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Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Thank you to all of my readers who have sent emails, left comments, and have taken the time to share words of encouragement for my nephew, Richard.  In case you missed it you might want to read “You Really Aren’t Going To Believe This”.

I decided it is time I get back to some sweet blogging.  2016 seems to be running at Mach speed in my life and this weekend I intend to slow it down a notch! So, let’s make cookies!

TWD Cookie Tower
Last fall I wanted to take cookies to a friend who was under the weather.  I remembered a particularly delicious cookie recipe that comes from Dorie Greenspan’s book Baking With Julia.

Alice Mocha Choclate Chip Cookies

I asked my sous-chef dishwashing mom if she would mind making the cookies.  She quickly said YES and away she went with the project.
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Family, Friends, & Heritage Food: Pecan Puffs, Peanut Clusters, Fudge, Scotch-a-roos

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Crystal BSN web-15Last week I was given the gift of spending time with my niece Crystal and her family.  After 6 years of classes, while raising three children and still working part of that time, Crystal realized a life-long dream of becoming a registered nurse.  We attended her graduation and then the pinning ceremony later that day.  Soon she will take her NCLEX (National Council Licensing exam) and will officially become a RN-BSN.

Crystal's Pinning
Crystal’s Pinning

My sous-chef dish-washing mom participated in the pinning of her grand-daughter along with Crystal’s husband, Kevin, and her best friend and nurse-mate, Alicia.  This was an especially sweet moment for mom as she reflected on her own pinning, becoming a Registered Nurse some 63 years ago.

Family Forever For Always Plaque
At every turn throughout this weekend, I’m reminded of the importance of family and family history.  Crystal treasures her family heritage and includes that heritage in all aspects of her life. From decorating her home with family memorabilia to the recipes she uses in preparing food and treats for the weekend.

"The Grandmas" Treat Plate
“The Grandmas” Treat Plate

When we arrived her kitchen table was covered with “treats”. Crystal explained that she wanted to honor the “grandma’s in her life” by using their recipes for the weekend festivities.  I was so touched and intrigued that I want to share those recipes with you. But wait there’s more! Click to continue reading

Grandma’s Sweets Shared By Her Grandsons

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Grandma Paulsen
Grandma Paulsen

My Grandma Paulsen was a lovely, gentle, funny lady. No matter who or when someone stopped by her home there were always cookies.  And sandwiches and treats.  And so much more.  My Grandfather was a Nebraska farmer and some of my best childhood memories took place romping wildly with my cousins through the barn, the playhouse, and even the outhouse!  I never lived in the same community as my grandparents, but I know without a doubt my Grandma influenced my love of creating “home.”  Cooking, quilting, cleaning (okay not cleaning).  Writing.  My Grandmother left us a couple of beautiful journals and when I read her handwritten stories I hear her voice.  The lilt, the love, the laughter.

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Deep-Dish Chocolate Chip Pizookie

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The Chief's Pizookie!
The Chief’s Pizookie!

When some of our California kids were here this summer the dinner conversation turned to Pizookies.  At first when my step-son Bryan said Pizookie I wasn’t sure what I heard him say.  I said, “will you spell that for me?”  He did one better and Googled it for me.  This is a pizza cookie all rolled into one single serving baking dish.  He and our grandson Sean went on to poetically describe one of their favorite desserts from BJ’s Restaurant.

The more they talked the more exacted they got.  They tossed around words like chocked full of chocolate chips, warm and gooey, topped with quickly melting vanilla ice cream, deep dish cookie, served warm from the oven.  
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