Sunday, December 8, 2013

What Christmas Means to Me
It's that time of year--we're all going crazy, trying to get shopping done, meet with friends for parties and celebrations, and bake cookies.
It's that time of year--time to say thanks for all the good things in our lives. I'm especially thankful for my family. I have a lot of good memories of Christmases when I was growing up. In Colorado it's often a white Christmas, which is great if you get a sled but not so much if Santa leaves you a new bike.
I'm thankful for having a roof over my head and food on the table. The fireplace is lit, and considering it's eight below zero outside right now, it's truly a blessing. There are plenty of goodies in the kitchen, ensuring I'll have snacks while I write.
I'm thankful for friends, who come to the rescue when things aren't going well and help celebrate when things are good. The published author thing is like a rollercoaster, and it's good to have people who know you to keep things on an even keel.
I'm thankful for books--where would I be without them? A love of books led to a love of writing. I still read like a fiend, about five books a week.
And now, for the cookie recipe promised y'all:

No Bake Chocolate Cookies
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper
In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonful, until cooled and hardened.
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  1. Oooh, sounds like you had the kind of winter weather I always craved as a child. Now that I'm grown up, though, I can appreciate the snowfall that only lasts for a few days. :-) You paint a lovely picture of a nice way to spend the day, though!

  2. The cookies look pretty appealing, and I'm really curious about the story...


  3. I'm in OK and I think we got your leftover snow. Do you want it back? Be more than happy to be rid of it. No bake cookies are the only kind I can make right now and this recipe sounds good.

  4. Sounds tasty

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  5. Like the recipe for no bake cookies that is my kind of baking!!!

  6. I'm all for any recipes that take baking out of the equation.


  7. Great post! I love No Baked Cookies. I made them all the time! Tho instead of dropping them on waxed paper, they get poured into a cake pan and put in the fridge. So yummy! Thank you! :) Happy holidays!

  8. thanks for the giveaway

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  9. Hi Whitley,

    I want to send a personal thank you for your participation in the xmas blog hop 2013. Thanks to you the Christmas Blog Hop was a great success.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a very happy holiday and joyful New Year 2014

    All the best,

    Founder/Administrations Manager
    Queer Town Abbey