add Peanut Butter (B)

Add Softened Butter (C)

Beat together add 1 egg (D)

2. Stir in E, F*, G*, and H. (You can sift these ingredients together before adding to the mixture)

Stir Flour in (E). I keep my flour in an old Nesquick Canister.

Add Baking Soda (F)

Add Baking Powder (G)

Add Salt (H)

3. Stir in with mixing spoon J.

Sampling some chips

I snapped my old mixing spatula so I had to use “Woody” to finish

4. Heat oven to 375°F and prepare cookie sheets.

I like using the SILPAT Baking Mat on the right. The one on the left, the blue one I got to test for Cooking Club of America. It’s okay, but I like the SILPAT better.

5. Bake cookies 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown.

6. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

ENJOY!

Shared Recipes: Oatmeal Raisin with Molasses Cookies

Our  Neighborhood Party Chair of MN HD 66B Republicans, Tom Polachek, is a US Army Veteran. Last year he did a temporary job at the VA Hospital in Bloomington, Minnesota. He tells the joy of working alongside fellow Veterans.

When he first started working there he didn’t know it at the time he would eventually fall into the habit of making homemade-from-scratch Cookies nearly every week. The ones posted here with the exception of the “Energy Bites,” he would make.

It was a morale booster and I was planting in the minds of my fellow workers to recommend me for permanent employment there.—Tom Polachek

His boss, Brett, had a favorite cookie usually supplied by one of the salesmen,  Best Maid Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. At first break Brett would share a cookie with Tom, and his workmate Pat K (see Healthified Chocolate Chip Cookies–Pat’s Favorite).

So on one of Brett’s weekly days off–Fridays, Tom took a look at the ingredients on the Best Maid bag. It had a bunch of ingredients one couldn’t buy at the store like Barley Flour (in some stores you might find it, not his) and one he could: Molasses. He had never used Molasses in a recipe before.

So he looked up Oatmeal Raisin Cookies on his Better Crocker App and I found a recipe that had molasses in it, and he made it.

At the store he noticed one thing: there are two choices in Molasses either strong or mild. He took the mild. Later when he was making the cookies the aroma of the mild molasses took his breath away. “I can’t imagine what the Strong smells like,” he said.

The batter with the molasses in is not something to sample a lot of, as it has a pungent flavor. Below is the recipe for Brett’s favorite Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.


Ingredients

A. 1 1/4 cups sugar

B. 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened

C. 1/3 cup molasses*

D. 2 eggs

E. 1 2/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour (regular brand is fine)

F. 1 teaspoon baking soda

G. 1/4 teaspoon salt

H. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

J. 2 cups quick-cooking oats

K. 1 cup raisins

* I suggest mild flavor molasses. Your store might only have one type, so you don’t have a choice, but if there is a Mild then I suggest to go with it.

 


Directions

1. In a large bowl, stir together A-D.

2. Stir in E through H. (blending the flour in first and oats last after the other ingredients is wise. I like to put these F-H ingredients in with the flour so it’s not isolated in one spot as the oatmeal will make the batter thick)

3. Stir in J with mixing spoon. (The blender will have problems with the batter)

4. Stir in K (raisins).

5. Preheat Oven to 375 F.

6. Prepare your ungreased cookie sheets (I like to use SILPAT Baking Mats on my Airbake cookie sheets). Drop dough by rounded teaspoons, 2 inches apart.

7. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or just until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

 


Directions with Photos

1. In a large bowl, stir together A-D.

Start with the Sugar (A) and add the softened Butter (B)

Cream the A & B together

Add the molasses (C)

Add 2 eggs (D) and blend it

(I realize I’m not taking my own advice about adding the oatmeal last as the photos show…oh well take my advice)

2. Add E thru H

1 2/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour (regular brand is fine) (E)

Add 1 teaspoon baking soda (F)

Add salt (G)

Add Cinnamon (H)

3. Stir in J with mixing spoon. (The blender will have problems with the batter)

4. Stir in K (raisins).

5. Preheat Oven to 375 F.

6. Prepare your ungreased cookie sheets (I like to use Silpat baking mats on my Airbake cookie sheets). Drop dough by rounded teaspoons, 2 inches apart.

The SILPAT Baking Mat is excellent. It allows for even baking, cooling, and a non-stick surface.

7. Bake 9 to 10 minutes or just until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

ENJOY!